ALA president sponsors forum on education for librarianship

Contacts: Larra Clark/Macey Morales


ALA Media Relations


312-280-5043/4393


For Immediate Release


December 16, 2005

ALA president sponsors forum on education for librarianship

(CHICAGO) American Library Association (ALA) President Michael Gorman invites library practitioners, educators and students to participate in a half-day forum to explore the big issues in library education as part of the ALA Midwinter Meeting in San Antonio, January 20 - 25. The program begins at 1 p.m. Friday, January 20, in the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center.

There will be three panel sessions throughout the afternoon, starting with the question: "What is the nature of the profession of librarianship and what does the 21st century librarian need to know?" Session II will focus on "How do we translate the field of librarianship into curricular terms?" Richard Rubin, director of the School of Library and Information Science at Kent State University, will present. And Session III will address "What is ALA's role in library education?" Tom Leonhardt, library director at St. Edward's University, will present.

At the end of the afternoon, participants will have the opportunity to discuss these issues and provide feedback during facilitated feedback sessions. Papers related to each of the three topics will be posted on Gorman's Web page at
http://mg.csufresno.edu/initiative.htm.

"This is your opportunity to make your voice heard on an issue of vital importance to the future of our profession," Gorman said.

The discussion will continue Sunday, January 22, at the ALA President's Program: "The Future Of Our Profession: Educating Tomorrow's Librarians." Author, commentator, filmmaker and poet Andrei Codrescu will join Gorman for a discussion of librarians and education for librarians at 3:30 p.m.

More than 12,000 library leaders, publishers, authors and guests will attend the ALA Midwinter Meeting in San Antonio,
www.ala.org/midwinter. For advance press registration or to schedule interviews, call 312-280-5043 or 4393 before January 13 or visit the ALA Press Room on site at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center.