Past Programs

Highlighted are some of EMIERT's programs at the ALA annual conferences

Past Programs

2020 EMIERT ALA Annual (Virtual)

EMIERT Chair's Program Promoting Multicultural Library Services in Virtual Spaces: Friday, June 26, 2020, 10:00am - 10:45am

2019 EMIERT ALA Annual Washington, DC

General Membership Meeting: Saturday, June 22, 2019, 2:30-3:30pm, WCC 102A

Social Unrest, Democracy, and Librarianship in the 21st Century (Chair's Program)/Distinguished Librarian Award Ceremony honoring Dr. Clara Chu: Saturday, June 22, 2019, 4:00-5:30 pm, WCC 14

The panel (Alyssa Brissett, Tracy Drake, Diana Moronta and Ana Ndumu, moderated by Tinamarie Vella, EMIERT Vice-Chair 2018-2019) pictured below after this session.


Board Meeting: Sunday, June 23, 2019, 2:30-3:30pm, WCC 303

Taste of the Town Event: Sunday, June 23, 2019, 5:30 pm @ Kith and Kin (RSVP Required) - * Sold Out

2018 EMIERT ALA Annual New Orleans

Press Release: Dali and Caidi recipients of 2018 David Cohen/EMIERT Multicultural Award

Mimi Lee and Andrea Jamison announce winners of the 2018 David Cohen/Multicultural Awards at the, combined, EMIERT & ODLOS Chairs Program titled: Arab American Literature – A Librarian’s Guide. The event was held on Saturday, June 23, 2018, at 2:00 p.m., at the Morial Convention Center in New Orleans.

Panel Discussion - Arab American Literature - A Librarian's GuideDavid Cohen Awards Presentation by Mimi Lee and Andrea JamisonDali and Caidi recipients of 2018 David Cohen/EMIERT Multicultural Award

2017 EMIERT ALA Annual Chicago

Press Release: Satia Orange Receives the EMIERT Distinguished Librarian Award

Program: You Can't Stay Neutral on a Moving Train (below)

Photo of You can't stay neutral program The Civic lab slide

Program: The World at Your Fingertips: How to Use Global Literature in Translation in Library Programs (below)

The world at your fingertips panel The world at your fingertips presenters

Program: The Human Library at Penn State.

Dr. Leslie Campbell Hime introduces the speaker, Alia Gant Video from the project (below)

EMIERT Chair introducing speaker Video of Human Library at Penn State

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2016 ALA Annual Conference Orlando

EMIERT Schedule for 2016 Annual

2015 ALA Annual Conference San Francisco

EMIERT Programs at ALA San Francisco 2015

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7:00-9:30 am 10:30-11:30 am 1:00-2:30 pm 4:30-5:30 pm 5:00-7:00 pm

Sat. June 27


EMIERT Gen. Membership Mtg Marriott Marquis San Francisco - Pacific Suite B

Librarians of Color: The Challenges of "Movin' On Up" (Pt II) Moscone Convention Center 2007 (W) (1:00-2:30)

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Mario Ascensio listens intently to an audience member during a break out session while Ray Pun compiles a list of key concerns (above).

Eileen Kuan-Veng Bosch and Monica Lopez examine types of microaggressions in their break out session (below).

Image of Monica and Eileen

Presentation of Distinguished Librarian Award

Image for Mark Puente distinguished award

Collective Cultural Competency: Promoting a Dialogue about Diversity in an Academic Library Moscone Convention Center 3012 (W)

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Rebecca Marrall provides insightful replies to questions from the audience on her presentation

Coretta Scott King Book Awards-Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement Reception Westin St. Francis Olympic Room

Sun., June 28

Coretta Scott King Book Awards Breakfast Marriott Marquis San Francisco Golden Gate Ballroom

EMIERT Executive & All Committee Meeting Marriott Marquis San Francisco - Pacific Suite C

Diversity in a Flash: A Lightning Showcase of Residency Diversity Initiatives Moscone Convention Center 2020 (W) (1:00-2:00)

