March 18, 2018

LJ’s Guide to the ALA Annual 2012 Program

Photos c/o Anaheim/Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau

The annual conference of the American Library Association (ALA) returns to Anaheim, June 22–26. That site will bring cheers from Disney lovers and tourists, but you’ll hear a few shouts of “enough already” from the hard-core ALA cadre and leaders who get off on playing ALA politics and from the younger party crowd who meet in the pubs and bars when ALA convenes in an urban center. Librarians are inventive, and we hear that they plan to find ways to meet those needs regardless. The conference program this year is a strong one, with education, information, and entertainment for every librarian’s taste, even the most obsessed professional.

Find & fund the future

If there is a theme this summer, it is finding and funding a sustainable future for libraries of every type. There are ample serious excursions into the future of libraries, many strong panels on how to ensure that future, and even more on how the latest technological marvels will transform it.

Those for whom that future isn’t wild or far out enough can fly off to never-never land with the likes of George R.R. Martin, whose works spawned TV’s Game of Thrones, and Blake Charlton, whose “Spellwright” trilogy is almost complete with his new novel, Spellbreaker, at the Saturday LITA program (see Authors & Celebrities).

That emphasis includes many programs on how to build community support for the funding needed to continue and succeed.

Battles to join

There are battles to be joined, too, on copyright, on ebook use and lending, on book prices, and on scholarly publishing, and, of course, a pile of programs on our ancient wars against censorship and on behalf of intellectual freedom and privacy. These come along with the usual parade of committee, unit, and division actions, including wonderful revolutions like the one over who will run LITA.

We hope to see again a more activist social responsibility crowd someday soon. Maybe in Anaheim, SRRT will emerge from its navel gazing to get back finally to the good work of keeping ALA honest and democratic. We’re not optimistic, but we are hopeful.

At least perhaps SRRT can quell the emphasis on using ALA’s continuing education responsibilities to deliver that and not just raise funds for ALA and its units. That is why we don’t list the usually expensive preconferences here. Most are not worth the cost in fees and extra nights.

There are lots of consultants preaching managerial, architectural, and technological advice on the program; indeed, some say too many. There are a host of publishers, vendors, and assorted gurus ready to sell libraries the magic bullets they need to succeed. Don’t just dismiss them; hear them all, and you may get a few good ideas.

We’ve put a star (starred review star) by the sessions we think will give you the most useful information, best ideas, or top entertainment for the time you spend. If all else fails, there’s always Disney.

NOTE: Under Buildings, we’ve corrected the title and description for the the program on Sunday, June 24, 8-10 a.m. It still gets a star!

Academic Libraries

starred review starEmbedded Librarians Best Practice: You can do it, we can help

ACRL-DLS, LITA. Sat., Jun. 23, 8–10 a.m. Deborah A. Nolan (Towson), Kathleen A. Langan (Western Michigan Univ.), Kathleen Pickens-French and Krista McDonald (both Miami Univ. Hamilton), and Paul Betty (Regis Univ.) on embedding models. They’ll involve the audience with polling. For librarians partnered with faculty in online classes, embedding is now critical. Tips and frustrations of being embedded from the audience.

The Current Status of Academic Librarians: The Best of Times or the Worst of Times

Sat., Jun. 23, 1:30–3:30 p.m. Angela Williams (Syracuse Univ.), Ann Watson (Shepherd Univ.), Robert Farrell (CUNY), Samantha Hines (Univ. of Montana), and Suzy Szasz Palmer (Longwood Univ.) on how academic librarians position themselves for the future: how to redefine, reevaluate, and retool duties and workflow despite the economy, workload creep, and a barrage of new initiatives.

starred review starMaking Textbooks Affordable: A Successful Initiative at a University Library

Sat., Jun. 23, 1:30–5:30 p.m. The “Affordable Learning Solutions” at the California State University (CSU) system should lower student costs using freely and cheaply available (mostly digital) alternatives to textbooks. Hear how it was successfully implemented at CSU–­Dominguez Hills, a mid-sized campus serving traditionally underprivileged students. An impressive effort!

starred review starDiving in and Learning To Swim as a New Distance Education Librarian

Sun., Jun. 24, 10:30 a.m.–noon. Beth Filar (UNC–Greensboro), Britt Fagerheim (Utah State Univ.), and Heidi Steiner (Norwich Univ.). Rachel E. Cannady (Mississippi State Univ.)—all librarians who deliver library service for distance and online users—discuss what worked, imperative skills for distance librarians, strategic planning, and more. The cutting edge of the new ­librarianship.

Teaching New Dogs Old Tricks: Using Technology To Train and Manage Student Employees

Mon., Jun. 25, 8 a.m.–noon. Amanda Folk will discuss implementing Captivate, LibGuides, SharePoint, and Blackboard to improve and enhance the training, communication, and supervision of student library employees.


starred review starGuts and Glory: The Truth on What It Takes To Lead

Sat., Jun. 23, 10:30 a.m.–noon. Moderator Luis Herrera, LJ 2012 Librarian of the Year, promises “provocative straight talk” with government executives and proven directors on leadership and positioning libraries as key partners in city and county government. The panelists: Cynthia Kurtz (CEO, San Gabriel Economic Partnership), Rick Cole (Ventura city manager), and Sari Feldman (Cuyahoga Cty. PL).

Advocacy Corner

Sat., Jun. 23, 10:30 a.m.–noon; Sun., Jun. 24, noon–5 p.m. Expert library advocates on ways to deal with the latest issues affecting libraries. Short discussions, workshops, and Q&A sessions to improve advocacy skills and showcase current advocacy initiatives.

starred review starASCLA President’s Program: Duct Tape Marketing and Advocacy

Sun., Jun. 24, 10:30 a.m.–noon. Features John Jantasch, author of Duct Tape Marketing and the Referral Engine,with tactical approaches to marketing and expanding the base of advocates. Jantasch has helped small businesses with marketing systems and will apply that to libraries.

starred review starTransforming Libraries Through Frontline Advocacy

Sun., Jun. 24, 1:30–3:30 p.m. Larry Neal (Clinton Macomb Cty. Lib.) and Deborah Doyle (chair , California Lib. Assn. Legislation, Advocacy and IF Cmte.) will talk about frontline advocacy for Friends and trustees.

starred review starHow To Save Your Library: Advocating on Multiple Fronts During Economic Crisis

Mon., Jun. 25, 1:30–3:30 p.m. Oakland PL’s Amy Martin, Helen Bloch, and Nina Lindsay on how service to children is threatened by the current economy. Library staff with Save Oakland Libraries (CA) and Urban Libraries Unite (NY) tell how social media, targeted outreach to immigrant communities, and family-friendly actions can stem the tide and mobilize communities and staff.

ALA Politics

starred review starALA Council/Executive Board/membership information session

Sat., Jun. 23, 3:30–5 p.m. A good place to hear what is on ALA’s agenda, to be “hotly debated.”

Opening General Session & Exhibits Opening

Fri., Jun. 22, 4–5:15 p.m. ALA president Molly Raphael will welcome attendees, present the ALA awards, and introduce speaker Rebecca MacKinnon (see Authors & Celebrities). Immediately following will be the Ribbon Cutting & Exhibits Opening, 5:15–5:30 p.m.

Closing General Sessions and Inaugural Event & Inaugural Brunch

Tues., Jun. 26, 9:30–11 a.m.; Inaugural Brunch, 11:15 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Billed as “the exciting Closing General Session,” and the brunch replaces a banquet, but one of these sessions will give the new 2012–13 ALA president, Maureen Sullivan, time to tell what she plans. Division presidents are ­introduced. (See Authors & Celebrities).


Rethink & Re-envison: Dynamic Redesigns of Existing Spaces

Sat., Jun. 23, 10:30 a.m.–noon. A session focused on revamping and redesigning existing spaces into hubs of the community that bring together users, materials, technology, collaborative efforts, and meeting areas, from Janet Nelson (DEMCO), Edra Waterman (Hamilton East PL), John Strasius (Perkins &Will), Kimberly Bolan-Cullin (Kimberly Bolan & Assocs.), and Maureen Ambrosino (Westborough PL).

The Library: Moving Beyond Community Living Room

Sat., Jun. 23, 10:30 a.m.–noon. How the definition of library has expanded in the public mind. Libraries now house amenities that may seem unrelated to traditional missions, according to Dan Djelten (Univ. of Saint Thomas), Lois Lenroot-Ernt (Hennepin Cty. Lib.), and Traci Lesneski (MS&R Ltd.).

starred review starEmerging Library Space

Sat., Jun. 23, 10:30 a.m.–noon. Jane Duffey (Univ. of Winnipeg) and architect Janette Blackburn on transforming the functional relationships of physical and virtual library spaces.

