The annual conference of the American Library Association (ALA) goes home to Chicago this year, the city that always attracts more members and exhibitors than any other. Despite the distance from most conference hotels and the time it takes to get to McCormick Place where the convention is centered, Chicago conferences work well because of convenient conference buses and the easy availability of cabs.
Many will attend ALA with a variety of challenges in mind, and there are hundreds of programs to address all of them, plus a horde of celebrities and authors for entertainment and program and collection development.
Chicago’s McCormick Place convention center is located at 2301 S. Martin Luther King Drive.
The ALA 2013 exhibits are open on Friday, June 28, from 5:30–7 p.m.; Saturday, June 29, and Sunday, June 30, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.; and Monday, July 1, 9 a.m.–2 p.m.
As of press time, more than 650 exhibitors were scheduled to appear on the McCormick Place show floor. LIVE @ your Library Reading Stage will host interviews and chat, while a number of pavilions will highlight specific topics, like technology, university presses, graphic novels, and an artist alley.
The exhibits kick off Friday evening with a reception, immediately following the Opening General Session at 4 p.m. (see Authors & Celebrities sidebar below) and the ribbon cutting at 5:15 p.m. There will be food and fun and information, so bring your appetites of all kinds.
Programs on the agenda
Libraries of all types need ways to ensure themselves viable futures through new programming, advocacy, and community action efforts. Clearly, they have discovered that library user groups come with very special demands and desires so programs abound on service for special groups. These include the aging, young adults and kids, African Americans, Latinos, and other minorities.
School librarians will be seeking new ways to survive in a very tough education economy and to join the teachers in the adoption of Common Core.
Especially in need of library services and programs are the unemployed and homeless, and ALA programs aimed at helping those who create those offerings are plentiful.
For unemployed librarians, the ALA JobLIST Placement Center provided by the ALA Office for Human Resource Development and Recruitment (HRDR) will be open Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. There will be an orientation on Saturday at 8:30 a.m. in the center and an open house on Sunday, 10:30 a.m.–noon.
You’ll find programs on data-driven management and digital collection management as well. As well, the conference is fully packed with celebrities and authors (see sidebar below), always a big attraction. Also look for LJ ’s Galley Guide to the ALA show floor, coming in June from Prepub Alert editor Barbara Hoffert (sign up for Prepub Alert to be notified when it’s available).
A needy ALA
It’s good that Chicago attracts huge attendance. ALA revenues are down, even though the association is “financially stable,” according to ALA leaders. Lower than projected revenues for two fiscal years have forced budget reductions and may lead to what is being dubbed “a more focused association.”
Revenues in the general fund half of the ALA budget (publishing, conference services, membership, and ALA offices and support units) are slightly lower than projected, with conferences projected to be very close to their target. ALA Publishing is expected to bring in “significantly lower revenues,” falling by 22 percent, according to recent info from the ALA home office. Revenues for the Resource Description and Access framework and ALA Editions are now projected to be $1.8 million less than was expected. You can bet that this will be among the hottest topics discussed by the ALA Council and unit leaders.
Already ALA has decided to hold off filling ten open positions, and senior managers have taken a voluntary ten percent pay cut to balance the 2013 budget. Meanwhile, as currently projected, the Las Vegas conference in 2014 will net $1 million less than the Chicago event.
All of this means cost-cutting throughout the association and increased efforts to exploit every activity for revenue. You will notice that ALA is already pushing revenue goals very hard at the Chicago conference.
To aid in your use of the handy ALA Scheduler this year LJ ’s editors have selected a few of their favorite ALA program sessions from the sprawling array of options on offer. We hope these selections will give you the best shot at the newest and best ideas and innovations, the most useful information and best practices, and, of course, the most entertainment for the time and money you have invested. If all else fails there is always “that toddlin’ town” outside.—John N. Berry III
John N. Berry III, Editor-at-Large
Committee on the Future of University Libraries Meeting (ACRL ULS)
Fri., Jun. 28, 1:30–3:30 p.m. Hyatt Regency Chicago, Comiskey Hear the University Libraries Section (ULS) explore and document new directions in research institutions and brainstorm ways that the section can better support university librarians in the future.
Washington Office Update Session
Sat., Jun. 29, 8:30–10 a.m. (MCP S502) The latest word on national politics and policy and the implications for libraries. Susan Crawford, former special assistant to President Obama for science, technology, and innovation policy will provide views on the challenges of enabling access to broadband and information for everyone.
