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Sessions and Events

Programs and Program Presenters
Keynote Speakers and Special Events
Exhibits and Exhibits Floor Events
Special Events Requiring Additional Registration


Preconferences will be held all day on Wednesday, October 11.

Good Health/Buena Salud/Sen Ti Gien Kan/Tá Waaqis

8:30 am – 4:30 pm

$15 includes lunch and materials

Good Health!  We all want it, but do we know how to get it?  Come to this fun and interactive session to learn which illnesses are common to people of color and what you can do to lessen their impact on you and your family.  Learn about healthy choices for nutrition and physical activity. Learn about the online resources available free from the National Library of Medicine and how their use can help you to make healthy choices and achieve Good Health!  A healthy lunch will be provided and attendees will participate in a low impact exercise activity.


Promises to Keep: Only The Best for Children & Youth!

This preconference has been cancelled.

Programs and Program Presenters

The JCLC will offer four days of tracked programming for a wide audience of attendees, including librarians, library supporters and community members of color, providers of library services to communities of color, advocates and colleagues of service providers, librarians and library supporters from the profession at large who support the mission of the JCLC, and other interested parties. The five ethnic librarian caucus associations that are sponsoring the JCLC, the American Indian Library Association (AILA); the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA); the Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA); the Chinese American Librarians Association (CALA), and REFORMA, the National Association to Provide Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking), will provide issues programming of particular interest to the communities that they represent and serve as well as common-issues programs of interest to the broader audience of attendees. The conference programs will also celebrate diversity within library and information studies and the research and development aspects of community outreach. The JCLC will provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and dissemination of information on both current and new directions in the field.

New! Lists of programs by track and interest area

Program topics will include, but will not be limited to, the following:

  • Recruitment and Retention (Professional and support staff issues)
  • Staff Development (Best practices and model programs, sensitivity training, public services and continuing education)
  • Gender and Identity (GLBT populations and feminization of the profession)
  • Advocacy (Affirmative action, equity of access and grants)
  • Service Delivery (Urban and rural issues, best practices and programming models, collection development, outreach, and education of a diverse workforce)
  • Legacy Recognition (Celebrating elders, promoting archives and preservation)
  • Literature (Ethnic and multicultural collections and bibliographies)

Keynote Speakers and Special Events

The following events are free and included with your registration

ImageOpening General Session
Featuring Loung Ung
Thursday, October 12 9:00-10:30 am
Lone Star Ballroom B
Loung Ung is a survivor of the killing fields of Cambodia, one of the bloodiest episodes of the twentieth century and has devoted herself to justice and reconciliation in her homeland. The World Economic Forum selected Loung as one of the “100 Global Leaders of Tomorrow.” Her best-selling memoir, First They Killed My Father: a Daughter of Cambodia Remembers, (HarperCollins 2000) was the recipient of the 2001 Asian/Pacific American Librarians’ Association award for “Excellence in Adult Non-fiction Literature” (APALA).
Loung Ung sponsored in part by Harper Collins
Opening General Session Sponsored by Demco

ImageJuan Williams
Saturday, October 14, 8:30 - 10:00 am
Lone Star Ballroom B
Juan Williams is a senior correspondent for NPR. He is also a political analyst for the Fox News Channel and a panelist on Fox News Sunday. He is the author of Thurgood Marshall: American Revolutionary and Eyes on the Prize: America’s Civil Rights Years, 1954-1965, among other books. His newest book, Enough: The Phony Leaders, Dead-End Movements, and Culture of Failure That Are Undermining Black America and What We Can Do About It, Williams argues that black America has lost its way, and that it is critical that African Americans reclaim the traditional virtues that have sustained them in even the darkest hours. During his twenty-one-year career at the Washington Post, Williams served as an editorial writer, op-ed columnist, and White House correspondent. He lives in Washington, D.C.
Sponsored by Random House

Closing General Session
Featuring Tim Tingle and Janis F. Kearney

Sunday, October 15, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Lone Star Ballroom B

