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ALA to Host Benefit Showing of Michael Moore's
Fahrenheit 9/11 during the ALA Annual Conference!

ALA Charity Golf Tournament at Disney’s Lake Buena Vista Golf Course at Walt Disney World®
Friday, June 25, 8:00 am Shotgun Start
Cost: $55 including cart, or $70 with clubs and cart (space available basis)

Disney’s Lake Buena Vista is a classic country club course winding its way through everything from thick forests to pastel vacation villas. The magic of Disney surrounds you, along with the enchantment of nature in the form of magnificent Florida pines, palmettos, reflection ponds and wildlife. Come join your ALA collegues in this charity tournament, compete for prizes, and maybe even win $25,000 on a hole-in-one!

To register for the tournament, visit the Registration Desk in the Convention Center. Registration available on a space-available basis.

Service, Disney Style
(Auditorium Speaker Series Program)

Saturday, June 26, 2004
9:00 - 10:30 am

Explore world-renowned Disney principles for service excellence and learn how to give the best services possible to your "customers." After you attend this session you will be able to: Develop a service philosophy by understanding the Disney definition of quality service and exploring qualitative and quantitative techniques for knowing and understanding customers; develop a service theme that defines your organization's purpose and discover service standards that provide a framework for making quality decisions; and examine delivery systems that insure positive customer experiences.

Opening General Session

With Richard A. Clarke


Saturday, 5:30 – 7:00 pm

Orange County Convention Center

Hall D2


ImageLong known as one of the hard-liners against terrorists, Richard Clarke served the last three presidents as a senior White House advisor. He was named the counterterrorism czar for both Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. Clarke was the Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs in George H. W. Bush’s administration. In total, he has worked for seven presidents and devoted three decades of his professional life to combating the terrorist threat to America.


Clarke’s explosive new book, Against All Enemies: Inside America’s War on Terror, charges that George W. Bush’s administration took the threat of al Qaeda very lightly prior to 9/11, and afterward focused on Iraq rather than the real threat posed by bin Laden.  The book is generating so much controversy because Clarke, with his impeccable credentials, is well known and highly regarded for his intelligence, loyalty and non-partisanship. In addition, Against All Enemies describes gripping scenes of Clarke’s experience as the nation’s crisis manager during 9/11, running the Situation Room — a scene described for the first time — and Clarke’s dismay at what followed.

At the podium, Clarke draws from his record-setting eleven consecutive years of White House service to provide a fascinating and unique look at the current administration and a powerful history of America’s two-decades-long confrontation with terrorism.  Telling the full story for the first time, Clarke, the ultimate insider, tackles the inner workings of the White House and gives the disturbing truth about the war on terror.

Clarke is now an on-air consultant with ABC News, director of the Hart-Rudman Task Force on emergency responders and chairman of Good Harbor Consulting, an information technology consultancy.

Sponsored by Severn House.

ALA/ProQuest Scholarship Bash
Saturday, June 26, 2004
8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

This year’s ALA/ProQuest Scholarship Bash will take place at Universal Studios Florida on Saturday, June 26, from 8:00 – 11:00 pm. The park will only be open to ALA attendees, exhibitors and guests, so ride the rides as often as you would like, while helping future librarians! A ticket to the Bash is included in your registration (if you did not opt out) and additional tickets for family and friends may be purchased onsite at the Bash counter in the Convention Center, or at the door. Buses will run from 6:30 pm - 11:30 pm from all ALA hotels and the Convention Center, to the Bash.

A Morning with Mitch Albom
(Auditorium Speaker Series Program)

Saturday, June 26, 2004
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

ImageMitch Albom is the author of seven books, including Tuesdays With Morrie, the phenomenal New York Times bestseller that first appeared on that list in October 1997 and stayed atop the list for four straight years. Tuesdays was turned into a television movie and earned 4 Emmy Awards in 2000. Mitch Albom's newest book is The Five People You Meet in Heaven. Albom is also a nationally-syndicated newspaper columnist for the Detroit Free Press, nationally-syndicated radio host for ABC and flagship station WJR-AM in Detroit, and television commentator who regularly appears on ESPN's "Sports Reporters."

