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Program Descriptions for
the Morning 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, 8:00 - 10:00 am

Raising Readers: Engaging Adolescent Boys
Track: Authors, Literature & Cultural Programming
A university faculty panel will share research findings related to involvement of adolescent males in dialogue journals and email correspondence with teachers, parents, and university students. They will share characteristics of books that appealed to the boys and response strategies that were motivating to the boys. The authors will share information on their observations of boys' likes and dislikes and the ways in which they write stories that are appealing to boys.
Speakers: Pamela Nelson; Steve Layne; Donna Werderich; Neal Shusterman

Future of Information Retrival
Track: Digital Information & Technologies
Change is the only constant in the information universe. Multi-core processors, handheld devices, semantic clustering replaces subject indexing, subset metasearching, and "can this really be the beginning of the end for LC subjects, " are only a few of the new topics to grapple with. Understanding this brave new world may seem like trying to take a sip from a roaring fire hose. A panel of distinguished librarians, journalists, inventors, and visionaries will present their predictions of future developments in the world of online information search and retrieval. The panel members have all been instrumental in creating and shaping our present information world and will present their forecast of the future.

Jean E. Coleman Library Outreach Lecture
Track: Non-Track

12th Annual SORT Walking Tour: Beyond Embassy Row
Track: Non-Track
Join the SORT walking tour to explore historic sites near DuPont Circle and more! This event requires registration. Please see the registration information for details.

Ready or Not Here I Come: Providing Transition Services for Inmates
Track: User Services, Reference & Outreach; Outreach to Target Populations
The average person committed to prison serves less than three years before they are released back into the community. Many correctional agencies are developing or have developed programs and resources to help prepare inmates to make this transition successful. Public and county libraries can also be an important resource for ex-offenders once they are back in the community. This program will feature transition services provided to inmates in three correctional agencies and how community libraries can help provide information to make ex-offenders' transitions easier.

You Must Write It: 50 Tips for Publishing with YALSA
Track: Children & Young Adults
To paraphrase Toni Morrison, if there's a book (or an article, or a pamphlet, or a blog) that you really want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it. And YALSA is here to help. Come listen to our panel discuss the publishing process, including how to choose the right format and how to submit a knock-em-dead proposal. Then talk directly with representatives from the YALSA office, the YALSA Publications Committee, ALA Editions, the YALSA blog, YALS and YAttitudes editors, and especially with current YALSA authors who will share tips and stories about how they made it into print. Why wait for someone else to contribute?

Monday, 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Issues and Trends in Digital Repositories of Non-textual Information: Support for Research and Teaching
Track: Digital Information & Technologies
Libraries have long been invaluable for preserving and organizing literature produced from scientific research. Librarians and researchers alike are becoming increasingly aware of the importance of also preserving the scientific community's prodigious output of data, which are often difficult, if not impossible, to find in published literature. This engaging and informative program will address the issues and trends of storing and providing access to the vast amount of non-textual information produced by scientific research.
Speakers: Thomas Dowling, Assistant Director of Library Systems, Client/ Server Applications, OhioLINK; D. Scott Brandt, Associate Dean for Research, Purdue University; Frank Cervone, Assistant University Librarian for Information Technology, Northwestern University

Once Upon a Furl in a Podcast Long Ago: Using New Technologies to Support Library Instruction
Track: User Services, Reference & Outreach; Information Literacy
Librarians are teaching to the Net Generation. Students are growing up in a world of technology. Ever wonder how to creatively use new technologies in the classroom? Not quite sure what a blog, Podcast, RSS feed, or social bookmark is? Or how you could use these to teach? Joan Lippincott, Associate Director of Coalition for Networked Information, will give an overview of emerging technologies and library instruction. Also, hear how one LIS professor, an expert in gender and information technology, is teaching future librarians how to use these tools in the classroom. See examples and get tips from an instructional services librarian and a women's studies librarian on how to integrate such tools into your instruction.
Speakers: Joan Lippincott, Associate Executive Director, Coalition for Networked Information; Kathy Burnett, Associate Professor, Information Studies, Florida State University; Kathryn Shaughnessy, Instructional Services Librarian, St. John's University, Queens; Heather Tompkins, Reference & Instruction Librarian, Carlton College

