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Program Descriptions for
the Afternoon of Monday, June 25

Programs with a $ next to the title are not included with a conference registration, and require an additional registration. To register, see the registration page.

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Monday, 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

AASL Awards Luncheon $
Track: Non-Track
Celebrate the accomplishments of your colleagues and enjoy lunch at the presentation of the 2007 AASL Awards, including the prestigious National School Library Media Program of the Year Award. Immediately following the Awards Luncheon is the AASL President's Reception providing the opportunity to meet and greet the AASL President, Board Members and other AASL leaders. This event requires registration. See the registration information for details.

Monday, 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

President's Program: The Art of Persuasion: Strategies for Effective Communication with Chief Academic Officers
Track: Non-Track
What does an institution's chief academic officer (CAO) typically know about the library? What expectations of the library might a CAO have? What information does a CAO need when making library resource decisions? How should this information be articulated? A distinguished panel of academic administrators will answer these questions and share strategies for effective communication practices for librarians. Recent research findings on CAO perceptions and valuing of libraries will also be shared.
Speakers: Elise B. Jorgens, Provost & Senior Vice-President for Academic Affairs, College of Charleston; Dominic Latorraca, Vice-President of Academic Affairs, County College of Morris; William Destler, Senior Vice-President for Academic Affairs & Provost, University of Maryland; Moderator, James P. Honan, Senior Lecturer on Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education

South Africa: the Big Five
Track: Authors, Literature & Cultural Programming; Literature
Mr. Tyrone Gunnie, Second Secretary for Public Diplomacy with the South African Embassy, discusses the big five about South Africa. No, it's not rhinos or elephants, but tourism, cultural issues, Mandela, libraries and life in South Africa. Okay, so it's our big five, but it will be yours as well when you hear of all the interesting things that are taking place in this country that is Alive With Possibility!

Cultural Competence: Bridging the Gap Between What We Say and What We Do
Track: Administration & Leadership
Speakers will address REFORMA President Roxana Benavides' theme for 2006-2007: "Bridging the Gaps", by looking at cultural competence as an integral part of service delivery, workforce equity and leadership development. Ghada K. Elturk (Outreach Librarian of the City of Boulder Public Library) will explain why diversity, service, and communication are ineffective without cultural competence. Paula M. Smith (Asst. Librarian, Penn State Abington) will address cultural competence as an organizational development and measurement tool. Camila Alire (Dean Emeritus, Univ. of New Mexico and Colorado State University), and José Aponte (Library Director, San Diego County Library) will outline how and why cultural competence is a vital component of communication and leadership in a global and multicultural environment. Discussion will be facilitated by Roxana Benavides and Sandra Rios Balderrama
Speakers: Ghada K. Elturk; Jose Aponte; Camila Alire

Public Access to Government-Sponsored Research
Track: Issues & Updates
Co-sponsored by FLICC. This panel will explore the 'comparative advantage' of the Federal Government in regards to the Open Access movement. We will describe what the Open Access movement is, how it could affect federal publications and federal libraries, the various legislative efforts that have attempted to broaden access to Federally-funded research results, and the potential impact on access to government information.
Speakers: James King, Chief Librarian, Naval Research Laboratory; Heather Joseph, Executive Director, Scholarly Publishing & Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC); Michael Mabe, CEO, International Association of STM Publishers; Jerry Sheehan, Assistant Director for Policy Development, National Institutes of Health, National Library of Medicine

Serving Transgendered Patrons
Track: User Services, Reference & Outreach; Outreach to Target Populations
The information needs of transpeople in general have frequently been overlooked. Often folded into Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual services, libraries have seldom discussed the unique interests and needs of this growing population. This presentation establishes some baseline cultural competencies and provides guidance on locating basic Transgendered information resources. Included is a pathfinder and bibliography for resources selected for their relevance and accuracy.

