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Special Events Requiring Additional Registration

The following events are NOT included with a meeting registration, and require an additional registration. The following events can be chosen on the online registration form. The Event Code provided for each event is needed if you register using the paper form, or if you are adding events using the Event Add-On form. You can also see a list of the Special Events on this Adobe PDF.


The Advocacy Institute
ALA Office for Library Advocacy
Friday, January 11, 2008, 8:30 am – 3:30 pm
Looking to improve your advocacy skills? Want to meet fellow library supporters from across the country? Get the tools to become an effective library advocate at the Advocacy Institute. Break-out sessions will focus on budget presentations, crisis communications, and passing bond issues/ referenda. Advocacy basics, such as message development and coalition building, will be covered in the morning. Attendees will leave with an action plan that they can implement in their communities or campuses.
Tickets: Advance: $50. Onsite: $75.
Event Code: AD1

Reading and the Elementary School Library Media Specialist
Friday, January 11, 2008, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
This workshop addresses critical topics in reading for library media specialists who teach PreK-6th grade students. During this full-day session, presenters will be given a brief overview of current research on reading instruction, discuss how it informs school library programs, explore reading strategies, and explain what the library media specialist can do to strengthen their role as a literacy leader in their school. Using print and electronic resources, the facilitator will work with attendees to cultivate the confidence to adopt and understand the tools which strengthen student reading strategies.
Speaker: Christina Dorr, MS
Tickets: AASL member: $169; ALA member: $209; Nonmember: $259.
Event Code: AA1

Assessing Learning Outcomes in Programs Large and Small: A Hands-On Approach
Friday, January 11, 2008, 1:00 – 4:30 pm
Master one method to assess student learning that can be applied from grade school through graduate school, in a oneshot library session, or in a campus-wide program. Gain hands-on experience for each step of an assessment process that is based on the ACRL Information Literacy Competency Standards and the American Association for Higher Education’s “9 Principles of Good Practice for Assessing Student Learning.” Learn how to create individualized rubrics, hear about the collection of student work for assessment, find out how to use the rubric to assess learning, and how to change instruction to improve student-learning outcomes.
Speakers: Sue Phelps, Reference Librarian, Washington State University Vancouver; Karen Diller, Associate Library Director, Washington State University
Tickets: ACRL member: $195; ALA member: $245; Student or Retired member: $95; Nonmember: $275.
Event Code: AC1

Injecting Fun into Library Orientation: How to Engage and Capture your Students through Interactive Presentations
Friday, January 11, 2008, 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Explore how both students and librarians can have some fun with library orientation sessions. Experience two innovative and interactive methods which have been utilized at British universities. These techniques - “The Cephalonian Method” and “Library Bingo”- will be presented in the same way as you could use them with students. Evaluate these methods and assess whether they would fit into your library environment, as well as understanding the learning theories which underpin them.
Speakers: Jacqui Weetman DaCosta, Information Literacy Librarian, The College of New Jersey; Nigel Morgan, Subject Librarian, Cardiff University
Tickets: ACRL member: $195; ALA member: $245; Student or Retired member: $95; Nonmember: $275.
Event Code: AC2

Using Organization Development to Create a “Work Place of Choice”
Friday, January 11, 2008, 1:00 – 4:30 pm
The practice of Organization Development (OD) is based on models, theories and various techniques. OD practitioners blend all f these to foster change for the better in organizations. OD, however, is sometimes couched in obscure terminology and is dismissed as not being relevant. This workshop will demystify OD for you! Find out what an OD professional actually does on a daily basis. Learn to distinguish between human resources, OD and staff development. Using real examples of enhancing communication and improving the climate in your organization, you will do the work of an OD specialist by taking a climate survey and by creating some guidelines for communication responsibilities in your organization.
Speakers: M. Sue Baughman, Assistant Dean for Organizational Development, University of Maryland; Elaine Z. Jennerich, Director, Organization Development and Training; University of Washington Libraries
Tickets: ACRL member: $195; ALA member: $245; Student or Retired member: $95; Nonmember: $275.
Event Code: AC3

Metadata and Digital Library Development
Wednesday and Thursday, January 9-10, 2008, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
This workshop is part of the “Cataloging for the 21st Century” series. In an applied, exercise-based context, this two-day workshop introduces practicing catalogers to metadata implementation considerations and processes in a digital library development context. The workshop prepares attendees to serve as metadata specialists in digital library projects. Topics covered will include: Data and functionality; Metadata conversion and mapping; Creating data workflows; Digital library development teams.
Speakers: Jennifer Lang, Princeton University; Barrie Howard, Digital Library Federation
Tickets: Advance: ALCTS member: $339; ALA Member: $379; Student or Retired Member: $160; Nonmember: $429. Onsite: ALCTS member: $359; ALA Member: $399; Student or Retired Member: $160; Nonmember: $479.
Event Code: AS1

Risk and Entrepreneurship in Libraries: Seizing Oportunities for Change
Friday, January 11, 2008, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Libraries everywhere are facing challenges in adapting to the rapidly evolving information environment. The process of change involves a willingness to take risks and may offer opportunities for entrepreneurship. This ALCTS Midwinter symposium will examine risk taking and entrepreneurship in libraries in general, with an emphasis on collections and technical services. Examples of how libraries manage risks and how they engage in appropriate entrepreneurial activities will be provided.
Speakers: Marshall Keys, MDA Consulting; Rivkah Sass, Omaha Public Library; Mike Carroll, Villanova University School of Law; Regina Reynolds, Library of Congress; Scottie Cochrane, Denison College Library
Tickets: Advance: ALCTS member: $199; ALA member: $249; Student or Retired Member: $99; Nonmember: $299. Onsite: ALCTS member: $229; ALA member: $279; Student or Retired Member: $99; Nonmember: $329.
Event Code: AS2

Teen Parents Raising Readers: Youth Services Staff Making It Hapen
Friday, January 11, 2008, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
This event has been cancelled.

