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Details on Special Events, Speakers and other Events occuring during the Annual Conference will be added as they are confirmed.

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Opening General Session
Featuring Madeleine Albright

Saturday, June 24, 2006 5:30 – 7:00 pm

Portrait by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders

ALA is thrilled to welcome former Secretary of State and bestselling author of Madam Secretary, Madeleine Albright as the keynote speaker for the Opening General Session. With her new book, The Mighty And The Almighty: Reflections on America, God, and World Affairs, she offers a provocative and personal look at the role of religion in America’ s foreign policy. In this illuminating first-hand account, one of the most renowned figures in American politics argues that understanding the place and power of religion - and knowing how best to respond to it - is essential if America is to lead successfully around the world.

Madeleine Albright served as U.S. Secretary of State from 1997 to 2001, the first woman ever to hold the position. Her distinguished career in government includes positions in the National Security Council, as a U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, and on Capitol Hill. She is currently the founder of The Albright Group LLC, chairman of the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, and the Mortara Endowed Distinguished Professor at the Georgetown School of Foreign Service. She lives in Washington, D.C., and Virginia.

Sponsored by HarperCollins

Closing Session
Featuring Cokie Roberts

Tuesday, June 27, 2006, 8:00 - 9:00 am

Cokie Roberts is the author of the national best-seller, We Are Our Mothers' Daughters, which reveals the often surprising stories of the fascinating women of the American Revolution. Drawing upon personal correspondence, private journals, and even favored recipes, Roberts brings to life the everyday trials and extraordinary triumphs of individuals like Abigail Adams, Eliza Pinckney, Catherine Littlefield Green and Martha Washington, proving that without our exemplary women, the new country might have never survived.

Along with her husband, Steven V. Roberts, she is also the author of the bestselling title From This Day Forward, an account of their more than 30-year marriage, as well as other marriages in American history.

Roberts is currently the chief congressional analyst for ABC News; formerly she served as the co-anchor of This Week With Sam Donaldson & Cokie Roberts for eight years. Ms. Roberts also serves as a news analyst for National Public Radio, and along with her husband, writes a weekly column syndicated by United Media in major newspapers around the country. Her Op-Ed columns have appeared in the New York Times and the Washington Post; she has also written for the New York Times Magazine and the Atlantic.

Sponsored by HarperCollins

ALA President's Program
Reading: The Essential Skill

Sunday, June 25, 2006 3:30 – 5:30 pm

You are cordially invited to join President Michael Gorman as he welcomes Kevin Starr to talk about the enduring importance of reading and literacy. Kevin Starr is a noted scholar, librarian, and self-described evangelist for the central importance of reading and literacy to society and the life of the mind. Dr. Starr was the seventh State Librarian of California since the beginning of the 20th century, a position from which he retired in 2004. He has also served as Allston Burr Senior Tutor in Eliot House at Harvard; executive assistant to the Mayor of San Francisco; City Librarian of San Francisco; and a daily columnist for the San Francisco Examiner. He was born in San Francisco in 1940. He graduated from the University of San Francisco in 1962, and holds an MA degree (1965) and PhD (1969) from Harvard. He has an MLS from UC Berkeley and has done post-doctoral work at the Graduate Theological Union. He currently holds the rank of University Professor at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. The author of numerous newspaper and magazine articles, Starr has written ten books, seven of which are part of his Americans and the California Dream series. His writing has won him a Guggenheim Fellowship, membership in the Society of American Historians, and the Gold Medal of the Commonwealth Club of California.

Dr. Starr is an entertaining and engaging speaker who is sure to provide stimulating food for thought.

ALA/ProQuest Scholarship and Library Relief Event
Featuring Mary Chapin Carpenter!

Saturday, June 24, 2006, 8:00 - 11:00 pm

Convention Center Auditorium

Tickets are $35 and can be purchased on the online registration form. If you have already registered for the Conference, you can use the registration change/update form to purchase Bash tickets.

Visit the Scholarship Bash page for more information.

Auditorium Speaker Series

John Wood: Room to Read
Saturday June 24, 8:30-10:00 am

John Wood’s career at Microsoft spanned 1991 to 1999, where he ran significant parts of Microsoft’s international business including overseeing the worldwide launch of Office ’95, serving as Director of Marketing for Microsoft Australia, and Director of Business Development for the Greater China region.

Since leaving Microsoft in 1999, he has been devoted to starting up and running Room to Read. In six years, Room to Read has built over 200 schools and established 2,000 school libraries throughout the developing world. By the end of 2005, Room to Read had donated their 1 millionth book. Wood has grown the organization to over 40 full-time employees with an annual budget nearing $10 million. He is regularly recognized and awarded for his leadership, including: Time Magazine’s “Asian Heroes” Award; World Economic Forum “Young Global Leader”, with standing invitation to participate in Davos each year through 2010; Twice a winner of Fast Company Magazine’s Social Capitalist Award; Recipient of the Skoll Foundation Award for Social Innovation; Recipient of Draper Richards Fellowship for social entrepreneurs.

Sponsored by HarperCollins Publishers

Song for My Fathers: A New Orleans Story in Black and White
Featuring Tom Sancton
Saturday, June 24, 1:30 - 3:30 pm

Join author/musician Tom Sancton and his jazz ensemble for a visual, literary, and musical journey back to 1950s-60s New Orleans. Sancton will read and show images from his passionate memoir that pays tribute to the white father who raised him and to the black founding fathers of Jazz, “the mens” of Preservation Hall who inspired and encouraged him as he grew, as a musician, and as a man. Tom’s fellow performers each have a connection to the events in the memoir, and together they represent the rich cultural traditions and artistic talent that live on in New Orleans— despite Katrina’s ravages.

