Williams, Needham to speak about revitalization of libraries at ASCLA President’s Program

Contact: Liz Markel

Marketing Specialist, RUSA/ASCLA

(312) 280-4398



For Immediate Release

April 21, 2009

CHICAGO—Pundits Joan Frye Williams and George Needham will discuss issues of interest to all types of librarians at this year’s President’s Program, “Revitalizing the Library Experience,” for the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA), held 10:30 a.m.- noon Sunday, July 12, in conjunction with ALA’s Annual Conference in Chicago.

In a stimulating and fast-paced presentation, Williams and Needham will tackle emerging issues affecting all library environments and employees—from the rural library to the large library system employee, to the information broker. Specifically, they will examine the latest in social networking, search engines, customer services and other emerging technology products.

"Joan and George deliver exciting and thought-provoking programs each and every time,” said Carol Desch, ASCLA president. “This high-value and high-interest program is a must for all conference attendees. It will challenge us all to rethink library services in new and creative ways even in these tough economic times—and have fun in the process”

Williams, an independent information technology consultant, and Needham, OCLC vice president for member services, are frequent presentation partners in conducting staff development sessions as well as addressing critical topics such as innovation and risk-taking in the library environment, library project management and market research techniques for libraries. Between them, they have more than eight decades of experience encompassing all aspects of the library profession and are recognized as leaders in the field for their observations of and insights into emerging library trends, issues and practices.

The ASCLA President’s Program is open to all Annual Conference participants. Details on how to register for Annual Conference are available at the
ASCLA blog A complete list of ASCLA’s program offerings, including preconferences, discussion groups and the ASCLA/COSLA dessert reception is posted at the
ASCLA website, with event locations to be announced in early May.

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