Fusion Libraries: New Models for New Times

Sat., Jun. 23, 1:30–3:30 p.m. Planning strategies and operational issues on the “fusion” library and how to manage new, more diverse collaborations and programs that blur old boundaries among information, culture, and daily life. With Carla Tracy (Augustana Coll.), Jane Duffey (Univ. of Winnipeg), architect Janette Blackburn, Margaret Sullivan (H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture), and Melanie Huggins (Richland Cty. PL)

starred review starLEED for All Libraries

Sun., Jun. 24, 8–10 a.m. LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) is an international standard for sustainable building that has been embraced by architects, as well as many communities. Learn why it is essential for all libraries to consider and how to apply it to yours. The speakers, both LEED-AP certifiied, include Mary M. Carr (Spokane Community Coll.) and Steve Carr (Arlington PL). No,they’re not related.

starred review starThe Evolving Learning Commons—Children, Teens and Families

Sun., Jun. 24, 1:30–3:30 p.m. Examples and best practices of Learning Commons and group exercises to plan, design, and evaluate a Learning Commons, aimed at educators and public, K-12 school, special, and academic librarians. Hear Alex Cohen, Arlene Hopkins, Carla Tracy (Augustana Coll.), Greg Careaga, Janette Blackburn, Margaret Sullivan (H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture), and Melanie Huggins (Richland Cty. PL).

starred review starSustainable Thinking: Passageways to Better Buildings, Budgets and Beyond

Mon., Jun. 25, 10:30 a.m.–noon. Promises to take sustainability to “a new level of understanding,” claiming sustainable thinking fosters partnerships, improves social equity and economic vitality, enhances environmental quality, increases revenue, and conveys value. They’re gonna design a building to do all that? Maybe. Speakers are Jeffrey Scherer (MS&R Ltd.), Louise Schaper, Rebekkah Smith Aldrich (Mid-Hudson Lib. Syst.), and Susan Benton (ULC).

starred review starTop Library Building Trends

Sun. Jun. 25, 1:30–3:30 p.m. New ideas in planning public and academic libraries, like rethinking spaces, new building design, etc., from a host of heavy hitters: Carole Wedge and Janette Blackburn (Shepley Bulfinch), Dan Meehan (HBM Architects), Dennis Humphries (Humphries Poli Architects), George Needham (OCLC), Kent Oliver (Nashville PL), Loretta Parham (Atlanta Univ. Ctr.), Pam Sandlian-Smith (Anythink Libs.), consultant Toni Garvey, Tracey Strobel (Cuyahoga Cty. PL), and consultant Kay Runge. Worth hearing.

Cataloging & Metadata

starred review starLinked Data & Next Generation Catalogs

Sat., Jun. 23, 8 a.m.–noon. Linked data, a recommended best practice for sharing and connecting data, information, and knowledge on the Semantic Web, will be integrated in all next-generation catalogs. Learn about basic concepts and the impact and benefits of adapting linked data in bibliographic control. Developers of next-generation catalog systems will demonstrate them.

Current Research on and Use of FRBR in Libraries

Sun., Jun. 24, 8-10 a.m. Athena Salaba and Yin Zhang (both Kent State), Carolyn McCallum (Wake Forest), Z. Smith (Reynolds Lib.), Erik Mitchell (Univ. of Maryland iSchool), Jennifer Bowen (Univ. of Rochester), and Thomas Hickey (OCLC) answer questions from libraries trying to use new metadata standards related to FRBR (those Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records we used to call principles of cataloging), data migration, and the design of discovery systems. Current research and practice and the next important steps in facilitating and implementing FRBR. Oy! No thanks, we’ll just buy the records from our bookseller.

NISO’s IOTA Initiative: Improving OpenURLs Through Analytics

Sun., Jun. 24, 10:30 a.m.–noon. An overview of NISO’S IOTA initiative to eliminate the remaining problems with OpenURL linking and how institutions are using IOTA to improve OpenURLs for ­ebooks and to identify the best metadata. Hear Oliver Pesch (EBSCO), Rafal Kasprowski (Rice), and Susan Marcin ­(Columbia Univ.).

RDA Worldwide

Sun., Jun. 24, 1:30–3:30 p.m. How Resource Description and Access (RDA), the new rules for library cataloging, seeks international adoption but is a work in progress. With Ageo Garcia (Howard-Tilton Memorial Lib.), Chris Todd (National Lib. of New Zealand), Cristine Frodl (German Natl. Lib.), and Kai Li (Capital Lib. of China).

Collection Development

starred review starPLA: Creating Blockbusters

Sat., Jun. 23, 8–10 a.m. Gene Del Vecchio (CoolWorks, who wrote Creating Blockbusters!) and his 11 principles that explain why a novel or film becomes a blockbuster. Despite hype, it sounds useful!

starred review starPatron-Driven Acquisition in Consortia

Sat., Jun. 23, 10:30 a.m.–noon. Patron-driven acquisition (PDA) and purchase-on-demand (POD) models are being tested in library systems and consortia. They let patrons select print and ebooks for local library collections. A panel, including Greg Doyle (Univ. of Oregon), will discuss these efforts and their outcomes. Worth your time.

starred review starUtilizing Patron Driven Acquisitions Technology To Connect 455,000 Users at 23 College Campuses

Sat., Jun. 23, 1:30–3:30 p.m. Implementing, conducting, and evaluating a consortial PDA pilot involving two vendors (Coutts and YBP), 23 California State University libraries, and almost half a million users. How technology enables libraries to develop and share just-in-time collections of ebooks. The results of the pilot for library faculty, staff, budgets, and users. Jodi Shepherd and Marc Langston moderate. New knowledge.

Get More Bang for the Buck! Best Practices in Collection Management

Sat., Jun. 23, 4–5:30 p.m. How to implement best practices in collection management, from selection to circulation to evaluation. Panelists Amanda Schukle, Robin Isicson, Charlotte Bradshaw (all San Mateo Cty. Lib.), Heather Pisani-Kristl (San Diego Cty. Lib,), and Jamie Watson (Baltimore Cty. PL) say this is not just for technical services librarians.

starred review starTransforming Collections

Sun., Jun. 24, 8–10 a.m. Hear Jamie LaRue (Douglas Cty. Libs.), Robert Kieft (Occidental Coll.), and Robert Wolven (Columbia Univ. Libs.) carry on about what future library collections will look like. They’ll discuss changes in how we define library collections and innovative ways for libraries to transform collections. Their versions of the future could be right, at least until the next new medium takes over. That makes this promising.

starred review starAPALA and REFORMA President’s Program

Sun., Jun. 24, 10:30 a.m.–noon. The impact and future of graphic novels, comics, and magazines written for and by Asian, Latino, and African American authors. David Inocencio, cofounder of The Beat Within—A Weekly Publication of Writing and Art From the Inside; Keith Knight, award-winning author of The Weekly K Chronicles; Rebecca Marrell, Diversity Resident Librarian, Western Libs. in Bellingham, WA; and Jason Shiga, award-winning author of Empire State: A Love Story (or Not).

Lambda Literary Foundation Program (GLBT Round Table)

Mon., Jun. 25, 4–5:30 p.m. Panel of authors talking about winning GLBT books. [Check out the Stonewall Book Awards–see Authors & Celebrities.]

Conference Help

NMRT Conference 101

Fri., Jun. 22, 1-3:30 p.m. For ALA conference first-timers, help from longtime ALA members and leaders to decipher the conference program and navigate the exhibits. They promise to reveal “how ALA really works,” but they may not know, so be sure to check with the young, new librarians at meetings and bars. They are already carving out a more exciting conference culture.

International Librarians Orientation

Fri., Jun. 22, 2:30–4 p.m. An introduction to ALA and Anaheim, for those from abroad. ALA members will give an overview, recommend programs and social activities, etc., and translate ALA’s many acronyms.

starred review starLITA Open House

Fri., Jun. 22, 3-4 p.m. Talk with LITA leaders, hear about their battles with one another, and learn how to connect and become involved with ALA techies.

RUSA 101

Fri., Jun. 22, 3-4 p.m. Learn more about the Reference and User Services Association, the ALA division for librarians and library staff in readers’ advisory, collection development, genealogy, reference services, adult services, business reference, archives, interlibrary loan and resource sharing, reference technologies, and more.

NMRT Conference Orientation

Sat., Jun. 23, 8–10 a.m. Like the Friday session above, this is for conference first-timers to help you to decipher the conference program and navigate the exhibits.


WO Breakout I: How To talk to Your Legal Counsel About Copyright

Sat., Jun. 23, 10:30 a.m.–noon. Advice for librarians at educational institutions on copyright issues like scanning protected works, streaming media for teaching, downloading YouTube videos, or developing library copyright policy, from “three copyright experts.”

starred review starFair Use, Intellectual Property, and New Media

Sat., Jun. 23, 1:30–3:30 p.m. Shawn Martin (Scholarly Communication Libn., Univ. of Pennsylvania), Jack Lerner (USC Gould Sch. of Law), Kevin Smith (Duke, LJ ­Academic Newswire columnist), and Lisa ­Callif (Donaldson & Callif, LLP), professors, lawyers, and librarians, discuss how librarians can assert fair use rights and understand the complex issues in intellectual property. A must!

starred review starNIH’s Public Access Policy and the Library: Use, Development, and Ramifications

Sat., Jun. 23, 1:30–3:30 p.m. Heath Joseph (SPARC), Neil M. Thakur (NIH), and Scott Lapinski (Harvard Medical Sch.) on the roles of librarians supporting the NIH Public Access Policy, attempts by opponents to derail it, and a host of related issues.
A very important copyright session.

starred review starDo the Right Thing: Empowering Ethical Copyright Usage in Libraries

Sun., Jun. 24, 1:30–3:30 p.m. Panelists Carrie Russell, Gretchen McCord, and Kenneth Crews (all well-known fighters for just copyright laws) promise to address “practical solutions to ethical dilemmas in copyright.” Why do we worry about ethics, while the other side locks up information for profit. No “dilemmas” for us, even if this panel promises to “empower librarians to help people do what’s right.” ALA’s Code of Ethics states, “We respect intellectual property rights and advocate balance between the interests of information users and rights holders.” They should rewrite it with far more emphasis on free access to information. That is “the right thing”!

