Programming Librarian Guide to the ALA Annual Conference
New Orleans, June 23–28, 2011
These programs present current issues that affect our nation, and how these issues can enter libraries through forums and discussions. Programming librarians that attend these programs will learn about these topics, how to answer questions about them, and perhaps be inspired to host their own community discussion programs.
Saturday, June 25
The Legal Consequences of Environmental Crises: What Librarians Need to Know about the Gulf Oil Spill
Saturday, 1:30–3:30 p.m.
While the environmental cleanup of the BP oil spill will undoubtedly impact the Gulf region for years to come, its legal consequences may last longer. Making sense of legal issues surrounding the Gulf oil spill can be a challenge for patrons and librarians alike. Hear about current research regarding the legal implications of the Gulf oil spill as well as ways to make this information more accessible to your patrons.
Categories: Current Affairs
The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers
Saturday, 6–8 p.m.
A screening of The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers (2009), 2010 Academy Award Nominee, Best Documentary Feature. This will be followed by a discussion of the contemporary significance of the issues of war and secrecy raised in the film. The film presentation, sponsored by the Social Responsibilities Round Table, ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom, the ALA President’s Office, and the Video Round Table, precedes the following morning’s Auditorium speaker series featuring Daniel Ellsberg.
Categories: Current Affairs, Film Discussion
Sunday, June 26
Katrina and Its Aftermath: The People and Neighborhoods of New Orleans
Sunday, 8 a.m.–noon
A scholar, a documentary filmmaker, and a librarian will discuss the consequences of hurricanes Katrina and Rita on the people and neighborhoods of Louisiana. The speakers will explore how the residents of the region responded not only to the estrangement, but also the ways communities began to rebuild. The documentary A Village Called Versailles will be screened around 10:30 a.m.
Speakers: Rebecca M. Blakely, S. Leo Chiang, Frederick Weils
Monday, June 27
The Language of Conservation: A Case Study in Library-Zoo Partnerships
Monday, 1:30–3:30 p.m.
In 2008, Poets House initiated a groundbreaking collaboration, creating poetry installations in zoos and related programming at libraries in five cities. The poems from around the world have encouraged millions of visitors to imagine a sustainable future for all cultures and wildlife on Earth. Join award-winning poet Mark Doty and representatives from Poets House, the New Orleans Public Library, and the Audubon Zoo as they share information regarding this unique collaboration and how you can use poetry to create vibrant partnerships that engage the public in a dialogue around culturally significant issues.
Speakers: Missy Abbott, Manager, Milton H. Latter Branch, New Orleans Public Library; Mark Doty, New Orleans Language of Conservation poet-in-residence; Reginald Harris, Poetry in the Branches Coordinator, Poets House; Brenda Walkenhorst, Director of Education/Volunteers, Audubon Zoo
The Language of Conservation at the Audubon Zoo
Monday, 5–7 p.m.
Event Code: PPO1
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Experience the groundbreaking Language of Conservation poetry installation at the Audubon Zoo. Event features an air-conditioned wine reception, 45-minute train tour through the zoo to see the installations up close, and a slide show and poetry reading by nationally acclaimed poet and Audubon Zoo Poet-in-Residence, Mark Doty. Bus transportation to/from the event included. This event is presented by the ALA Public Programs Office in cooperation with the New Orleans Public Library, Poets House, and the Audubon Zoo. The Language of Conservation is made possible by a grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Sciences (IMLS).
Speakers: Mark Doty, nationally acclaimed poet and Audubon Zoo Poet-in-Residence