Grassroots programs offered at annual conference

Contact: JoAnne Kempf

Office of ALA Governance

(312) 280-3212


For immediate release

June 15, 2009

In addition to programs sponsored by divisions, round tables and committees, this year’s Annual Conference features 10 “Grassroots Programs” selected by a jury of library school students and practitioners from 118 proposals.

These Grassroots Programs are part of ALA president Jim Rettig’s presidential initiative to increase opportunities for members to participate in, contribute to and benefit from their association. The purpose of this initiative has been to broaden opportunities for ALA members to present programs at the Annual Conference and to compress the planning schedule to accommodate programs on very current issues.

The following programs will be identified in the conference program book with a distinctive grassroots logo:

  • From Legacy Data to Linked Data: Preparing Libraries for Web 3.0; Monday, 8–10 a.m.
  • Hiring the Best: Looking for Experiential Learning in MLS Students and Asking the Right Questions; Monday, 3:30–5 p.m.
  • Free2Succeed: Creating a Library Job Center; Monday, 3:30 – 5:00
  • Learning to Lead; Monday, 3:30–5 p.m.
  • Naked Ladies in the Library! Or, Public Art in Public Libraries: Building Lasting Alliances and Creating Social Capital; Monday, 3:30–5 p.m.
  • Many Stories, Many Options: Pushing Out Your Digital Content in New Ways; Tuesday, 8–10 a.m.
  • Access to Information as a Human Right: Changing Practice and Policy in Central Africa; Monday, 3:30–5 p.m.
  • Libraries and Obama’s Information Policy; Saturday, 3:30–5 p.m.
  • A More Narrow Discussion: The African American Male Librarian and Career Choice; Saturday, 3:30–5 p.m.
  • Not all Education is Done in a Classroom: The Role of the Library in Identifying and Establishing Resources and Programming for Homeschooler Families; Sunday, 3:30–5 p.m.

Please check the program guide for the locations of these events.