Digital Libraries

Selecting the Right Integrated Library System

Sat., Jun. 23, 8–10 a.m. Andy Peters (Pioneer Lib. Syst.), Desiree Webber (Mustang PL), and Pat Weaver-Meyers (Noble Fdn. Lib.) in a workshop on the pros and cons of writing a Request for Proposal, contract pitfalls, choices, open source, etc., to help select a new integrated library system. You might need a knowledgeable consultant.

starred review starWO Breakout II: Cutting Edge Technology Services

Sat., Jun. 23, 10:30 a.m.–noon. From QR codes and participatory learning platforms to online and mobile applications, hear from library staff who have delivered cutting-edge technology services show and tell. Very useful.

starred review starSuccessful Collaboration in Good Times and Bad

Sat., Jun. 23, 10:30 a.m.–noon. A panel of experts discuss three digital collaborative efforts and discuss factors that have or could have made them successful and sustainable. Practical counseling.

starred review starKuali OLE: Community Ready Software for Your Library!

Sat., Jun., 23, 10:30 a.m.–noon. Kuali OLE (Open Library Environment, pronounced oh-lay) is building a community-source library management system using existing Kuali Foundation software. Supported by the Mellon Foundation, Kuali OLE is one of the largest academic library software collaborations in the United States. Get an overview and how to get involved with Kuali OLE. Robert McDonald ­moderates.

Linking Data Across Libraries, Archives, and Museums

Sat., Jun. 23, 1:30–3:30 p.m. How to take structured metadata we collect and open it up to be reused and shared easily on the web by other libraries, archives, and museums from Katherine Wisser (Simmons Coll.), Martin Kalfatovic (Smithsonian Inst.), and Murtha Baca (Getty Research Inst.).

New Library Technology Paradigms: OS vs Black Box vs Hybrids

Sat., Jun. 23, 1:30–3:30 p.m. How and why some libraries build new open source products, some adopt existing ones, and others buy packaged tools. Panelists will tell what drives their decisions. Evviva Weinraub moderates.

starred review starIT Project Management for Libraries-What Works? What Really Doesn’t

Sat., Jun. 23, 1:30–3:30 p.m. How to apply basics of IT project management in libraries without alienating all your coworkers. Learn project management elements that always come through in assessing new technologies, getting buy-in, defining scope, staying on task and within budget, demonstrating ROI, and finishing. Emily Almond moderates.

Trends in Cloud Computing

Sun., Jun. 24, 10:30 a.m.–noon. Cloud computing is transforming how libraries build information systems and services and store data. Approaches to data/metadata management, data curation, and patron services from the District of Columbia PL, San Diego Super Computer Center, Univ. of Arizona, and Univ. of Maryland. Erik Mitchell moderates.

starred review starTop Technology Trends & LITA Awards Presentation

Sun., Jun. 24, 1:30–3:30 p.m. The ongoing discussion of trends and advances in library technology by a panel of LITA technology experts after the presentation of LITA Awards and Scholarships. Always a good way to tap into what’s ahead, ­technologically.

starred review starThe Fourth Paradigm: Date-Intensive Research, Digital Scholarship, and Implications for Research Libraries

Sun., Jun. 24, 4-5:30 p.m. Don’t miss Tony Hey (Microsoft Research) and Cliff Lynch (Coalition for Networked Information) on the emergence of the “fourth paradigm” for scientific research—involving the acquisition, management, and analysis of vast quantities of scientific data. They promise to illustrate the changes brought to scientific discovery and the implications for how researchers “publish” their results and for scholarly communication in general. You can’t get a better preview of the future of scholarship and its results.

starred review starKuali OLE: Developing & Implementing a Community

Mon., Jun. 25, 8–10 a.m. Beth Picknally Camden and James Mouw (Univ. of Chicago Lib.), partners from the Kuali OLE project, will demonstrate the latest release of OLE software, which includes a “format-agnostic” document store that can house structured content (e.g. MARCXML) and unstructured content (e.g. PDF licenses); workflow tools (e.g., action lists, batch-­processing tools); and integration tools. They’ll discuss migration and implementation plans.

iPads for Staff Use

Mon., Jun. 25, 8–10 a.m. Implementation, budgeting, and experience with iPads for staff use at Duke Libraries, where they deploy iPads for individual use paired with PC desktops to address compatibility issues.

Current Technology in Libraries: Flash Presentations

Mon., Jun. 25, 8–10 a.m. A series of 20-minute spots on current technology moderated by Abigail Goben (Univ. of Illinois-Chicago).

President’s Program: Future of the Book; Innovation in Traditional Industries

Mon., Jun.25, 10:30 a.m.–noon. Duane Bray, a partner at global consultant IDEO, will discuss challenges to traditional industries from disruptive change, offering techniques to recognize and harness opportunities for innovation.

starred review starTechnology Five Step Support Group

Mon., Jun. 25, 10:30 a.m.–noon. Plamen Miltenoff and Rachel Wexelbaum speak at this roundtable “support group” for recovering librarians who worked on unsuccessful technology initiatives. They will tell what new technology it was, why the project was unsuccessful, and what they learned. Sounds entertaining.

The Ultimate Debate: Cloud Computing; Floating or Free Falling?

Mon., Jun. 25, 1:30–3:30 p.m. The seventh annual “Ultimate Debate” discussing the promises and pitfalls of cloud computing from Anne Prestamo, Bernd Beck, Frank Cervone, Melissa Prentice (ALA LITA), Robert Lau (USC), and LJ blogger and ­Web4lib honcho Roy Tennant. Moderated by Marshall Breeding, longtime author of LJ’s Automation ­Marketplace.

starred review starScaling Drupal: A Building 4 Million + Union Catalog

Mon., Jun. 25, 1:30–3:30 p.m. LJ Movers & Shakers Christopher Harris and Andy Austin on using Drupal in the Genesee Valley School Library System, NY. The team behind that built a union catalog for over 400 school libraries included in the “Drupal in Libraries” Library Technology Reports.

Drive Your Project Forward with Scrum

Mon., Jun. 25, 4–5:30 p.m. Janel Kinlaw, NPR librarian, shares lessons from adapting Scrum, a process framework for content management. She will demonstrate where Scrum went further than traditional ­methods.

starred review starBuilding a Library Lab for Emerging Technology—No Research Programmers Required

Mon., Jun. 25, 4–5:30 p.m. Mackenzie Brooks and Margaret Heller on designing and building a library lab (virtual or physical) with library patrons as assistants. Everyone learns new technology and influences technology adoption at the library.

Disaster planning

Disaster Response­­—Lessons Learned

Sat., Jun. 23, 1:30–3:30 p.m. Jeanne Drewes, Julie Page, and Nancy Kraft (Univ. of Iowa Libs.) tell how they responded to disasters at their library using disaster plans and how to update those plans afterward.

starred review starExpecting the Unexpected: Libraries Respond to Profound Change—International Papers & Projects

Sat., Jun. 23, 1:30–3:30 p.m. How these presenters from abroad prepared for and coped with economic, political, and human crises and natural disasters and their impact on libraries.


starred review starFrom Seeds to Trees: Growing the Bilingual Librarians of Tomorrow from High School Diploma to MLIS

Sat., Jun. 23, 8–10 a.m. The Santa Ana PL, CA, method of mentoring and professional guidance to recruit bilingual Spanish-speaking high school students, college-age youth, and MLIS students in a combined volunteer and paid internship program presented by participants in the “Seeds to Trees” program, which is definitely one you could copy at home. Santa Ana PL’s Cheryl A. Eberly will speak.

starred review starBeyond Paying Dues: Investing in Yourself as You Invest in Your Career

Sat., Jun. 23, 8–10 a.m. Alumni of ALA’s Spectrum Program Alicia Yao (Barnhart Sch.), Hannah Lee (Univ. of Delaware), Hector Escobar (Univ. of Dayton), and Sonia Alcantara-Antoine (Enoch Pratt Free Lib.) discuss how participation opened new leadership opps, built their pro networks, and enriched their lives. Good tips on ALA activism.

Ya’ at’ eeh! Serving American Indian Students

Sun., Jun. 24, 10:30 a.m.–noon. Five percent of students at Northern Arizona University (NAU) are Native American from several tribes. The library provides instructional support and services to help meet their needs, according to NAU’s Amy Hughes and Carissa Tsosie.

Documenting Sexual Dissidence and Diversity in France, Italy and Spain

Sun., Jun. 24, 10:30 a.m.–noon. An independent researcher, a literary scholar, an academic librarian, and an activist-publisher promise ways to assess voids in our collections and offer novel strategies for addressing gaps and documenting and preserving minority cultures. Hear Gerard Koskovich, James Michael Fortney (Univ. of Illinois-Chicago), and Mili Hernandez (EGALES).

Recruitment for Latino Library & Information Professionals

Sun., Jun. 24, 10:30 a.m.–noon. Educators and leaders from several diversity initiatives will discuss issues and challenges of recruiting Latino LIS professionals and programs to overcome those challenges. Panelists are Ed Cortez (Univ. of Tennessee), Mark A. Puente (ARL), Rae-Anne Montague (Univ. of Illinois), Sandra Littletree (Univ. of Arizona), and Suzie Allard (Univ. of ­Tennessee).

