Photos c/o Anaheim/Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau
Anaheim Restaurant Guide: Choice Eats for ALA Conference-Goers
The annual conference of the American Library Association (ALA) returns to Anaheim, June 22–26. That site will bring cheers from Disney lovers and tourists, but you’ll hear a few shouts of “enough already” from the hard-core ALA cadre and leaders who get off on playing ALA politics and from the younger party crowd who meet in the pubs and bars when ALA convenes in an urban center. Librarians are inventive, and we hear that they plan to find ways to meet those needs regardless. The conference program this year is a strong one, with education, information, and entertainment for every librarian’s taste, even the most obsessed professional.
Table of Contents
Cataloging & Metadata
Education for librarianship
Galas, Parties, Banquets
Internet & Web
Politics & Libraries
Programs in Libraries
Rural & Small Libraries
Authors & Celebrities
Find & fund the future
If there is a theme this summer, it is finding and funding a sustainable future for libraries of every type. There are ample serious excursions into the future of libraries, many strong panels on how to ensure that future, and even more on how the latest technological marvels will transform it.
Those for whom that future isn’t wild or far out enough can fly off to never-never land with the likes of George R.R. Martin, whose works spawned TV’s Game of Thrones, and Blake Charlton, whose “Spellwright” trilogy is almost complete with his new novel, Spellbreaker, at the Saturday LITA program (see Authors & Celebrities).
That emphasis includes many programs on how to build community support for the funding needed to continue and succeed.
Battles to join
There are battles to be joined, too, on copyright, on ebook use and lending, on book prices, and on scholarly publishing, and, of course, a pile of programs on our ancient wars against censorship and on behalf of intellectual freedom and privacy. These come along with the usual parade of committee, unit, and division actions, including wonderful revolutions like the one over who will run LITA.
We hope to see again a more activist social responsibility crowd someday soon. Maybe in Anaheim, SRRT will emerge from its navel gazing to get back finally to the good work of keeping ALA honest and democratic. We’re not optimistic, but we are hopeful.
At least perhaps SRRT can quell the emphasis on using ALA’s continuing education responsibilities to deliver that and not just raise funds for ALA and its units. That is why we don’t list the usually expensive preconferences here. Most are not worth the cost in fees and extra nights.
There are lots of consultants preaching managerial, architectural, and technological advice on the program; indeed, some say too many. There are a host of publishers, vendors, and assorted gurus ready to sell libraries the magic bullets they need to succeed. Don’t just dismiss them; hear them all, and you may get a few good ideas.
We’ve put a star () by the sessions we think will give you the most useful information, best ideas, or top entertainment for the time you spend. If all else fails, there’s always Disney.
Embedded Librarians Best Practice: You can do it, we can help
ACRL-DLS, LITA. Sat., Jun. 23, 8–10 a.m. Deborah A. Nolan (Towson), Kathleen A. Langan (Western Michigan Univ.), Kathleen Pickens-French and Krista McDonald (both Miami Univ. Hamilton), and Paul Betty (Regis Univ.) on embedding models. They’ll involve the audience with polling. For librarians partnered with faculty in online classes, embedding is now critical. Tips and frustrations of being embedded from the audience.
The Current Status of Academic Librarians: The Best of Times or the Worst of Times
Sat., Jun. 23, 1:30–3:30 p.m. Angela Williams (Syracuse Univ.), Ann Watson (Shepherd Univ.), Robert Farrell (CUNY), Samantha Hines (Univ. of Montana), and Suzy Szasz Palmer (Longwood Univ.) on how academic librarians position themselves for the future: how to redefine, reevaluate, and retool duties and workflow despite the economy, workload creep, and a barrage of new initiatives.
Making Textbooks Affordable: A Successful Initiative at a University Library
Sat., Jun. 23, 1:30–5:30 p.m. The “Affordable Learning Solutions” at the California State University (CSU) system should lower student costs using freely and cheaply available (mostly digital) alternatives to textbooks. Hear how it was successfully implemented at CSU–Dominguez Hills, a mid-sized campus serving traditionally underprivileged students. An impressive effort!
Diving in and Learning To Swim as a New Distance Education Librarian
Sun., Jun. 24, 10:30 a.m.–noon. Beth Filar (UNC–Greensboro), Britt Fagerheim (Utah State Univ.), and Heidi Steiner (Norwich Univ.). Rachel E. Cannady (Mississippi State Univ.)—all librarians who deliver library service for distance and online users—discuss what worked, imperative skills for distance librarians, strategic planning, and more. The cutting edge of the new librarianship.
