Reaching audiences of all ages, promoting special collections through programming, engaging patrons through lifelong learning opportunities: a programming librarian does it all. Here are a few more suggestions for conference programs that are highly relevant to programming librarians:
With budgets for programming being cut all over the country, creating quality teen programming can be challenging, but not impossible. This program will detail twenty programs that cost twenty dollars or less, and can be easily executed at any library. Outlines for each program will be available for all participants, and audience members will be able to try out some of the program activities themselves.
A panel of speakers from public libraries in the greater Chicagoland area will highlight the valuable work being done to strengthen their communities by addressing issues that concern Latinos and their communities as a whole. Participants interested in community services, outreach and programming will hear examples of libraries’ roles in partnerships created to promote early and adult educational success, civic discourse and engagement, healthy eating, and enrich cultural lives.
Pausing for poetry every Friday is becoming a tradition in the children’s literature world and many librarians are incorporating this practice into their teaching and programming activities. In addition, the new national Common Core standards include a poetry component creating a need for meaningful skills instruction. This proposed session will offer guidelines, instructional strategies, and print and digital resources for sharing poetry with children (ages 5-12) weekly while incorporating these required skills in meaningful ways.
When the library closes, opportunities for out-of-the-ordinary adult programs open up. During this session, presenters will discuss the benefits of after-hours programs, as well as how to overcome typical obstacles. Learn how to present a successful after-hours program and take away practical tips on everything from getting permission from the board to marketing to new audiences to turning a program into a fundraiser. Programmers will highlight past favorites, including speed dating, a spelling bee for grown-ups, team trivia nights and more.
Adults in their 20s and 30s can be a difficult audience to capture. Learn how the GenLit collection at the Indian Prairie Public Library and Genre X at the Oak Park Public Library have been targeting this demographic through innovative collections and events.
Special collections libraries and archives can appear as intimidating and old-fashioned places meant for serious scholars. In 2010, the Sacramento Room, the local history room of the Sacramento Public Library, launched a series of entertaining history programs meant to engage a broader audience in creative ways. New programming has included Haunted Stacks, April Fools’ Sacramento History, and Capital Decades programs showcasing the city life, fashions, movies and dance of a new decade each May. Together, the series bring in hundreds of new visitors each year to the Central Library and introduce them to Sacramento’s vibrant local history.
Stay on top of upcoming funding opportunities and national programming initiatives by hearing it straight from the source at these update programs:
Join Karen Mittelman, Director of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Division of Public Programs, for a discussion of NEH initiatives including “Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle,” which offers a set of films on Civil Rights history to 500 communities. Four powerful documentary films (The Abolitionists, Slavery by Another Name, Freedom Riders, and The Loving Story) are the centerpiece of this film screening and discussion project.
A programming librarian is always on the lookout for titles to recommend to a book group and authors who love to work with libraries. A full listing of all the author events happening at the 2013 ALA Annual Conference can be found on the Conference Scheduler.
Embark on library-led community engagement and see how you can help kick-start a new trajectory in your community. This session is part of the release of the new Office of Literacy and Outreach Services toolkit, Extending Our Reach, and coincides with the new Promise of Libraries Transforming Communities initiative. Join our panel of library experts engaged in building community and serving vulnerable populations. Our panelists, who are from libraries offering model programs for poor and homeless populations, will share best practices and address questions and concerns. The dialogue includes experts from San Francisco Public Library, San Jose Public Library, and Richland Library. This hands-on session will provide libraries with tools and resources to begin taking those steps for working within their own community.