Street Smart: Urban Fiction in Public Libraries On-Demand Webinar

PLA On-Demand Webinars logo“Street Lit is all about stories: Stories that come from real lives lived in neighborhoods where streets, sidewalks and corners interweave and intersect and connect… Stories about human beings who walk, talk, and think, laugh, cry, and drink, fight, make love and raise kids, sometimes right on stoops and porches… Stories about communities where money can be seemingly scarce or found hidden underground a mainstream economy… as above, so below…” —Vanessa Irvin Morris

Join PLA and presenter Vanessa Irvin Morris for this on-demand webinar highlighting the popular literary genre, street lit, also known as urban fiction. Morris not only explores the historical context for the genre as well as the characteristics and sub-genres, she also provides concrete ideas for collection development, readers’ advisory, and programming.

This archived webinar was originally presented May 15, 2013.

Running time: 58 minutes

Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of this on-demand webinar, participants will:

  • Understand the evolution of street lit as we know it today
  • Articulate the difference between urban fiction and street lit
  • Refer to established resources for the purpose of collection development and readers advisory

Who Should Purchase

Public library staff responsible for collection development, readers’ advisory, and programming. Any staff interested in this growing and relevant genre.

Instructor

Instructor Vanessa Irvin MorrisVanessa Irvin Morris is assistant teaching professor of library and information science at the iSchool, College of Information Science and Technology at Drexel University, Philadelphia. She has career experience serving in various libraries: academic, special, school media, and public. Her research focuses on librarian professional development and literacy practices enacted and learned via social media platforms. As author of the award-winning book, The Readers Advisory Guide to Street Literature (2011, ALA Editions) and the blog site, “StreetLiterature.com,” Morris is a highly sought out expert on the genre of urban literature and inner-city literacies. Her doctorate’s degree is in reading/writing/literacy from the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania.

Dates & Times

Available 24/7

Continuing Education Credits

PLA does not award credit hours, or CEUs, for its on-demand webinars and cannot verify participation.

Fee

Individual

  • $28 each (less 10% discount for ALA/PLA members)

Group

  • $119 each (less 10% discount for ALA/PLA members)

If access to this on-demand webinar will be shared with multiple people—viewing either on an individual basis or gathered together in a single location—then the group rate applies.

This on-demand webinar is intended for the sole use of the purchaser, whether an individual or group. Redistribution or rebroadcast to another individual or group other than the purchaser is prohibited. Thank you for your cooperation.

Technical Requirements

To playback this on-demand webinar you should have the newest version of Adobe Flash Player installed and Javascript enabled in your web browser. A fast Internet connection and computer is recommended.

We suggest that groups, especially larger groups, plan ahead to use an LCD/LED projector in the room to project the webinar recording. Groups will also want to have speakers capable of amplifying the webinar audio for the entire room.

How to Purchase

Purchase from the ALA Store:

If access to this on-demand webinar will be shared with multiple people—viewing either on an individual basis or gathered together in a single location—then the group rate applies.

The purchase of this on-demand webinar will include instructions and a password to access the archived recording of the webinar. You'll have access to the on-demand webinar for one year from date of purchase.

This on-demand webinar is intended for the sole use of the purchaser, whether an individual or group. Redistribution or rebroadcast to another individual or group other than the purchaser is prohibited. Thank you for your cooperation.

Contact

If you have questions or problems accessing a recording, send a message to plawebinars@ala.org, or call 800-545-2433 ext. 5PLA.