Teaching New Dogs Old Tricks: Using Technology To Train and Manage Student Employees
Mon., Jun. 25, 8 a.m.–noon. Amanda Folk will discuss implementing Captivate, LibGuides, SharePoint, and Blackboard to improve and enhance the training, communication, and supervision of student library employees.
Guts and Glory: The Truth on What It Takes To Lead
Sat., Jun. 23, 10:30 a.m.–noon. Moderator Luis Herrera, LJ 2012 Librarian of the Year, promises “provocative straight talk” with government executives and proven directors on leadership and positioning libraries as key partners in city and county government. The panelists: Cynthia Kurtz (CEO, San Gabriel Economic Partnership), Rick Cole (Ventura city manager), and Sari Feldman (Cuyahoga Cty. PL).
Sat., Jun. 23, 10:30 a.m.–noon; Sun., Jun. 24, noon–5 p.m. Expert library advocates on ways to deal with the latest issues affecting libraries. Short discussions, workshops, and Q&A sessions to improve advocacy skills and showcase current advocacy initiatives.
ASCLA President’s Program: Duct Tape Marketing and Advocacy
Sun., Jun. 24, 10:30 a.m.–noon. Features John Jantasch, author of Duct Tape Marketing and the Referral Engine,with tactical approaches to marketing and expanding the base of advocates. Jantasch has helped small businesses with marketing systems and will apply that to libraries.
Transforming Libraries Through Frontline Advocacy
Sun., Jun. 24, 1:30–3:30 p.m. Larry Neal (Clinton Macomb Cty. Lib.) and Deborah Doyle (chair , California Lib. Assn. Legislation, Advocacy and IF Cmte.) will talk about frontline advocacy for Friends and trustees.
How To Save Your Library: Advocating on Multiple Fronts During Economic Crisis
Mon., Jun. 25, 1:30–3:30 p.m. Oakland PL’s Amy Martin, Helen Bloch, and Nina Lindsay on how service to children is threatened by the current economy. Library staff with Save Oakland Libraries (CA) and Urban Libraries Unite (NY) tell how social media, targeted outreach to immigrant communities, and family-friendly actions can stem the tide and mobilize communities and staff.
ALA Council/Executive Board/membership information session
Sat., Jun. 23, 3:30–5 p.m. A good place to hear what is on ALA’s agenda, to be “hotly debated.”
Opening General Session & Exhibits Opening
Fri., Jun. 22, 4–5:15 p.m. ALA president Molly Raphael will welcome attendees, present the ALA awards, and introduce speaker Rebecca MacKinnon (see Authors & Celebrities). Immediately following will be the Ribbon Cutting & Exhibits Opening, 5:15–5:30 p.m.
Closing General Sessions and Inaugural Event & Inaugural Brunch
Tues., Jun. 26, 9:30–11 a.m.; Inaugural Brunch, 11:15 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Billed as “the exciting Closing General Session,” and the brunch replaces a banquet, but one of these sessions will give the new 2012–13 ALA president, Maureen Sullivan, time to tell what she plans. Division presidents are introduced. (See Authors & Celebrities).
Rethink & Re-envison: Dynamic Redesigns of Existing Spaces
Sat., Jun. 23, 10:30 a.m.–noon. A session focused on revamping and redesigning existing spaces into hubs of the community that bring together users, materials, technology, collaborative efforts, and meeting areas, from Janet Nelson (DEMCO), Edra Waterman (Hamilton East PL), John Strasius (Perkins &Will), Kimberly Bolan-Cullin (Kimberly Bolan & Assocs.), and Maureen Ambrosino (Westborough PL).
The Library: Moving Beyond Community Living Room
Sat., Jun. 23, 10:30 a.m.–noon. How the definition of library has expanded in the public mind. Libraries now house amenities that may seem unrelated to traditional missions, according to Dan Djelten (Univ. of Saint Thomas), Lois Lenroot-Ernt (Hennepin Cty. Lib.), and Traci Lesneski (MS&R Ltd.).
Emerging Library Space
Sat., Jun. 23, 10:30 a.m.–noon. Jane Duffey (Univ. of Winnipeg) and architect Janette Blackburn on transforming the functional relationships of physical and virtual library spaces.
Fusion Libraries: New Models for New Times
Sat., Jun. 23, 1:30–3:30 p.m. Planning strategies and operational issues on the “fusion” library and how to manage new, more diverse collaborations and programs that blur old boundaries among information, culture, and daily life. With Carla Tracy (Augustana Coll.), Jane Duffey (Univ. of Winnipeg), architect Janette Blackburn, Margaret Sullivan (H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture), and Melanie Huggins (Richland Cty. PL)
Sun., Jun. 24, 8–10 a.m. Jeffrey Scherer (MS&R), consultant and LJ New Landmark Libraries project lead Louise Schaper, Rebekkah Smith Aldrich (Mid-Hudson Lib. Syst.), and Susan Benton (ULC) with basic information about the Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) rating system from the U.S. Green Building Council and its implications.