Muslim Journeys: Collection Development and Programming Grants

Sun., Jun. 24, 10:30 a.m.–noon. Lainie Castle-Cimfel (ALA/PPO), Patti Van Tuyl (NEH), Terrilyn Chun (Multnomah Cty. Lib.), and Tim Grimes (Ann Arbor Dist. Lib.) tell about the Muslim Lives and Cultures Bookshelf, an NEH initiative co­presented with ALA to increase American understanding of Islamic civilizations around the world. You’ll learn how to apply for the collection and create related community programs.

starred review starOnline Tools for Spanish Speakers

Sun., Jun. 24, 4–5:30 p.m. Don’t miss Loida Garcia-Febo (Queens Lib. and a 2007 LJ Mover & Shaker) on how librarians can blend emerging technologies and social media with in-person services such as reference and programming to build a library community that welcomes Spanish speakers.

HBCU Library Alliance-History and Accomplishments

Mon., Jun. 25, 4–5:30 p.m. The Historically Black Colleges and Universities Library Alliance was recently awarded a Mellon grant to document its history and accomplishments. Hear Sandra M. Phoenix and Shanesha R.F. Brooks-Tatum (both of the HBCU Library Alliance) discuss the history and showcase success stories.


Integrating ‘e’ and ‘p’: Building a New Monograph Approval Infrastructure

Sat., Jun. 23, 8–10 a.m. How two university libraries partnered with approval plan vendors to integrate ebooks and print books into approval profiles, with Gabrille Wiersma (Univ. of Colorado at Boulder Libs.), Jenny Hudson (YBP), and Rebecca Schroeder (Brigham Young).

starred review starThe Ebook Elephant in the Room: Determining What’s Relevant and Effective for Your Patrons & Making Effective Decisions for Your Future E-collection

Sat., Jun. 23, 8–10 a.m. How to decide on e-collection content, evaluate ebooks, and gain valuable patron feedback from Anne Silvers Lee (Free Lib. of Philadelphia), Heather McCormack (LJ’s hip Book Review editor), Linda Di Biase (Univ. of Washington Libs., Seattle), and Sue Polanka (Wright State Univ., and an LJ 2011 Mover & Shaker).

starred review starSpanish e-Publishing

Sat., Jun. 23, 1:30–5:30 p.m. Hear about the state of Spanish-language ebook publishing and how libraries are integrating Spanish-language ebooks into their collections as the demand for them grows.

Sharing Our Collections: Looking to the Future

Sun., Jun. 24, 10:30 a.m.–noon. Cooperative and consortial resource sharing is blurring the lines among circulation, access services, and interlibrary loan as libraries find new ways to share collections and create efficiencies, according to Carmit Marcus (Ex Libris), Janet Schneider (Smoky Hill Lib.), and Linda Di Biase (Univ. of Washington Libs.). They promise to cover the future of consortia, shared ebook collections, floating collections, cloud-based integrated library systems, and the need to be flexible and ­collaborative.

Education for librarianship

Leaders Wanted/LIS Doctoral Program Options Fair: Cultivating Diversity in LIS Education

Sat., Jun. 23, 10:30 a.m.–noon. A panel of current doctoral students, followed by an Options Fair with representatives from LIS doctoral programs. Come explore Ph.D. and funding options from U.S. LIS schools.

starred review starStandards Review Update

Mon., Jun. 25, 10:30 a.m.–noon. The Cmte. on Accreditation will share results of the LIS program standards review, now in its third year and still not finished…. A draft of the revision is promised. It is nearly a decade overdue, which may be why ALA accreditation is under the gun!


starred review starFare 2012—Fundraising Incubator: New Ideas? How To Avoid an Epic Fail

Sat., Jun. 23, 10:30 a.m.–noon. Experienced librarians, mentors/advisors, and community partners talk about successful projects. Hear Deborah Doyle (CA Assn. of Lib. Trustees and Commissioners) and Katharina J. Blackstead (Notre Dame).

starred review starFundraising: Creating a Legacy—Building a Bequest Program

Sat., Jun. 23, 1:30–3:30 p.m. Elements of a successful bequest program, with tips on how to discuss bequests with prospects and donors, marketing, effective administration, and bequest-like alternatives.

Stewardship: Do You Know Where Your Donors Are?

Sun., Jun. 24, 4–5:30 p.m. Katharina J. Blackstead (Notre Dame) says effective stewardship is provision of information, cultivation, the ask, the gift, acknowledgement, to the next gift by the donor. Learn her successful approaches.

Future Libraries

starred review starFuture Quest: Creating a Vision for Academic Libraries

Sat., Jun. 23, 8–10 a.m. Hear Cesar Caballero (Cal State), Richard Moniz and Joe Eshleman (both Johnson & Wales Univ.), and Janet Bishop (Colorado State Univ. Libs.) discuss trends for the future of academic libraries and actions needed to address them. Based on the PELS Committee of the LAMA LOMS survey to identify important planning elements and trends.

Library of the Future: The Indispensable Library

Sat., Jun. 23, 1:30–3:30 p.m. Retiring New Jersey State Librarian Norma Blake (2008 LJ Librarian of the Year) and Peggy Cadigan, associate New Jersey state librarian, discuss policies and practices to help libraries survive and thrive. Hope they tell how it worked for their shrunken state library.

starred review starACRL/ALCTS President’s Program: Future of the Book; Innovation in Traditional Industries

Mon., Jun. 25, 10:30 a.m.-noon. Hear Duane Bray (partner, global consultant IDEO) discuss the challenges traditional industries face during disruptive change and techniques to recognize and harness opportunities for innovation. Sounds good.

starred review starDigital Inclusion: Libraries Transform Communities

Mon., Jun. 25, 1:30–3:30 p.m. Asserts that 21st-century community library services are moving beyond library buildings and the web. The Colorado State Library has increased access to broadband, computers, and technology in communities across the state through the Colorado Public Computer Centers project. Philadelphia has gone beyond the public library walls by locating computer Hot Spots in community-anchor organizations as “satellites” for library service and programs. How to find funding, develop partnerships, and adapt these library projects for your community. A glimpse of the future? Panelists include Crystal Schmipf and Jamie Hollier (both Colorado State Library), Elizabeth Orsburn, Jennifer Donsky, Joel Nichols, and 2012 LJ Mover & Shaker Khaleef Aye (all from Free Lib. of Philadelpia), Erin Kirchoefer (High Plains Lib. Dist.), and Paul Paladino (Montrose Lib. Dist., CO, home to Naturita Lib., the LJ 2011 Best Small Library in America).

Galas, Parties, Banquets

starred review starBookmobile Sat. 2012

Sat., Jun. 23, check program for times. Learning sessions and the 2012 Parade of Bookmobiles in conjunction with the 2012 Diversity and Outreach Fair (3–5 p.m.). Coordinated by ALA OLOS, the Assn. of Bookmobile and Outreach Services, and Assn. for Small & Rural Libraries. Always a favorite!

starred review starThe Rock Bottom Remainders, ALA/ProQuest Scholarship Bash

Sat., Jun. 23, 8 p.m. A special performance by the Rock Bottom Remainders, a band that includes some of today’s celebrity literati who have published more than 150 titles and sold more than 150 million books in 25 languages. Scheduled to appear are Dave Barry, Ridley Pearson, Amy Tan, Scott Turow, Mitch Albom, James McBride, Roy Blount, Jr., Matt Groening, Stephen King, Kathi Goldmark, and Greg Iles. Money raised goes for scholarships for LIS students. Event Code: ALA4. Tickets: $25.

starred review starInternational Librarians Reception

Mon., Jun. 25, 6-8 p.m. Event Code: IRT2. Tickets $45. IRRT welcomes and celebrates librarians from more than 80 countries. Open to all conference attendees, a unique chance to network with librarians from around the world. Hors d’oeuvres and open bar. Free for international librarians.

Inaugural Brunch

Tues., Jun. 26, 11:15 a.m.-1 p.m. Honors incoming ALA president Maureen Sullivan and division presidents-elect. Event Code: ALA1. Tickets: $50.

Information literacy

“I Can Do It All by Myself!”: Exploring New Roles for Libraries and Mediating Technologies in Addressing the Do-It-Yourself Mindset of Library Patrons

Sat., Jun. 23, 8–10 a.m. How librarians can help self-reliant (know-it-all) users in their information seeking.

Preparing College-Ready 21st Century Citizens with Integrated Information/Media Literacy Programs in Education

Sat., Jun. 23, 10:30 a.m.–noon. How K-12 and academic librarians prepare learners to work with technology to be ready for college. Features school and academic librarians who met this challenge and integrated information literacy into their curriculum: Lesley Farmer (CSU–Long Beach), John McGinnis (Long Beach Unified Sch. Dist.), Lydia Elizabeth Smith-Davis (Lifelong Info Literacy), and Lynn Lampert (CSU-Northridge).

starred review starBack to Basics: Strategies & Techniques for Teaching Basic Digital Literacy to Underserved Populations

Sat., Jun. 23, 10:30 a.m.–noon. How libraries meet basic digital needs after they identify patrons who need them. Examples of successful programs will be shared. Practical and useful.

Critical Thinking and Library Instruction: Fantasyland or Adventureland?

Sun., Jun. 24, 10:30 a.m.–noon. An LIRT forum for discussion of library instruction and information literacy. Critical thinking theory will be integrated into the talk.

starred review starInsert Catchy Label Here; or, The End of Gen. Y, Digital Natives and the Millennial Student Myth

Mon., Jun. 25, 8–10 a.m. How changing demographics affect academic library users and how libraries prepare for the changes. Roberto C. Delgadillo (UC-Davis), Virginia Eubanks (SUNY), Yago S. Cura (LAPL), and Pamela Mann (St. Mary’s Coll., MD) promise a session with a point of view.

starred review starDigital Literacy at the Front Lines of Library Service: Issues, Challenges, and Opportunities

Mon., Jun. 25, 10:30 a.m.–noon. Digital literacy and issues facing librarians serving diverse, underserved communities.

