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American Library Association
Midwinter Meeting Highlights

January 9-14, 2004

Contact: Larra Clark or Macey L. Morales
Before Jan. 8, telephone: (312) 280-5043/4393
After Jan. 9, telephone: 619-525-6231, Press Room, San Diego Convention Center

Preconference Events

Thursday, January 8, 2004

  • 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., AASL Leadership Institute, two-part series
    (Part I) "Leading Through Collaboration"
    San Diego Convention Center, room 7
    The workshop ties into the basic concepts: collaboration, leadership, and technology. Participants will learn how to identify personal leadership skills and set professional priorities. Betty Bankhead, consultant, speaker and president of the Library Partnership, will facilitate the program.

(Part II) "How to Write a Successful Grant Proposal"
San Diego Convention Center, room 7
The institute will show participants how to write successful grant proposals, incorporating information from "evidence-based practice" learned in "Leading Through Collaboration," as well as information on seeking sources for funding. The institute will be presented by Dr. Ross J. Todd, associate professor of the School of Communication, Information & Library Studies, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey; and Heidi Hoerman, an instructor at the School of Library and Information Science, University of South Carolina, Columbia.

Meeting Events

Friday, January 9, 2004

  • 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., ACRL Workshop "Creating a Marketing Plan for Your Academic and Research Library," Manchester Grand Hotel, Regency A
    The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is offering a workshop "Creating a Marketing Plan for Your Academic and Research Library," that will assist librarians and libraries with developing strategic marking efforts. ACRL’s Marketing Academic & Research Libraries Committee is sponsor of the full-day workshop.
  • 1 - 4:30 p.m., "Successful Fundraising in Turbulent Times - Breakout Session"
    Holiday Inn on the Bay, Embarcadero room

    Libraries across the country are cutting hours and eliminating a variety of user services due to lack of funding. This symposium hosted by the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS), will review the general principles of good fundraising and will offer two special afternoon sessions. Librarians and trustees will share their success stories of best practices that work well for libraries and how to make the case for new funding.
  • 4 - 5:15 p.m., Best-Selling Authors Forum Featuring Dr. Bertice Berry and Ángeles Mastretta
    San Diego Convention Center, room 15 A/B

    Dr. Bertice Berry is a well-known motivational speaker, sociologist, author, lecturer, educator and former television talk show host. Dr. Berry’s trademark narrative has been compared to such great books as "Chocolat" and "Like Water for Chocolate." Her works include "Jim & Louella’s Homemade Heart-Fix Remedy" (2003), "Redemption Song " (2000), and "The Haunting of Hip Hop"(2001).

Renowned Hispanic author Ángeles Mastretta will join Berry. Mastretta’s books are famous for artfully crafting fiction that comments on social and political realities of her country, Mexico. Mastretta’s works include: "Women With Big Eyes" (2003), "La Pájara Pinta" (Colorful Bird (1985), and "Arráncame La Vida" (Tear This Heart Out (1985). Mastretta is a winner of the Mazatlan Prize for Literature.

5:15 - 7:30 p.m., Exhibits Opening Ceremony and ALA/ERT All Conference Reception
San Diego Convention Center (includes entertainment and complimentary refreshments)

Saturday, January 10, 2004

  • 8:30 - 10:15 a.m., Washington Briefing - Issue Update
    San Diego Convention Center, Room 14 A/B
    Find out what's happening on Capitol Hill and how it affects librarians - copyright government information, appropriations, telecommunications, and more. Ask your Washington lobbyists about pending bills and anticipated actions in the next session of the 108th Congress.
  • 8 - 11 a.m., AASL Affiliate Assembly Leadership Development
    San Diego Convention Center, room 1B

    The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) will conduct a leadership development session for that will highlight the "@ your library" national campaign for schools.

The school library component of the national initiative focuses on increasing public awareness of the significant contributions that school library media programs make in K-12 education.