The Evolving Learning Commons—Children, Teens and Families
Sun., Jun. 24, 1:30–3:30 p.m. Examples and best practices of Learning Commons and group exercises to plan, design, and evaluate a Learning Commons, aimed at educators and public, K-12 school, special, and academic librarians. Hear Alex Cohen, Arlene Hopkins, Carla Tracy (Augustana Coll.), Greg Careaga, Janette Blackburn, Margaret Sullivan (H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture), and Melanie Huggins (Richland Cty. PL).
Sustainable Thinking: Passageways to Better Buildings, Budgets and Beyond
Mon., Jun. 25, 10:30 a.m.–noon. Promises to take sustainability to “a new level of understanding,” claiming sustainable thinking fosters partnerships, improves social equity and economic vitality, enhances environmental quality, increases revenue, and conveys value. They’re gonna design a building to do all that? Maybe. Speakers are Jeffrey Scherer (MS&R Ltd.), Louise Schaper, Rebekkah Smith Aldrich (Mid-Hudson Lib. Syst.), and Susan Benton (ULC). Looks like a repeat of their Sunday morning program above. Don’t do both.
Top Library Building Trends
Mon. Jun. 25, 1:30–3:30 p.m. New ideas in planning public and academic libraries, like rethinking spaces, new building design, etc., from a host of heavy hitters: Carole Wedge and Janette Blackburn (Shepley Bulfinch), Dan Meehan (HBM Architects), Dennis Humphries (Humphries Poli Architects), George Needham (OCLC), Kent Oliver (Nashville PL), Loretta Parham (Atlanta Univ. Ctr.), Pam Sandlian-Smith (Anythink Libs.), consultant Toni Garvey, Tracey Strobel (Cuyahoga Cty. PL), and consultant Kay Runge. Worth hearing.
Cataloging & Metadata
Linked Data & Next Generation Catalogs
Sat., Jun. 23, 8 a.m.–noon. Linked data, a recommended best practice for sharing and connecting data, information, and knowledge on the Semantic Web, will be integrated in all next-generation catalogs. Learn about basic concepts and the impact and benefits of adapting linked data in bibliographic control. Developers of next-generation catalog systems will demonstrate them.
Current Research on and Use of FRBR in Libraries
Sun., Jun. 24, 8-10 a.m. Athena Salaba and Yin Zhang (both Kent State), Carolyn McCallum (Wake Forest), Z. Smith (Reynolds Lib.), Erik Mitchell (Univ. of Maryland iSchool), Jennifer Bowen (Univ. of Rochester), and Thomas Hickey (OCLC) answer questions from libraries trying to use new metadata standards related to FRBR (those Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records we used to call principles of cataloging), data migration, and the design of discovery systems. Current research and practice and the next important steps in facilitating and implementing FRBR. Oy! No thanks, we’ll just buy the records from our bookseller.
NISO’s IOTA Initiative: Improving OpenURLs Through Analytics
Sun., Jun. 24, 10:30 a.m.–noon. An overview of NISO’S IOTA initiative to eliminate the remaining problems with OpenURL linking and how institutions are using IOTA to improve OpenURLs for ebooks and to identify the best metadata. Hear Oliver Pesch (EBSCO), Rafal Kasprowski (Rice), and Susan Marcin (Columbia Univ.).
Sun., Jun. 24, 1:30–3:30 p.m. How Resource Description and Access (RDA), the new rules for library cataloging, seeks international adoption but is a work in progress. With Ageo Garcia (Howard-Tilton Memorial Lib.), Chris Todd (National Lib. of New Zealand), Cristine Frodl (German Natl. Lib.), and Kai Li (Capital Lib. of China).
PLA: Creating Blockbusters
Sat., Jun. 23, 8–10 a.m. Gene Del Vecchio (CoolWorks, who wrote Creating Blockbusters!) and his 11 principles that explain why a novel or film becomes a blockbuster. Despite hype, it sounds useful!
Patron-Driven Acquisition in Consortia
Sat., Jun. 23, 10:30 a.m.–noon. Patron-driven acquisition (PDA) and purchase-on-demand (POD) models are being tested in library systems and consortia. They let patrons select print and ebooks for local library collections. A panel, including Greg Doyle (Univ. of Oregon), will discuss these efforts and their outcomes. Worth your time.
