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Program Descriptions for
the Morning of Sunday, June 24

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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Sunday, 7:00 am - 9:00 am

FTF Amelia Bloomer Project Breakfast:- Who Needs Feminist Books? $
Track: Non-Track
Join the Amelia Bloomer Project of the Feminist Task Force for a breakfast presentation looking at literature for children and teens through the lens of feminism. This event requires registration ($25). Please see the registration information for details.

Sunday, 7:30 am - 8:30 am

Networking Breakfast
Track: Non-Track
The winner of the SirsiDynix-ALA-APA Award for Promoting Salaries will be honored at this breakfast. It is also an opportunity to network with colleagues who are interested in unions.

Sunday, 8:00 am - 10:00 am

Awards Breakfast & Membership Meeting
Track: Non-Track
Annual CJCLS-EBSCO Awards Breakfast and Membership Meeting.

Transforming Your Staff
Track: Transformation & Innovations
What makes a library great? How can you hire and motivate staff to provide flexible, responsive, innovative, transformational services? What can you do about those who don't? Come and learn from those who've succeeded.
Speakers: Jennifer Morris, Chair, Pioneer Library System, NY; Pam Sandlian Smith, West Palm Beach Public Library; Tom Galante, Queens Public Library; Maureen Sullivan, Consultant; Stanley Wilder, University of Rochester

No One Knew What a Library Was...A Word with No Meaning (Library)
Track: Non-Track
We took a shell of a building, and turned it into a library. There had never been a library in Togiak, Alaska, not in the school, not in the village. Togiak is in the "bush" on the Bering Sea. It's a beautiful Yup'ik Eskimo Village of about one thousand people. We put the entire library together without Grants, $600 was donated by the class I was teaching, who helped raise the money. The Togiak Library has now been moved to a much larger location. The presentation involves a "Power Point", Pictures, a group activity, learning experiences, life in the village and what a book means to the Yup'ik Eskimo people. The presentation will be light, lively and fun. It will explore an experience that many people have never had.
Speaker: Linda Britton, Intellitec College

PR Forum
Track: Administration & Leadership; Advocacy, Marketing, & Fundraising

Education of Trustees Program: Crossing the Line: Trustee/Director Relationship
Track: Administration & Leadership; Trustee
A panel discussion on the Trustee/Director relationship. Participants will learn pitfalls to avoid to ensure a healthy and productive working relationship with Library Director and Board of Trustees. Specific duties and job responsibilities of the Library Director and Board of Trustees will be reviewed in detail based on actual experiences.
Speakers: Patricia Owens, Moderator; Christine Lind Hage, Director, Rochester Hills Public Library; Meredith Bromfield, Trustee, Fountaindale Library; Jean Tabor, Director

Moving Mountains: Exciting Trends in Library Delivery Services
Track: Administration & Leadership; New Models for Collaboration
In September 2006, Colorado held a nationwide Courier Symposium to explore the state-of-the-art in physical delivery systems. The Symposium studied delivery mehods, finance models, and best practices. The goals of the Symposium were to aid in the creation of new courier systems, improve existing systems, and link systems together. We will present the findings from the Symposium and explore the feasibility of creating inter-linkages between existing courier systems in the United States and Canada.

Why Does My Building Project Need an Interior Designer?
Track: Administration & Leadership; Buildings
This program will clarify the role of the architect and the interior designer in a library building project, focusing on the integration of architecture and interior design. Attendees will understand the perspective the interior designer brings to the project and the kinds of problems the interior designer can solve for the client. The program will show the many ways the architect and interior designer work together to assure a successful project.
Speakers: Andrea Michaels, Principal, Michaels Associates Design Consultants; Sarah Michalak, Dean, Walter Royal Davis Library, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill; Philip Tramdack, Director of Library Services, Bailey Library, Slippery Rock University

Using Technology to Market to Young Adults
Track: Children & Young Adults; Programs & Services
Michael Stephens, professor and biblioblogger, and Kimberly Bolan, teen spaces expert and consultant, will discuss using newest technologies to market library service and programs to teens. A continental breakfast will be sponsored by

YA Author Breakfast $
Track: Non-Track
Enjoy a breakfast featuring YALSA award winning authors! This informal breakfast will give you an opportunity to mingle with your favorite YA authors. This event requires registration. Please see the registration information for details.