Intellectual freedom

starred review starBlack Arm Bands, Full Metal Jackets and Young People

Sat., Jun. 23, 1:30–3:30 p.m. As a junior high school student, Mary Beth Tinker wore a black armband to school to protest U.S. involvement in Vietnam. Hear how that action resulted in a court case that brought a Supreme Court ruling, to wit, students have First Amendment rights in school. Important.

starred review starNational Security vs. the Right To Know

Sat., Jun. 23, 1:30–3:30 p.m. Hear Emma Cape, organizer for the Bradley Manning Support Network, and others on the ­potential conflict between security concerns and the need for transparency, democracy, a free press, and the protection of whistle-blowers. It is all related to the release of classified U.S. documents by WikiLeaks.

starred review starTraditional Cultural Expression—Librarians at the Intersection of Intellectual Freedom and Tribal Sovereignty

Sat., Jun. 23, 1:30–3:30 p.m. Explore working with Traditional Cultural Expressions from indigenous communities and how you start a conversation with a tribe. Does tribal sovereignty trump free expression? Some say yes.

starred review starEthnic Studies Under Fire: The Role of Publishers, Librarians, Teachers, and Activists

Mon., Jun. 25, 1:30–3:30 p.m. The removal of materials with the elimination of Mexican American Studies classes in the Tucson Unified School District, AZ, sparked a national outcry and opposition from ALA, REFORMA, the American Indian Library Association, and others. Hear panelists Adriana McCleer, Carmen Tafolla, Oralia Garza de Cortes, and Toney Diaz on this controversy.

International Librarianship

Addressing Global Diversity: Meeting the Needs of International Students in Academic Libraries

Sat., Jun. 23, 10:30 a.m.–noon. Perspectives on the needs of international students in academic libraries from Dawn Amsberry (Penn State), Jannelle Ruswick (Illinois Inst. of Technology), John Hickok (CSU-Fullerton), Karen Bordonaro (Brock Univ.), and Victor Baeza (Oklahoma State).

Building Libraries for the Future-Best Practices from East Asia

Sat., Jun. 23, 10:30 a.m.–noon. Practitioners and scholars from China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Korea, and Japan present, share, and exchange the best practices.

International ILL: A Global Perspective on Resource Sharing

Sat., Jun. 23, 1:30–3:30 p.m. The RUSA STARS International ILL Committee pre­sents findings from an international survey on interlibrary loan as a follow-up to its paper “Lending and Borrowing Across Borders: Issues and Challenges with International Resource Sharing.” On the docket: challenges and solutions for international ILL with Marlayna K. Christensen (UC–San Diego Libs.) and Tina Baich (IUPUI Libs.).

International Library Partnerships: Logistical and Technical Issues Relating to International Digitization Projects

Sun., Jun. 24, 8–10 a.m. Hear Yan Han on the Afghan Digitization Project and David Magier of the Yemeni Manuscript Project discuss these partnerships. Jon Voss will discuss how History Pin collaborations improve access.

Empowering the People! Libraries and the Attainment of an Information Society in Africa

Sun., Jun. 24, 1:30–3:30 p.m. How libraries and information professionals in Africa connect people to information, facilitate equitable access, and address barriers to ­information.

Library Development in Emerging Economies: Police and Practices on the Global Scene

Sun., Jun. 24, 4–5:30 p.m. What has happened to libraries in emerging economies and how library users benefit. ALA’s IRC program features speakers from Brazil, Russia, India, and China. Delin Guerra (ALA program officer) moderates.

Proving Our Relevance: A Comparison of European and American Assessment Practices

Mon., Jun. 25, 10:30 a.m.–noon. European librarians describe their assessment techniques and strategies.

The International Sustainable Library Development (ISLD) and the Sister Library Initiative: Cooperation Across Borders

Mon. Jun. 25, 10:30 a.m.–noon. Librarians discuss their sister library partnerships and how they provide a mutual source of pride, opportunity, and inspiration.

starred review starAdrenaline Rush @ Belgrade City Library

Mon., Jun. 25, 10:30 a.m.–noon. Belgrade City Library (BCL), the largest public library network in Southeast Europe, reached a record number of members in 2010 and overcame a variety of challenges. Come to this showcase of what happened behind the scenes and where professionals find their inspiration and carve new paths in library development. Good ideas for us from Milan Vasiljevic and Vesna Vuksan.

Internet & Web

starred review starResearching Your Patrons with the Mobile Web: Tips and Tricks for Customer Service Success

Sat., Jun. 23, 8–10 a.m. Learn how effectively to create a mobile web app that will be loved by your customers, from Scottsdale PL staff’s Gimme Engine. Hear about the research, technology, and marketing plan that made it a success. Valuable for user-oriented modern libraries. Aimee Fifarek will moderate.

starred review starResponsive Web Design: Get Beyond the Myth of the Mobile Web

Sun., Jun. 24, 10:30 a.m.–noon. An introduction to responsive design and a walk through the process of creating a simple responsive library web page that looks great on every device and eliminates the need to maintain separate websites for “desktop” and “mobile” devices. You need to know.

Job Seeking

President’s Program, LAMA

Sat., Jun. 23, 1:30–3:30 p.m. A session on career planning with Heather Krasna, career expert and author of Jobs That Matter: Find a Stable, Fulfilling Career in Public Service.

Networking: What Works?

Sat., Jun. 23, 1:30–3:30 p.m. What happens behind the closed doors of a library search committee and how professional and personal networks can make or break prospects. How librarians navigated the networking maze to land plum positions. Great career advice from peers and mentors from the New Members Roundtable.

starred review starALA JobLIST Placement Center

Open Sat. and Sun., Jun. 23 & 24, 9 a.m.–5 p.m., with an orientation on Saturday at 8:30 a.m. The services and career workshops are free to job seekers; register and search for jobs at Registration is recommended to give employers access to your résumé information. Lists of services, workshops and participating recruiters are on Career Resources pages of JobLIST. Employers can post positions at Employers who want to use the interviewing facilities or review résumés must have an active ad on JobLIST.

Managing Libraries

Transforming Technical Services: Growing IT Skill Sets Within Technical Services Departments

Sat., Jun. 23, 1:30–3:30 p.m. An effective approach to a needed transformation of Technical Services through growing IT skill sets within the department. Boaz Nadav-Manes (Cornell), Gary Strawn (Northwestern), Lai-Ying Hsiung, Paul Gallagher (Wayne State), and Tasha Bales.

starred review starShift Happens: The Quest for Continuing Relevance

Sat., Jun. 23, 1:30–3:30 p.m. How to respond to changes in technology, community demographics, patron needs and expectations, and fiscal constraints by redefining how we deliver services and reinvigorating staff. Washington’s King Cty. Lib. Syst. (KCLS), LJ’s 2011 Library of the Year, is restructuring to meet needs of patrons and proactively engage with the communities. Find out how the process has involved everyone at KCLS. Get techniques you can use. With staffers Holly Koelling, Lisa Fraser, Nancy Smith, Susan Veltfort, and Teresa Claypool.

Collaborative Librarianship: The Combined School-Public Library Model and Community Literacy

Sun., Jun. 24, 8 a.m.–noon. Describes which model of school and public library cooperation contributes to community literacy, lifelong learning , a sense of community, and cost savings. Moderator: Athena Michael, Wiley.

starred review starMaterials Handling Automation To Reduce Operating Costs

Sun., Jun. 24, 10:30 a.m.–noon. A great expert panel on how self-checkout machines, automated sorters, and RFID reduce operating expenses and staff. How to evaluate products, ROI, payback strategies, and critical implementation by Alan Kirk Gray (Darien Lib.), Gretchen L. Freeman (Salt Lake Cty. Lib. Syst.), John J. Callahan (Palm Beach Cty. Lib. Syst.), and Lori Ayre (Galecia Group).

Let the Data Talk: Communicating Assessment Results to Stakeholders

Sun., Jun. 24, 1:30–3:30 p.m. Gary Lown, a UCLA statistics professor, will illustrate how to use data through visualization, followed by a panel on specific practical applications of library assessment data to make a point. Valuable information.

Implementing the “STAR” Checklist for High Performance Library Resource-Sharing

Sun., Jun. 24, 1:30–3:30 p.m. The STAR Checklist for resource sharing released by the Policies Committee, a joint committee of the RRSI and RUSA STARS, will be reviewed by both groups. Librarians who implemented the checklist will speak about the impact of these best practices.

FEAST: Future & Emerging Access Services Trends

Sun., Jun. 24, 4–5:30 p.m. What’s new in circulation, shelving, reserves, interlibrary loan, offsite storage, and more in short seven-minute courses by practitioners and experts.

starred review starThe Right Service at the Right Time: e-Gov and More Made Easy

Sun., Jun. 24, 4–5:30 p.m. How the ­Florida’s Orange Cty. Lib. Syst.’s Right Service at the Right Time, a discovery engine that matches customers with specific resources, can be easily and cheaply integrated into your community. An award-winning, open source software program you can use. Hear from the library’s Donna Bachowski and Josh Fox and ­Drupal Easy developer Ryan Price.

Dangerous Ideas: What If We Took Volunteers Seriously?