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(left to right) Sarah Espinosa, Residency Librarian for Diversity and Innovation, Towson University; Martha Parker, Librarian-in-Residence, University of Arkansas; Tarida Anantachai, Learning Commons Librarian, Syracuse University; Orlanando Duffus, Resident, University of North Carolina at Greensboro; Nataly Blas, Business Librarian, Loyola Marymount University

For additional diversity related programs in the ALA scheduler, please see:

2015 ALA Midwinter Conference - Chicago IL

Saturday, January 31, 2015

  • Coretta Scott King Book Awards Committee: Executive Committee meeting (8:30-10:00) and General Committee meeting (10:30-11:30, Fairmont Chicago State Room
  • General membership meeting: 10:30-11:30 am at McCormick Place West W176B

Sunday, February 1, 2015

The Executive All Committee Meeting: 10:30-11:30 at the Hyatt Regency McCormick, Hyde Park Room,cc11B

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Executive Board Members: Mimi Lee, Jonda McNair, Elliot Gertel, Kathreine Trouern-Trend, and Tess Tobin

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Executive Board Members: Lori Mestre, Jonda McNair, Elliot Gertel, Katherine Trouern-Trend, Tess Tobin and Leslie Campbell Hime

Monday, February 2, 2015

Martin Luther King Jr. Sunrise Service 6:30-7:30 am McCormick Place West (with Dr. West).

Dr. West at the Martin Luther King Jr. Sunrise service

The eminent Dr. West encouraged the audience to consider the politics of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. just before his death rather than from previous years. King's "moral consistency" led him to oppose war and organize the poor, much to the chagrin of conservative leaders of the day who preferred a more moderate King. "Decency makes you subversive,"West remarked as he challenged the audience to remember their past (Sankofa) and to allow it to inform their daily interactions with others."

Emiert Chair, Katherine Trouern-Trend reading an excerpt from a work by Martin Luther King Jr. at the Sunrise Service

Kathryn at the MLK sunrise service image

2014 ALA Annual Conference-Las Vegas, NV

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Get HIP: Highly Interactive Programs for Multicultural Communities: 8:30-10:00 am. Las Vegas Convention Center

image of speakers in get hip image of audience interaction

EMIERT Membership Meeting: 10:30-11:30 am. Caesars Palace, Octavius 12

Let our Rejoicing Arise: 35 Years of the Coretta Scott King Book Award: A Conversation with Past and Present Winners: 5:00-7:00 pm. Paris, Champaign 4

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Coretta Scott King Book Awards Breakfast: 7:00-9:30 am.Caesars Palace, Milano Room

EMIERT Executive & All-Committee Meeting: 10:30 am to 11:30 am. Las Vegas Convention Center N238

2014 ALA Midwnter Conference- Philadelphia, PA

Friday, January 24, 2014

EMIERT MidWinter Social: 5:00 pm­- 7:00 pm, Sky Lounge at Level 33, Loews Hotel, 1200 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107, (215) 231­7300

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Coretta Scott King Book Awards General Committee: Meeting 10:30 am to 11:30 am Marriott­Franklin #02

Sunday, January 26, 2014

RUSA History/EMIERT German Society of Pennsylvania Tour, 10:15 am - 11:15 am, 611 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia, PA 19123

Sunday, January 26, 2014

EMIERT Executive and All Committee Mtg: 10:30 am to 12:00 pm Pennsylvania Convention Center #124

Images from the All Committee Meeting January 2014

Pictures from midwinter 2014 Jonda and Mimi picture Katherine, Audrey and Ariana picture

Arianna Hussain, Elliot Gertel, Jonda McNair and Mimi Lee Katherine Trouern-Trend,

Katherine Trouern-Trend, Audrey Robinson-Nkongola,

& Leslie Campbell Hime & Arianna Hussain

2013 ALA Annual Conference (Excerpts from the program announcements)

  • Emiert's Taste of the Town

Join the ALA Ethnic and Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table and the Polish American Librarians Association for a Taste of the Town, featuring a visit to the Polish Museum of America and family-style lunch at Podhalanka restaurant in Chicago’s famous Polonia Triangle, during the American Library Association’s 2013 Annual Conference, from noon to 3:30 p.m. Friday, June 28. Cosponsoring the event is ALA’s Ethnic and Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table.

