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ALA President's Program

Living in a Post-CIPA World
Sunday, January 11, 3:00 - 5:00 pm

Now that the Supreme Court has rendered a verdict on the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA), many librarians and communities are faced with the reality of complying with this decision. American Library Association (ALA) President Carla D. Hayden, Ph.D., and a panel of distinguished speakers from the private and public sectors will discuss the impact this far-reaching Court decision has had on libraries and its implications for equity in the Information Age.

Omar Wasow, technology analyst for NBC and National Public Radio and executive director of, will provide the keynote address, then join the panel. Wasow has helped build into the largest online destination for African Americans, with growth of over 8,000 members daily. Wasow works to demystify technology issues in his role as Internet Analyst for MSNBC and WNBC, NBC's flagship New York television station. Wasow even tutored Oprah Winfrey in her first exploration of the Net in the 12-part series Oprah Goes Online. Prior to helping launch, Wasow founded New York Online, a company that designed Web sites for clients such as Consumer Reports, Vibe and The New Yorker.

“Equity of access is a core value of the library profession and the ALA, and we must be clear that installing filters that block access to safe and legal information deepens the digital divide between those who have Internet access at home, work or school and those who ‘have not,’” Hayden said. “Public libraries are the main access point for millions of Americans who do not otherwise have access to the wide world of information available online, and we must ensure that libraries continue to serve all people equally.

Toni Carbo, Ph.D., will moderate the panelists, who will examine issues relating to compliance, library/industry relations, possible legal challenges, future legislative actions and public policy concerns. Carbo is the former dean and current professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Information Science.  Her current research interests are focused on national and international information policies, especially related to e-government, and information ethics

Also joining the panel are: Dan Lulich, executive director of safety, security and privacy in AOL’s Life Management division.  He was the chief architect of the company’s parental controls and safety and security features; Alan B. Davidson, associate director of the Center for Democracy and Technology; and Charlie Parker, executive director of the Tampa Bay (Fla.) Library Consortium and chair of the ALA’s e-rate taskforce.

Thank you to Dynix for their sponsorship of the ALA President’s Program.

Exhibit Information 

The exhibits will include over 800 booths, and will be housed in the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego. The ALA Midwinter Exhibition is packed with demonstrations and free samples from over 425 vendors.

Exhibit Events and Hours

Friday, January 9
4:00 – 5:15 pm            Best-Selling Authors Forum  
5:15 pm – 7:30 pm      Exhibits Opening Ceremony and ALA/ERT All Conference Reception (includes entertainment and complimentary refreshments)

Saturday and Sunday, January 10-11
9:00 am – 5:00 pm     Exhibits Open

Monday, January 12
9:00 am – 2:00 pm      Exhibits Open

10:30 am – 1:00 pm    Technology Showcase

Special Events on the Exhibit Floor

Basket Raffle

Friday, January 9, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Exhibitors will be raffling off exciting gift baskets at their booths during the All Conference Reception. Baskets will be displayed near registration on Friday afternoon. Check the Final Meeting Program and Cognotes for descriptions of the baskets.

Technology Showcase

Monday, January 12, 10:00 am - 1:15 pm
Don’t miss this year’s Technology Showcase, which will consist of free concurrent programs on the exhibit floor featuring new products and demonstrations. See the Final Meeting Program and Cognotes for further information.

Adult Literature Spotlight

Saturday, January 10, 2:00 - 4:00 pm
A new feature on the exhibit floor this year! Come out Saturday afternoon as publishers feature adult authors. Free galleys will be available, and authors will be available for autographs at the publishers' booths. Check back for a list of participating authors and publishers. Further information will also be available in the Final Program Book.

Author Forum

The Author Forum will take place Friday, January 9, 2004 from 4:00 - 5:15 pm, and will consist of a panel of two speakers.

Bertice Berry, Ph.D is the author of four works of nonfiction and of the novels Redemption Song (Doubleday 2000) and The Haunting of Hip Hop (Doubleday 2001).  She is also an inspirational speaker, doctor of sociology, and former stand-up comedian. 

ImageWith her characteristic wit, the bold and vivacious Bertice Berry is back with Jim & Louella’s Homemade Heart-Fix Remedy, a sizzler of a novel just released in paperback that celebrates the undeniable human spirit and the pleasures of the body, heart and mind.

Jim & Louella Parsons are as settled into their Southern town as they are into their predictable twenty-six year marriage.   Louella, fed up with her lackluster love life, decides to contact her departed ancestors for some advice.  Conjuring up her mother, grandmother and aunt in a dream, she receives an enchanting lesson in the art of reigniting the fires of love.

Written with both a sense of humor and intelligence Jim & Louella’s Homemade Heart-Fix Remedy is original, uplifting and flat-out hilarious.  Berry’s trademark narrative is touched with the same magic that made stories like Chocolat and Like Water for Chocolate such a delicious celebration of the connections between past and present, the importance of family, and the pleasures of the body and the heart.

Berry sponsored by Random House.

Ángeles Mastretta was born in Puebla, Mexico in October 1949. She began her career as a journalist, and in 1974 was awarded   a scholarship at the Mexican Writers’ Center. In 1975, La Pájara Pinta (Colorful Bird), a collection of her poetry, was published. In 1985 she was finally able to publish her first novel, Arráncame La Vida (Tear This Heart Out), winning the Mazatlan Prize for Literative. A stunning success in both Mexico and abroad, the novel quickly cleared a place for Mastretta in the canon of Mexican writers.

ImageThe success of Tear This Heart Out gave Mastretta the freedom to focus full time on writing fiction, yet the inspiration for Women With Big Eyes is autobiographical, conceived when her infant daughter was gravely ill. Hoping to convince the child that she was a necessary link in an unbroken chain of extraordinary women, Mastretta sat by her bedside telling stories, harvesting her family tree and her imagination to create a cast of magical, witty and colorful women, caught in pivotal moments of their life, and Women With Big Eyes was born.

A warm, charming and firecly intelligent presence, Mastretta is famous for artfully crafting fiction that comments on social and political realities of her country, and for giving birth to some of the most memorable and magical female characters ever caught between the cover of a book. Join Mastretta as she reads from her works and answers questions.

Mastretta sponsored by Penguin Putnam.

Council and Executive Board Meetings Schedule

Friday, January 9

1:15 – 4:45 pm            ALA Executive Board Session I

Sunday, January 11

9:00 – 10:00 am        ALA Council/Exec Board/Membership Information Session

10:00 - 10:30 a.m.      ALA-APA Information Session

10:45 – 12:00 noon            ALA Council/Executive Board/Membership Information Session  - Core Values Discussion 

Monday, January 12

10:00 – 11:15 am        ALA Council I

11:30 am – 12:30 pm            ALA Executive Board Candidates Forum

1:30 - 4:30 pm              ALA Executive Board Session II

5:00 – 6:00 pm            ALA Presidential/Treasurer Candidates Forum

Tuesday, January 13

8:30 am – 9:30 am        ALA-APA Council I

9:45 am – 12:15 pm            ALA Council II

Wednesday, January 14

8:30 am – 12:00 pm            ALA Council III

2:00 – 5:30 pm             ALA Executive Board Session III (actual start time depends on end time of Council III)


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