Sun., Jun. 24, 4–5:30 p.m. Experiences with staff and volunteers and the strategic management of volunteer participation from empirical research by an LIS scholar told by Beate Hoerning (grad student, Humboldt Univ. of Berlin), Cheryl Eberly (principal libn., YA and volunteer svcs., Santa Ana PL, CA), and Anthony Bernier (assoc. prof., San José State, CA).

Is Telework Working? The Benefits and Pitfalls of Virtual Work

Mon., Jun. 25, 8–10 a.m. When and how telework can be beneficial and when it may not be. What makes for effective telecommuting policies, how to supervise employees who work remotely, and what technology is available. Mark Pandick (IBM Market Insights), Sharon Epps (McKeldin Lib., Univ. of Maryland), and Tammy Dearie (UC–San Diego Lib.).

Marketing Libraries

Books To Go

Sat., Jun. 23, 10:30 a.m.–noon. Rachel Van Riel (Opening the Book) on the implications of research in the UK that demonstrated that many library patrons are looking to be tempted while browsing. She will show how to create an “Impulse” area near the front door to increase patron satisfaction and circulation.

starred review starIs It Time To Reevaluate Your Library’s Marketing?

Sat., Jun. 23, 1:30–5:30 p.m. Kim Terry (Metropolitan Lib. Syst.) and recent John Cotton Dana Award winners share marketing strategies that enhanced their community profile, created staff buy-in, and engaged new patrons and partners. You need these ideas.

starred review starPR Forum

Sun., Jun. 24, 8-10 a.m. An annual sharing by library public relations and marketing professionals coordinated by the PR Assembly. Good ideas.

starred review star3,2,1…Action: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Using Technology To Make Homegrown Promotional Videos

Sun., Jun. 24, 10:30 a.m.–noon. Joyce Garczynski and Laksamee Putnam on how Towson University Library’s award-winning video, “Civility: That’s Our Policy,” was created, from storyboarding and casting to copyright and technology. You might be able to do it.

starred review starPR Xchange (formerly Swap ‘n’ Shop)

Sun., Jun. 24, 10:30 a.m.–noon. View and sample a showcase of PR materials (annual reports, newsletters, program promotions, websites, YouTube videos, and more), including the winners of the Best of Show awards, a juried selection of the best library promotional materials and methods from libraries of all types and sizes (and budgets). Exhibits include the John Cotton Dana award-winning entries and social networking “talk tables.” Always worth your time.

Library Marketing Unprogram: Learn from Your Peers

Mon., Jun. 25, 8–10 a.m. Marketing and public relations ideas for libraries from colleagues at tables.

Let’s Work Together: Integrating Social Media, Online Marketing, and Outreach

Mon., Jun. 25, 8–10 a.m. How organizations reinvented their online presence using social media as a way to interact with their community. Hear David Lee King (Topeka PL and 2008 LJ Mover & Shaker), Jen Robinson (Marin Cty. Free Lib.), and Marshall Breeding (Vanderbilt Univ. and LJ Automation Marketplace author) on the personal and organizational investments in an ongoing, online, socially interactive presence.


Cultural Programming: How To Achieve Meaningful Dialogue at Your Library

Sun., Jun. 24, 1:30–3:30 p.m. How to improve cultural programming according to Ghada El Turk (Boulder PL) and Tess Tobin (New York City Coll. of Technology).

starred review starHow Libraries Are Serving the Evolving Needs of Baby Boomers and Older Adults

Sun., Jun. 24, 4–5:30 p.m. Susan Hildreth (IMLS), with Jane Salisbury, Suzanne Flint, and Tony Sarmiento on how libraries reach baby boomers and older Americans. They’ll talk about the 2008 RUSA Guidelines on Library and Information Services to Older Adults. Current and useful.

Jean E. Coleman Library Outreach Lecture

Mon., Jun. 25, 8–10 a.m. Hear Carol Brey Casiano (info resource officer, U.S. Embassy, Brasilia, Brazil; former director, El Paso Lib., TX; and past-president of ALA) deliver the 2012 Jean E. Coleman Library Outreach Lecture.


Building and Sustaining Strategic Plans and Partnerships in Your Rural or Tribal Community

Sun., Jun. 24, 10:30 a.m.–noon. Basics of writing and implementing a strategic plan, how to ensure successful community outreach, and how to collaborate with city and county managers through strategic community partnerships. Speakers: Andrea Berstler (Wicomico PL), Ron Carlee (Intl. City/Cty. Mgt. Assn.), and Yunfei Du (Promoting & Enhancing the Advancement of Rural Libraries Project, LIS, Univ. of North Texas).

IT Tactical Strategic Planning in the Library

Mon., Jun. 25, 4–5:30 p.m. After ideas for effective planning for new technology from Margaret Brown-Sica, participants will develop a checklist to outline steps to follow at their home library.

Politics & Libraries

starred review starLibraries at the Crossroads: Programming for Civic Engagement

Sat., Jun. 23, 8–10 a.m. How libraries serve as safe and neutral places to promote engagement and civic discourse presented by Chad Kahl (Illinois State Univ.), Louisa Whitfield-Smith (Johnson Cty. Lib.), Nancy Kranich (ALA Ctr. for Civic Life), and Nicole Sump-Crethar (Edmon Low Lib., Oklahoma State). Examples of successful civic engagement programs will be shared.

Stop the Privatization Beast: Preventing Privatization Through Library Advocacy; A Panel Discussion

Sun., Jun. 24, 1:30–5:30 p.m. Case studies of privatization of libraries and advocacy approaches for the public and elected officials. Ideas you can take home to use immediately. If you see this coming, be prepared!

Keep the Fight Going: Libraries Fight Back

Mon., Jun. 25, 10:30 a.m.–noon. How to prove that libraries are an essential service to the community from Anne Cisney and Connie Williams.


Brittle Book Strategies for the 21st Century

Sat., Jun. 23, 10:30 a.m.–noon. Options available to manage brittle book programs, including best practices, workflow tools, and decision-making criteria used by preservation librarians: Allyson Donahoe (Harvard), Emily Holmes (Columbia Univ. Libs.), and Kara McClurken (Univ. of Virginia Libs.).

starred review starOnline Personal Archiving: Preserving Your Record for the Future

Sun., Jun. 24, 10:30 a.m.–noon. How to preserve what we create online, personally and professionally, including original content from social media. The challenges of online personal archiving, including how digital data is being created and stored and other preservation issues along with strategies for helping patrons learn effective curation and archiving of their personal and scholarly information from Laura Pearle.

Programs in Libraries

Grown Ups Just Want To Have Fun! Library Play Programming for College Students
of All Ages

Sat., Jun. 23, 8-10 a.m. Pauline Lynch Shostack (Onondaga Community Coll.) will share her research about the benefits of play and describe library play programs at academic libraries. Participants can play at this one. Panelists include Fantasia A. Thorne and Scott Nicholson (Syracuse) and Mary Snyder Broussard (Lycoming Coll.).

starred review starCommunity Voices: Preserving the History and Culture of Our Communities

Sat., Jun. 23, 10:30 a.m.–noon. How new technology serves community history in the Pratt Institute SLIS–developed “GeoStoryteller” for the Goethe-Institut’s project German Traces. Geodata is used to take users via a mobile website along New York City’s German Traces recapturing the early days of immigration in New York City. Podcasts, slide shows, and augmented reality make for a rich and entertaining learning experience A fascinating project. Tess Tobin (New York City Coll. of Technology) will moderate a discussion between panelists Anthony Cocciolo (Pratt SLIS) and Brigitte Coellgast (Goethe-Institut).

Making Sense of the Civil War: Reading and Discussion Program Opportunities

Sat., Jun. 23, 10:30 a.m.–noon. ALA, 37 state humanities councils, and NEH support a discussion program for libraries on the American Civil War that engages participants in discussion of texts selected by Civil War historian Edward Ayers. Panelists include Frannie Ashburn (North Carolina Center for the Book), Lainie Castle-Cimfel (ALA/PPO), and Patti Van Tuyl (NEH).

Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Multicultural Idea Exchange

Sat., Jun. 23, 1:30–3:30 p.m. A panel of public, academic, school, and special libraries will present programs and activities to promote the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

starred review starPublish or Bust! An ePublishing Odyssey

Sat., Jun. 23, 1:30–5:30 p.m. Hear about the Chesapeake Public Library effort called “Publish or Bust!” in which a librarian and a local writer tell of writing a novel and exploring alternatives for publishing it. A live how-to journey with daily blogs, tweets, and Facebook postings, the creation of an “inspiration room,” and successful publication and listing of the novel in the library catalog. The result is a full-service, self-publishing resource for users at the Central Library. Panelists include Jim Blanton and Phyllis Floyd (Chesapeake PL).

Sustainable Thinking: Passageways to Better Buildings, Budgets and Beyond

Mon., Jun. 25, 10:30 a.m.–noon. Successful outreach models, including the award-winning PRIME TIME FAMILY READING TIME program, will be showcased by librarians from several state programs, the ALA Public Programs Office, and NEH. Panelists include Jeffrey Scherer (MS&R Ltd.), Louise Schaper (LJ Landmark Libraries), Rebekkah Smith Aldrich (Mid-Hudson Lib. Syst. and a 2010 LJ Mover & Shaker), and Susan Benton (ULC).

Readers’ Advisory

The RA Forum: Browsing for Pleasure in the Digital Age

Sat., Jun. 23, 10:30 a.m.–noon. Three RA experts explore the changing ways patrons browse collections and learn about titles. Panelists include Anne Larrivee (Binghamton Univ. Libs.), Ava Iuliano (Florida Intl. Univ.), Carri Genovese (IUPUI), and Karen T. Brissette (Queens Coll.).

