Programming Librarian Guide to the ALA Annual Conference
New Orleans, June 23–28, 2011
These programs will screen films on various topics and present post-film discussions. Programming librarians can learn from program formats in order to get started hosting film screenings and discussions in their libraries.
Saturday, June 25
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
Maximizing the Impact of Programming
Sunday, 10:30 a.m.–noon
In this time of declining budgets and increased user demand, libraries need to focus more than ever on return on investment for their program dollars. You’ll hear from a small resort library in rural Colorado that has created wide-ranging partnerships with organizations local to international to deliver drop-your-jaw programming for a sophisticated audience. Award-winning Multnomah County will share their detailed methods for prolonging the life and audience of popular programs through podcasting, including real world advice on staff allocation, securing author permissions, sourcing equipment and services, and intellectual property issues. Finally, you’ll meet a film producer from a NEH affiliate who will reveal the secrets of working with film producers to license programs for your library.
Speakers: Terrilyn Chun, Systemwide Programming Coordinator, Multnomah County Library, Portland, Oregon; Scott Doser, Programs Coordinator, Wilkinson Public Library, Telluride, Colorado
Categories: Programming Resources
NEH’s Picturing America: Model Programs for Public Libraries
Sunday, 10:30 a.m.–noon
Since Picturing America was launched by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) in 2007, 3,600 public libraries have been awarded this collection of American artwork. Public librarians who have the Picturing America artwork in their collections are invited to attend this session to learn more about developing related programs for public audiences. Model program formats presented will include book and media discussion programs, local history presentations, lecture series, poetry programming, and more.
Speakers: Malore Brown, Program Officer, National Endowment for the Humanities; Lainie Castle, Project Director, ALA Public Programs Office; Amber Creger, Children’s Librarian, Chicago Public Library–Woodson Regional Library; Colleen Leddy, Director, Stair Public Library, Morenci, MI; Brandy Morrill, Librarian III, Chicago Public Library–Chinatown Branch; Laura Moran, Library Programmer, Western Sullivan Public Library, Jeffersonville, NY; Jude Schanzer, Director of Public Relations and Programming, East Meadow Public Library; East Meadow, NY; Carla Sharp, Brighton District Library; Head of Youth Services, Brighton, MI
Categories: Book Discussion, Family & Youth, Programming Resources
Monday, June 27
Trends in European Film
ACRL-WESS & SEES
Monday, 10:30 a.m.–noon
A “new” European Cinema reflects a shifting political and cultural landscape. The establishment of the European Union, the fall of the Wall in 1989, and expanding multiculturalism through immigration have influenced filmmaking in Western and Eastern Europe, creating new cross-cultural and transnational identities. A panel of faculty and librarians will explore questions of identity and culture in contemporary European film as well as highlight resources for collecting and disseminating film. This is a joint WESS/SEES program.