ALA Council/Executive Board/Membership Information Session
Sat., Jun. 29, 3–4:30 p.m. (MCP S100c) Best place to find out what is on the ALA governance agenda. You can—and should—ask questions about how this membership organization is run.
Reimagining Libraries: United for Libraries President’s Program
Sun., Jun. 30, 1–2:30 p.m. (MCP S105d) A panel from Anythink Libraries, Rangeview Library District, CO, will tell how they rebuilt the library system, creating a new brand that inspired innovation as the library morphed to a place where the community connects.
Accreditation Transparency and Information Disclosure—How Bare Is Fair?
Sun., Jun. 30, 4:30–5:30 p.m. Hilton Chicago, Conference Room 4M Discuss with some from the ALA Committee on Accreditation why more info about how LIS programs are accredited (or not) should be made public. Too much ALA accreditation information has been hidden for too long.
Matt Enis, Associate Editor, Technology
Conversation Starters: LibrARy Orientation: Augmented Reality in the Library
Sat., Jun. 29, 8–8:45 a.m. (MCP S102d) Alexandra Van Doren, Jovanni Lota, and Lindsey Simard have been working with an augmented reality (AR) app to create an engaging library orientation activity for students at the University of Houston-Downtown. See how this emerging technology can be used in libraries.
Connecting Libraries and Vendor Platforms: Have We Advanced from the Black Box to Open Systems?
Sat., Jun. 29, 8:30–10 a.m. (MCP S402a) Technology products created for libraries rarely satisfy all of their needs “out of the box.” Marshall Breeding (Library Technology Guides) and Matt Goldner (OCLC) will talk with the chief technology or strategy officers of major library vendors about the use of application programming interfaces (APIs) that allow library programmers to extend the capabilities of products and enable interoperability with other applications.
Cutting-Edge Technology in Library Services
Sun., Jun. 30, 8:30–10 a.m. (MCP N427b-c) Each year, the Office of Information Technology Policy (OITP) and the Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) recognize five cutting-edge technologies in library services. In this session, representatives from the five libraries selected will discuss the services that earned this special recognition.
Authors & Celebrities
Live! @ Your Library Reading Stage
PPO. Sat., Jun. 29, 10 a.m.–3:30 p.m.; Sun., Jun. 30, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.; and Mon., Jul. 1, 9–11:30 a.m. Find in the Exhibition Hall the Live! @ your library Reading Stage, where numerous authors will chat about their work and some will sign copies of their books for attendees. Here is the complete schedule.
FRIDAY, JUNE 28
Steven D. Levitt (coauthor, Think Like a Freak)
4–5:15 p.m. Opening General Session. The best-selling author will get the 2013 conference off with a bang with his take on “applying counterintuitive approaches to everyday problems” and how that can benefit libraries.
Meet the Authors
Authors by the hundreds will be at booths and signings throughout the conference. Check out the complete Meet the Authors schedule (ow.ly/l3O7j).
SATURDAY, JUNE 29
Jaron Lanier (Who Owns the Future?)
8-9 a.m. Auditorium Speaker Series. Hear about what’s coming from computer scientist, musician, and digital media pioneer Lanier.
Mary Kay Andrews (Ladies Night)
Pierce Brown (Red Rising)
Jennifer Chiaverini (Spymistress)
Stephanie Evanovich (Big Girl Panties)
Kathleen Kent (The Outcasts)
Mary Alice Monroe (Summer Girls)
AAP. 8:30–10 am. AAP’s Book-a-Licious Breakfast! McCormick Place Convention Center, Rm. N227B. Space is limited. RSVP by Friday, June 14. You will receive a confirmation if your request can be accommodated.
Khaled Hosseini (And the Mountains Echoed)
10:30–11:30 a.m. Auditorium Speaker Series. Mega-star Hosseini, with his first new novel in six years.
Tod Davies (Lily the Silent)
Anton DiSclafani (The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls)
Darynda Jones (Death, Doom and Detention)
Richard Kadrey (Dead Set)
Amanda Sun (Ink)
United for Libraries. 10:30–11:30 a.m. Crossing Over: Teen Books for Everyone! Is it perfect for YA readers or adults or both? This program features authors who have written books that will appeal to YAs and adults alike. A book signing will follow, with most books given away free. LJ Prepub Alert editor Barbara Hoffert will get things rolling.