Sunday, 8:00 am - 10:30 am

Literary Tastes: Notable Books Breakfast $
Track: Non-Track
Come join this annual celebration of the best writing of our time. Authors have been selected from the 2007 Notable Book Council's "List for America's Readers," an annual list of 25 outstanding fiction, nonfiction and poetry books for the adult reader ( The writers will read from their work or talk about an aspect of the writing process while attendees enjoy breakfast. They will be available to sign books and for further discussion after the breakfast. This event requires registration. Please see the registration information for details.

Sunday, 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Native American Heritage in the Nation's Capitol: Representation, Repatriation, and Resilience
Track: Authors, Literature & Cultural Programming; Cultural Diversity
An interdisciplinary panel of scholars, curators, and other cultural heritage professionals will explore issues surrounding the preservation and revitalization of American Indian heritage and cultures with a focus on the cultural institutions in and around Washington D.C. This program is co-sponsored by the American Indian Library Association, the ALA Committee on Diversity, the ALA Diversity Council, the Committee on Rural, Native and Tribal Libraries of All Kinds, EMIERT, and Rural Library Services.
Speakers: Emil Her Many Horses, Associate Curator, Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of the American Indian; Suzan Shown Harjo, President, The Morning Star Institute

It's Showtime for Instruction Librarians: The Making of Short Films for Marketing and Instruction
Track: Non-Track
Noah Wyle may be The Librarian, but he's not the only one who can make a movie! Join us as librarians from Valdosta State University and Indiana University South Bend present their experiences as creators and directors of library instruction "videos." They will also discuss the collaboration with faculty, students, and the community that is essential in the making of these short films.
Speakers: Apryl Price, Valdosta State Univ., Odum Library; Yolanda Hood, Assistant Professor, Valdosta State Univ., Odum Library; Deborah VanPetten Reference Librarian, Reference Librarian, Valdosta State Univ., Odum Library; Emily Rogers, Assistant Professor, Valdosta State Univ., Odum Library; Nancy Colborn, Associate Librarian, Indiana University; Vincci Kwong, Indiana University

Sunday, 8:30 am - 12:00 pm

The Best of LA&M 2006 and How to Publish Research in LA&M
Track: Administration & Leadership
Learn from successful authors how to research and publish in a professional journal. Panelists discuss their outstanding research articles published in Library Administration & Management magazine during 2006. Talk to the authors about the publishing process as well as the quantitative and qualitative methodologies used to write their articles. An open discussion period will follow presentations on outstanding research.

Mobile Outreach: Access at its Best
Track: Non-Track
Has your outreach gone mobile? Whether you are already rollin' with a Bookmobile, Kidmobile, Senior-mobile, Cybermobile, or are considering mobile services, this session is designed to offer inspiration as well as practical advice to improve your outreach. Hear success stories, mobile trends and cost justifications, and participate in round table discussions on Risk Management, Collection Management, Marketing, and vehicle Purchasing. Libraries on wheels...equal access...what a concept! Lunch will be provided for the first 100 attendees, thanks to Matthews Specialty Vehicles. This event is free to attend, but does require registration due to limited availability. Please see the registration information for details.

Sunday, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Read Aloud Enhancement for Teens: Exceeding the Standard
Track: Authors, Literature & Cultural Programming
Children love "story time" in elementary school. Taking it out of their upper school education is a detriment for students who struggle with independent reading. This workshop focuses on proactive answers to the theoretical question: If reading aloud to young adults helps initiate, develop, and solidify a love of reading and literature, should we stop doing it? Participants will learn how to: promote the merit of implementing a "Reader's Workshop" curriculum; create time in the secondary school academic day to facilitate "Reader's Workshop;" learn how to collaborate with the English department to plan cooperative literature units; receive a curriculum map; receive an annotated list of "tested" read aloud titles; set up reading response journals; establish a classroom model.

