Public Programs Office at 2014 ALA Annual Conference

2014 ALA Annual Conference

Please join ALA’s Public Programs Office (PPO) at the following sessions, film screenings and meetings during the 2014 ALA Annual Conference, June 26 to July 1 in Las Vegas.

Visit the conference scheduler.

Libraries Transforming Communities (LTC) Sessions

Turning Outward to Lead Change in Your Community: Aspirations
Saturday, June 28
8:30 - 10 a.m.
LVCC-S223

All communities have challenges. Librarians are uniquely positioned to help conquer them — given the right tools. Through four hands-on sessions, Harwood Institute coaches will show you how to leverage your trusted position in the community you serve to engage people on issues that matter to them. Each stand-alone session focuses on a single tool; taken together, they become a powerful framework for engaging community and leading change. Session 1 will help librarians focus on community aspirations and identify next steps for change.

Turning Outward to Lead Change in Your Community: Turn Quiz
Saturday, June 28
1 - 2:30 p.m.
LVCC-S223

All communities have challenges. Librarians are uniquely positioned to help conquer them — given the right tools. Through four hands-on sessions, Harwood Institute coaches will show you how to leverage your trusted position in the community you serve to engage people on issues that matter to them. Each stand-alone session focuses on a single tool; taken together, they become a powerful framework for engaging community and leading change. Session 2 will introduce librarians to the “Turn Quiz” tool, enabling them to assess the focus of their efforts in the community as they shift their orientation from internal to external.

Turning Outward to Lead Change in Your Community: Intentionality  
Sunday, June 29
8:30 - 10 a.m.
LVCC-S223

All communities have challenges. Librarians are uniquely positioned to help conquer them — given the right tools. Through four hands-on sessions, Harwood Institute coaches will show you how to leverage your trusted position in the community you serve to engage people on issues that matter to them. Each stand-alone session focuses on a single tool; taken together, they become a powerful framework for engaging community and leading change. Session 3 will enable participants to test the external orientation and mindfulness of their community engagement choices and decisions.

Turning Outward to Lead Change in Your Community: Sustaining Yourself
Sunday, June 29
1 - 2:30 p.m.
LVCC-S223

All communities have challenges. Librarians are uniquely positioned to help conquer them — given the right tools. Through four hands-on sessions, Harwood Institute coaches will show you how to leverage your trusted position in the community you serve to engage people on issues that matter to them. Each stand-alone session focuses on a single tool; taken together, they become a powerful framework for engaging community and leading change. Session 4 will help librarians personally map the components that feed their motivation and commitment for community work.

Public Programs Office (PPO) Sessions

The New Library Imprint: Libraries and Self-Publishing
Saturday, June 28
8:30 – 10 a.m.
LVCC-S227

Public libraries have long made published works available. Now your community is creating content and self-publishing online and in print. How are libraries transforming their communities with self-publishing? Libraries are encouraging content creation rather than simple consumption, recording the community's stories, and helping local authors. Learn how three libraries are bringing self-published works to life with new programming opportunities and community collaborations. Provincetown (MA) Public Library, State University of New York at Geneseo, and Sacramento (CA) Public Library discuss their successes, cautionary tales, and how they sustain their self-publishing programs.

Managing Challenges, Maximizing Impact: Policies and Practices for Controversial Programming
Saturday, June 28
10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
LVCC-N240

From religion to health care to immigration — controversial subjects can pose a unique challenge for librarians. How can we offer high-quality programs on these important, but potentially polarizing, topics while maintaining an environment conducive to civil dialogue? In this session, intellectual freedom advocates and experienced programming librarians will discuss how to prepare for and host events that may attract controversy, but also can increase visibility and foster community engagement.

Now Showing @ ALA (film series): “Defiant Requiem”
Saturday, June 28
1:30 p.m.
LVCC – N242

The film Defiant Requiem tells the little-known story of the WWII concentration camp, Terezin, and how the Jewish inmates there fought the Nazis with the arts and humanities. Led by imprisoned conductor Rafael Schächter, prisoners of all ages staged plays, attended lectures, composed music, and used paper and ink to record the horrors around them. Schächter taught a choir of 150 inmates one of the world's most powerful choral works, Verdi's Requiem, re-imagined as a condemnation of the Nazis. American conductor Murry Sidlin dreamed of bringing the Verdi Requiem back to Terezin — a dream he realized in 2006 when he assembled a chorus and orchestra at Terezin for a memorial performance of the work. Defiant Requiem brings the story of Terezin to life through soaring concert footage, powerful survivor recollections, dramatizations, and animation. Murry Sidlin will be present to introduce the film and to answer questions.

PLIG Program: Out of the Box Book Clubs to Banish the Boring
Sunday, June 29
1 – 2:30 p.m.
LVCC-S220

Book clubs can be so much more than just sitting around a table discussing plot twists. Organizations such as the Library as Incubator Project are pairing hands-on artistic creations with monthly book readings in their Books to Art Project. Princeton Public Library has been the home to many innovative book groups over the years with names like Talking Politics and Book Journeys. Their latest project is to serve as an incubator for local book groups, playing matchmaker and spirit guide for readers with a niche interest before setting them free to go forth and conquer on their own. Darien Library has attracted a new audience through their Business Book Club, Read, Ride, Imbibe program, and Back to the Future Book Group to encourage networking and promote digital reading. Find out how to reinvigorate your book discussion programs and share your own ideas and experiences with others.

Meetings

Public and Cultural Programs Advisory Committee Meeting I (PCPAC)
Saturday, June 28
10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
LVCC-N227

Programming Librarian Interest Group Meeting
Saturday, June 28
4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
LVCC-N119

ALA Center for Civic Life Advisory Committee
Sunday, June 29
8:30 – 10 a.m.
LVCC-N115

Libraries Fostering Civic Engagement Member Interest Group
Sunday, June 29
10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Public and Cultural Programs Advisory Committee Meeting II (PCPAC)
Monday, June 30
1 – 2:30 p.m.
LVCC-N211