Margaret Dilloway (The Care and Handling of Roses with Thorns)
Laura Lippman (And When She Was Good)
Naomi Novik (Blood of Tyrants)
10:30-11:30. RUSA/CODES. RA Forum. McCormick Place Convention Center S404D. Beyond Genre; Exploring the Perception, Uses, and Misuses of Genre by Readers, Writers, and Librarians. Each of the authors will discuss the genre and then the audience will have a chance to put in their genre two cents.
Ping Fu (Bend, Not Break: A Life in Two Worlds)
Noon–1 p.m. Auditorium Speaker Series. A tech success story whose author grew up during China’s Cultural Revolution.
Tamora Pierce ( “Song of the Lioness” series)
YALSA. noon–1:30 p.m. Margaret A. Edwards Luncheon. McCormick Place Convention Center, N227b. The annual event honoring a significant and lasting contribution to writing for teens. Sponsored by School Library Journal . Tickets: $64.
Josh Hanagarne (The World’s Strongest Librarian)
Stephen Kiernan (The Curiosity)
John Scalzi (The Human Division)
Abby Stokes (Is This Thing On? A Computer Handbook for Late Bloomers, Technophones, and the Kicking and Screaming)
United for Libraries. 3–4 p.m. Quirky Books for Quirkier Librarians. With LJ ’s quirky Prepub Alert editor Barbara Hoffert as moderator, these authors will talk about their likely way-out-of-the-box subjects. Book signing to follow, with most books given away free.
John Lewis (March)
3:30–4:30 p.m. Auditorium Speaker Series. The civil rights movement in comic book format from one of the men at the heart of the 1960s action.
SUNDAY, JUNE 30
Demetria Tucker ( Coretta Scott King—Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement; M.C. Higgins, the Great)
Andrea Davis Pinkney & Brian Pinkney ( author/illustrator, Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America)
Bryan Collier ( illustrator, I, Too, Am America)
EMIERT. 7–9:30 a.m. Coretta Scott King Book Awards Breakfast. Congratulate the year’s best African American authors and illustrators of books for children and youth, plus the honor list. Tickets: $60.
Lyndsay Faye (Gods of Gotham)
Matti Friedman (The Aleppo Codex)
Peter Heller (The Dog Stars)
Jonathan Tropper (One Last Thing Before I Go)
RUSA. 8–10 a.m. Literary Tastes: Celebrating the Best Reading of the Year. McCormick Place Convention Center S103b-c. Reading List and Notable Books authors on, what else?, books. Breakfast.
Temple Grandin (The Autistic Brain: Thinking Across the Spectrum)
8:30–9:30 a.m. Auditorium Speaker Series. Diagnosed with autism herself, Grandin is one of the leading speakers and most influential voices on the subject.
Giada De Laurentiis ( “Recipe for Adventure” series )
8:30–9:30 a.m. Auditorium Speaker Series. The Food Network host and star of a number of programs has a new series for young readers that is a mix of “adventure, humor, and food.”
Janice Clark (The Rathbones)
Matthew Guinn (The Resurrectionist)
Amy Gail Hansen (The Butterfly Sister)
Elliott Holt (You Are One of Them)
Jason Mott (The Returned)
Jessica Soffer (Tomorrow There Will Be Apricots)
Kent Wascom (The Blood of Heaven)
United for Libraries. 10:30–11:30 a.m. First Author, First Book. At this annual event that always draws a crowd, hear from first-time novelists who broke the publishing barrier. Book signing will follow, with most books given away free. Moderator Barbara Hoffert is a big fan of new authors.
Ann Patchett (This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage)
1–2:30 a.m. Auditorium Speaker Series; PLA President’s Program. The author of six novels and two works of nonfiction is the featured speaker at the PLA program; award winners will be recognized.
David Diaz ( illustrator, Martín de Porres: The Rose in the Desert)
Benjamin Alire Sáenz ( author, Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe)
ALSC & REFORMA. 1–3 p.m. Pura Belpré Celebraciòn. “Honoring a Latino writer and illustrator whose children’s books best portray, affirm and celebrate the Latino cultural experience.” A celebration it will be.
THE FEARLESS AUTHORS
Cal Armistead (Being Henry David)
Oliver Jeffers (The Day the Crayons Quit)
John Scalzi (The Human Division)
Barton Seaver (Where There’s Smoke: Simple, Sustainable, Delicious Grilling)
Abby Stokes (Is This Thing On?)