Independent School Section (ISS) Tea $
Track: Non-Track
Make new friends and keep the old! Join your Independent School Section colleagues for brunch, share your stories, get fresh ideas, learn about ISS initiatives and how you can get involved. It's always fun and informative. This event requires registration. Please see the registration information for details.

The ACRL Spectrum Scholar Mentor Program: The Experiences of Mentors and Mentees
Track: Human Resources & Staff Development; Career Paths & Professional Development
Join us to learn more about the impact of the ACRL Dr. E.J. Josey Spectrum Scholar Mentor Program. We hope this program will encourage others to establish or become involved with mentoring programs. Three mentor/mentee teams will share their experiences. Ample opportunity for the audience to interact with the panel will be provided. This program should be of interest to all who are concerned about recruiting the next generation of librarians, ensuring a diverse workforce, and developing mentoring programs.
Speakers: Aline Soules, Librarian/Full Professor, California State University, East Bay; Joel B. Thornton, Intern, University of Texas, Southwestern Medical Center; Carolyn Henderson Allen, Dean of Libraries, University of Arkansas; Robert B. Ridinger, Chair, Electronic Information Resources, Northern Illinois University

ACRL 101
Track: Non-Track
ACRL leaders will provide information on how academic/research librarians can navigate the ALA Annual Conference as a first-time attendee.

Asian American Materials: Preserving Our Histories and Moving Into the Future
Track: Authors, Literature & Cultural Programming; Cultural Diversity
The program will focus on the theory and practice of preserving cultural and creative works at cultural institutions like libraries, museums, and archives. What does preserving the past mean to our elders and for future generations? A panel of librarians, archivists, and scholars will share their experiences and provide insight into the everyday practice of cultural preservation that try to balance access and preservation issues as well as tradition and modern practices that incorporate digital

The Black Male Librarian: How Do We Recruit the Next Generation
Track: Human Resources & Staff Development; Career Paths & Professional Development
According to a recent article in the Associated Press, minority recruitment into Librarianship has many challenges. One of those challenges presented was the debunking of the myth that librarians are all older White women. How does this mental picture affect recruitment of Black males into librarianship? The panel plans to discuss the challenges with recruiting black men into a profession that is emasculated by stereotypical career patterns of men and women.
Speakers: Trevor Dawes, Princeton University; Jos Holman, Tippecanoe County Public Library; LeRoy LaFluer, George Mason University; Jerome Offord Jr., Association of Research Libraries

First Author / First Book
Track: Authors, Literature & Cultural Programming; Literature
Join new (and soon to be best-selling) authors as they talk about their first adventure in writing - what motivates them and how they got published. This program has become a favorite for those looking for the "next big thing" in print. Authors include John Shors, Peter Melman, Edward McPherson, Tal Ben-Shahar, and Jon Clinch.

Speaking Technically: A Conversation about Cutting-Edge Library Automation and Technology
Track: Non-Track
A panel moderated by American Libraries columnist Andrew K. Pace and Smart Libraries columnist Marshall Breeding. We've asked the CEOs to stay in their suites and send their best and brightest to the exhibit floor for a panel moderated by Andrew Pace (Head of Information Technology at North Carolina State University and American Libraries "Technically Speaking" columnist and "Hectic Pace" blogger) and Marshall Breeding (Director of Innovative Technologies and Research at Vanderbilt University Library, Smart Libraries columnist, and creator of Library Technology Guides and lib-web-cats). Watch the conversation unfold as Breeding and Pace ask a cutting-edge group of technologists to look into the future of library automation and technology from the vendor perspective.Speakers: Andrew Pace, Head of Information Technology, North Carolina State University; Marshall Breeding, Director, Innovative Technologies and Research, Vanderbilt University Library

Certification Update: What's Happening with CPLA and Other Programs?
Track: Human Resources & Staff Development; Staff Training
Welcome library workers who are interested in becoming certified, institutions and consultants that want to be providers, and division representatives who want to launch a program! Hear from CPLA candidates and providers.
Speakers: Alice Shands, Director, Sunflower County Library System (MS); Eve Tallman, Director, Grand County Public Library (UT); Larry Nash White, Assistant Professor, East Carolina University; Metta Lansdale, Director, Royal Oak Public Library (MI); Denise Zielinski, Director of Information Services, DuPage Library System (IL)