An Introduction to Integrated Advisory Services

Sun., Jun. 24, 10:30 a.m.–noon. Panelists will cover popular genres and a new service model not limited to books and readers, to serve users in all areas of the public library, using appeal factors to cross formats from fiction to nonfiction, and DVDs to graphic novels.

The Great Non-Fiction Readalike: If You Like This, You’ll LOVE That!

Sun., Jun. 24, 10:30 a.m.–noon. Five librarians on major trends in popular nonfiction, recommended titles. Panelists include Alene Moroni (King Cty. Lib. Syst.), Anna Mickelsen (Springfield City Lib.), Katie Stover (Kansas City PL, 2003 LJ Mover & Shaker), Robin Nesbitt (Columbus Metropolitan Lib.), and Stephanie Chase (Multnomah Cty. Lib., 2011 LJ Mover & Shaker).

starred review star(Re)telling Stories: Fanart, Authorship, And How Stories Are Shared, Reconstructed, and Retold

Sun., Jun. 24, 4–5:30 p.m. Authors, artists, librarians, and, yes, fans, explore the impact of participatory fan culture on reading and literature and how we encounter stories. Good ideas on the Fan Fad.

starred review starReaders’ Advisory for Town AND Gown: Academic and Public Library Partnerships for RA Services

Mon., Jun. 25, 10:30 a.m.–noon. The demand for readers’ advisory in academic libraries is growing, so college librarians will tell how they incorporate RA techniques into their programs, and public librarians address how they successfully partnered with local universities. If you’re in a college town, you need this. Panelists are Barbara Fister (Gustavas Adolphus Coll. and LJ Academic Newswire columnist), Deborah T. Walsh (Geneva PL Dist.), Lucy Lockley (St. Charles City-Cty. Lib. Dist.), and Sarah Johnson (Booth Lib., Eastern Illinois Univ.).


Smart Investigating @ Your Library: Everyone Counts!

Sat., Jun. 23, 8–10 a.m. The role of librarians as trusted navigators to the most useful information was strengthened by Smart investing @ your library. Librarians build collections, deliver programs, and create a national network of service models. Panelists are Aubrey Carroll (Florence Cty. Lib. Syst.), Bobbie Rudnick (Naperville PL), Dwight McInvaill (Georgetown PL), Jamie Ritter (Camden Lib.), Liz Doucett (Curtis Memorial Lib.), and Sandy Dixon (State Lib. of Iowa).

starred review starComparing Discovery and Search Tools

Sat., Jun. 23, 10:30 a.m.–noon. A review of results of research at Bucknell and Illinois Wesleyan universities designed to compare two discovery search tools (Summon and EBSCO Discovery Service), Google Scholar, and the use of library databases. Eighty students completed specified search tasks, and a debriefing gave deeper understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of the tools and how students obtain and evaluate information. Lynda Duke moderates.

starred review starReference Resurrected: Models for the 21st-Century College Library

Sat., Jun. 23, 1:30–3:30 p.m. Librarians now have new varieties of reference service like live chat, “roving” reference, embedded or personal librarian service, and research services in residence halls, gyms, and campus centers. Hear about the challenges college libraries face deciding how to provide and assess reference services. Panelists include David Consiglio (Bryn Mawr), Scott Vine (Franklin & Marshall), and Susan Sharpless Smith (Wake Forest). Barbara Whitney Petruzzelli (Mount Saint Mary Coll.) ­moderates.

Are Virtual Reference Services Worth the Effort? What ROI Analysis and User Evaluations Tell Us

Sat., Jun. 23, 1:30–3:30 p.m. A panel of experts from many libraries on ways to evaluate virtual reference services and various methods used, and each will share their unique perspective. With Amanda Clay Powers (Mississippi State Univ. Libs.), Joseph Janes (Univ. of Washington iSchool—always worth hearing), Julie Strange (Maryland AskUsNow), Lorraine L. Richards (Univ. of North Carolina), and Scott Collard (New York Univ.).

starred review starRUSA President’s Program: Library in Your Hand: Mobile Technologies for Exchanging Information with Patrons

Sun., Jun. 24, 10:30 a.m.–noon. Hear strong experts: Joan Lippincott (Coalition for Networked Information) on why libraries should communicate with patrons through mobile devices. Kristin Antelman on mobile initiatives including WolfWalk, a photographic guide to the history of North Carolina State Univ. optimized for mobile devices. LJ Mover & Shaker David Lee King on using social media to communicate with patrons at the Topeka PL. Solid advice and info from the front.

starred review star18th Annual Reference Research Forum

Sun., Jun. 24, 1:30–3:30 p.m. The popular Reference Research Forum where you can learn about research in reference services such as user behavior, electronic services, reference effectiveness and assessment, and organizational structure and personnel. Good practical ideas. With Alison Graber, Alison Hicks, Caroline Sinkinson, Kenneth Simon, Lili Luo, Stephanie Alexander, and Susan Gardner Archamba.

Rural & Small Libraries

Innovative Programs Impacting Rural and Urban libraries Funded Through LSTA: Preschool Connections, Mother Goose Alive, and Brain Boxes Collaboration

Sat., Jun. 23, 10:30 a.m.–noon. Programs from Pennsylvania and Arizona show how they created family spaces in small libraries, developed an online Mother Goose Rhymes portal, and provided developmental activities for children. Hear Georgene DeFilippo (Carnegie Lib. of Pittsburgh), Holly Henley, Margie Stem, and Virginia Walter (UCLA).

starred review starAdvocacy and Fundraising for your Rural or Tribal Library

Sat., Jun. 23, 1:30–3:30 p.m. Panelists Janice Kowemy (Laguna PL), Jennifer Peterson (WebJunction/OCLC, 2011 LJ Mover & Shaker), John D. Hales ­(Suwannee River Regional Lib.), and Peter Pearson (Friends of St. Paul PL) on how to use ­resources and tool kits for more effective advocacy and fundraising. Learn from folks who created ALA’s Frontline Fundraising Toolkit; gain insight into successful legislative advocacy efforts to build local support, use online tools and create networks to reach rural legislators, and hear how libraries are using the newly updated “Small but Powerful Guide to Winning Big Support for Your Rural Library” and the “Guide for Building Support for Your Tribal Library.” Do it now!

Scholarly Publishing

Write for It! Jump Start Your Research Agenda and Join the Conversation

Sat., Jun. 23, 10:30 a.m.–noon. A published, but unnamed librarian tells her problems in conducting research in collection development, and a journal editor, unnamed, on bringing those who want to publish to the publishers. A Q&A session. Might be good, depends on who is talking. Panelists are Faye Chadwell ­(Donald and Delpha Campbell Univ. Libn., Oregon State) and Lisa German (Penn State Univ. Libs.).

starred review starEnding the Big Deal: Truth and Consequences

Sun., Jun. 24, 1:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m. Dire economics has forced librarians to consider canceling their “Big Deal” journal packages. Big publishers have milked academic library budgets dry for decades. Now cancellation is the only choice. A frank discussion with panelists who have dismantled Big Deals: David C. Fowler (Univ. of Oregon), Jonathan Nabe (Southern Illinois Univ. Carbondale), and T. Scott Plutchak (Univ. of Alabama at Birmingham). Don’t miss this one!

Staff development

starred review starPLA: Growing Leaders from Within: Cultivating Your Library’s Future & Managers

Sat., Jun. 23, 8–10 a.m. Training staff to take leadership roles. Hear how San Diego Cty. Library fostered and developed leaders and managers from existing staff. It is a useful model. Panelists are Bethan Stone, Renae Bennett, and Danielle King (all of Orange Cty. Lib. Syst.), and Polly C. Cipparrone and Susan Moore (both from San Diego Cty. Lib.).

Winning on Two Fronts: How Library Residencies Are Placing Libraries at the Leading Edge of Innovation and Diversity Initiatives

Sat., Jun. 23, 10:30 a.m.–noon. A panel on library residencies to recruit a more diverse workforce. A current resident, a former resident, a residency coordinator, and an academic library dean will present. Deborah A. Nolan (Towson Univ.), Gerald Holmes (Univ. of North Carolina at Greensboro), Hannah Lee (Univ. of Delware), and Mark A. Puente (ARL). Shannon Simpson (Towson Univ.) moderates.

Empowering Staff To Learn: Self Directed Learning Models

Sat., Jun. 23, 1:30–3:30 p.m. Promises successful methods for empowering staff to seek learning, develop informal learning goals, and create a culture of growth and learning at the library.

REFORMA President’s Program: Leadership Is an Urgency: Fire It Up!

Sat., Jun. 23, 1:30–3:30 p.m. ­REFORMA members of every job classification and from every type of library advance in a program to inspire and instill the leader in all of us! Oscar Baeza (El Paso Community Coll.) will moderate a discussion among Camila Alire (ALA president and Univ. of New Mexico & Colorado State Univ.), Janice Rice (Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison), Jerome Offord (Lincoln Univ.), Maria Kramer (Redwood City PL), and Patty Wong (Yolo Cty. Lib.).

starred review starCreate and Innovate! How To Champion Creativity and Innovation in Your Organization

Sun., Jun. 24, 8–10 a.m. Librarians from Florida’s Orange Cty. Library System on how they tapped into the energy and passion of staff to think “outside the box” and plan the library future. Worth hearing! Kelly Pop (Orange Cty. Lib. Syst.) speaks.

