Tracie D. Hall to speak at King Midwinter service, Jan. 22

Contact: Satia M. Orange
For Immediate Release
January 9, 2007

Tracie D. Hall to speak at Midwinter commemorative service

honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., January 22

CHICAGO - Tracie D. Hall, the recently appointed assistant dean of the Dominican University Graduate School of Library and Information Science, will be the keynote speaker at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. sunrise celebration during the American Library Association's (ALA) Midwinter Meeting in Seattle. The celebration will be held on Monday, January 22, from 6:30 – 7:30 a.m. in Rooms 602-604 of the Washington State Convention and Trade Center (WCC).

ALA’s focus on this year’s national theme, “Remember! Celebrate! Act! A Day On … Not a Day Off!” encourages librarians to again consider the importance of ensuring access to information in libraries to all people, especially traditionally underserved populations. Hall’s theme for her presentation is "The Parable of the Talents Retold: Librarians as Active Witnesses to History."

Sponsored by the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Task Force of the ALA Social Responsibilities Round Table and the Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA), the association’s seventh annual sunrise celebration will honor the work and life of Dr. King. Participants include representatives of associations of librarians of color and several ALA committees, round tables and assemblies.

Formerly director of the ALA Office of Diversity, Hall has practiced at Hartford, New Haven Free, and Seattle Public Libraries, and has taught at the schools of library and information science at Catholic University of America and Dominican University. Recognized by Library Journal as the August 2004 “Mover and Shaker,” Hall’s writings on diversity and leadership have appeared in several professional publications. Principal and founder of the Goodseed Consulting Group, Hall has provided training and facilitation for libraries across the country.

Pastries, coffee and juice will be served, thanks to the support from World Book, Inc. For more information, contact Satia Orange at sorange@ala.orgor via phone at 800/545-2433, ext. 4295.