Explore the rich cultural heritage of Chicago’s Polish-American community at the Polish Museum of America, whose large collection features authentic folk art, traditional costume, coins, militaria, religious artifacts, items from the Polish exhibit at the 1939 World’s Fair and much more. The tour will include a behind-the-scenes look at the PMA Library, one of the nation’s best ethnic heritage collections. Then, connect with your colleagues and enjoy an authentic family-style Polish meal at Podhalanka restaurant, a Division Street mainstay since 1983. The bus will depart from McCormick Place at noon, and will return at 3:30 p.m.

  • Immigrant Civic Engagement: An IMLS National Leadership Demonstration Project (sponsored by EMIERT)

Awarded in 2010, Hartford Public Library’s 3 year demonstration project employs four interconnected and complementary strategies to address the critical need for immigrant civic integration, these include: volunteer Cultural Navigators, community dialogues, coalition building and a communications campaign. At the core of these strategies is social capital development noted in the field as a key ingredient for promoting civic integration. Participants will learn about the project’s challenges, successes, and how best to apply its strategies within their own library setting. Presenters: Hartford Public Library, Welcoming America

2012 ALA Annual Conference (Excerpts from the program announcements)

The ALA Ethnic and Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table (EMIERT) will mark 35 years of service as the Association’s source of information on recommended ethnic collections, services and programs with three sessions during ALA’s 2012 Annual Conference in Anaheim, Calif.

The celebration will begin with “Community Voices: Preserving the History and Culture of our Communities,” from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, June 23 in room 201A of the Anaheim Convention Center (ACC). During this session, subtitled “Step Back Into the Future – New Technology Brings History to Your Smartphone,” panelists will discuss “GeoStoryteller,” a mobile app developed for the Goethe Institut’s “German Traces” program by the Pratt Institute School of Information and Library Science. This innovative app guides users as they go on a smartphone-guided tour of New York City, recapturing the early days of immigration to America’s largest city using podcasts, slideshows, and augmented reality.

From 1:30 - 2:45 p.m. on Sunday, June 24 in room ACC205A, “Cultural Programming: How to Achieve Meaningful Dialogue at Your Library,” will explore ways to enhance library cultural programming and feature an expert-led discussion on engaging patrons in fruitful cultural exchanges beneficial to the library and the community. Immediately following the session at 2:45, present and past EMIERT members are invited to attend a tribute to founder David Cohen along with sharing past stories about EMIERT. Those interested in participating in the tribute are asked to contact Linda Teel at

The third program, “Virtual Faiths: Cooperative Digitization Projects” will be held from 8 - 10 a.m. on Monday, June 25 in room ACC207A. This session will highlight several examples of cooperative digitization and digital library projects drawn from interdisciplinary and historical records related to a particular denomination or faith that help researchers delve into contemporary questions of church and state boundaries, as well as the history of the development of local communities, regions and nations. This program will feature several projects underway related to Methodism, Judaism and Catholicism, and is sponsored by the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA), the American Theological Library Association (ATLA),the Association of Jewish Libraries (AJL), Catholic Library Association (CLA) and EMIERT's Jewish Information Committee.

2011 ALA Annual Conference (Excerpts from the program announcements)

  • Census 2010: What It Can Tell our Funders

    This workshop will demonstrate how to extrapolate and present Census 2010 data that truly represents your community. This data will help you secure funding, offer programming, and meet the education needs of your library's patrons. Speakers will include a representative from the Census Office and librarians who specialize in demographics. The David Cohen EMIERT Award and the EMIERT Distingusihed Librarian Award will be presented at the end of the program.
  • Gathering the Storm: Exploring Katrina's Jewish Voices and the Significance of Oral History Collection

In 2006, the Jewish Women's Archive and the Institute for Southern Jewish Life instituted an oral history project to document the experience of Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath within the Jewish communities of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast. Professor Karla Goldman will present video excerpts and moderate a panel discussion among some of the project's narrators to consider the Jewish themes and frameworks that emerged in these interviews and to reflect upon the impact of oral history in capturing and shaping our understanding of individual, group, and general experiences of historically momentous events like Katrina. Dr. Goldman will lead a panel discussion following her presentation.