Utilizing Patron Driven Acquisitions Technology To Connect 455,000 Users at 23 College Campuses
Sat., Jun. 23, 1:30–3:30 p.m. Implementing, conducting, and evaluating a consortial PDA pilot involving two vendors (Coutts and YBP), 23 California State University libraries, and almost half a million users. How technology enables libraries to develop and share just-in-time collections of ebooks. The results of the pilot for library faculty, staff, budgets, and users. Jodi Shepherd and Marc Langston moderate. New knowledge.
Get More Bang for the Buck! Best Practices in Collection Management
Sat., Jun. 23, 4–5:30 p.m. How to implement best practices in collection management, from selection to circulation to evaluation. Panelists Amanda Schukle, Robin Isicson, Charlotte Bradshaw (all San Mateo Cty. Lib.), Heather Pisani-Kristl (San Diego Cty. Lib,), and Jamie Watson (Baltimore Cty. PL) say this is not just for technical services librarians.
Sun., Jun. 24, 8–10 a.m. Hear Jamie LaRue (Douglas Cty. Libs.), Robert Kieft (Occidental Coll.), and Robert Wolven (Columbia Univ. Libs.) carry on about what future library collections will look like. They’ll discuss changes in how we define library collections and innovative ways for libraries to transform collections. Their versions of the future could be right, at least until the next new medium takes over. That makes this promising.
APALA and REFORMA President’s Program
Sun., Jun. 24, 10:30 a.m.–noon. The impact and future of graphic novels, comics, and magazines written for and by Asian, Latino, and African American authors. David Inocencio, cofounder of The Beat Within—A Weekly Publication of Writing and Art From the Inside; Keith Knight, award-winning author of The Weekly K Chronicles; Rebecca Marrell, Diversity Resident Librarian, Western Libs. in Bellingham, WA; and Jason Shiga, award-winning author of Empire State: A Love Story (or Not).
Lambda Literary Foundation Program (GLBT Round Table)
Mon., Jun. 25, 4–5:30 p.m. Panel of authors talking about winning GLBT books. [Check out the Stonewall Book Awards--see Authors & Celebrities.]
NMRT Conference 101
Fri., Jun. 22, 1-3:30 p.m. For ALA conference first-timers, help from longtime ALA members and leaders to decipher the conference program and navigate the exhibits. They promise to reveal “how ALA really works,” but they may not know, so be sure to check with the young, new librarians at meetings and bars. They are already carving out a more exciting conference culture.
International Librarians Orientation
Fri., Jun. 22, 2:30–4 p.m. An introduction to ALA and Anaheim, for those from abroad. ALA members will give an overview, recommend programs and social activities, etc., and translate ALA’s many acronyms.
LITA Open House
Fri., Jun. 22, 3-4 p.m. Talk with LITA leaders, hear about their battles with one another, and learn how to connect and become involved with ALA techies.
Fri., Jun. 22, 3-4 p.m. Learn more about the Reference and User Services Association, the ALA division for librarians and library staff in readers’ advisory, collection development, genealogy, reference services, adult services, business reference, archives, interlibrary loan and resource sharing, reference technologies, and more.
NMRT Conference Orientation
Sat., Jun. 23, 8–10 a.m. Like the Friday session above, this is for conference first-timers to help you to decipher the conference program and navigate the exhibits.
WO Breakout I: How To talk to Your Legal Counsel About Copyright
Sat., Jun. 23, 10:30 a.m.–noon. Advice for librarians at educational institutions on copyright issues like scanning protected works, streaming media for teaching, downloading YouTube videos, or developing library copyright policy, from “three copyright experts.”
Fair Use, Intellectual Property, and New Media
Sat., Jun. 23, 1:30–3:30 p.m. Shawn Martin (Scholarly Communication Libn., Univ. of Pennsylvania), Jack Lerner (USC Gould Sch. of Law), Kevin Smith (Duke, LJ Academic Newswire columnist), and Lisa Callif (Donaldson & Callif, LLP), professors, lawyers, and librarians, discuss how librarians can assert fair use rights and understand the complex issues in intellectual property. A must!
NIH’s Public Access Policy and the Library: Use, Development, and Ramifications
Sat., Jun. 23, 1:30–3:30 p.m. Heath Joseph (SPARC), Neil M. Thakur (NIH), and Scott Lapinski (Harvard Medical Sch.) on the roles of librarians supporting the NIH Public Access Policy, attempts by opponents to derail it, and a host of related issues.
A very important copyright session.
Do the Right Thing: Empowering Ethical Copyright Usage in Libraries
Sun., Jun. 24, 1:30–3:30 p.m. Panelists Carrie Russell, Gretchen McCord, and Kenneth Crews (all well-known fighters for just copyright laws) promise to address “practical solutions to ethical dilemmas in copyright.” Why do we worry about ethics, while the other side locks up information for profit. No “dilemmas” for us, even if this panel promises to “empower librarians to help people do what’s right.” ALA’s Code of Ethics states, “We respect intellectual property rights and advocate balance between the interests of information users and rights holders.” They should rewrite it with far more emphasis on free access to information. That is “the right thing”!
