2016 ALA Annual Conference

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June 23-28, 2016 in Orlando, FL

2016 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition
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RUSA President's Program:

"Be Our Guest”:  Creating Immersive Guest Experiences in Libraries
Join RUSA for a thoughtful discussion on how to create an effective “guest experience” in your library that both teaches and inspires your users.  Keynote speaker Dave Cobb, Vice President for Creative Development of the Thinkwell Group, is an expert on designing immersive educational experiences for museums and theme parks. He'll talk about how libraries can tell stories with space and create emotional resonance with their users--drawing on examples from the library world, as well as local Orlando theme parks. Responders include John Blyberg, Assistant Director for Innovation and UX, Darien Library; and Steven Bell, associate university librarian for research & instructional services at Temple University.

Date: Saturday, June 25 Time: 4 - 5:30 p.m. Location: Orange County Convention Center, W110B   Schedule it.

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Dave Cobb

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RUSA 2016 Preconferences

Business Data for Librarians
As the business world embraces big data, so must librarians. The focus of this full-day workshop will include: conducting a data reference interview; delving into the issues of data validity and data information literacy; and, working with data tools and datasets. Participants will look in-depth at locating and manipulating financial and marketing data in particular. You'll hear from experts through interactive sessions on data and microdata in libraries and business reference work, the types of financial data and the primary sources for obtaining it, and how to employ skepticism in assessing marketing and consumer data.

This preconference is ideal for academic, public, and special librarians and all interested in this topic.

Speakers:     Ashley Faulkner, Texas A&M University

Date: Friday, June 24           Time: 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.        Location:  Orange County Convention Center, W303 A/B  

Register here.

Sponsored by the Business Reference and Services Section (BRASS) of RUSA

Genealogy Preconference – Free, but registration is required*             
This free workshop will help librarians of all types learn techniques. This can include a better understanding of genealogy research methods and sources. It can also include how libraries can leverage their unique holdings to become more relevant to genealogists, who tend to be passionate in their support of libraries that have useful materials. Must register here*: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Q7RCDJT

Speaker: TBA

Date: Friday, June 24             Time: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.            Location: Orange County Convention Center, W304 A-B 

Lunch provided and sponsored by ProQuest

Signature Events

RUSA 101: Network, Get Oriented, Get Involved
If you’re new to RUSA or a longtime member looking for an opportunity to connect with other members and ways to get involved, make sure to put RUSA 101 on your calendar! Spend an hour with us on Friday before heading off to the opening of the exhibit floor.

Speaker:     Ann Brown, Chair, RUSA Membership Committee

Date: Friday, June 24            Time: 3 - 4 p.m.            Location: Hilton Orlando, Room Florida Ballroom 1-2   Schedule it.            

Sponsored by RUSA and Sections

Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction Ceremony & Reception
Join us for this popular celebratory event—an engaging program followed by a dessert and drinks reception that has rapidly become a conference highlight. This year’s featured speaker is distinguished poet Billy Collins who will introduce the 2016 fiction and nonfiction winners Viet Thanh Nguyen and Sally Mann. The winners will receive their medals, offer remarks, and mingle with attendees, publishers, and ALA leaders on Saturday, June 25, 8:00-10:00pm. This event is sponsored by NoveList
These are ALA’s only single-book awards for adult trade fiction and nonfiction. Previous speakers from prior years have included writer and former NBA all-star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar,  award-winning crime writer Karin Slaughter, and the selection committee chair Nancy Pearl, and ALA leadership.

Date: Saturday, June 25        Time: 8 - 10 p.m.         Location: Hilton Orlando, Room Florida Ballroom 1-4   Schedule it.


Category Early Bird Advance Onsite
ALA Member $30 $30 $30
Non Member $30 $30 $30
RUSA Member* $25 $25 $25

If you are a member of RUSA use special code RUSA2016 to receive the price of $25

Table reservations will open late February and will remain open until mid-May. Complete the form here.

Each table can accommodate up to 10 individuals and ensures that attendees will enjoy this exciting evening with their friends, colleagues, and fellow book lovers.