Tim Tingle is an enrolled member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. His greatgreat grandfather, John Carnes, walked the Trail of Tears in 1835. In 2002, 2003, and again in 2004, Tingle performed a traditional Choctaw story before Chief Gregory Pyle's Annual State of the Nation Address at the tribal gathering in Tushkahoma, Oklahoma, a Choctaw reunion that attracts over thirty thousand people. Walking The Choctaw Road, Tingle's first book, was released by Cinco Puntos Press in the spring of 2003. A collection of stories based on interviews with Choctaw elders in Mississippi, Texas, Alabama, and Oklahoma, it has garnered numerous national honors. As a performer, Tingle brings the lore of Native American cultures to life in lively historical, personal, and traditional stories. He plays the Native American flute and often accompanies himself with rattles, deer and whaleskin drums, and sings Native vocable songs and hymns in the Choctaw language.
Sponsored by Cinco Puntos Press

ImageJanis F. Kearney, writer, lecturer and literacy advocate, is one of 19 children born to Arkansas Delta Sharecroppers. She served as Personal Diarist to President William Jefferson Clinton for five years and as Director of the communications office of the U.S. Small Business Administration for two years. Before working for the Clinton-Gore Campaign in 1992, she published the award-winning Arkansas State Press Newspaper. Kearney founded Writing our World Press in 2004, and published her first book, Cotton Field of Dreams: A Memoir, in January, 2005. Her second book, Conversations: William Jefferson Clinton…from Hope to Harlem will be released September, 2006. Conversations is an oral biography centered around conversations with black Americans throughout the country about President Clinton's legacy. Kearney was one of the first recipients of the Silas Hunt Legacy Award from her alma mater, the University of Arkansas, in 2006. She was selected in 2003 as a History Maker and her life story is now included in the Chicago-based national African American archives. That same year, she received a PUSH for Excellence award for communications from Operation PUSH, headed by the Reverend Jesse Jackson, Jr.

Opening Reception at the Dallas Public Library
Wednesday, October 11
7:00 -11:00 pm
All JCLC attendees are invited to join us for a multicultural explosion of culture, tastes and sounds while networking and socializing with colleagues at the beautiful Dallas Public Library. This is a great way to kick off the conference.

Plenary Session of ALA Presidents Thursday, October 12
5:00 - 6:30 pm
Lone Star Ballroom A3/A4
Current ALA President Leslie Burger, future president Loriene Roy and past presidents Carol Brey-Casiano and Carla Hayden will discuss the successes and challenges in addressing diversity issues during their presidential years and at their job site. Discussion also on future prospects for Librarians and library workers of color in the profession. Keith Michael Fiels, ALA Director, will moderate the discussion.

Gala Entertainment

Saturday, October 14

9:00 pm - 12:00 am

Shake out those learning curves with old and new colleagues before parting ways on Sunday. The evening’s entertainment promises to be memorable.   There is also a dessert reception immediately preceding the event (ticketed). 

Exhibits and Exhibit Events

The following events are free and included with your registration

Exhibits Location and Hours
The Exhibit Floor will be located in the Grand Hall, directly below Registration (in the Conference Center). Access Exhibit Floor through Escalator in Registration Area in the Lone Star Ballroom Foyer.

Exhibits Hours:
Thursday: 1:00 – 5:00 pm, Friday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Saturday 9:00 am – 2:30 pm

Grand Opening of Exhibits
Thursday, October 12
1:00 - 2:30 pm
JCLC and its exhibitors are having a party on the exhibit floor and we want you to join us! The ribbon cutting will take place in the Lone Star Ballroom Foyer near the top of the escalators and will offer lively entertainment. Visit more than 75 companies and enjoy refreshments while you browse the exhibit floor. Make sure to visit the following exhibitors that are participating in the gift basket raffle so you can register to win!

  • AURALOG Booth # 825
  • Family Health Education Service Booth # 1022
  • Holtzbrink Publishers Booth # 806
  • PBS Video Booth # 524
  • OCLC Booth # 612
  • Random House Booth # 519
  • Salina Bookshelf Booth # 421
  • Simmons College Booth # 1114
  • Star Bright Books Booth # 718

Event Stage
Visit the Event Stage to hear exciting Storytellers and Author Readings. The Event Stage is located in the back of the exhibit hall.

