Discussion & Engagement

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Saturday, June 29

The Promise of Libraries Transforming Communities: A Presidential Initiative Update

PPO, 8:30–10 a.m.

ALA President Maureen Sullivan and Richard Harwood, President and Founder of the Harwood Institute, will lead a panel with librarians about their experiences and the impact of using the Harwood practice in their role as facilitators of community innovation and change. Moderator: Maureen Sullivan, President, American Library Association. Speakers: Richard Harwood, President and Founder, The Harwood Institute; Alexia Hudson-Ward, Associate Librarian, Penn State University, Abington.

Community Engagement Conversation: Advancing Library-led Community Engagement

PPO, 1–2:30 p.m.

The conversation about advancing library-led community engagement starts here. See how you and your library can help kick-start a new trajectory in your community. This session will be led by the Harwood Institute’s Cheryl Gorman and Carlton Sears.

The Road to Civility: Implementing a Choose Civility Initiative

PLA, 3–4 p.m.

Interested in increasing your library’s visibility in the community? Learn how one library’s internal campaign became a successful community-wide initiative attracting national and international attention, More than 100 partners, chapters across the country, and local, state, and federal support. Hear why more than 65,000 people have chosen to display Choose Civility car magnets on their vehicles, and why the library is a natural choice to be the lead organization for such an initiative. Speaker: Christie Lassen, Director of Public Relations, and Valerie Gross, President and CEO, Howard County (Md.) Library System

Empowering Youth Through Junior Friends’ Groups and Socially Conscious Programming

YALSA, 3–4 p.m.

Involve and engage the teens who use your library by starting or revitalizing a Junior Friends group. Junior Friends allow for the growth of leadership skills, responsibility, activism, and increased positive interaction w/peers and the community at large. We’ll also examine socially conscious programming for teens, which addresses diversity and the need to empower our youth regardless of their backgrounds. These programs can be replicated and adapted by teen librarians across the country. Presenter: Syntychia Kendrick-Samuel, Uniondale (N.Y.) Public Library

Sunday, June 30

Occupy Día: Engaging Children to Social Justice Issues

ALA, 12:30–2 p.m.

Children make sense and construct ideas of the world around them by observing, listening and interacting with their surrounding. They will see the world and treat others following judgments constructed by their experiences. The discussion of social justice issues will help children challenge and evaluate the way they see the world and interact with others. What better day than Día de los Niños/Día de los Libros (Children’s Day/Book Day) to advocate for a just and equitable society? Conference attendees will have the opportunity to know about Día and the importance of exposing children to social justice issues through literature and programming. The poster session will include pictures, narrative text, book exhibit and copies of an annotated bibliography of recommended titles. Speaker: Sujei Lugo, Ph.D. in Library and Information Science Student, Simmons College

Libraries Empowering Communities to Deal with Climate Crisis

AFL, Reforma, 4:30–5:30 p.m.

Librarians have a unique role in addressing the climate crisis. The Latino community is especially vulnerable to the adverse effects of climate change. According to a recent poll, 50 percent of Latinos and 46 percent of Asian-Americans “personally worry a great deal about global warming,” compared with 27 percent of whites. We’ll review the science of climate change, the specific impacts to the environments where Latinos live and work, and the extent to which Latinos are included in ongoing policy discussions, both local and international. Library activities for engaging Latino communities, including youth, in awareness-building, hands-on projects, and community planning. Moderator: Isabel Espinal, Vice President, REFORMA. Speaker: Fred Stoss, Associate Librarian, University at Buffalo, SUNY