The table reservation form can be found here

Maroon Sponsor ($750 per table)

  • 10 tickets to the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence award ceremony and dessert reception
  • Sponsorship recognition in award ceremony PowerPoint

Gold Sponsor ($1,000 per table)

  • 10 tickets to the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence award ceremony and dessert reception
  • Sponsorship recognition in award ceremony PowerPoint
  • Sponsorship recognition in award ceremony program
  • Pre-event acknowledgment in Booklist’s June REaD ALERT newsletter and the June issue of RUSA’s newsletter RUSA Update

Literary Tastes: Celebrating the Best Reading of the Year Listen to some of the year’s best authors discuss their work and the craft of writing while enjoying the company of other book lovers. All Annual Conference registrants are invited to participate in this conference program. Light refreshments will be served.                                     
Featured speakers include:

  • Naomi Novik, author of Uprooted. Published by Del Rey. Winner of the 2016 Fantasy category of RUSA's Reading List.
  • Jim Shepard, author of The Book of Aron. Published by A.A.Knopf. Winner of the 2016 Sophie Brody Medal and finalist for the 2016 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction.
  • James Hannaham, author of Delicious Foods. Published by Little, Brown and Company. 2016 RUSA Notable Book for Fiction.
  • Karin Slaughter, author of Pretty Girls. Published by William Morrow, a division of HarperCollins. Winner of the 2016 Adrenaline category of RUSA's Reading List.
  • Joy Harjo, author of Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings: Poems. Published by W.W. Norton and Company. 2016 RUSA Notable Book for Poetry.

Date: Sunday, June 26            Time: 8 - 10 a.m.            Location: Rosen Centre, Grand A   Schedule it.

More author and book details can be viewed here.

Sponsored by the Collection Development and Evaluation Section (CODES) of RUSA

RUSA Achievement Awards Reception  Join us in celebration to honor the 2016 winners of RUSA’s achievement awards and grants. These awards recognize the profession’s most exceptional librarians, libraries, and projects involving reference services today.

Date: Sunday, June 26            Time: 5 - 6:30 p.m.          Location: Rosen Centre, Grand A   Schedule it.        

Sponsored by RUSA  

Business As Usual:

Barring executive sessions, all of the following meetings are open and any individual registered for the 2015 Annual Conference may sit in on the meeting.

Board of Directors Meeting I and II
RUSA Board of Director meetings are open and any individual registered for the 2015 Annual Conference may sit in on the meetings. The meeting’s topics are set aside for visitors and board members to use as an 'open forum' where anyone can share information, ask questions, etc. The agenda and documents are completed prior to the conference. Anyone interested in viewing the agenda for the meeting, as well as the documents that accompany the agenda items, may view or download them from ALA Connect. If you or your constituency develops a document for board consideration, please give it to the RUSA staff at least two hours before a board meeting. Hope to see you there!              

Board I – Saturday, June 25       Time: 1 - 2:30 p.m.    Location: Orange County Convention Center, W334    Schedule it.   
Board II – Monday, June 27        Time: 2 - 4 p.m.          Location: Orange County Convention Center, W334    Schedule it.

Executive Committee Meeting
Meeting of the Executive Committee where discussions will consist of current and planned activities of the RUSA Division. This is an open meeting and all registered attendees are welcome. Come meet some of RUSA’s key players: President, Anne Houston; President-Elect/Vice-President, Alesia M. McManus; Past President, Joseph A. Thompson; Secretary, Kathryn J. Oberg; Councilor, Sarah Jane Hammill and RUSA Executive Director, Susan Hornung.

Date: Friday, June 26                Time: 1:30 - 4 p.m.         Location: Hilton Orlando, Clear Lake   Schedule it.

Budget and Finance Meeting
Meeting to review, recommend and plan goals, objectives, and priorities for the division as they relate to RUSA’s budget.

Date: Sunday, June 26             Time: 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.              Location: Orange County Convention Center, W334   Schedule it.

New Leader's Orientation
This meeting for RUSA committee chairs will cover the many resources available to them within RUSA to help carry out their responsibilities successfully – questions encouraged!

Date: Monday, June 27             Time: 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.         Location: Orange County Convention Center, W209C   Schedule it.  