Learning For Library Staff: Make it Blended - Not on the Rocks!
presented by WebJunction

Track: Non-Track
Managing training and professional development for library staffs continues to grow in complexity. The increasing array of online learning methods provide new opportunities to overcome geography and lack of staff time but the implementation and necessary technology are often still barriers. In this session, WebJunction's Laura Staley, will facilitate a discussion between three representatives of current blended learning initiatives, bringing to light the challenges and benefits inherent in each blended program.
Speakers: Laura Staley, Spanish Language Outreach Program Coordinator,; Nini Beegan, Maryland Online Learning Coordinator; Mary Ross, Staff Training and Development Program Manager, Seattle Public Library; Michelle Leininger, Continuing Education Consultant, State Library of Iowa

Libraries, Immigrants and the American Experience
Track: User Services, Reference & Outreach
Plummer Al Jones, Editor, "Libraries, Immigrants, and the American Experience" will provide a historical overview of library services to immigrants, followed by presentations from immigrants from diverse backgrounds who will speak to how American libraries have empowered immigrants, refugees and minorities.

Transforming Your Space - A Transforming Experience
Track: Transformation & Innovations
Trying to do more with less? Who isn't! Whether you've got a public, university or school library, this program will show - with four innovative projects - how to go beyond simply making your space more flexible, comfortable and user-friendly to create a transforming experience for staff and customers alike.
Speakers: Joe Rizzo, Chair, AIA, ALA, Hillier Architecture; Kathy Schalk-Greene, Mt. Laurel (NJ) Public Library; Hannelore Radar, University of Louisville, KY; Henry Myerberg, AIA, Henry Myerberg Architects

Research Forum
Track: Research
Juried research papers

New Minds, New Approaches: Juried Papers by LIS Students
Track: Non-Track
Research papers presented by Library Science graduate students.

The American Dream Starts @ Your Library
Track: User Services, Reference & Outreach; Best Practices
Libraries have a long tradition of offering literacy services and programs to English language learners. In the 21st century, times have changed, immigration patterns have changed, and libraries have changed! Now, more than ever, public libraries are challenged to provide literacy services to immigrants of all ages. Join experts and practitioners as they identify the issues, discuss service options, and showcase the kinds of best practices that can be easily implemented @ your library.

Serving Low-Income People Effectively: Ideas and Practices for Libraries
Track: Non-Track
Speakers from various advocacy organizations and libraries discuss ideas and practices to aid libraries in serving low-income users. Co-sponsored with OLOS Subcommittee on Library Services to Poor and Homeless; SRRT Hunger, Homelessness, and Poverty Task Force.

Partnerships Produce Successful Cultural Programs
Track: Authors, Literature & Cultural Programming
Working with partners outside the library is an essential element of successful cultural programs in the library. Find out how the ALA Public Program Office's collaboration with the National Library of Medicine has produced traveling exhibitions popular in all types of libraries. Public and academic librarians will also talk about successful partnerships that have led to unique cultural programs with maximum community impact.
Speakers: Susan Brandehoff, Program Director for Traveling Exhibitions and Broadcast Media, ALA Public Programs Office; Patricia Tuohy, Head, Exhibition Program, History of Medicine Division, National Library of Medicine

Track: Authors, Literature & Cultural Programming
How can your library reach the under-served, or never served, families in your community? Attend this session to hear library, literacy and humanities representatives discuss their successes with PRIME TIME in reaching this audience to create new library users. Learn about bilingual initiatives, evaluative outcomes, funding opportunities and strategies to bring this award-winning family literacy program to your community.
Speakers: Faye Flanagan, Director, PRIME TIME FAMILY READING TIME, Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities; Joyce Armstrong, Director, Hamilton County Library, Syracuse, KS; Susan Warner, Head of Youth and Branch Services, Kalamazoo Public Library, Kalamazoon, MI

Darfur: The Library's Responsibility and Our Community's Need
to Know
Track: Issues & Updates
Join the Social Responsibilities Round Table for an afternoon of thought-provoking discussion on the genocide that is taking place in Darfur. This roundtable discussion will focus on the history of the conflict, the role of the Sudanese government in the genocide and the response from the international community. We will also discuss the lack of media attention about this crisis and focus on how libraries can create public awareness as this tragedy continues to unfold.