THE SPARKPLUG LIBRARIANS
Toby Greenwalt, Skokie Public Library
Andrew Medlar, Chicago Public Library
Veronda Pitchford, Reaching Across Illinois Library System
Holly Richards Sorensen, Des Plaines Public Library
Steve Sposato, Chicago Public Library
AAP. 2:30–4 p.m. Hyatt Regency McCormick Place–Jackson Park, 10BC. Get your Family Feud kicks with this author-librarian challenge, led by Sterling Publishing’s quizmaster Chris Vaccari. Author signing to follow. (Librarian signing optional.)
Jeff Abbott (Downfall)
John Dufresne (No Regrets, Coyote)
Sara Gran (Claire DeWitt and the Bohemian Highway)
A.S.A. Harrison (The Silent Wife)
Michael Harvey (The Innocence Game)
Lars Kepler (The Fire Witness)
United for Libraries. 3–4 p.m. Shoot Between the Lines: Mystery Writers Reveal All. These authors will share what it takes to write a successful mystery. Book signing to follow, with most books given away free. No mystery about the moderator: it’s LJ ’s Barbara Hoffert.
Selena Coppock (The New Rules for Blondes: Highlights from a Fair-Haired Life)
Nicole Knepper (Moms Who Drink and Swear: True Tales of Loving My Kids While Losing My Mind)
Sara Levine (Treasure Island!!!)
Paula Poundstone (There’s Nothing in This Book That I Meant To Say)
Paul Rudnick (Gorgeous)
United for Libraries. 5:30-7:30 p.m. The Laugh’s on Us, sponsored by SAGE. The funniest wine-and-cheese event you’ll ever attend, featuring United for Libraries spokesperson Paula Poundstone. Book signing to follow, with most books given away free. Often a sellout; buy tickets early. Tickets: $55.
Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction
RUSA. 8–10 p.m. Radisson Blu. The sophomore year of this new award for adult book lovers. Get in on the book-lovin’. Tickets: $30.
MONDAY, JULY 1
Oliver Stone & Peter Kuznick (The Untold History of the United States)
10:30–11:30 a.m. Auditorium Speaker Series. A movie maker and a historian went in on a joint project—a companion book to a Showtime documentary—that “challenges the prevailing orthodoxies of traditional history books.”
Ellis Avery (The Last Nude)
Keith Boykin, ed. (For Colored Boys Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Still Not Enough: Coming of Age, Coming Out and Coming Home)
Benjamin Alire Sáenz (Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe)
GLBTRT. 10:30 a.m.–2 p.m. The Stonewall Book Awards Brunch. Meet the winners for exceptional writing in gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender fiction, nonfiction, and children’s/YA literature. Tickets: $55.
Alice Walker (The Cushion in the Road; The World Will Follow Joy)
Noon. Auditorium Speaker Series. The author of a multitude of novels, poems, and essays as well as an activist and advocate for the dispossessed. You won’t want to miss this.
Janis Ian (Society’s Child: My Autobiography; The Tiny Mouse)
2–3 p.m. Wrap Up/Rev Up. The singer whose plaintive song in the 1960s moved a generation of young women helps to close down the 2013 exhibits in style.
Melanie Benjamin (The Aviator’s Wife)
Mark Billingham (The Dying Hours)
Jeffery Deaver (The Kill Room)
Wally Lamb (We Are Water)
Jojo Moyes (Me Before You)
United for Libraries. 2–4 p.m. Gala Author Tea, sponsored by ReferenceUSA. Talk, titles, and tea always go down easy. Authors will sign (most books will be given away). Get tickets ($55) early.
Beverley Brenna (The White Bicycle)
Nick Lake (In Darkness)
Terry Pratchett (Dodger)
Benjamin Alire Sáenz (Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe)
Elizabeth Wein (Code Name Verity)
YALSA. 8–11 p.m. Michael L. Printz Program and Reception. Hyatt Regency Chicago, Grand AB. Hear Printz award winner Lake and the honor book authors. Tickets are $34 in advance, $40 on site.
TUESDAY, JULY 2
Octavia Spencer (Randi Rhodes, Ninja Detective: The Case of the Time-Capsule Bandit)
9:30–11 a.m. Closing General Session. The actress (30 Rock ; The Help ) has found she has inside just waiting to be released a hard-edged detective, a 12-year-old girl from Brooklyn. Hear more about it as ALA 2013 comes to a close.