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Exclusive and Valuable RUSA Programs:

The Library as Publisher: Emerging Services for Storytellers and Scholars
Stay tuned!  

Speaker:  Beth Boatright
                   Jonah Magar
                  Sarah Lydon
                  Catherine Damiani

Date: Saturday, June 25        Time: 1 - 2:30 p.m.       Location: Orange County Convention Center, S330 A-B   Schedule it. 

Sponsored by the Reference Services Section (RSS) Section RUSA

Educating for the Future of Reference, sponsored by the RSS Education & Professional Development Committee
What do reference librarians need from library school coursework to best prepare them for the current marketplace? To help answer this question we have assembled a panel that includes reference/public services librarians from both academic and public libraries, a library school professor, and a library school dean, to explore whether existing coursework as currently taught meets these needs, and if not, how those working in the profession can best inform library schools as they make strategic decisions about curriculum.

Moderator:   Bryna Coonin (moderator), East Carolina University, Greenville NC

Speakers:   Jason Coleman, Kansas State University
                      Wendi Bost, Orange County Library System in Orlando
                      Dr. Linda Lillard, Professor of Library Science at Clarion University
                      Dr. Eileen Abels, Simmons School of Library & Information Science

Date: Saturday, June 25         Time: 1 - 2:30 p.m.          Location: Orange County Convention Center, W104   Schedule it.        

Sponsored by the Reference Services Section (RSS) Section of RUSA

Partnering for the Common Good: Libraries, and Genealogical Societies
Interest in family history (genealogy) is at an all-time high across the nation. In addition, Technology is making possible partnerships between libraries and societies that would not have been possible a few years ago. Come hear stories of successful collaboration between all types of libraries (Public, Academic, School, and Special), and genealogical societies. Learn how you can leverage these partnerships to the benefit of your library. Participants will learn how to identify opportunities for their own libraries to partner with a local genealogical society.

Moderator:  Michael J. Hall, FamilySearch International    
Speakers:  Curt Witcher, Allen County Public Library
                     Drew Smith, University of South Florida Tampa Library
                     Amy Johnson Crow
Date: Saturday, June 25        Time: 1 - 2:30 p.m.          Location: Orange County Convention Center, W109A   Schedule it. 

Sponsored by the History Section of RUSA

Not Your Average Consortia
As library partnerships and collaborations are needed more than ever, library consortias are being relied upon more as resources and tools in a library's future. This presentation will focus on what years of consortial development and participation has taught us. The panelist provide decades of experience in consortial partnerships and will be able to touch upon the "best of" practices in these partnerships. They will also guide a discussion on future developments and opportunities for all consortial cooperation.

Speakers:   Rick Burke, Statewide California Electronic Library Consortium, (SCELC)
                      Anne E. McKee, Greater Western Library Alliance
                      Anya Arnold, Consortial Consultant
                      Kathi Fountain, Orbis Cascade
Date: Saturday, June 25        Time: 3 - 4 p.m.        Location: Orange County Convention Center, S330 C-D   Schedule it.

Co-Sponsored by the Sharing and Transforming Access to Resources Section (STARS) of RUSA and the Systems and Services Section, Consortial Borrowing Joint Committee of the Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA).

Emerging Technologies Librarians: Changing Roles for Changing Times
We'll take a look at the day in the life of Emerging Technologies Librarians, the trends in job descriptions, tips for successfully juggling competing priorities, and advice and strategies for keeping up. Our panel will delve into the discussion regarding what preparation library schools should be providing for reference practitioners. The panel will bring together LIS reference educators and reference practitioners - which makes this a unique program. At the end of this program, participants will be able to describe several different variations of job descriptions and responsibilities of emerging technologies librarians.

Speakers:  Donna Scanlon, Library of Congress
                     Beth Boatright, Indiana University, Purdue University Fort Wayne
                     Tara Radniecki, University of Nevada-Reno

 Date: Sunday, June 26         Time: 1 - 2:30 p.m.     Location: Orange County Convention Center, W109A   Schedule it.

