ALA President hosts free teleconference on

Elizabeth Dreazen
ALA Governance Office

For Immediate Release
April 25, 2006

ALA President hosts free teleconference

on "Confronting the Crisis in Library Education" June 9

(CHICAGO) American Library Association (ALA) President Michael Gorman will host a free national satellite teleconference to be held Friday, June 9, 2006, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. CDT.
"Confronting the Crisis in Library Education: A National Teleconference" will address the question of whether today's library education programs are doing an adequate job of training the next generation of librarians and discuss the related issues of continuing education and certification.
This live interactive program will provide opportunities for viewers nationwide to offer comments and ask questions via fax, email and telephone.

The teleconference will be available without charge to all libraries to downlink or view on Webcast nationally and internationally.
All sites may copy the teleconference for replay or sharing purposes at their libraries.
To register, call 1-800-354-6587 or visit the registration Web site:

The program continues the dialog on library education that began at the Forum on Education for Librarianship that Gorman sponsored at the ALA 2006 Midwinter Meeting in San Antonio, Texas.
The forum attracted nearly 500 educators and practitioners, the largest such gathering at ALA in many years.