Top Technology Trends & LITA Awards Presentation
Sun., Jun. 30, 1–2:30 p.m. (MCP S105a-c) Join Aimee Fifarek (Scottsdale PL), Char Booth (Claremont Colls. Lib.), Clifford Lynch (Coalition for Networked Information), Gary Price (LJ infoDOCKET), Lorcan Dempsey (OCLC), Sarah Houghton (San Rafael PL), and Scott Walker (DePaul Univ.) as they discuss recent advances in technology and their impact on the library world. Presentation of LITA awards and scholarships takes place at the beginning of the session, prior to the TTT program.
Conversation Starters: 40 Great Apps for Mobile Reference and Outreach
Sun., Jun. 30, 2:45–3:30 p.m. (MCP S102d) Mel Gooch and Richard Le from San Francisco PL discuss 40 mobile apps that librarians and their patrons can use to access information on the go about books and reference, business, health and fitness, and government agencies and resources.
Chief Collection Development Officers of Large Research Libraries Interest Group
Sat., Jun. 29, 8:30–11:30 a.m. InterContinental Chicago Camelot Rm. This annual session is one of what are known as the “Big Heads” meetings, and this one is the spot to be to get a sense of what the coming academic year is likely to look like in terms of collection contours and prevailing budget and licensing concerns.
Success Stories and Challenges: How Librarians Are Employing Fair Use with Their Code
Sat., Jun. 29, 1–2:30 p.m. (MCP N427a) In a vacuum, fair use can be a difficult standard to apply given the uncertainties it involves. Fortunately, the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has developed a fair use code of best practices, and this session is devoted to the latest successes working with it. Featuring the always illuminating Brandon Butler, ARL director of public policy initiatives, and Kevin Smith, director, copyright and scholarly communication, Duke Univ.
Sat., Jun. 29, 3–4 p.m., Hyatt Regency Chicago, Grand A For my ALA schedule, the ACRL/SPARC Forum has been a “can’t miss” session for years. This year’s program is no exception, touching on the hottest topic of the year: “Understanding the Implications of Open Education: MOOCs and More.” Speakers include Kyle K. Courtney, Harvard Law Sch.; Cable Green, director of global learning, Creative Commons; and Deirdre Woods, interim executive director, Open Learning Initiative, Univ. of Pennsylvania.
Usability, the User Experience & Interface Design: The Role of Reference
Sun., Jun. 30, 1–2:30 p.m. (MCP S403) User experience (UX) is one of those topics that’s hard to talk too much about—the more you embrace it, the more it filters into your everyday work. Reference is a perfect crucible for UX principles put into practice, and this session features a number of academic librarians discussing the connection between user research and iterative service refinement in a university library setting.
The New Reference Services: A Refdesk-Shattering Discussion
Sun., Jun. 30, 8:30–10 a.m. (MCP N132) At the Public Library Association 2012 conference, a session title noted that reference is “On Life Support, but Not Dead Yet.” This session looks to continue the reference narrative reboot and purports to delve “into the who/what/where/how of contemporary reference work.” Featuring an all-star cast: Todd Dunkelberg, (director, Deschutes PL), Stephanie Chase (director of library programs and services, Seattle PL), and Sue Banks (deputy director, Carnegie Lib. of Pittsburgh).
Editor, Prepub Alert
Collection Development & Community Expectations: Managing Collections and Balancing Resources in an Era of Budgetary Constraints
Sat., Jun. 29, 8:30–10 a.m. (MCP S403) In today’s tight economy, with many budgets stalled or cut, libraries are learning to do more with less. Come hear how librarians from a range of institutions, both public and academic, have met the challenge.
Sat., Jun. 29, 1–2:30 p.m. (MCP S401) Who says librarians can’t challenge the big guys in the ebook marketplace? Cutting-edge librarians Monique Sendze (Douglas Cty. Libs.), Heather Teysko (Califa Group), Michael Porter (Library Renewal), and Henry Bankhead (Los Gatos PL) argue that libraries can and should drop the licensee stance in favor of “owning” the e-content they convey.
Busting the Comics Code: Comics, Censorship, & Librarians
Sun., Jun. 30, 1–2:30 p.m. (MCP N128) Once maligned, comics are now accepted as good reading. Librarians who still face challenges on the comics front will be interested in learning context from comics champion Carol Tilley, GSLIS, Univ. of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and hearing a host of panelists who will include creators, librarians, and a representative from the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.