Selecting the Right Integrated Library System
Sat., Jun. 23, 8–10 a.m. Andy Peters (Pioneer Lib. Syst.), Desiree Webber (Mustang PL), and Pat Weaver-Meyers (Noble Fdn. Lib.) in a workshop on the pros and cons of writing a Request for Proposal, contract pitfalls, choices, open source, etc., to help select a new integrated library system. You might need a knowledgeable consultant.
WO Breakout II: Cutting Edge Technology Services
Sat., Jun. 23, 10:30 a.m.–noon. From QR codes and participatory learning platforms to online and mobile applications, hear from library staff who have delivered cutting-edge technology services show and tell. Very useful.
Successful Collaboration in Good Times and Bad
Sat., Jun. 23, 10:30 a.m.–noon. A panel of experts discuss three digital collaborative efforts and discuss factors that have or could have made them successful and sustainable. Practical counseling.
Kuali OLE: Community Ready Software for Your Library!
Sat., Jun., 23, 10:30 a.m.–noon. Kuali OLE (Open Library Environment, pronounced oh-lay) is building a community-source library management system using existing Kuali Foundation software. Supported by the Mellon Foundation, Kuali OLE is one of the largest academic library software collaborations in the United States. Get an overview and how to get involved with Kuali OLE. Robert McDonald moderates.
Linking Data Across Libraries, Archives, and Museums
Sat., Jun. 23, 1:30–3:30 p.m. How to take structured metadata we collect and open it up to be reused and shared easily on the web by other libraries, archives, and museums from Katherine Wisser (Simmons Coll.), Martin Kalfatovic (Smithsonian Inst.), and Murtha Baca (Getty Research Inst.).
New Library Technology Paradigms: OS vs Black Box vs Hybrids
Sat., Jun. 23, 1:30–3:30 p.m. How and why some libraries build new open source products, some adopt existing ones, and others buy packaged tools. Panelists will tell what drives their decisions. Evviva Weinraub moderates.
IT Project Management for Libraries-What Works? What Really Doesn’t
Sat., Jun. 23, 1:30–3:30 p.m. How to apply basics of IT project management in libraries without alienating all your coworkers. Learn project management elements that always come through in assessing new technologies, getting buy-in, defining scope, staying on task and within budget, demonstrating ROI, and finishing. Emily Almond moderates.
Trends in Cloud Computing
Sun., Jun. 24, 10:30 a.m.–noon. Cloud computing is transforming how libraries build information systems and services and store data. Approaches to data/metadata management, data curation, and patron services from the District of Columbia PL, San Diego Super Computer Center, Univ. of Arizona, and Univ. of Maryland. Erik Mitchell moderates.
Top Technology Trends & LITA Awards Presentation
Sun., Jun. 24, 1:30–3:30 p.m. The ongoing discussion of trends and advances in library technology by a panel of LITA technology experts after the presentation of LITA Awards and Scholarships. Always a good way to tap into what’s ahead, technologically.
The Fourth Paradigm: Date-Intensive Research, Digital Scholarship, and Implications for Research Libraries
Sun., Jun. 24, 4-5:30 p.m. Don’t miss Tony Hey (Microsoft Research) and Cliff Lynch (Coalition for Networked Information) on the emergence of the “fourth paradigm” for scientific research—involving the acquisition, management, and analysis of vast quantities of scientific data. They promise to illustrate the changes brought to scientific discovery and the implications for how researchers “publish” their results and for scholarly communication in general. You can’t get a better preview of the future of scholarship and its results.
Kuali OLE: Developing & Implementing a Community
Mon., Jun. 25, 8–10 a.m. Beth Picknally Camden and James Mouw (Univ. of Chicago Lib.), partners from the Kuali OLE project, will demonstrate the latest release of OLE software, which includes a “format-agnostic” document store that can house structured content (e.g. MARCXML) and unstructured content (e.g. PDF licenses); workflow tools (e.g., action lists, batch-processing tools); and integration tools. They’ll discuss migration and implementation plans.
iPads for Staff Use
Mon., Jun. 25, 8–10 a.m. Implementation, budgeting, and experience with iPads for staff use at Duke Libraries, where they deploy iPads for individual use paired with PC desktops to address compatibility issues.
Current Technology in Libraries: Flash Presentations
Mon., Jun. 25, 8–10 a.m. A series of 20-minute spots on current technology moderated by Abigail Goben (Univ. of Illinois-Chicago).