POLITICKING: How to Get Elected, Take Action, and Make an Impact in Your Community with Bill Rauch
(Auditorium Speaker Series)

Saturday, June 26, 1:30 - 2:30 pm

ImageBill Rauch, a one-time journalist who served as press secretary to New York mayor Ed Koch (and coauthored his books Mayor and Politics), is now mayor of Beaufort, S.C. His new book, POLITICKING: How to Get Elected, Take Action, and Make an Impact in Your Community, a beguiling blend of political primer and memoir, offers invaluable advice for the aspirant local politician on how to beat the big guys. Unlike most books about politics, POLITICKING is avowedly local and non-partisan. Through tales of his own political successes and failures, Rauch demonstrates the best ways to push one’s own political concerns to the front of the local agenda—and to have them acted upon.

Sponsored by: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Amy Goodman: Exception to the Rulers
(Auditorium Speaker Series)
Sunday, June 27, 8:00am - 9:30am

ImageAmy Goodman, of Democracy Now!, heard on NPR, will screen her documentary, "Independent Media in a Time of War" and then discuss the film, which argues that dialogue is vital to a healthy democracy. "Independent media has a crucial responsibility to go to where the silence is," says Goodman, "to represent the diverse voices of people engaged in dissent.”

Arthur C. Clarke: A Tribute and Interview
(Auditorium Speaker Series)

Sunday, June 27, 2004
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Sir Arthur C. Clarke will be interviewed from his home in Sri Lanka by Ben Bova, well-known author and editor. They will discuss a variety of topics that explore Clarke’s significant contributions to the Information Age and to humankind’s technological evolution into space.

A panel discussion following the interview will elaborate on Clarke’s comments and his overall contributions to information technology, space exploration, evolutionary theory, science fiction and other related topics. Along with Ben Bova, two of the other noted panelists will be the science fiction writer, Vernor Vinge, and the fantasy writer, Ed Greenwood. An audience "question and answer" session will be included.

This event is presented by LITA’s Imagineering Interest Group

ALA President's Program
(Auditorium Speaker Series Program)

Sunday, June 27, 2004
3:00 - 5:00 pm

Equity: Are We There Yet?

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the landmark Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision that ended officially-imposed segregation in public education and addressed the politics of equity and excellence. Join ALA President Carla D. Hayden as she welcomes a panel of distriguished speakers who will assess the impact of Brown v. Board of Education after half a century.

ImageCheryl Brown Henderson, one of the children of the late Reverend Oliver Brown, whose desire to enroll his children in an all-white elementary school in Topeka, KS, led to the historic decision. Henderson, co-founder of the Brown Foundation for Educational Equity, Excellence and Research.Image

Ray Suarez, a senior correspondent for public television’s “News Hour with Jim Lehrer,” is a 25-year veteran of the news business and has covered stories ranging from South Africa’s first all-race elections to Northern Ireland’s peace efforts to the release of American hostages in Iran.

ImageTaylor Branch won the Pulitzer Prize for history in 1989 for his 880-page Parting the Waters: America in the King Years 1954-63, which established him as an authority on the civil rights movement. The second installment of his King trilogy, Pillar of Fire, appeared in 1999; Branch currently is working on the final volume, At Canaan’s Edge.Image

E.J. Josey, past president of the ALA and founder of the Black Caucus of the ALA (BCALA), is a noted administrator, author, educator, leader and scholar who has been a lifelong advocate for civil rights and equal opportunity for librarians of color.

How close are we to realizing the goal of equity of access to information for all? What can we do as information professionals to ensure that all people have access to all library services and all types of library materials, no matter their age, ethnicity, physical ability, income, language, geographic location, or type of library? What strides forward have we made in the last half-century and where do we go from here?

Don’t miss this exciting and timely program, which is part of a yearlong series of events commemorating Brown v. Board of Education.

A Writer's Life: How We Learn From History, With Taylor Branch
(Auditorium Speaker Series)

Monday, June 28, 9:00 – 10:00 am

ImageParting the Waters established Taylor Branch as a national authority on America's civil rights movement. A movement, he realized, that could not be recounted in one volume. Branch entered the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1964 and, though not directly involved with the Civil Rights Movement himself, he was unable to comprehend why blacks and whites were treated differently. Branch became fascinated by Dr. Martin Luther King while he was a student. Branch has been a good friend of President Clinton for over two decades and frequently advises him on racial matters. He is currently working on the third and final installment of the King Trilogy, At Canaan's Edge.