The Complex Edifice: Analyzing Your Dream Library
Thursday and Friday, January 10-11, 2008, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
This event has been cancelled.

Mission Possible: Practical Project Management
Friday, January 11, 2008, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Projects can finish on time, under budget, at the level of quality you desire, and with everyone still speaking. An effective planning process can ensure improvement in the management of special projects, ongoing multiple projects, and even personal time. Participants will learn how to identify and address the basic causes of project successes and failures involving management of personnel and resources, and correct underlying problems in existing projects.
Speaker: Pat Wagner
Tickets: LAMA member: $225; ALA member: $280; Student or Retired member: $135; Nonmember: $380.
Event Code: LA2

User Centered Design: Design Process (Day 1) and Usability (Day 2)
Thursday and Friday, January 10-11, 2008, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Learn about design process for managing digital projects in libraries and usability theory and methodology. This workshop covers two days, and can be attended for either day, or both days. Day One focuses on design process. Staff skills and responsibilities, artifacts of the design process, and communication channels are addressed. Web technologies and standards are included as a framework. Day Two focuses on usability theory and methodology. Practice with usability technique and methods, information on additional types of test methods, and administrative issues are addressed.
Speakers: Brenda Reeb, University of Rochester Libraries
Tickets: Both Days: LITA member: $310; ALA member: $520; Nonmember: $720. One Day: LITA member: $180; ALA member: $285; Nonmember: $385.
Event Code: Both Days - LI1; Day One Only – LI2; Day Two Only – LI3

Behind the Genealogy Reference Desk: From birth of a nation to the digital age
Friday, January 11, 2008, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Do you work with genealogy patrons? If so, you know that it can be challenging work assisting them. This institute will give you the skills you need to offer patrons great service by providing them with the best and most up-to-date genealogy information and resources. Historic Philadelphia will be the backdrop as you join other librarians in a quest for knowledge from the Colonial Age to the present and on to the future. Learn about early American documents, current web resources, and what we might expect in future resources.
Tickets: RUSA member: $95; ALA Member: $140; Nonmember: $215; Student or Retired member: $60.
Event Code: RU1

Taking Teen Services to the Next Level
Friday, January 11, 2008, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
To kick off YALSA’s 3-year advocacy campaign, YALSA is offering this institute at a special price! Did you know that the current generation of teens is the largest generation ever? This institute will give you the tools you need to advocate for the teens in your community. Get ideas on how to collaborate with community organizations to maximize outreach to teens, learn how to gain more support from administrators and library trustees, find out how to take advantage of funding opportunities, and sharpen your skills to show others in your library and community how to turn a challenge into an opportunity. Lunch is included.
Tickets: YALSA member: $100; ALA member: $125; Student or Retired member: $100; Nonmember: $150.
Event Code: YA1


Orientation for Chapter Leaders
ALA Chapter Relations Committee
Saturday, January 12, 2008, 8:00 am–1:00 pm
This workshop includes information on: financial management of associations; how to further your commitment to diversity in your association; how chapter councilors work for the chapters; navigating your way through ALA. Join the “hot topic” discussions on board meetings, budgets, conference planning, diversity, legislative issues in Chapters, membership and working with staff. This event requires advance registration (not available onsite) and includes a full breakfast.
Tickets: ALA Member: $45; Nonmember: $65.
Event Code: CR1

EMIERT Fundraiser Reception
Saturday, January 12, 2008, 7:30 pm–11:30 pm
Join us for our first ever EMIERT fundraiser. Our mission is to serve as a source of information on recommended ethnic collections, services, and programs. Your donation will help fund projects, institutes and workshops aimed on achieving our mission. We welcome current, returning and new members. Your participation will be the key to our success! For information about our fundraiser please contact Roberto C. Delgadillo at
Tickets: ALA member: $35; Student or Retired Member: $25; Nonmember: $40
Event Code: EM1

ALTA President’s Reception
Friday, January 11, 2008, 7:30–10:00 pm
Don’t miss you chance to register for the 2008 ALTA President’s Reception in Philadelphia. Tickets are $55, and advance registration is recommended, as seating is limited. Specific location information will be available in October and posed on the ALTA Website at or please call ALTA at 800-545-2433, ext. 2161.
Tickets: $55 (this is the correct price - the price that appears in the October issue of American Libraries is incorrect).
Event Code: AT1

YALSA’s Gaming Extravaganza
Friday, January 11, 2008, 8:00 pm –10:00 pm
YALSA’s 3rd Annual Gaming Night is bigger and better than ever! Experienced gamers, beginners, as well as everyone in between will find something new in the world of online, video, and tabletop games. Participants will: Network with other young adult librarians over refreshments; See demonstrations and play video and tabletop games currently popular with teens; Hear from teens about what’s hot and what’s not in gaming; Learn about machinima and how to get it started in your library; Vote on submissions in YALSA’s first build your own avatar contest; Take part in a video game contest.
Tickets: $40.
Event Code: YA2

The following event requires registration through the sponsoring group.

Gala Author Tea with Friends of Libraries U.S.A.
Monday, January 14, 2008, 2:00 – 4:00 pm
Join Friends of Libraries U.S.A. as they host their traditional author panel. Best-selling writers will discuss their works and sign their books – some of which will be given away free and others generously discounted. Enjoy a light repast including finger sandwiches, sweets, and tea.
Tickets are available for $35 in advance ($30 for FOLUSA members) and available at, and $45 at the door.

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