President’s Program: Future of the Book; Innovation in Traditional Industries
Mon., Jun.25, 10:30 a.m.–noon. Duane Bray, a partner at global consultant IDEO, will discuss challenges to traditional industries from disruptive change, offering techniques to recognize and harness opportunities for innovation.
Technology Five Step Support Group
Mon., Jun. 25, 10:30 a.m.–noon. Plamen Miltenoff and Rachel Wexelbaum speak at this roundtable “support group” for recovering librarians who worked on unsuccessful technology initiatives. They will tell what new technology it was, why the project was unsuccessful, and what they learned. Sounds entertaining.
The Ultimate Debate: Cloud Computing; Floating or Free Falling?
Mon., Jun. 25, 1:30–3:30 p.m. The seventh annual “Ultimate Debate” discussing the promises and pitfalls of cloud computing from Anne Prestamo, Bernd Beck, Frank Cervone, Melissa Prentice (ALA LITA), Robert Lau (USC), and LJ blogger and Web4lib honcho Roy Tennant. Moderated by Marshall Breeding, longtime author of LJ’s Automation Marketplace.
Scaling Drupal: A Building 4 Million + Union Catalog
Mon., Jun. 25, 1:30–3:30 p.m. LJ Movers & Shakers Christopher Harris and Andy Austin on using Drupal in the Genesee Valley School Library System, NY. The team behind FiveSystems.org that built a union catalog for over 400 school libraries included in the “Drupal in Libraries” Library Technology Reports.
Drive Your Project Forward with Scrum
Mon., Jun. 25, 4–5:30 p.m. Janel Kinlaw, NPR librarian, shares lessons from adapting Scrum, a process framework for content management. She will demonstrate where Scrum went further than traditional methods.
Building a Library Lab for Emerging Technology—No Research Programmers Required
Mon., Jun. 25, 4–5:30 p.m. Mackenzie Brooks and Margaret Heller on designing and building a library lab (virtual or physical) with library patrons as assistants. Everyone learns new technology and influences technology adoption at the library.
Disaster Response—Lessons Learned
Sat., Jun. 23, 1:30–3:30 p.m. Jeanne Drewes, Julie Page, and Nancy Kraft (Univ. of Iowa Libs.) tell how they responded to disasters at their library using disaster plans and how to update those plans afterward.
Expecting the Unexpected: Libraries Respond to Profound Change—International Papers & Projects
Sat., Jun. 23, 1:30–3:30 p.m. How these presenters from abroad prepared for and coped with economic, political, and human crises and natural disasters and their impact on libraries.
From Seeds to Trees: Growing the Bilingual Librarians of Tomorrow from High School Diploma to MLIS
Sat., Jun. 23, 8–10 a.m. The Santa Ana PL, CA, method of mentoring and professional guidance to recruit bilingual Spanish-speaking high school students, college-age youth, and MLIS students in a combined volunteer and paid internship program presented by participants in the “Seeds to Trees” program, which is definitely one you could copy at home. Santa Ana PL’s Cheryl A. Eberly will speak.
Beyond Paying Dues: Investing in Yourself as You Invest in Your Career
Sat., Jun. 23, 8–10 a.m. Alumni of ALA’s Spectrum Program Alicia Yao (Barnhart Sch.), Hannah Lee (Univ. of Delaware), Hector Escobar (Univ. of Dayton), and Sonia Alcantara-Antoine (Enoch Pratt Free Lib.) discuss how participation opened new leadership opps, built their pro networks, and enriched their lives. Good tips on ALA activism.
Ya’ at’ eeh! Serving American Indian Students
Sun., Jun. 24, 10:30 a.m.–noon. Five percent of students at Northern Arizona University (NAU) are Native American from several tribes. The library provides instructional support and services to help meet their needs, according to NAU’s Amy Hughes and Carissa Tsosie.
Documenting Sexual Dissidence and Diversity in France, Italy and Spain
Sun., Jun. 24, 10:30 a.m.–noon. An independent researcher, a literary scholar, an academic librarian, and an activist-publisher promise ways to assess voids in our collections and offer novel strategies for addressing gaps and documenting and preserving minority cultures. Hear Gerard Koskovich, James Michael Fortney (Univ. of Illinois-Chicago), and Mili Hernandez (EGALES).
Recruitment for Latino Library & Information Professionals
Sun., Jun. 24, 10:30 a.m.–noon. Educators and leaders from several diversity initiatives will discuss issues and challenges of recruiting Latino LIS professionals and programs to overcome those challenges. Panelists are Ed Cortez (Univ. of Tennessee), Mark A. Puente (ARL), Rae-Anne Montague (Univ. of Illinois), Sandra Littletree (Univ. of Arizona), and Suzie Allard (Univ. of Tennessee).