PLA President's Program featuring Carl Hiaasen
(Auditorium Speaker Series Program)

Monday, June 28, 2004
5:00 - 6:30 pm

ImagePLA President Luis Herrera invites you to attend PLA’s premiere event at the 2004 ALA Annual Conference featuring Carl Hiaasen. Hiaasen writes columns for the Miami Herald and is the author of many best-selling novels for adults, including Sick Puppy and Basket Case. Hoot, Hiaasen’s first novel for young readers, is full of his trademark satirical wit, revealing the good, the bad, and the screwy state of Florida. Hoot was named a 2003 Newberry Honor Book. PLA is pleased to present Carl Hiaasen as part of the ALA Auditorium Speakers Series.

Following his talk and the awards presentation, join President Herrera at the Peabody Hotel for a gala, music-filled reception. There is no charge for attending this event. PLA wishes to thank Random House Children’s Books, for their support of the PLA President’s Program.

Closing Session featuring E.L. Doctorow
(Auditorium Speaker Series Program)

Tuesday, June 29, 2004
8:00 - 9:00 am

ImageE.L. Doctorow's work has been published in thirty languages. His novels include City of God, Welcome to Hard Times, The Book of Daniel, Ragtime, Loon Lake, Lives of the Poets, World's Fair, Billy Bathgate, and The Waterworks. Among his honors are the National Book Award, two National Book Critics Circle awards, the PEN/Faulkner Award, the Edith Wharton Citation for Fiction, the William Dean Howells Medal of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the presidentially conferred National Humanities Medal. He lives and works in New York.

Inaugural Banquet and Awards Reception
Tuesday, June 29, 2004
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm

¡Fiesta! Join us for a Celebration at the Inaugural Banquet for ALA President-Elect Carol Brey Casiano and the Division President-Elects. The Banquet will take place Tuesday, June 29, beginning at 7:00 pm. The evening will commence with the ALA Awards Reception, and conclude with the inauguration of Carol Brey Casiano as the 2004-2005 ALA President. Tickets for the Inaugural Banquet may be purchased at the Registration desk in the Convention Center for $85.

The Stacks - the 2004 ALA Annual Conference Exhibition

Visit over 1600 booths with products and services designed to help you manage the library of the Millennium. The Stacks will be located in the exhibit halls in the Orange County Convention Center. Hours are: Saturday, June 26 - Monday, June 28, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm and Tuesday, June 29, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm.

Special Exhibit Floor Events:

Meet the Authors: Your opportunity to meet and get autographs from favorite adult and children's authors and illustrators. Check the Final Conference Program for a details on author signings.

Poster Sessions: Poster sessions give librarians the opportunity to make peer-to-peer presentations on research, innovative programs and problem solving ideas. For more information, visit our General Information page.

Stacks Stage: New! Hear live Interview with your favorite authors, see and meet the Guerrilla Girls. You never know who will join us at the Stacks Stage. Interview times will be available on here soon, and in the Final Conference Program so you can plan your time accordingly.

Exhibits Closing Reception: New this year is the exciting Closing Reception being held in the Exhibits Hall Tuesday, June 29 from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm. The reception will be a great way to end your conference experience in Orlando. Much is being planned including fun foods and beverages, raffle prizes, and featuring the Guerrilla Girls presented by Penguin Books! This bunch of anonymous females takes the names of dead women artists and appears in public wearing gorilla masks. They will be stirring up the exhibit floor with a unique presentation. They will also share excerpts from their new book, Bitches, Bimbos and Ballbreakers: The Guerrilla Girls Illustrated Guide to Female Stereotypes.

LIVE! @ your library Reading Stage:

Take a break from a day of meetings and programs and stop by the LIVE! @ your library Reading Stage in Aisle 400 of the Exhibition Hall, Saturday, Sunday & Monday, 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, to enjoy readings from new and favorite authors and poets, learn how to develop author programs for your library, and find new recommendations for your patrons.

Each year, acclaimed and new writers grace the Reading Stage. In the past, readers featured on the stage have included Geraldine Brooks, Pearl Cleage, Diane Di Prima, past Poet Laureate Robert Hass, Edward P. Jones, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Naomi Shihab Nye, Willie Perdomo, past Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky, and Karin Slaughter.

Adjacent to the LIVE! @ your library Reading Stage is the Literary Area – home to a host of exhibitors from cultural organizations, literary presses, book distributors, trade publishers of books for adults, and organizations promoting library cultural programming.

The LIVE! @ your library Reading Stage is presented by the ALA Public Programs Office.

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