Doors Opening: Library Services for the Poor and Homeless
Track: Non-Track
A panel of speakers, including members of ALA's Office for Literacy and Outreach Services (OLOS), the Social Responsibilities Round Table's Hunger, Homeless, and Poverty Task Force, the Institute for Children and Poverty, and several librarians will discuss ALA's roles in providing services for the poor, homeless, and excluded. The context for this program is based on ALA Policy 61., Library Services for the Poor, and feature the efforts by OLOS, HHPTF, and others to address this issue.

Collecting for Institutional Repositories: All the news that's fit to keep
Track: Collection Management & Technical Services; Collection Development
So you have an institutional repository (IR)? Chances are your administration is excited; the publicity, marketing and development opportunities are apparent. But what should be deposited in an IR? Who should be soliciting and submitting items? How will you address issues of copyright? At this panel presentation discussion, you will hear from colleagues who have successfully tackled these issues as they develop and evolve their collection policies and procedures for IR management.
Speakers: Joseph J. Branin, Director, The Ohio State University Libraries, (Moderator); Susan Gibbons, Associate Dean for Public Services & Collection Development, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester; Jim Ottaviani, Coordinator, Deep Blue, University of Michigan Library; George Porter, Engineering Librarian, California Institute of Technology

Communicating Up and Down: The Yo-Yo Effect
Track: Children & Young Adults
Children's Librarians and Directors from large and small libraries will talk about their experiences communicating up and down the chain of command. A Question and Answer period will follow.
Speakers: Cynthia K. Richey, Director, Mt. Lebanon Public Library; Margaret Donnellan Todd, County Librarian, County of Los Angeles Public Library

Series Books for Kids and Teens: Love 'em or Hate 'em, What You Should Know About Them
Track: Children & Young Adults; Literature & Collection Development
In spite of almost universal criticism from librarians, educators, and reviewers, series books have flourished for nearly two centuries. This program will examine the history of the series book and answer several questions including: What makes them so appealing, why should anyone take them seriously, what makes some series more acceptable than others, wha are they actually doing to/for kids, and what are some of the new trends.
Speakers: April Spisak, PhD Student, GSLIS, Univ of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; Amy Killoran, Visiting Ref Coord & visiting Asst. Professor, Lib. Admin Educ and Social Science Lib, Univ of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Lifting the Gag: Patron Privacy and the Patriot Act
Track: Issues & Updates
When a federal lifetime gag order prevented our speakers from revealing that the FBI had demanded library records, they refused to comply. Represented by the ACLU, they successfully sued the government. Of the thousands who have received National Security Letters, Mr. Chase, Ms. Bailey and two colleagues are the only ones free to discuss the experience. They will discuss their personal and professional roles in defending patron privacy.
Speakers: Peter Chase, Library Director, Plainville Public Library; Barbara Bailey, Director, Wells Turner Public Library; Jo Sapp, Moderator

President's Program: Is your information technology accessible? Section 508 and Libraries
Track: Digital Information & Technologies
Guest speakers will address the issue of having information technology (computer hardware and software, copy machines, telephones, etc.) accessible for people with disabilities.