Muslim Journeys: Collection Development and Programming Grants
Sun., Jun. 24, 10:30 a.m.–noon. Lainie Castle-Cimfel (ALA/PPO), Patti Van Tuyl (NEH), Terrilyn Chun (Multnomah Cty. Lib.), and Tim Grimes (Ann Arbor Dist. Lib.) tell about the Muslim Lives and Cultures Bookshelf, an NEH initiative copresented with ALA to increase American understanding of Islamic civilizations around the world. You’ll learn how to apply for the collection and create related community programs.
Online Tools for Spanish Speakers
Sun., Jun. 24, 4–5:30 p.m. Don’t miss Loida Garcia-Febo (Queens Lib. and a 2007 LJ Mover & Shaker) on how librarians can blend emerging technologies and social media with in-person services such as reference and programming to build a library community that welcomes Spanish speakers.
HBCU Library Alliance-History and Accomplishments
Mon., Jun. 25, 4–5:30 p.m. The Historically Black Colleges and Universities Library Alliance was recently awarded a Mellon grant to document its history and accomplishments. Hear Sandra M. Phoenix and Shanesha R.F. Brooks-Tatum (both of the HBCU Library Alliance) discuss the history and showcase success stories.
Table of Contents
Cataloging & Metadata
Education for librarianship
Galas, Parties, Banquets
Internet & Web
Politics & Libraries
Programs in Libraries
Rural & Small Libraries
Authors & Celebrities
Integrating ‘e’ and ‘p’: Building a New Monograph Approval Infrastructure
Sat., Jun. 23, 8–10 a.m. How two university libraries partnered with approval plan vendors to integrate ebooks and print books into approval profiles, with Gabrille Wiersma (Univ. of Colorado at Boulder Libs.), Jenny Hudson (YBP), and Rebecca Schroeder (Brigham Young).
The Ebook Elephant in the Room: Determining What’s Relevant and Effective for Your Patrons & Making Effective Decisions for Your Future E-collection
Sat., Jun. 23, 8–10 a.m. How to decide on e-collection content, evaluate ebooks, and gain valuable patron feedback from Anne Silvers Lee (Free Lib. of Philadelphia), Heather McCormack (LJ’s hip Book Review editor), Linda Di Biase (Univ. of Washington Libs., Seattle), and Sue Polanka (Wright State Univ., and an LJ 2011 Mover & Shaker).
Sat., Jun. 23, 1:30–5:30 p.m. Hear about the state of Spanish-language ebook publishing and how libraries are integrating Spanish-language ebooks into their collections as the demand for them grows.
Sharing Our Collections: Looking to the Future
Sun., Jun. 24, 10:30 a.m.–noon. Cooperative and consortial resource sharing is blurring the lines among circulation, access services, and interlibrary loan as libraries find new ways to share collections and create efficiencies, according to Carmit Marcus (Ex Libris), Janet Schneider (Smoky Hill Lib.), and Linda Di Biase (Univ. of Washington Libs.). They promise to cover the future of consortia, shared ebook collections, floating collections, cloud-based integrated library systems, and the need to be flexible and collaborative.
Education for librarianship
Leaders Wanted/LIS Doctoral Program Options Fair: Cultivating Diversity in LIS Education
Sat., Jun. 23, 10:30 a.m.–noon. A panel of current doctoral students, followed by an Options Fair with representatives from LIS doctoral programs. Come explore Ph.D. and funding options from U.S. LIS schools.
Standards Review Update
Mon., Jun. 25, 10:30 a.m.–noon. The Cmte. on Accreditation will share results of the LIS program standards review, now in its third year and still not finished…. A draft of the revision is promised. It is nearly a decade overdue, which may be why ALA accreditation is under the gun!
Fare 2012—Fundraising Incubator: New Ideas? How To Avoid an Epic Fail
Sat., Jun. 23, 10:30 a.m.–noon. Experienced librarians, mentors/advisors, and community partners talk about successful projects. Hear Deborah Doyle (CA Assn. of Lib. Trustees and Commissioners) and Katharina J. Blackstead (Notre Dame).
Fundraising: Creating a Legacy—Building a Bequest Program
Sat., Jun. 23, 1:30–3:30 p.m. Elements of a successful bequest program, with tips on how to discuss bequests with prospects and donors, marketing, effective administration, and bequest-like alternatives.
Stewardship: Do You Know Where Your Donors Are?
Sun., Jun. 24, 4–5:30 p.m. Katharina J. Blackstead (Notre Dame) says effective stewardship is provision of information, cultivation, the ask, the gift, acknowledgement, to the next gift by the donor. Learn her successful approaches.