2010 ALA Annual Conference (Excerpts from the program announcements)

  • Going Socratic with Coretta Scott King Book Award Titles: A Socratic Seminar Approach to Book Discussions

    Using Coretta Scott King Book Award-winning titles "Elijah of Buxton" and "Moses," learn the how-to’s of the Socratic Process to involve students in inquiry and rich discussion of opinions based on the text. Session will include defining the Socratic method, seminar etiquette, and role of facilitator. Learn how to select the best texts, conduct a seminar, enhance inquiry skills of student participants, and assess the seminar. Speakers: Barbara Clark, Birmingham Public Schools , Bloomfield, MI, Coordinator for Media and Enrichment Services; Kelli Hughes, Farmington Public Schools, Farmington, MI, School Library Media Specialist; Adelaide Phelps, Oakland University, Director, Educational Resources Lab."

  • The Power of Multicultural Exhibits in Building Multicultural Relationships

    Through virtual demonstrations this program will illustrate how exhibits – HAITI AFTER THE EARTHQUAKE; THE CHILDREN OF DARFUR; COMMON THREADS: UNRAVELING THE WORLD OF TEXTILES – can help libraries develop multicultural audiences, connect and increase circulation, cultivate community intercultural relationships, while promoting global consciousness. Presenter Lou Ann Merkle, Darfur Alert Coalition Founder and Executive Director 2004 – 2007 will offer insight into an exhibit of drawings and poetry created by children in the Kalma refugee war camp in South Darfur in 2004. Marc Yves Regis, author of Haiti through My Eyes, Deadly Road to Democracy, and two photographic documentaries Two Good Feet and When Freedom Comes, will discuss his most recent photographs and stories of Haiti. Representatives from The Textile Museum in D.C. will demonstrate how they have used interactive educational websites to share the cultural importance of the world’s textiles and engage audiences of all ages. They will highlight “Common Threads: Unraveling the World of Textiles.” The site was designed as an introduction to textiles through in-depth exploration of two objects from the Museum’s permanent collection: a rain-cloak from Bhutan and an over-tunic from Guatemala. Join us for a closer look at how you can use the site in your own library.

  • One Poem, Enriching Lives Across the Globe: Samuel Ullman, Gen. Douglas MacArthur, and "Youth"

    Judith Schaefer’s 59-minute film, "So Long Are You Young: Samuel Ullman's Poems and Passion," tells the remarkable story of the serendipitous international influence of one poem. The inspiring documentary highlights Ullman’s life (1840-1924), community humanitarian work and personal courage as an immigrant Jew in Birmingham, Alabama, and how his philosophy came to influence General Douglas MacArthur, postwar Japanese society, and world leaders like Robert and Ted Kennedy. Ullman biographer/historian Margaret Armbrester will facilitate audience discussion. Co-sponsored by RUSA.

  • Immigrant Vignettes: The Saga of Romanian-American and Canadian-Jews

    Overview of two millennia-long Jewish community in Romania (including the Holocaust, Communist & post-Communist periods); immigration and history of Jews in the USA and Canada, Romanian Holocaust survivors and righteous Gentiles; biographical sketches of noted Romanian Jews; library materials on North American Romanian Jewry including Multicultural Review; author-publisher interaction vis-à-vis The Romanian Jews in America and Canada (1850-2010); and issues in writing and publishing a Holocaust memoir are the main components of this program. Speakers: Vladimir Wertsman, author and Chair of EMIERT Publishing and Multicultural Materials Committee and Lyn Miller-Lachman, Editor-in-Chief of MultiCultural Review.