The Insider's Guide to Capitol Hill
Track: Non-Track
This is an activity/event rather than a program. The PLA Legislation Committee will lead an insider's tour of Capitol Hill and surrounding environs designed to demystify the halls of government and remove some of the intimidation that may keep some ALA and PLA members from attending National Library Legislative Day. The plan includes a guided tour through the House and Senate Office Buildings, the Capitol, and other government buildings in the Capitol complex. This fun and entertaining trip will include a stop at a Congressional Office, a look at a committee room, and stops for refreshments at the cafeterias in the bowels of the Capitol complex. Please note: This session is now full and additional registrations will not be accepted.

Monday, 8:00 am - 12:30 pm

Doing Business Abroad: Regulations, Markets, and Culture
Track: User Services, Reference & Outreach
The BRASS program will consist of individual presentations followed by Q&A. Kirsten Mortimer, Bureau of Industry & Security, Dept. of Commerce will speak on the topic of policies and regulations guiding American companies doing business abroad. Greta Ober-Beauchesne, World Bank/International Monetary Fund Library will discuss international business web resources. Patrick Tunison, Small Business Administration will talk about federal involvement in assisting new business exports/imports. (8am continental breakfast, 8:30 business meeting, 8:40 program begins)

Monday, 8:30 am - 10:00 am

ALSC Charlemae Rollins President's Program
Track: Non-Track
Marian Wright Edelman, Founder and President of the Children's Defense Fund (CDF), has been an advocate for disadvantaged Americans for her entire professional life. Under her leadership, CDF has become the nation's strongest voice for children and families. The mission of the Children's Defense Fund is to Leave No Child Behind and to ensure every child a Healthy Start, a Head Start, a Fair Start, a Safe Start, and a Moral Start in life and successful passage to adulthood with the help of caring families and communities. She founded the Washington Research Project, a public interest law firm and the parent body of the Children's Defense Fund. For two years she served as the Director of the Center for Law and Education at Harvard University and in 1973 began CDF. She received Robert F. Kennedy Lifetime Achievement Award for her writings which include: Families in Peril: An Agenda for Social Change; Stand for Children; Lanterns: A Memoir of Mentors; Hold My Hand: Prayers for Building a Movement to Leave No Child Behind; I'm Your Child, God: Prayers for Our Children; and I Can Make a Difference: A Treasury to Inspire Our Children.

Monday, 8:30 am - 3:30 pm

DIVERSIONS Washington D.C. $
Track: Non-Track
In this special installment of the popular "Diversions" tour, which affords ALA goers an up-close and personal encounter with a city's diverse cultures, the Office for Diversity invites you to take part in a tour that allows you to experience Washington D.C. in a meaningful way while celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the Spectrum Scholarship Program. Diversions tours are always memorable. Don't miss this one! This event requires registration. See the registration information for details.

Monday, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

A Morning with Michael Blake
Track: Non-Track
FOLUSA and the Center for the Book partner to present a delightful program featuring Michael Blake, best-selling author of Dances with Wolves. This program will be held at the Library of Congress.

Monday, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Everything You Need to Know About the 65% Solution, but Were Afraid to Ask
Track: Issues & Updates
This interactive workshop will provide information about the 65% solution and the instructional classification of SLMS. Participants will use the materials from the ALA Advocacy Institute to create a compelling case for inclusion as instructional expenditures to present to decision-makers.

Embracing Change: How to Energize and Engage Library Staff
Track: Transformation & Innovations
Libraries are constantly evolving as user expectations change, technology develops, budgets constrain, and opportunities emerge. As these and other priorities shift, adaptation is key; as is the need for nimble organizations, mindful managers, dedicated employees, and creative work environments. This program will address methodologies for engaging library staff in change and development activities to cultivate a nimble organization by capitalizing on opportunities, implementing change, and emerging from the experience improved and energized!
Speakers: Irene M.H. Herold, Director, Mason Library, Keene State College; Kathleen Halverson, Assistant Director/Head of Public Services, Mason Library, Keene State College; Susan M. Campbell, Professor/Library Director, York College of Pennsylvania; Kathryn Deiss, Content Strategist, Association of College and Research Libraries; Moderator, Cecilia Knight, Catalog Librarian, Grinnell College; Tara Lynn Fulton, Dean of Library and Information Services and Associate Provost, Lock Haven University

EU Today: Forging European Identity
Track: Authors, Literature & Cultural Programming
Who (and what) is "European" today? What key issues challenge the re-formation of European identity for an enlarged European Union? What are the implications for libraries, and for scholarship? Panelists will speak on such themes as the organization and goals of the European Union, directions in EU and European studies, and the impact of European integration on international publishing.