Future Quest: Creating a Vision for Academic Libraries
Sat., Jun. 23, 8–10 a.m. Hear Cesar Caballero (Cal State), Richard Moniz and Joe Eshleman (both Johnson & Wales Univ.), and Janet Bishop (Colorado State Univ. Libs.) discuss trends for the future of academic libraries and actions needed to address them. Based on the PELS Committee of the LAMA LOMS survey to identify important planning elements and trends.
Library of the Future: The Indispensable Library
Sat., Jun. 23, 1:30–3:30 p.m. Retiring New Jersey State Librarian Norma Blake (2008 LJ Librarian of the Year) and Peggy Cadigan, associate New Jersey state librarian, discuss policies and practices to help libraries survive and thrive. Hope they tell how it worked for their shrunken state library.
ACRL/ALCTS President’s Program: Future of the Book; Innovation in Traditional Industries
Mon., Jun. 25, 10:30 a.m.-noon. Hear Duane Bray (partner, global consultant IDEO) discuss the challenges traditional industries face during disruptive change and techniques to recognize and harness opportunities for innovation. Sounds good.
Digital Inclusion: Libraries Transform Communities
Mon., Jun. 25, 1:30–3:30 p.m. Asserts that 21st-century community library services are moving beyond library buildings and the web. The Colorado State Library has increased access to broadband, computers, and technology in communities across the state through the Colorado Public Computer Centers project. Philadelphia has gone beyond the public library walls by locating computer Hot Spots in community-anchor organizations as “satellites” for library service and programs. How to find funding, develop partnerships, and adapt these library projects for your community. A glimpse of the future? Panelists include Crystal Schmipf and Jamie Hollier (both Colorado State Library), Elizabeth Orsburn, Jennifer Donsky, Joel Nichols, and 2012 LJ Mover & Shaker Khaleef Aye (all from Free Lib. of Philadelpia), Erin Kirchoefer (High Plains Lib. Dist.), and Paul Paladino (Montrose Lib. Dist., CO, home to Naturita Lib., the LJ 2011 Best Small Library in America).
Galas, Parties, Banquets
Bookmobile Sat. 2012
Sat., Jun. 23, check program for times. Learning sessions and the 2012 Parade of Bookmobiles in conjunction with the 2012 Diversity and Outreach Fair (3–5 p.m.). Coordinated by ALA OLOS, the Assn. of Bookmobile and Outreach Services, and Assn. for Small & Rural Libraries. Always a favorite!
The Rock Bottom Remainders, ALA/ProQuest Scholarship Bash
Sat., Jun. 23, 8 p.m. A special performance by the Rock Bottom Remainders, a band that includes some of today’s celebrity literati who have published more than 150 titles and sold more than 150 million books in 25 languages. Scheduled to appear are Dave Barry, Ridley Pearson, Amy Tan, Scott Turow, Mitch Albom, James McBride, Roy Blount, Jr., Matt Groening, Stephen King, Kathi Goldmark, and Greg Iles. Money raised goes for scholarships for LIS students. Event Code: ALA4. Tickets: $25.
International Librarians Reception
Mon., Jun. 25, 6-8 p.m. Event Code: IRT2. Tickets $45. IRRT welcomes and celebrates librarians from more than 80 countries. Open to all conference attendees, a unique chance to network with librarians from around the world. Hors d’oeuvres and open bar. Free for international librarians.
Tues., Jun. 26, 11:15 a.m.-1 p.m. Honors incoming ALA president Maureen Sullivan and division presidents-elect. Event Code: ALA1. Tickets: $50.
“I Can Do It All by Myself!”: Exploring New Roles for Libraries and Mediating Technologies in Addressing the Do-It-Yourself Mindset of Library Patrons
Sat., Jun. 23, 8–10 a.m. How librarians can help self-reliant (know-it-all) users in their information seeking.
Preparing College-Ready 21st Century Citizens with Integrated Information/Media Literacy Programs in Education
Sat., Jun. 23, 10:30 a.m.–noon. How K-12 and academic librarians prepare learners to work with technology to be ready for college. Features school and academic librarians who met this challenge and integrated information literacy into their curriculum: Lesley Farmer (CSU–Long Beach), John McGinnis (Long Beach Unified Sch. Dist.), Lydia Elizabeth Smith-Davis (Lifelong Info Literacy), and Lynn Lampert (CSU-Northridge).
Back to Basics: Strategies & Techniques for Teaching Basic Digital Literacy to Underserved Populations
Sat., Jun. 23, 10:30 a.m.–noon. How libraries meet basic digital needs after they identify patrons who need them. Examples of successful programs will be shared. Practical and useful.