Measuring Up: Developing New Metrics for Assessing Library Performance (CORS)
Mon. Jul. 1, 10:30–11:30 a.m. (MCP S103b-c) Traditional measures of library performance like collection size and reference questions answered just aren’t measuring up anymore. Hear Rachel Fleming-May from the IMLS-funded Lib-Value (Value, Outcomes, and Return on Investment of Academic Libraries) project and Kathy Rosa, director of the ALA Office of Research and Statistics discuss new ways to show how effective your library really is.
Libraries Building Bridges: Best Practices and Advice for Serving Your Latino Communities
Sat., Jun. 29, 10:30–11:30 a.m. Palmer House Hilton, Spire Parlor Moderated by REFORMA president Denice Adkins, this program will use the Lightning Talk Format, with REFORMA librarians from a wide range of institutions each presenting 20 slides, 15 seconds a slide, to reveal smart and innovative ways to reach the Latino community.
Editor in Chief
I am going to ALA annual in Chicago with the intention of positioning myself to pursue two editorial strands that are important for LJ: diversity and building design. Although I frankly haven’t worked out all the details of my schedule yet and where the inevitable conflicts are, these two tracks are going to be my focus as much as possible. When not talking to librarians at sessions or elsewhere, I will be on the floor talking to and meeting with vendors.
On diversity, LJ can do a better job advocating and supporting efforts to diversify the profession. To this end, I not only want to hear what various groups at ALA have to say on the topic, but I also want to interview people directly and develop more contacts. The focus is more on the profession than the patron. I’m planning to attend in August the National Conference of African American Librarians organized by the Black Caucus of ALA (BCALA), but while at ALA I will also likely try to attend BCALA’s membership meeting on Sunday, at 7 p.m. Other programs on my radar:
In Visibility: Race and Libraries
Sun., Jun. 30, 8:30–10 a.m. (MCP S103d)
Diversity officers discussion group (LLAMA)
Sun., Jun. 30, 1–2:30 p.m. (MCP S505b)
REFORMA’s general membership meeting
Mon. Jul. 1, 10:30–11:30 a.m. Palmer House Hilton, Spire Parlor
On the building design front, LJ has identified through analytics that this is an area of high interest among our readership. We stage a design institute twice a year; we just finished the spring version in Seattle, and the fall event is going to take place in St. Louis. We also publish biannually our Library by Design supplement as well as our annual architecture issue. Building design is a very fruitful ground editorially, with a combination of frontline problems along with aesthetic and philosophical considerations. A number of programs scheduled at ALA have caught my eye:
10 Steps to a Better Library Interior
Sat., Jun. 29, 8:30–10 a.m. (MCP S102bc)
The Sacred and the Profane: The Library and Campus Identity in the 21st Century
Sat., Jun. 29, 8:30–10 a.m. (MCP S105)
Award Winning Interior Design: What Worked and What Didn’t
Sun., Jun. 30, 1–2:30 p.m. (MCP S404a)
ALA/AIA Library Building Awards
Mon., Jul. 1, 1:30–4 p.m. Chicago AIA Offices, 35 E. Wacker Dr.
Beyond Genre: Exploring the Perception, Uses, and Misuses of Genre by Readers, Writers, and Librarians
Sat., Jun. 29, 10:30–11:30 a.m. (MCP S404d) Penguin Library Marketing associate Dominique Jenkins and author Naomi Novik (His Majesty’s Dragon, Random House) talk about how organizing books by genre has become increasingly difficult as boundaries and crossovers occur (steampunk romance, anyone?) and what that means for libraries and readers. Novik, who has written an alternate history of the Napoleonic Wars with dragons, is sure to have something interesting to contribute.
Science Fiction: The Factual and the Counterfactual
Sat., Jun. 29, 1–2:30 p.m. (MCP S105a-c) Another genre program: just what makes science fiction science fiction? A panel of sf writers whose output ranges from “Star Wars” to speculative fiction unpacks just how big the genre is and what pulls it together. The panelists: Brandon Sanderson (“Mistborn”), Cory Doctorow (Homeland), David Brin (“Uplift”), Elizabeth Bear (Shattered Pillars), John Scalzi (“Old Man’s War”), and Timothy Zahn (“Thrawn Trilogy”).