American Libraries Presents Julie Andrews
Track: Non-Track
American Libraries presents Julie Andrews, legendary star of stage, screen, and television. A special centennial program sponsored by HarperCollins. Andrews, who has enchanted generations with her music, film, and television performances, has stepped into the stage of literature. A longtime advocate for children's causes and literacy, Andrews has now focused her talent on children's books-a natural fit for an artist who as left her mark on the childhood of people worldwide. Don't miss the opportunity to hear this extraordinary voice on children literature, and the stories that help shape our lives as the Association's membership journal celebrates 100 years of publishing.
Speakers: Julie Andrews, Legendary star of stage

What difference does it make what Congress published? American history in the earliest congressional documents
Track: Non-Track
Due to the importance of Congressional publications as primary sources of information concerning the history of the United States, establishing an inventory of all publications from this period is a task of significant historical importance. This program will address some of the challenges and mysteries concerning what Congress published prior to the 15th Congress and the affect of this research for understanding events during the early history of the United States. This program will end at 12:30 pm.
Speakers: Rodney P. Frelinghuysen, Representative, United States Congress; August A. Imholtz, Jr., Vice-President, Readex, Digital Documents Div.; Frederick Beuttler, Deputy Historian, United States House of Representatives; Jessie Kratz, Archivist, National Archives and Records Administration

Paul Reveres or Benedict Arnolds?: Whistleblowing in the Post 9/11 Age
Track: Non-Track
Often whistleblowers are vilified for reporting wrongdoings (remember the movie China Syndrome?) or worse (remember Karen Silkwood?). Even the government, by classifying documents as secret, attempts to silence whistleblowers (remember Sibel Edmonds?). If not, Edmonds was fired by the FBI in March 2002 for reporting shoddy work and security breaches that may have prevented the 9/11 attacks. She will explain firsthand how government secrecy can be abusive and why defending whistleblowing is a free speech issue.
Speakers: Sibel Edmonds, President, National Security Whistleblowers Coalition; Kenton Oliver, Chair, Intellectual Freedom Committee

Opportunities to Participate in Global Library Development (ISLD) Interest Group
Track: Non-Track
From becoming a Peace Corps Volunteer to organizing a program in your library, there is a wide range of opportunities to participate in global library development. Speakers will introduce some of these possibilities, including a project to build libraries for street kids and other children affected by HIV/AIDS in Lusaka, Zambia, public library development in Kigali, Rwanda and the Global Libraries Outreach Campaign focused on public libraries throughout the U.S. Following the presentations, attendees will have the chance to discuss these and additional projects.
Speakers: Anne Baker, Vice President, National Peace Corps Assc.; Page Brandon, Head, Arlington Campus Library; Jane Kinney Meyers, President, Lubuto Library Project, Inc.; Joan Weeks, Sr. Technical Instructor, Library of Congress; Gail Wadsworth, Consultant, Peace Corps

Four Star Research
Track: Non-Track
Peer reviewed papers presented by researchers in the field
Speakers: Brenda L. Battleson, Head, Print Periodicals/Serials, University of Buffalo; Lisa O'Connor, Assistant Professor, University of Kentucky; Alan Poulter, Lecturer, University of Strathclyde

Reference Books Bulletin: Is Print Reference Dead?
Track: User Services, Reference & Outreach; Reference Services
A panel will discuss whether the print reference collection is a thing of the past, or whether it still has a place in the increasingly electronic world of reference.

