For immediate release | May 15, 2012

Keith Michael Fiels to speak at Specialized Outreach Services Luncheon during ALA Annual Conference

PHILADELPHIA — The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), will host its Specialized Outreach Services Luncheon, featuring ALA Executive Director Keith Michael Fiels, from noon-1:30 p.m. PDT on Saturday, June 23 at the Anaheim Marriott, Newport Beach and Rancho Las Palmas, at the 2012 ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim, Calif.

Keith Michael Fiels has served as executive director of the American Library Association since 2002. Prior to that, he served as director of the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners State Agency. He has also served as president of the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies (COSLA), as the director of a multiple library network and as a staff consultant for the New York and New Jersey State Libraries. He has also worked as a public and school librarian and as an independent library consultant. He is the co-author of a number of books on planning and technology.

In addition, Cheryl Gould of Fully Engaged Libraries will speak on what it means to be a community anchor. The second goal in the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) 2012-2016 strategic plan says “IMLS promotes museums and libraries as strong community anchors that enhance civic engagement, cultural opportunities, and economic vitality.” Do libraries know what it means to be a community anchor? If libraries think they’re already doing it, they may be missing opportunities. Gould will discuss one way the library can contribute to civic engagement and one of the models that needs to be broken in order to do it.

Advance tickets to ALTAFF’s Specialized Outreach Services Luncheon cost $55. Onsite tickets cost $60. Event code: ALT4. For more information on purchasing tickets or other ALTAFF events at the ALA Annual Conference, visit

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