Public Programs Office at ALA's 2015 Annual Conference

The following learning opportunities and sessions will be held at ALA's 2015 Annual Conference, June 25 to 30 in San Francisco.

Preconference: “StoryCorps @ your library: Enhance Library Programming through Oral History Narratives"

Friday, June 26

StoryCorps staff will lead this highly interactive hands-on workshop, offering practical tips for ensuring that your programs are a success. Topics will include establishing a StoryCorps-inspired program model; recording and preserving conversations; a discussion of equipment needs; and suggestions and strategies for creating engaging and successful public programs at your institution.

Registration is now open at Participants need not be registered for the ALA Annual Conference to attend the workshop.


"Turning Outward to Lead Change in Your Community"

In four sessions, library professionals will gain practical tools to aid in decision-making, planning and group facilitation and will discuss methods to remain engaged and rejuvenated professionally and personally. Each stand-alone session focuses on a single tool; taken together, they become a powerful framework for engaging community and leading change.

All sessions are held Saturday, June 27, at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. (Room location TBA.)

  • “Turning Outward to Lead Change in Your Community: Aspirations” (8:30 to 10 a.m.) will help librarians focus on community aspirations, identify next steps for change and create an aspirations-based story for their community as a starting point for library action.
  • “Turning Outward to Lead Change in Your Community: Turn Quiz” (10:30 a.m. to noon) 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” (1 to 2:30 p.m.) 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” (1 to 2:30 p.m.) will help librarians personally map the components that feed their motivation and commitment for community work.

"Connecting with STEM Professionals for Powerful Public Programs"

1 to 2:30 p.m., Saturday, June 27, room TBA

Take your community partnerships to a new level: tap into regional STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) expertise through free resources and opportunities from the STAR Library Education Network (STAR_Net)! Learn how to contact STEM experts from your area's educational institutions, hobby groups, citizen scientist organizations, and local offices of national agencies. Learn ways your library can support the national call to engage learners in STEM while supporting your lifelong learning mission. Explore tested ways to bring in STEM expertise as you plan and present amazing programs, and experience hands-on activities that you can use immediately with your new collaborators. 

"How Much Punch Does that Program Pack? Best Practices to Evaluate Program Success" 

3 to 4 p.m., Saturday, June 27, room TBA

Librarians who host programs in their library can agree that counting attendance will never tell the holistic story of whether a program was a success or failure. Panelists will discuss different methods for measuring a program’s impact. Hear strategies from an academic library that ensures programs and exhibits support and add to the curriculum. Also learn about two public libraries use of data to drive programming decisions. ALA’s Public Programming Office will also give an update on their work on the NILPPA (National Impact of Library Public Programs Assessment) planning grant.

"NEH's Latino Americans: 500 Years of History, Session 1: Humanities Themes and Scholarship"

8:30 to 10 a.m., Sunday, June 28, room TBA

NEH's Latino Americans project was developed to support the public’s exploration of the history and experiences of Latinos, and how they’ve shaped the U.S. over the last 500 years. Project scholars and staff will speak about the humanities themes within WETA’s LATINO AMERICANS documentary series, including the diversity of immigrant experiences and the creation of Latino identities. We will also discuss the project’s use of documentary film to spark dialogue about the past, present, and future of Latino communities. In so doing, we will highlight the project’s national scope and significance.

"NEH's Latino Americans: 500 Years of History, Session 2: Grassroots Outreach and Local History Programming"

10:30 a.m. to noon, Sunday, June 28, room TBA

NEH's Latino Americans was developed in partnership with ALA to support the public’s exploration of the history and experiences of Latinos in the United States over the last 500 years. The initiative will engage people in examining and documenting the histories of Latino Americans in their communities and foster understanding of local histories in regional, national, and international contexts. The project’s national outreach advisor, an oral history scholar, and a veteran programming librarian will offer guidance on forging local partnerships, conducting grassroots outreach, reaching diverse audiences with bilingual programming, and developing oral and local history programs in support of the project’s goals.

"NEH’s Latino Americans: 500 Years of History, Session 3: Model Program and Breakout Sessions for Grantees"

1 to 2:30 p.m., Sunday, June 28 , room TBA

(Note: This is a closed session for grantees.) NEH's Latino Americans was developed in partnership with ALA to support the public’s exploration of the history and experiences of Latinos in the United States, over the last 500 years. Offered only to recipients of the NEH/ALA grant, this session will involve participants in a scholar-led viewing and discussion model program, and will provide opportunities for project directors to connect and share their programming ideas, marketing plans, outreach strategies, and more.