Sakai Collaboration and learning Environment
Track: Administration & Leadership; New Models for Collaboration
The Sakai Collaboration and learning Environment (CLE) is an experiment in open source infrastructure for the academy. Sakai supports faculty, students, and staff in teaching, research and service. As the research and learning support activities of the library morph with the evolution of the web, increased integration of library capabilities with online support systems are required. These offer opportunities for the library and Sakai communities to work together, and the Sakaibrary Project is one example of this. A survey of current work and future directions are presented.
Speaker: Joseph Hardin, University of Michigan

Legal Challenges to Digitization Projects: Adopting Orphan Works
Track: Issues & Updates
How different institutions are navigating around, removing, and preventing legal obstacles encountered on the way to digitization project completion/implementation. This program is co-sponsor with the Legislations and Regulation Committee.
Speakers: Peter Hirtle, Cornell University; John Knox, Newberry Library; Miriam Nisbet, ALA/OGR

Building the Next Generation Public Library Web Site with Drupal
Track: User Services, Reference & Outreach; Best Practices
In 2005, Ann Arbor District Library unveiled it's "3.0" website. Its use of blogs, interactive commenting, and other "Web 2.0" functionality has earned it considerable national attention. The software behind the site is an open-source Drupal CMS. John Blyberg will discuss AADL's decision to use Drupal and will show how Drupal can be both a powerful CMS and agile development tool, and will address the benefits of open-source projects by illustrating its impact on AADL's development program. This program is co-sponsored with Public Libraries Technology.
Speakers: John Blyberg, Ann Arbor District Library

Off the Chain: Reader's Advisory for Exploding Genres
Track: User Services, Reference & Outreach
What are the latest and hottest trends with today's readers? Join blockbuster urban fiction author Zane, edgy slipstream writer Kelly Link and (a third cool author TBA) as they discuss today's ever more diverse literary landscape with Seattle librarian David Wright (Booklist, NoveList). Learn about emerging genres, genre-blending and crossovers, cult fiction, and the adventuresome alternative tastes of your twenty-something patrons, the library's 'lost generation'. We will supply you with tools, strategies and a wealth of original handouts to help you stay cool and keep in step with your most savvy readers.
Speaker: David Wright, Librarian, Seattle Public Library

Harnessing the Hive: Social Networks and Libraries
Track: Non-Track
Social networking such as YouTube, the Facebook, flickr, cell texting, and podcasting are second nature to youth, who integrate these technologies into daily life in unexpected ways. Bibliofiles tag and share their favorite books on LibraryThing, while librarians communicate using blogs and wikis such as Library Success. Our experienced panel will discuss this rapidly growing phenomenon and present examples of innovative outreach and reference services that utilize social software such as tagging, blogging and wikis to reach online users.
Speakers: Matthew Bejune, Digital Reference Services Coordinator, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN; Meredith Farkas, Distance Learning Librarian, Norwich University, Northfield, VT; Tim Spaulding, Founder and Developer, LibraryThing, Portland, MN

Trend Setters in Teen Literature
Track: Children & Young Adults; Literature & Collection Development
This program will highlight the third edition of YALSA's publication, Best Books for Young Adults, by showcasing a visual presentation of recent trends in teen literature as seen in the first seven years of the current decade's Best Books for Young Adults lists, followed by a panel of authors and editors from Simon & Schuster, Hyperion, and Random House discussing where they see teen literature going in the future.

Sunday, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Spectrum 10th Anniversary Luncheon $
Track Non-Track
The Spectrum Scholarship Program turns 10 years old! Established in 1997, Spectrum - ALA's national diversity and recruitment effort designed to increase racial and ethnic diversity in the profession--has awarded scholarships to more than 415 individuals. Join Spectrum scholars, Champions, and all who advocate for critically needed diversity in libraries at this reception to support Spectrum's future and honor its legacy at a moving and uplifting event you won't want to miss! This event requires registration. Please see the registration information for details.

Sunday, 11:00 am - 1:30 pm

Swap & Shop-Celebrate PR!
Track: Non-Track
A showcase of PR materials (event promotions, newsletters, calendars, reading clubs and so much more); including winners of the "Best of Show" competition. Attendees can pick up free samples of promotional materials from libraries of all sizes and types across the country (and beyond). The "PR Docs" will be available for consultation and discussion of the "PR Makeovers"-professionally redesigned examples of how to improve publicity materials.
Speakers: Troy Rumpf, Chair, LAMA PRMS Swap & Shop Committee; Sherrill Smith, Chair, LAMA PRMS John Cotton Dana Library Public Relations Awards Committee; Peggy Barber, Library Communication Strategies; Linda Wallace, Library Communication Strategies

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