Essential Liberty or National Security: Is It Really Necessary to Give Up the One for the Other?
Track: Non-Track
Benjamin Franklin once wrote, "They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." During a prolonged War on Terror, does this value still ring true for Americans? The Hon. Richard Posner, author of Not a Suicide Pact: The Constitution in a Time of National Emergency, and Geoffrey Stone, author of Perilous Times: Free Speech in Wartime, will debate this centuries-old opinion. A question-and-answer session follows. Cosponsored by the ALA Intellectual Freedom Committee, the Association of American Publishers, and the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression.
Speakers: Richard Posner, Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit; Geoffrey Stone, Author

Building Successful International Partnership Strategies and Challenges
Track: Non-Track
This session will explore the successful international partnerships between libraries in the U.S. and around the world. Speakers will talk about the development of the partnerships, the impact on their institutions and the logistics of establishing and maintaining agreements. Speakers will represent different types of libraries, giving a flavor for this type of work from a school, public, academic and state library perspective.

Two Hundred Years of the Coast Survey
Track: Non-Track
This program will explore the history and charting of the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey and other legacy agencies of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
Speakers: Janice Beattie, Director, NOAA Central Library; John Cloud, Historian/Geographer, NOAA Central Library

COA Town Hall Meeting: Review of the 1992 ALA Standards for Accreditation
Track: Issues & Updates
The ALA Committee on Accreditation (COA) invites all library and information studies education stakeholders to a discussion of the proposed revisions to the 1992 Standards for Accreditation of Master's Programs in Library and Information Studies.

Copyright 101: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know But Were Afraid to Ask
Track: Non-Track
Several copyright topics will be covered in an open house session. Attendees can drop by anytime during this event. Knowledgeable copyright librarians will be available to answer questions and provide advice. Topics will include: inter-library loan, electronic reserves (print and media), replacement and preservation copies, fair use, international copyright, the public domain, and pending legislation.

An Afternoon at Georgetown University: Exploring Literacy Initiatives in Our Communities and Across the Globe
Track: Non-Track
Join ALA's Committee on Literacy and Georgetown University's Center for Child and Human Development for an interesting and educational afternoon in historic Georgetown. Learn about the Center's local and global literacy initiatives, including Communities Can! and the newly awarded UNESCO Chair, develop new opportunities for library involvement, and form far reaching networks for collaboration. Transportation to and from Georgetown University will be provide. Reservations required. Please RSVP to

Library Outreach and Programming on a Shoestring Budget
Track: User Services, Reference & Outreach
The objectives for the program will include, but are not limited to various methods of outreach; collaborations and community relationship build in efforts to plan a unique array of programs for the community served with little to no money. We will also, discuss the pros of developing a friends group and a program planning committee. The outcomes of the seminar are to help the participants plan at least six months of programs during the session.

Let's Talk About It: 25 Years of Reading and Discussion Programs
Track: Authors, Literature & Cultural Programming; Literature
The 25 year old Let's Talk About It (LTAI) reading & discussion model has been engaging people through provocative theme based, scholar-led discussions of excellent literature. Learn about new themes, funding opportunities and resources as LTAI project directors, participants and scholars discuss the evolution of the program model, favorite themes and books and ideas for the future. Program followed by a LTAI 25th anniversary celebration.
Speakers: Mary Davis Fournier, Project Director, ALA Public Programs Office; Matthew Brogan, Director of Programs, Nextbook

Technical Services 2.0: Using Social Software for Collaboration
Track: Digital Information & Technologies
Social software such as wikis, blogs, RSS feeds, instant messaging and social bookmarking are proving themselves on the public services side of libraries. This program will explore their application in technical services.

What's the BIG Idea? Science & Math for Children in Public Libraries
Track: Children & Young Adults; Best Practices and Model Programming
A hands-on exciting and transformative experience. Who knew science and math could be so much fun? "Informal science" or science outside the classroom is the focus of What's the BIG Idea? Children ages 4-7 and their families are the audience for the books, manipulatives, programs, and resources. Content centers on the four "BIG Ideas" of science and math for young children.
Speakers: Sally Anderson, Executive Director, Mother Goose Programs (VT); Patricia A. Langley, Senior Librarian, Delaware Division of Libraries; Anne E. C. Norman, State Librarian, Delaware Division of Libraries; Elisabeth Simmons, Youth Services Librarian, Kirkwood Highway Library (DE); Rose V. Treviño, Youth Services Coordinator, Houston Public Library (TX)

A Sticky Issue: Is Labeling a Form of Censorship?
Track: Issues & Updates
Is there a fine line between providing enough information for our public and supplying too much information, as we label and sticker our youth collections? Come hear dynamic presentations from speakers who espouse diverse opinions about a topic near and dear to the hearts of youth librarians.
Speakers: Carolyn Caywood, Librarian, Virginia Beach Pub Lib/Bayside & Special Services Library, VA; Carrie Gardner, Professor, SLIS, Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.; Stephanie Bange, Children's Librarian, Dayton Metro Library, Wilmington-Stroop Branch, Kettering, OH