We the People Bookshelf Project
Track: Authors, Literature & Cultural Programming; Literature
Representatives from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and experienced "We the People" project directors talk about the "We the People Bookshelf" grant, the books, themes and application process. During the past four years of this initiative, 6,000 Bookshelf collections have been awarded to school and public libraries nationwide.
Speakers: Mary Davis Fournier, Project Director, ALA Public Programs Office; Patti Van Tuyl, Senior Program Officer, National Endowment for the Humanities

The Data and Information Behind "Truth"
Track: Non-Track
Presenter and ALA Task Force on the Environment co-chair, Fred Stoss, was trained by Al Gore and The Climate Project to present the slide show that is the basis for Al Gore's documentary and book, "An Inconvenient Truth" Fred Stoss will review the data and information resources from where much of Gore's resources are found. Handouts provided. Co-Sponsor: SRRT Task Force on the Environment

ALCTS President's Program: Ambient Findability: Librarians, Libraries and the Internet of Things
Track: Digital Information & Technologies
On the Internet, the user experience is out-of-control, and findability is the real story. Access changes everything. Users select sources, find who and what they need, when and where they want. Peter Morville explores the future present in mobile devices, search algorithms, digital libraries, and findable objects. He challenges us to think differently about information use in a digitized and networked environment. Reflect on libraries and librarians in an age of search--and
Speakers: Peter Morville, President of Semantic Studies, Author of Ambient Findability, Adjunct Faculty at University of Michigan. (He blogs at

Got Deaf Culture @ Your Library?
Track: Authors, Literature & Cultural Programming; Cultural Diversity
Meet a diverse panel of deaf authors, poets and librarians who share a language and culture formerly invisible in society. New books, videos and electronic resources on Deaf history, current events and American Sign Language are bringing new reference questions. ALA and the National Association of the Deaf are promoting "National Deaf History Month" through the Center for the Book. Be prepared for your users.

Leveraging Technology to Enhance Fundraising
Track: Administration & Leadership; Advocacy, Marketing, & Fundraising
Advances in technology are providing new opportunities for fundraising, but can technology actually increase your bottom line? From fundraising software to fundraising via web sites and email, join us to discover if tech solutions are a good fit for your library's fundraising needs.
Speakers: Loren MccRory, Library Director, Yuba County Library; Gena Scott, Chair, FRFDS; Eric Friedenwald-Fishman, Creative Director/President, Metropolitan Group; Brian Detman, Metropolitan Group

Ignite your Library's Public Relations and Outreach Using Hot Technologies
Track: Administration & Leadership; Advocacy, Marketing, & Fundraising
Michael Stephens, faculty, Dominican University; Steven Bell, Director, Associate University Librarian for Research and Instructional Services, Temple University Library; and Helen Blowers, Public Services Technology Director for the Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County, will discuss ways to incorporate the latest technologies into library promotion. After speakers share their expertise participants will break out into groups for discussions lead by the speakers. Everyone should come away with sizzling ideas to promote services and collections.
Speakers: Michael Stephens, Instructor, Dominican University GSLIS & Blogger, Tame the Web; Helene Blowers, Public Services Technology Director, Charlotte & Mecklenburg County, and Blogger, Library TechBytes; Steven Bell, Director, Paul J. Gutman Library, Philadelphia University and Blogger-The Kept-Up Academic Librarian

Mildly Delirious Libraries: Transforming Your Library from Top to Bottom
Track: Administration & Leadership
Move your library from uninspired to wildly successful. Significantly build library support using techniques developed by hospitality industry experts. West Palm Beach Public Library staff reveal how changing their physical environment transformed everything. Learn how to use the G.A.S.P. process to redesign spaces, image and customer service attitudes. A refreshing approach to planning.
Speakers: Carlos Suarez, Graphic Designer, West Palm Beach (Fl.) Public Library; Pam Sandlian Smith, Director, West Palm Beach (Fl.) Public Library; Nancy Coriaty, Manager Youth Services, West Palm Beach (Fl.) Public Library; Peter Robinson, Managing Director, Mildly Delirious Design, Fl.; Tina Mauro Albee, Collection Development Coord., West Palm Beach (Fl.) Public Library