Leading Readers to Water…Guerilla Marketing for RA
Sun., Jun. 30, 10:30–11:30 a.m. (MCP S402a) Four librarians from Illinois’s Schaumburg Township District Library—Helen Stewart, Kate Niehoff, Nancy McCully, and Susan Gibberman—talk shop about how to lure reluctant patrons toward reading more and how best to market a library’s collection.
Conversation Starters: Tumblarian 101; Tumblr for Libraries and Librarians
Mon., Jul. 1, 8–8:45 a.m. (MCP S102d) Take a peek into Tumblr’s thriving library community. Join Rachel Fershleisher, who manages literary outreach at Tumblr; Kate Tkacik, an LJ 2013 Mover & Shaker and author of the popular library Tumblr, thelifeguardlibrarian.tumblr.com; Erin Shea, head of adult programming at Darien Library and creator of the library’s Tumblr (darienlibrary.tumblr.com); and me (I run LJ’s Tumblr at tumblr.libraryjournal.com), as we talk about what Tumblr is, what libraries and librarians are doing there, and why it matters.
GenLit & Genre X: Collections and Programming for 20- and 30-Somethings
Mon., Jul. 1, 10:30–11:30 a.m. (MCP S402b) I will go to nearly any program where a demographic I belong to (in this case, twenty- and thirtysomethings) is the topic of conversation. Illinois librarians Jennifer Czajka and Rebecca Malinowski (Oak Park PL) and Jennifer Asimakopoulos (Indian Prairie PL) address how they’ve lured us younger adults into libraries through innovative programs, collections, and marketing.
Annalisa Pesek, Assistant Editor
Collection Management in Public Libraries Interest Group
Mon., Jul. 1, 1–2:30 p.m. Hyatt Regency McCormick Place Regency Ballroom B Librarians gather to discuss the transformation of public library collections and what this means for the future of development, management, and assessment. Come learn more about the role of ebooks from professional collection curators.
From Outputs to Outcomes: Measuring What Matters
Sat., Jun. 29, 8:30–10 a.m. (MCP S105d) What kind of data supports and accurately shows what 21st-century libraries do? This program will discuss the basics of data collection in terms of what is collected and why, what options for effective measurement are already being used, and how the information presented in the right way can positively show the library’s impact on the community. Jan Sanders will lead Denise Davis, deputy director, Sacramento PL; David Singleton, director of libraries, Charlotte Mecklenburg Lib.; and Keith Curry Lance of RSL Research Group in this important and useful discussion.
Sun. Jun. 30, 8–10 a.m. (MCP S103b-c) Hear RUSA’s award-winning authors discuss their works and the craft of writing while enjoying the company of other librarian book lovers. All annual conference registrants are invited to participate. (See Authors & Celebrities)
The Myth and the Reality of the Evolving Patron: The Discussion Continues
Sun., Jun. 30, 2013, 10:30–11:30 a.m. (MCP E351) Lee Rainie, director of the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, will anchor this discussion with library leaders featuring Emily Ford, David Lankes, and Marie Radford on how the Pew data will influence your library’s future.
The Elusive Library Non-User
Sun., Jun 30, 8:30–10 a.m. (MCP S102b-c) Librarians know how to reach their users, but what about the nonusers? Speakers Donna Fletcher (Donna E. Fletcher Consulting, Inc.), Paula Singer (CEO/chief strategist, the Singer Group, Inc.), and Susan Bochenski (director, Lincolnwood PL Dist., IL) talk about getting nonusers to walk through the library door.
Meredith Schwartz, News Editor
Ports in a Storm: Your Library as a Disaster Recovery Center.
Fri., Jun. 28, 8 a.m.–noon (MCP S404b-c) From Katrina to Sandy, libraries are increasingly both threatened by regionwide disasters themselves and a point of relief for emergency services and subsequent recovery, providing power, information, light, and heat and cooling for their cut-off patrons. This preconference features librarians who have been there and survived, teaching how to partner with emergency responders and better prepare their communities before disaster strikes.
Bleak New World: YA Authors Decode Dystopia
Fri., Jun. 28, 8–10 p.m. Sheraton Chicago Ballroom 5 Famous YA authors who grapple with some of the most disturbing futures out there explore the dystopian genre and why it is so wildly popular here and now. Led by moderator Ann Kelley, associate editor, Books for Youth, Booklist Publications, and including authors Cory Doctorow, Tor Teen: Macmillan; Lois Lowry, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers; Patrick Ness, Candlewick; and Veronica Roth, HarperCollins Children’s Books.