AIA ALA 2007 Library Building Awards
Track: Administration & Leadership; Buildings
Celebrate the Best in Library Architecture! New Libraries, recent renovations and additions compete for the prestigious biennial awards bestowed by ALA and the American Institute of Architects. A jury of architects and librarians has selected nine exciting Library Building Projects from over 300 applicants for the 2007 Honors. Architects and Library Leaders will present their winning projects through illustrations and images. Talk with the winners at a post program reception.
Speakers: Kay Johnson, Chair, LAMA BES Library Building Awards Committee; William Sannwald, Library Buildings Consultant, Past LAMA President, retired

Is the Learning Commons Enough? - Asking the Better Questions
Track: Administration & Leadership; Buildings
Once a key space in every library building program, the Library Information Commons has been replaced by the Learning Commons. Beginning with an exploration of the latest technologies that change how we think about library space, this session will explore ways that today's library commons space can foster interaction and learning. Guided by research on student engagement, we'll discern how to ask better questions to ensure that our library commons are truly designed for learning.
Speakers: Scott Bennett, Library consultant, Librarian Emeritus,Yale University; Nancy Schmidt, Co-Director, Learning Commons, University of Guelph Library; Stephen Johnson, AIA, Principal, Pfeiffer Partners Architects; Mark Valenti, President, Sextant Group

Raising More MoneyTM: Sustainable Funding for Your Library
Track: Administration & Leadership; Advocacy, Marketing, & Fundraising
Raising More Money(TM) trains and coaches nonprofit organizations including libraries to implement a mission-based fund raising system. When library donors are truly connected to the impact of an organization's work and cultivated systematically they will give larger gifts. The program provides the step-by-step process and the tools-training, templates, scripts, and rigorous coaching-to put your library on the pathway to financial sustainability.
Speakers: Terry Axelrod, Proprietor, Raising More Money

Survey Fatigue? An Rx for Avoiding the Problem
Track: Administration & Leadership; Assessment
Survey fatigue is a commonly acknowledged problem of immediate interest to "surveyors" and "surveyed" alike. This program will provide practical strategies and techniques to reduce the phenomenon by suggesting ways to improve surveys when their use is mandated and by describing alternative approaches for evaluating existing programs and services, providing meaningful assessment, and developing assessment-based planning efforts. Panelists will also discuss how to convince library staff, upper-level administrators, and supervisory agencies to accept these approaches.
Speakers: Wendy Starkweather, Director, Public Services Division, University of Nevada,Las Vegas; Keith Lance, Director, Library Research Service, Colorado Department of Education; Steve Hiller, Director, Director of Assessment & Planning, University of Washington Libraries; Meg Scharf, Associate Director for Public Services, University of Central Florida Libraries

Access Services: It's Not Just Circulation Any More!
Track: User Services, Reference & Outreach; Best Practices
Customer service has changed drastically! Access Services consolidates service points and staffs to improve service delivery, staffing efficiency, and space utilization. Google "access services" and find (not all in one library) Circulation, ILL, Reserves, instructional services, collection security, building management, services for the disabled, Information Technology, Technical Services, Reader's Advisory, and aspects of Reference. Combinations cross job descriptions, civil service structures, and union contracts. Come and explore how this affects your job and your organization!
Speakers: Ann Snowman, Head, Access Services, Pennsylvania State University Libraries; Trevor A. Dawes, Circulation Services Director, Princeton University Library; Ross W. McLachlan, Technical Services Administrator, Phoenix Public Library

Put Your Money Where Your Circulation Is: The Fine Art of Budgeting for Audiovisuals
Track: Collection Management & Technical Services
Panelists will discuss the allocation of funds toward popular collection items. What has happened to the circulation when libraries re-allocated funds to audiovisual materials? What type of resistance can happen? Learn about the obstacles encountered when librarians tried to make a funding allocation change. How can librarians overcome resistance toward change?
Speakers: Jim Cooper, Director, Salt Lake County (Ut.) Library System; Jana Prock, Director, Bay City (Tex.) Public Library; Rivkah Sass, Director, Omaha (Neb.) Public Library; Carolyn Anthony, Director, Skokie (Ill.) Public Library