10:15 - 10:45 am Toni Simmons
1:30 - 2:00 pm Kathy Culmer
3:15 - 3:45 pm Dee Cee Cornish

11:00 - 11:30 am Tim Tingle

Author Readings
3:30 - 4:00 pm

9:30 - 10:00 am
11:00 - 11:30 am
2:30 - 3:00 pm
4:30 - 5:00 pm

10:30 - 11:00 am

Exhibits Closing Reception
Saturday, October 14
12:00 – 2:00 pm
Join JCLC and its exhibitors to celebrate the end to the first JCLC conference. Re-visit more than 75 companies that have helped make this a successful conference. Enjoy complimentary refreshments as you take one last look through the booths before heading back home.

Special Events Requiring Additional Registratiom

The following events will require an additional registration fee. Registration for these events is available using the online or paper registration forms available on the  Registration page.

Adult Author Lunch
Friday, October 13, 12:00 - 1:30 pm
Ticket: $35

Bertice Berry, Ph.D. Dr. Berry is a motivational speaker, sociologist, and former standup comedian. She is also the author of four works of nonfiction and three previous novels, including Redemption Song, The Haunting of Hip-Hop, Jim and Louella's Homemade Heart-Fix Remedy and, most recently, When Love Calls, You Better Answer. She lives in Savannah, Georgia.

Sponsored by Random House

Mayra Montero is a well-known Cuban-Puerto Rican writer. Montero was born in HavImage ana, Cuba, but has lived in Puerto Rico since the mid 1960s. She studied journalism in Mexico and Puerto Rico and worked for many years as a correspondent in Central America and the Caribbean. She is presently a highly acclaimed journalist in Puerto Rico and writes a popular weekly column in Spanish in El Nuevo Dia newspaper. All of her books are written originally in Spanish and have been broadly translated to English and other languages. Her second book, a novel titled The Braid of the Beautiful Moon, was a finalist for the Herralde awards, one of Europe's most prestigious literary awards. Each of her subsequent books has been published in the United States in translations, as well as in many European countries. Her most recent novel "Son de Almendra"/Dancing to Almendra is the product of an extensive research about the murder of the Mafia leader Albert Anastasia at the Park Sheraton Hotel in New York in the year 1957. (Photo Credit: Primera Hora/Jose Cruz Candelaria)
Sponsored by Holtzbrinck Publishers

Children's Author Lunch
Friday, October 13, 12:00 - 1:30 pm
Ticket: $35

ImageCynthia Leitich Smith. Cynthia is the award-winning author of Indian Shoes, and Rain Is Not My Indian Name. She is a member of faculty at the Vermont College M.F.A. program in Writing for Children and Young Adults. Cynthia looks forward to the release of a picture book, Santa Knows (Dutton, 2006) and a young adult gothic fantasy novel, Tantalize (Candlewick, 2007). She makes her home in Austin, Texas; with her husband, author Greg Leitich Smith. Sponsored by HarperCollins Children's Publishing


Image Lisa Yee. Lisa has been an inventor, a hand model, and the creative director of Magic Pencil Studios. She has also been paid to eat chocolate. But what Lisa likes doing most is writing. With the publication of Millicent Min: Girl Genius, Lisa realized her lifelong dream of becoming an author. Next, she published Stanford Wong Flunks Big-Time, which was recently awarded the first annual CALA book award and was also named an ALA Notable Book for Older Readers. So Totally Emily Ebers (April 2007), completes the trilogy and reintroduces us to Emily Ebers, whose heart, charm, and vulnerability will entrance readers. Sponsored by Scholastic.


Legacy Breakfast
Friday, October 13, 7:00 - 8:30 am
Ticket: $25
Celebrate the Librarians of color who have left a legacy of contributions to the caucus associations, ALA and the profession. Long-time members and retirees will be honored.

Dessert Reception
Saturday, October 14, 2006, 8:00 - 9:00 pm
Ticket: $15
After dinner on your own and before the Gala Entertainment, come and enjoy dessert with your JCLC colleagues.

Midnight Breakfast
Saturday, October 14, 2006, 12:00 am
Ticket: $20
Refuel your bodies and your spirits with your JCLC colleagues after the Gala Entertainment's energy.