Culture House libraries: New Models for New Times
Sat., Jun. 29, 8:30–10 a.m. (MCP S402b) If expanding our brand beyond books while maintaining a coherent vision is the key challenge of the decade, libraries as a site of cultural transmission, creation, and conversation may hold the key. Librarians and architects explore the role libraries play in collocating and providing cultural programming. With speakers Alex Cohen, Aaron Cohen Associates, LTD; Jeffrey Scherer, CEO, MS&R Ltd.; Olaf Eigenbrot, senior head of user services, advisor for planning and construction, Univ. of Hamburg; Peter Bolek, Holzheimner, Bolek and Meehan, Architects; and Susan Gregory, director, Bozeman PL, MT.
Humanities in the Digital Era: Mashing Up Public Program with MOOCs, Media, and More
Sat., Jun. 29, 1–2:30 p.m. (MCP E350) STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) is not the only source of innovation that’s changing the library game. New Jersey’s Princeton PL is using today’s disruptive innovations to explore classical literature in a way that’s meaningful and relevant to a new audience. Moderated by Janie Hermann, public programming librarian, Princeton PL, with speakers Erinn Batykefer and Laura Damon-Moore.
Literary Texts and the Library in the Digital Age: New Collaborations for European and American Studies
Sat., Jun. 29, 1–2:30 p.m. (MCP S105d) Digital humanities may be an overused buzzword, but what technology can do for literary scholarship is very real. What is the changing role of subject specialist librarians in this new landscape and can they perhaps help bridge the gap between faculty and IT? Moderator: Patricia Thurston, team leader, specialty cataloging, Yale Univ., leads speakers Glen Worthey, digital humanties librarian, Stanford Univ.; Laura Mandell, director, Initiative for Digital Humanities, Media, and Culture; Dept. of English, Texas A&M; Paula Kaufman, Juanita J. and Robert E. Simpson Dean of Libraries and university librarian, Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Henrietta Thornton-Verma, Reviews Editor
All About ARCs: The Ins and Outs of Requesting, Using and Abusing Advanced Reading Copies
Sat., Jun. 29, 10:30–11:30 a.m. (MCP S103d) Last year’s ARCgate seems to have provoked some soul-searching. Elizabeth Burns (New Jersey State Lib.; A Chair, a Fireplace & a Tea Cozy blog at SLJ), Kelly Jensen (Beloit PL, WI) and Kristi Chadwick (Emily Williston Memorial Lib., MA, and an LJ reviewer) will discuss why publishers make copies available before publication, how to get your hands on these goodies, and associated do’s and don’ts.
Ignite Sat. Session: Creativity in Reference Service Provision; Beyond Answering Questions
Sat., Jun. 29, 11:30 a.m.–noon (MCP S102d) Recent innovations in reference services will be covered in this session by Eileen Abels and Lily Rozaklis (iSchool, Drexel Univ.) and Jennifer Lau-Bond (ipl2, Florida State Univ.) that promises to equip attendees with the tools to identify reference problem areas and ideas for solving them. Other “Ignite Sat.” programs in the same room at the same time cover, for example, professional networking, the question of whether library schools are properly preparing managers, and urban-teen post-traumatic stress disorder.
Ebooks in Europe and Beyond
Sat., Jun. 29, 3–4 p.m. (MCP S502) Gerald Leitner, secretary general of the Austrian Library Association and an EBLIDA (European Bureau of Library, Information and Documentation Associations) executive committee member, will talk about access to and use of ebooks in Europe and elsewhere. U.S. librarians can find out what their international colleagues are doing with these publications and learn about issues that might affect U.S. access to foreign-created and foreign-language titles.
Storytelling Mojo: Creating the 21st-Century Library Narrative
Sun., Jun. 30, 10:30 a.m.–noon (MCP S502) Michael Margolis, CEO of getstoried.com, describes how to impress upon funders and other important audiences the value of libraries and, most important, of your library through the power of stories.
How To Plan and Run a Successful Human Library: Promoting Understanding, One Conversation at a Time
Sun., Jun. 30, 3–4 p.m. (MCP N129) Sponsored by the Social Responsibilities Round Table, this presentation covers the fascinating phenomenon of libraries that loan people; patrons can broaden their horizons by “borrowing” a person with a different background with whom they might not normally have contact. Attendees will learn more about such programs and gain tips on starting their own.