President's Program: Time Odyssey: Visions of Reference and User Services
Track: User Services, Reference & Outreach
Once upon a time, there existed reference librarians. Working in libraries and depending on books and the Internet, they helped people do research and answered questions -- free of charge--in-person, over the phone, and via e-mail and instant messaging. But, of course, since then, things have changed. The year is 2017, and the world is not as we knew it. Speaking at this year's RUSA President's Program are four individuals who, through story, will paint pictures of how they imagine the world will be 10 years from now.
Speakers: William J. Mitchell, Professor of Architecture, Media Arts, and Sciences, MIT; Allen Renear, professor of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois-UC; Michael Cornfield, Director of Research, Democracy Online Project; Genevieve Bell, Director of User Experience, Intel and an anthropologist; Stephen Bell, blogger at ASCLog, and The Kept-Up Academic Librarian blog

YALSA President's Program & Membership Meeting: A Day in the Life of an American Teenager - Five Decades with YALSA
Track: Children & Young Adults
Join YALSA as we take a walk down memory lane, celebrating our 50th anniversary and five decades of excellence in library service to teens. We will explore teen fads, fashions, and popular reading along with milestones in YALSA history. The program will feature dramatic vignettes for each decade and a panel discussion. Several well-known authors of young adult literature will discuss the evolution of writing for teens since 1957, and new trends as we look forward to our next 50 years.

Monday, 1:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Using Metadata Standards in Digital Libraries: Implementing METS, MODS, PREMIS and MIX
Track: Non-Track
Experiments with a number of emerging standards have proven their utility for managing and navigating digital objects in a digital library. A number of digital library projects have used METS in combination with MODS, PREMIS, and MIX to allow for packaging together rich descriptive metadata with various kinds of administative metadata and links to the objects. Using widely available open source XML tools, institutions can provide new methods for display, use, and management of digital objects on their websites and in their repositories. This session will explore how libraries are using these new standards and tools in the presentation and management of digital objects. Business meeting will follow.
Speakers: Brian Tingle, California Digital Library; Rebecca Guenther, Library of Congress; Tom Habing, University of Illinois Urbana/Champaign

Monday, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

GALA Author Tea
Track: Non-Track
Join Susan Vreeland (Life Studies), Eileen Goudge, Frank Delaney (Tiperary) and other bestelling authors who will speak about their writing at this traditional FOLUSA event featuring finger sandwiches, coffee and tea, and a variety of sweets. A book signing will follow. Some books will be given away and others will be available at a generous discount. Tickets may be purchased online at Tickets are $40 in advance ($35 for FOLUSA members) through June 20, or $45 on site.

Monday, 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

AIA ALA 2007 Library Building Awards Reception
Track: Non-Track
Celebrate the Best in Library Architecture! New Libraries, recent renovations and additions compete for the prestigious biennial awards bestowed by ALA and the American Institute of Architects. A jury of architects and librarians has selected nine exciting Library Building Projects from over 300 applicants for the 2007 Honors. Architects and Library Leaders will present their winning projects through illustrations and images. Talk with the winners at a post program reception.
Monday, 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Monday, 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Benefits You Can Afford
Track: Human Resources & Staff Development; Compensation & Benefits
Selection of topics covered: rights and protections; purchasing private health insurance; government-subsidized plans; negotiating hospital bills; and pharmacy cards.
Speakers: Jim Brown, Director of Health Service, Actors' Fund of America

L. Ray Patterson Copyright Award: In Support of Users' Rights
Track: Non-Track
The L. Ray Patterson Award is given annually to an individual who has demonstrated a long commitment to the fundamental tenets of the copyright law -- public domain, fair use, and the advancement of learning. This year's recipient is Professor Peter Jaszi. Join us for a reception in his honor.

Selected Videos and DVDs for Young Adults
Track: Non-Track
View selected scenes from the winners of YALSA's Selected Videos and DVDs list and get some tips on how they can be used in libraries and classrooms.