Clive Wilson - trumpet
Michael White - clarinet
Ronelle Johnson - trombone
Lars Edegran - piano
Bernie Attridge - bass
Frank Oxley - drums

“An important inside look into an underinvestigated period of New Orleans music.”-Wynton Marsalis

“Captures the sights, sounds, smells and society of a magical city living on borrowed time.” - Alyn Shipton, jazz critic, The Times, London, and author of A New History of Jazz

Tom Sancton worked at Time magazine for 22 years, most recently as the Paris Bureau Chief, and coauthored the bestseller Death of a Princess in 1998. He has also appeared as a clarinetist at major jazz festivals and has recorded more than a dozen albums. He currently lives in Paris with his wife Sylvaine.

Sponsored by Other Press

School Libraries Work: Rebuilding for Learning:
A National Town Hall Meeting
Featuring Keynote Address by
Mrs. Laura Bush
First Lady of the United States (INVITED)

Monday, June 26, 12:30 to 3:30 pm (NEW TIME!)
(Doors will open at noon - no one will be able to enter after 12:30 pm)

We are pleased to invite you to School Libraries Work: Rebuilding for Learning, a national town hall meeting sponsored by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) and Scholastic. At this exciting event local and national government officials, educators, and business leaders will join thousands of librarians from across the United States to address the critical role school libraries play in restoring learning and reuniting community in times of crisis. Lester Holt, NBC News Weekend TODAY Anchor, will moderate, and the event will feature a keynote address by Mrs. Laura Bush, First Lady of the United States (INVITED).

The town hall will feature compelling video of school library destruction in the Gulf Coast and powerful testimonials from children, parents, teachers and administrators impacted by the storms. Audience members will have the opportunity to participate in the discussion, which will conclude with a call-to-action from national corporations and foundations for increased funding and support of school library recovery.

Panelists will include Norman Francis, Ph.D., President, Xavier University, Keith Curry Lance, Ph.D., Director, Library Research Service-Colorado State Library, Wayne V. Rodolfich, Ph.D., Superintendent, Pascagoula Schools, MS, J. Linda Williams, President, American Association of School Librarians and local recipients of the Laura Bush Foundation grants.

Sponsored by Scholastic
and the American Association of School Librarians (AASL)

PLA President’s Program & Awards Presentation
Featuring Anderson Cooper

Monday, June 26, 5:00 – 6:30 pm

In Dispatches From The Edge: A Memoir of War, Disasters, and Survival (Harper- CollinsPublishers; June 2006) Anderson Cooper relates everything he saw and experienced as a correspondent and an anchor in 2005 with the same journalistic curiosity and emotional accessibility that rivets his television audience. Traveling to some of the world’s most dangerous places and finding scenes almost too shocking to watch, Cooper shares his front-row view of unforgettable events from the destruction of the tsunami in South Asia to the hunger crisis in Niger to the deadly Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. The indelible snapshots of loss and hope stay with him long after he has moved onto the next news cycle. Dispatches From The Edge reveals how witnessing so many others in pain and turmoil finally unlocks some of his own grief over the death of his father and brother and forces him to examine why he is always moving from story to story. Equal parts narrative, memoir, analysis and reporting, Dispatches From The Edge is a completely fascinating account of a year in the life of one of America’s most influential journalists.

Anderson Cooper has been a reporter for fifteen years. The anchor of CNN’s prime-time evening news show Anderson Cooper 360°, he joined the network in 2001 and has been hosting the program since March 2003. Previously, he worked as a correspondent for ABC News and was a foreign correspondent for Channel One. Cooper has won several awards for his work including a National Headliners Award and an Emmy Award. A Yale graduate, he contributes regularly to Details magazine. Anderson Cooper lives in New York City. Dispatches From The Edge is his first book.

Sposnored by HarperCollins

Bookcart Drill Team World Championship!

Sunday, June 25, 2006, 1:30 - 3:30 pm

The 2nd Annual Bookcart Drill Team World Championship will be held during the 2006 Annual Conference. Last year's event was a rollicking good time, so be sure to come out this year for the fun!
Registration for teams is still being accepted!

Sneak Preview of Documentary-in-Progress!
An ALA Exclusive!

Sunday, June 25, 2006 - 9:00 pm

The Hollywood Librarian: Librarians in Cinema and Society is the first comprehensive treatment of the subject of librarians. A vivid blend of factual documentary, feature films and storytelling, it reveals the realities of 21st century librarianship in an entertaining and appealing context of American movies. Interviews with actual librarians will be intercut with film clips of cinematic librarians in order to examine such issues as literature, books and reading, censorship, library funding, citizenship and democracy. For the first time, audiences will see and understand the real lives and real work of America’s librarians. In a deeper sense, this film is about how we as librarians promote the humanity of people, assisting people in finding themselves and each other in the realm of the written word, how we and they, in E.M. Forster’s challenge, “only connect.”

We will be offering a special sneak peek of this original documentary during the ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans. The sneak peek will be Sunday, June 25 at 9:00 pm.

The film was in pre-production for more than five years, and production began in December of 2004. To date, the film crew has logged over 30 hours of footage on high-definition digital video using the Panasonic Vericam digital camera and excellent quality sound. The total running time for the final documentary is estimated to be 102 minutes, or what’s called “feature length.”

It is hoped that Americans will develop a greater appreciation for the range of literature and materials available to them in our nation’s libraries, and that use of and support for librarians and libraries will be elevated because of this film. Come see for yourself this exciting documentary film by librarians, about librarians and for librarians (and the people who love them!).

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