  • 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., "Writing Grants for the Improving Literacy Through School Libraries Program" (Location TBA)
    Maggie McNeely who oversees the Improving Literacy Through School Libraries program at the US Department of Education, will discuss the grant- program and will give valuable tips on how to write an effective grant application for consideration for this program.
  • 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., "Future of the Government Printing Office (GPO)," (Location TBA)
    A joint meeting of the Government Documents Round Table (GODORT) that will discuss recommendations to assist the Public Printer in planning for the future of the Government Printing Office.
  • 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m., "Peer-to-Peer: Is it Only About Piracy?" (Location TBA)
    The forum will explore the public policy implications of the current peer-to-peer file sharing controversy. Speakers will address such questions as what are the implications of banning technology? How are recent court decisions re-interpreting copyright law? Is the record industry going too far to protect its copyright monopoly? Do libraries have a stake in protecting technological innovation? Explore these questions and more at this Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) session. Speakers include: Fred von Lohmann, senior intellectual property attorney for the Electronic Freedom Foundation, Adam Eisgrau, Flanagan consultant and lobbyist for P2P United, and Henry Wilson, founder of the file-sharing company Grokster.
  • 2 - 4 p.m., "The Adult Literature Spotlight"
    San Diego Convention Center, Exhibit Floor
    A new feature on the exhibit floor this year! Publishers will be giving out FREE fiction and non-fiction galleys. Galley authors will be present to sign autographs.
  • 2 - 4 p.m., ACRL hosts Patriot Act Forum, (Location TBA)
    Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) in partnership with ALA’s Washington Office hosts a forum to discuss the Patriot Act’s impact on US academic libraries.
  • 3 - 5:30 p.m., Arthur Curley Memorial Lecture, featuring author Richard Rodriguez
    San Diego Convention Center, room 16 A/B

    Author and essayist Richard Rodriguez will deliver the fifth annual Arthur Curley Memorial Lecture entitled "The Color Brown, and the Meaning of the Library." Rodriguez will discuss the mixing of races and cultures taking place throughout the world, but particularly in America. Rodriguez refers to this mixing of cultures and races as "browning" of America, and will discuss how "browning" impacts the way we think about libraries.
  • 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Exhibits Open

Sunday, January 11, 2004

  • 12:30 - 2 p.m., "Libraries & Affirmative Action: An Update"
    U.S. Grant Hotel, Georgian Room
    This briefing will discuss the recent Supreme Court decisions on Affirmative Action and the implications for the profession of librarianship as related to library human resource and hiring practices; recruitment and retention programs; admissions policies and scholarships; formal and informal metric or quota systems; and varying accountabilities of institutions as related to private and/or public funding. The discussion will reflect on the history of Affirmative Action in the U.S. and the particulars of the recent U. of Michigan cases. The update will provide an opportunity for discussion around this most compelling issue. The briefing is co-sponsored by ALA’s: Office for Diversity, Office for Human Resource Development and Recruitment, Office for Literacy and Outreach Services, and the Human Resources Department.
  • 3 - 5 p.m., ALA’s President’s Program, "Living in a Post-CIPA World"
    San Diego Marriott, Marina BR D-F

    ALA President Carla D. Hayden and a panel of distinguished speakers from the private and public sectors will discuss the impact the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) Supreme Court decision has had on libraries and access to information, and its implications for equity in the Information Age. The panelists will examine issues relating to compliance, library/industry relations, possible legal challenges, future legislative actions and public policy concerns.
  • 4 - 6 p.m., Open Source leader Bruce Perens keynotes NISO event
    U.S. Grant Hotel, Pavilion Ballroom

    The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) will kick off its member meeting with a look at the relevance of Open Source software and process to information standards. Held in conjunction with ALA’s Midwinter Meeting, NISO’s meeting will include delegates from technology vendors and software developers, publishing companies, content aggregators, universities, government and libraries. To learn more, visit
  • 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Exhibits Open

Monday, January 12, 2004

  • 6:30 - 7:30 a.m., The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Sunrise Celebration
    San Diego Convention Center, room 8
    The ALA Black Caucus and the ALA Office for Literacy and Outreach Services will host the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Sunrise Celebration. Herb Cawthorne former general assignment reporter for San Diego ABC affiliate KGTV, will serve as guest speaker. The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Holiday Task Force of the ALA Social Responsibilities Round Table is the sponsor of the celebration.
  • 8:45 - 10 a.m., Youth Media Awards Press Conference
    San Diego Convention Center, room 6 D/E

    The American Library Association announces "Academy Awards" of children's books. Find out which Children’s book authors will win the John Newbery Medal; Randolph Caldecott Medal; Coretta Scott King Award; Michael Printz Award; Batchelder Award; and PURA Belpré Award; at the American Library Association’s Youth Media Awards Press Conference.
  • 10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., Technology Showcase
    San Diego Convention Center, Exhibit Floor

    Don’t miss this year’s Technology Showcase, which will consist of free concurrent programs on the exhibit floor featuring new products and demonstrations.
  • 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Exhibits Open
    Don’t forget to stop by and check out the library, literacy and reading-related products and promotions at the ALA Graphics booth.

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