Monday, 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

PLA President's Program and Awards Presentation featuring Elizabeth Edwards
Track: Non-Track
PLA President Susan Hildreth invites you to attend PLA's premiere event at the 2007 ALA Annual Conference featuring Elizabeth Edwards. A passionate advocate for children and families, as well as an accomplished attorney, Elizabeth Edwards has been a tireless advocate for many important causes. Both Elizabeth and her husband are strongly committed to strengthening communities and expanding educational opportunities for all children. She touched hundreds of similarly grieving families when her own son, Wade, died tragically at age sixteen in 1996. She shared her experiences in Saving Graces, an incandescent memoir of Edwards' trials, tragedies, and triumphs, and of how various communities celebrated her joys and lent her steady strength and quiet hope in darker times. Following her talk and the awards presentation, join PLA President Susan Hildreth for a gala, music-filled reception.

Monday, 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

ALSC Poetry Blast 4
Track: Non-Track
Poetry should be heard and not just seen. Poetry Blast celebrates the wonder and excitement of this aural tradition, featuring contemporary North American poetry for children by poets both new and established. The audience will find this enlightening and energizing event a perfect way to end a conference day. Ten to twelve poets will read. Hosted by Barbara A. Genco (Brooklyn Public Library) and Poet/Writer Marilyn Singer. Information about current and forthcoming books of poetry will be available. Poets include: Andrew Clements, Betsy Franco, John Grandits, Eloise Greenfield, Lee Bennett Hopkins, Alan Katz, Walter Dean Myers, Marilyn Singer, Carole Boston Weatherford, Tracie Vaughn Zimmer. Program subject to change.

The Laugh's On Us!
Track: Non-Track
Join Sarah Thyre, cast member of Strangers with Candy and author of upcoming Dark at the Roots (Perseus), Shawn Decker, author of My Pet Virus (Penguin), and an assortment of other wild and crazy humorists who will entertain you and sign their books. Relax and laugh with wine, cheese, and comedy. Tickets are $25 in advance through June 20, 2007 or $35 at the door. Advance tickets can be purchased online at or by phone at (800) 936-5872.

Monday, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

International Librarian's Reception $
Track: Non-Track
Please join the International Relations Round Table (IRRT) in welcoming and celebrating with librarians from more than 80 countries at the ALA Annual Conference. The International Librarians Reception will be held at the Library of Congress, Montpelier Room. Open to all conference attendees, this reception offers a unique opportunity to network with hundreds of information professionals from around the world. Join us for a mixing of culture and ideas, regional cuisine, hors d'oeuvres and open bar (this event is free for international librarians). This event requires registration. Please see registration information for details.

Monday, 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

16th Annual Free Speech Buffet $
Track: Non-Track
SRRT - Alternative Media Task Force in All Materials: Come enjoy an evening of alternative literature. Meet area alternative and independent publishers of books and magazines, most of whom won't be found in the exhibit hall, and peruse their offerings. Enjoy a light appetizer buffet and a cash bar. This event requires registration ($15). Please see registration information for details.

Monday, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Sherlock Holmes at the Press Club
The Sub-Librarian Scion of the Baker Street Irregulars in the ALA
Track: Non-Track
Peter E. Blau of the Red Circle of Washington will be our host for Sherlockian toasts and presentations at the National Press Club. The Club is on the 13th floor of the National Press Building at 14th and F Streets NW. The nearest subway stop is Metro Center at 13th and G Streets NW. Dinner tickets are $41 in advance by June 11. Please make your check payable to Peter E. Blau and send to Sunnyvale Public Library, P.O. Box 3714, Sunnyvale, Ca. 94088-3714. Please indicate your name, address, e-mail and choice of salmon, beef or vegetarian plate. Speakers: Daniel Stashower, author; Gayle T. Harris, former librarian at the Library of Congress; Peter E. Blau, Sherlockian and raconteur

Monday, 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

BCALA Literary Awards Presentation & Reception
Track: Non-Track

Michael L. Printz Program and Reception $
Track: Non-Track
The Michael L. Printz Award is an award for a book that exemplifies literary excellence in young adult literature. The annual award is administered by YALSA and sponsored by Booklist magazine. Come listen to the winner, Gene Luen Yang for his graphic novel American Born Chinese and honor book authors M.T. Anderson for The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation; v. 1: The Pox Party; John Green for An Abundance of Katherines; Sonya Hartnett for Surrender; and Markus Zusak for The Book Thief speak about their writing, followed by a dessert reception. This event requires registration. Please see the registration information for details.

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