 Sponsored by the Emerging Technologies Section (ETS) of RUSA

Resource Sharing in Tomorrowland- A Panel Discussion about the Future of Interlibrary Loan
What is the future of ILL? Is it shiny and automated? Is it distributed and crowd-sourced? Is it integrated with other library services- such as Acquisitions or Collection Development- so as to be totally invisible? Or is it just plain broken and/or obsolete? Interlibrary Loan has undergone a dramatic shift over the past several years from being an ancillary service supplementing existing library collections to a critical component in meeting library patrons’ day to day information needs. At the same time, new patrons unfamiliar with many “traditional” library services (such as ILL) are bringing their own expectations and demands to us in unusual ways.  Join our panel of librarians as they share their visions of resource sharing in Tomorrowland. The perfect program for access services librarians, collection development librarians, and resource sharing librarians. Bring your own jetpack!

Speakers:     Tom Bruno,Yale University    
                        Angela Galvan, Ohio State University    
                        Kurt Munson, Northwestern University
                        Heidi Nance-Bajorek, University of Washington    
                        Carolyn Gardner, University of Southern California

Date: Saturday, June 25       Time: 1 - 2:30 p.m.          Location: Orange County Convention Center, W206C     Schedule it.   

Sponsored by the Sharing and Transforming Access to Resources Section (STARS) of RUSA

The Readers' Advisory Research and Trends Forum (Harnessing Research and Data to Advance Readers' Advisory Services)
The Reader's Advisory Research and Trends Forum explores the cutting edge of Reader’s Advisory (RA) services, bringing noted experts from a wide range of fields together to explore the future of reading and the ways librarians connect readers to their next favorite books.

The primary focus is the necessity of understanding genres and subgenres and librarians difficulty in keeping up with them as they change and identifying new authors/titles that fit within the genres/subgenres.

Moderator:  Cynthia Orr, Consultant

Speaker:    Michael P. Santangelo
                     Barry Trott

Date: Saturday, June 25       Time:10:30 - 11:30 a.m.       Location: Orange County Convention Center, S330 C-D   Schedule it.            

Sponsored by the Collection Development and Evaluation Section (CODES) of RUSA

22nd Annual Reference Research Forum 
The Reference Research Forum continues to be one of the most popular and valuable programs during the ALA Annual Conference, where attendees can learn about notable projects conducted in the broad area of reference services such as user behavior, electronic services, reference effectiveness and assessment, and organizational structure and personnel.

Date: Sunday, June 26         Time: 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.        Location: Orange County Convention Center, W104   Schedule it.     

Sponsored by the Reference Services Section (RSS) of RUSA

Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes: Travel and Hospitality Landscape and Library Resources
The travel and tourism industry in the United States accounts for $1.5 trillion of economic output. Come to this lively talk to hear about this important industry and how your library can help support your local travel and tourism economy. Our first speaker will be Jack Plunkett, founder of Plunkett Research, Ltd., a Houston-based provider of B2B market research, technology analysis, and industry analysis since 1985. Our second speaker is Tim Bottorff, Head Librarian at University of Central Florida's Rosen College Library. Both speakers will address the overall landscape of the market, with key insights into top library resources. This session is intended for librarians who work with entrepreneurs, community partnerships, as well as academics and students.  Informative handouts will be available as well as an opportunity to win prizes. Breakfast sponsored by S&P Capital IQ.

Speakers: Tim Bottorff
                    Fiona O’Donnell

Date: Monday, June 27       Time: 8:30 - 10 a.m.           Location: Orange County Convention Center, W108    Schedule it.

Sponsored by the Business Reference and Services Section (BRASS) of RUSA

Building Stronger Libraries through Collective Action
A century after the first library workers union was founded, library workers continue to work within labor unions to improve wages and working conditions. Unions are also strong advocates for libraries and work with the community to protect and increase funding and awareness.

Speakers will provide library advocacy success stories and outline legal protections for those looking to form a union and organize through social media.

Moderators: Aliqae Geraci, Cornell University Library
                       Jennifer Dorning, Department for Professional Employees, AFL-CIO

Date: Monday, June 27      Time: 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.     Location: Orange County Convention Center, W101B   Schedule it.

Organized by AFL-CIO/ALA Labor Committee

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