Zine-a-paloosa 2007! Or, Zines in Public Libraries, A Panel
Track: Children & Young Adults
Once considered part of an underground movement too radical for mainstream society, zines are now the hot new addition to any public library collection. Zines offer information and entertainment not found elsewhere. They attract patrons (especially teens), build relationships, and help redefine what libraries are about. Zines prove our commitment to the Library Bill of Rights and intellectual freedom, and they encourage patrons to create, rather than consume. Come learn how three public libraries have successfully integrated zines into their collections.
Speakers: Julie Bartel, Librarian, Judge Memorial Catholic High School, Ut.; Miriam DesHarnais, Librarian, Baltimore County (Md.)Public Library; Brooke Young, Librarian, Salt Lake City (Ut.) Public Library; Julie Wilde Harrison, Librarian, Baltimore County (Md.) Public Library; Jennifer May, Reference Librarian, Multnomah County (Ore.) Library; Emily-Jane Dawson, Reference Librarian, Multnomah County (Ore.) Library

Wiking the Blog and Walking the Dog - Social Software, Virtual Reality, and Authority Everywhere
Track: Digital Information & Technologies
Innovators from within the library world present creative and practical initiatives that show how libraries can participate in the dynamic emergence of web-based information services. If you are looking for ideas as to how your library can embrace technologies offered by the likes of Wikis, Blogs, Web 2.0, Second-Life, Podcasting, Flickr, You Tube, and My Space, then this is the program for you. Traditional forms of publishing, research, and recreational information will be challenged and expanded, as will traditional notions of information authority. Presenters will show how library participation in these contemporary online forums via social software is becoming as common and as easy as walking the dog.
Speakers: Helen Blowers, Public Services Technology Director, Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg Cnty., N.C.; Meredith Farkas, Distance Learning Librarian, Norwich University, Vt.; John Blyberg, Systems Administrator, Ann Arbor (Mich.) District Library; Lori Bell, Director of Innovation, Alliance Library System, Ill.

Marketing Library Services to the Melting Pot
Track: Administration & Leadership; Advocacy, Marketing, & Fundraising
A panel of experts will discuss a variety of different strategies to successfully market library services to diverse populations/communities. Nontraditional methods which have successfully been used to reach out to non-English speaking people will be presented by both librarians and other organizations.

Aging and Activism: Findings from the Latest Research on Brain Health and Pyschology
Track: Issues & Updates
The againg of the Baby Boom is making the nation's older population not only larger but more diverse, spanning three generations of seniors for the first time in history. This poses new challenges to the library community, including those librarians with significant past experience serving older adults. The Joint Committee seeks to introduce librarians to the latest research on aging, congnitive well being, and activism.
Speakers: Gene Cohen, M.D., Ph.D., Director of Center on Aging, Health and Humanities, George Washington University, author of The Mature Mind; George Kourpias, President, Alliance for Retired Americans

See it, Hear it, Touch it: How Do Learning Styles Affect Virtual Reference Service?
Track: User Services, Reference & Outreach; Reference Services
Without a doubt, our increasingly tech savvy and diverse virtual reference users have radically different communication and learning preferences. Some are more comfortable with e-mail, others prefer chat with features that include the ability to receive
Speaker: Eileen Abels, Associate Professor, iSchool, Drexel University, Philadelphia

How to be Popular AND Smart! YALSA's Popular Paperbacks List
Track: Children & Young Adults; Literature & Collection Development
Where can you find booklists on the hottest topics in YA literature? Look no further than YALSA's Popular Paperbacks list, which produces fabulous new booklists each year. At this workshop, you'll hear a sampling of booktalks from past lists such as All Kinds of Creepy, Books That Don't Make You Blush, GLBTQ, and more. Also, test your knowledge of YA lit by playing Popular Paperbacks Jeopardy!

Monday, 10:30 am - 1:00 pm

36th Annual Stonewall Book Awards & Brunch $
Track: Non-Track
Join us for the presentation of the 36th Annual Stonewall Books Awards. This event requires registration. See the registration information for details.

ALSC Awards Presentation and Membership Meeting
Track: Non-Track
Join your colleagues for the annual presentation of the Batchelder, Carnegie, Geisel, and Sibert Awards. Break refreashments provided. Membership meeting immediately follows.

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