ALA Annual Conference for Programming Librarians
Angela Thullen | May 20, 2010
For many of us here at ALA, the beginning of summer immediately brings about thoughts of ALA Annual Conference. What a fantastic opportunity this is every year to reconnect with our peers and hear about the challenges and triumphs we’ve faced since we met the previous. And it certainly has been a challenging year for many libraries!
Conference is a great time to recharge your professional batteries, so to speak. Learn about new grant opportunities and new ways to connect your community through cultural programs at six programs presented by the ALA Public Programs Office.
Poetry as a Community Builder: Expanding Community Outreach Through Poetry
Saturday, June 26, 8–10:00 a.m.
Washington Convention Center 102
Make poetry accessible to your community. This program will discuss new ideas and best practices in poetry programs and outreach.
Speakers: Linda Holtslander, Assistant Director, Loudoun County Public Library (VA); Kwame Alexander, Poet; Steven Young, Program Director, Poetry Foundation; Mary Davis Fournier, Deputy Director ALA Public Programs Office
New Grant Available: Use Louisa May Alcott TV Special for Library Programs
Saturday, June 26, 10:30 a.m–noon
Grand Hyatt Washington, Constitution C/D
Learn about a new NEH grant to ALA for library programs using the documentary Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women, and discuss the Soul of a People documentary and library programs. Producers of both films will be present. Also featured: documentary websites and educational resources for libraries.
Speakers: Nancy Porter and Harriet Reisen, Louisa May Alcott Documentary; Andrea Kalin, Soul of a People Documentary; Henry Fortunato, Kansas City PL; Nora Quinlan, Nova U.; Jude Schanzer, East Meadow NY PL; Susan Brandehoff, ALA Public Programs Office
PRIME TIME Family Reading Time: A Model Program for Strengthening Families & Building Communities
Sunday, June 27, 8–10:00 a.m.
Washington Convention Center 203 A/B
Engage diverse, underserved neighborhoods of your community in PRIME TIME FAMILY READING TIME, a family literacy program featuring humanities-focused content, quality children’s literature, techniques based on the Socratic Method, and collective learning. A distinguished panel including representatives from the American Library Association, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities will discuss this program’s history, philosophy, and methodology, as well as proven strategies for securing funds to support this outreach model.
Speakers: Shantrell Adams, Assistant Director, PRIME TIME FAMILY READING TIME®; Thomas Phelps, Director, Division of Public Programs, National Endowment for the Humanities; Lainie Castle, Project Director, ALA Public Programs Office; Pat Leach, Director, Lincoln City Libraries, Lincoln, Nebraska; Anne Haimes, Branch Group Manager, Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System, Georgia; Rhonda Butler, Children’s and Teens Services Coordinator for the Public Libraries of Saginaw, Michigan
Bring the Universe to Your Library with NASA
Sunday, June 27, 10:30 a.m–noon
Renaissance Washington, Congressional Hall A/B
The Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI), a NASA affiliate, describes the amazing array of online, print, and in-person cultural programs and resources available free to libraries about the history, current research, and projects of NASA and its affililiates. Scientists from the STScI and librarians will be featured at this session.
Speakers: Susan Brandehoff Director, Program Development and Partnerships ALA Public Programs Office; Denise Smith, Special Projects Manager for the Space Telescope Science Institute and Principal Investigator and coordinator for Visions of the Universe. Frank Summers, astronomer with the Space Telescope Science Institute and curator for Visions of the Universe.
Programs That Pack the Place: A How-To for Libraries of All Shapes and Sizes
Sunday, June 27, 10:30 a.m–noonon
Renaissance Washington, Auditorium
Public programming delivers information and educational benefits, provides opportunities for outreach and collaboration, and enhances the library’s presence in the community. Learn about new trends and how to update current programs to attract new or underserved audiences. Experienced programmers will share how libraries of all types, sizes and budgets produce successful programs without breaking the bank or burning out staff. Hear about the many resources the ALA Public Programs Office has to support your efforts. Presented by the ALA Public and Cultural Programs Advisory Committee.
Speakers: Terrilyn Chun, Systemwide Programming Coordinator, Multnomah County Library; Nann Blaine Hilyard, Director, Zion-Benton Public Library; Chapple Langemack, Senior Managing Librarian, Bellevue Regional Library, King County Library System; Jennifer Longee, Librarian, Durham Academy Middle School
Are you a Programming Librarian?
Sunday, June 27, 1:30–3:30 p.m.
Washington Convention Center 209 A/B
Interested in creating and coordinating programs for your community fueled by creativity, connections and shoe-string budgets? Attend this session to hear from librarians like yourself, and discover, programming librarian.org, a new online hub for resources and inspiration. Break-out sessions on grant writing, marketing and publicity, forging partnerships, beginning programming for students and new librarians.
Angela Thullen is Program Officer/Communications for the ALA Public Programs Office.