Train the Technology Trainer: Developing 21st Century Library Staff

Mon., Jun. 25, 8–10 a.m. Hear about the Colorado State Library “Train the Technology Trainer” workshops on one-on-one technology assistance, public computer classes, and instructional services in libraries. Learn how to get these skills for your staff. Panelists are Crystal Schimpf (Colorado State Lib.) and Erin Kirchoefer (High Plains Lib.Dist.).

Nuts and Bolts of Staff Training: Discussion and Resources for New Trainers

Mon., Jun. 25, 10:30 a.m.–noon. A discussion of resources for planning, marketing, implementing, and evaluating staff training.

starred review starRiding the Publishing Rollercoaster: Practical Strategies from Research to Writing

Mon., Jun. 25, 1:30–3:30 p.m. Hear Char Booth (Claremont Colls. Lib. and a 2008 LJ Mover & Shaker) and author David Lankes, editors Joseph Branin (King Abdullah Univ. of Science &Technology) and Katherine O’Clair (California Polytechnic State Univ.), and ACRL content strategist Kathryn Deiss (Syracuse Univ.) on the publishing process from concept through research, submission, revision and publication. Show and tell from the experienced or “How we done it good!’ Melinda Dermody (Syracuse Univ.) moderates.


ALTAFF in Action: Leadership Training at its Best

Sat., Jun. 23, 8–10 a.m. Learn about ALTAFF, how to become active, and all the resources available to members.

Intellectual Freedom and the Library Trustee

Sat., Jun. 23, 4–5:30 p.m. The role of public library trustees as advocates for intellectual freedom. Panelists Carol Brey-Casiano (U.S. State Dept.), Jennifer Weil Arns (Univ. of South Carolina SLIS), Kent Oliver (Nashville PL), and Robert Hubsher (Ramapo Catskill Lib. Syst.). Another ALTAFF program, with PLA.

Board Governance & Development for Trustees, Friends and Foundations

Mon., Jun. 25, 10:30 a.m.–noon. A panel on board development, succession planning, and board governance for trustees, Friends groups, and library foundations.

Authors & Celebrities

PORT AUTHOR-ITY Words of wisdom from a superlative group of wordsmiths. Top row, l.–r.: Beth Howard (First Author, First Book), Sam Kean (Geek Alert!), Katie McGarry (Books Without Boundaries), and Jean Zimmerman (Historical Fiction @ your library). Bottom row, l.–r.: Tracy McMillan (The Laugh’s on Us), Maggie Stiefvater (Michael L. Printz Reception), and Dustin Thomason (Gala Author Tea). Howard photo by Kathryn Gamble; Kean photo by Voss Studio; mcgarry photo by glamour shots; Zimmerman photo by Maud Reavill; McMillan photo by Alison Dyer; Stiefvater photo by Robert Severi; Thomason photo by Mark Lafferty

Live! @ Your Library Reading Stage

PPO. Sat., Jun. 23, and Sun., Jun. 24, 11 a.m.–3 p.m.; Mon., Jun. 25, 10 a.m.–noon. Take a break in the Exhibition Hall to visit the LIVE! @ your library Reading Stage and enjoy readings from new and favorite authors, learn how to develop author programs for your library, and find new recommendations for your patrons. Authors will sign copies of their work for attendees. Visit for the schedule.

FRIDAY, June 22

Rebecca MacKinnon (Consent of the Networked)

4–5:15 p.m. Opening General Session. Journalist, Internet policy specialist, and author MacKinnon will light up the crowd with her take on harnessing the power of technology and governing it in a way that benefits all of its users.

Meet the Authors

Authors by the hundreds (more than 400 to be exact) at booths and signings throughout the conference. Check out the complete Meet the Authors schedule (


John Irving (In One Person)

8-9 a.m. Auditorium Speaker Series. We’ve been Garp-ed and Cider House–ruled. Having just published his 13th novel, the National Book Award winner has much to say about writing and even, perhaps, wrestling (he was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in Stillwater, OK).

Howard Anderson (Albert of Adelaide)

Beth Howard (Making Piece: A Memoir of Love, Loss and Pie)

Bronwen Hruska (Accelerated)

Jay Caspian Kang (The Dead Do Not Improve)

Elizabeth Percer (An Uncommon Education)

Beatriz Williams (Overseas)

ALTAFF. 8–10 a.m. First Author, First Book. Along with a free continental breakfast, chat with writers who have broken through to the ranks of the published. Not for the first time, LJ Prepub Alert editor Barbara Hoffert will moderate.

David Weinberger (Too Big To Know)

June 23, 10:30–11:30 a.m. Auditorium Speaker Series. A senior researcher at Harvard’s Berkman Center for the Internet & Society and codirector of the Harvard Library Innovation Lab on the future of knowledge.

Regina O’Melveny (The Book of Madness and Cures)

Gail Tsukiyama (A Hundred Flowers)

Jeri Westerson (Troubled Bones)

Jean Zimmerman (The Orphanmaster)

ALTAFF. 10:30 a.m.–noon. Historical Fiction @ your library. Best-selling authors bring history to life, even if they fictionalize it. A book signing follows, with most books given away free. LJ Prepub Alert editor Barbara Hoffert moderates once again.

Susan Cooper (The Dark Is Rising Sequence)

YALSA. noon-1:30 p.m. Margaret A. Edwards Luncheon. The annual event honoring a significant and lasting contribution to writing for teens. Sponsored by School Library Journal. Tickets: $64.

Deborah Coonts (So Damn Lucky)

Tessa Dare (A Week To Be Wicked)

Jillian Hunter (The Duchess Diaries)

Susan Mallery (Summer Days; Summer Nights)

Jill Shalvis (Lucky in Love; At Last)

ALTAFF. 1:30–3:30 p.m. Isn’t It Romantic? Who better to discuss this ever-popular genre than five top romance authors? Free books for all! Barbara Hoffert, editor of LJ’s Prepub Alert, will moderate. Candlelight and mood music optional.

Chris Colfer (The Land of Stories)

3:30–4:30 p.m. Auditorium Speaker Series. One of the favorite students at Glee’s McKinley High, Chris Colfer can also write, having just completed his first children’s book and adapted a title for the Disney Channel. We’re shouting with glee.

Blake Charlton (Spellbound)

George R.R. Martin (A Dance with Dragons)

LITA IIG. 4–5:30 p.m. Traveling the Spectrum: From Interstellar Adventures to Epic Fantasy, the influence of Science Fiction and Fantasy on the World Today. Sf and its related genres are more mainstream than fantastical these days. These stars of the genre help us puzzle it out.

SUNDAY, June 24

Ashley Bryan (Coretta Scott King—Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement; Let it Shine; Beautiful Blackbird)

Shane W. Evans ( illustrator, Underground: Finding the Light to Freedom)

Kadir Nelson ( author/illustrator, Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans)

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.

Dan Ariely (The Honest Truth About Dishonesty: How We Lie to Everyone—Especially Ourselves)

8–9 a.m. Auditorium Speaker Series. Ariely is the James B. Duke Professor of Behavioral Economics at Duke University. A hot topic from an expert.

Mark Adams (Turn Right at Machu Picchu)

Russell Banks (Lost Memory of Skin)

Candice Millard (The Destiny of the Republic)

Erin Morgenstern (The Night Circus)

RUSA. 8–10 a.m. Literary Tastes: Celebrating the Best Reading of the Year. Listen to some of the year’s best authors discuss their works and the craft of writing while enjoying the company of other book lovers. With breakfast.

YA Author Coffee Klatch

YALSA. 9–10 a.m. Chow down with ­YALSA’s award-winning authors. Librarians will get to chat with a new author every three or four minutes. A fair price for speed authoring. Tickets: $25.

Sapphire (The Kid)

10:30–11:30 a.m. Auditorium Speaker Series. The queen of street lit introduces Abdul Jones, the son of Precious. The Academy Award–winning author is sure to attract a crowd.

Sam Kean (The Violinist’s Thumb: And Other Lost Tales of Love, War, and Genius, as Written by Our Genetic Code)

Jonathan D. Moreno (The Body Politic: The Battle Over Science in America)

Paul Zak (The Moral Molecule: The Source of Love and Prosperity)

ALTAFF. 10:30 a.m.–noon. Geek Alert! Your Brain on Science and Technology. Science and technology are changing our lives in wonderful (and sometimes not so wonderful) ways. These best-selling authors will enlighten us. Book signing to follow, with most books given away free. LJ’s Barbara Hoffert will moderate, ­scientifically.

Guadalupe Garcia McCall (author, Under the Mesquite)

Duncan Tonatiuh (illustrator, Diego Rivera: His World and Ours)

REFORMA. 1:30–3:30 p.m. Pura Belpré Celebration. “Honoring a Latino writer and illustrator whose children’s books best portray, affirm and celebrate the Latino cultural experience.” Come join the party.

Jodi Picoult (Lone Wolf)

3:30-5:30 p.m. President’s Program and ALA Awards Presentations. Nobody writes ’em like Jodi Picoult, author of 18 novels. Her first YA title, Between the Lines, written with daughter Samantha Van Leer, comes out in June. Mom and offspring will relate their process.

Carlos Kotkin (Please God Let It Be Herpes: A Heartfelt Quest for Love and Companionship)

Tracy McMillan (Why You’re Not Married…Yet: The Straight Talk You Need To Get the Relationship You Deserve)

Julia Pandl (Memoir of the Sunday Brunch)

Paula Poundstone (There’s Nothing in This Book That I Meant to Say)

Joel Stein (Man Made: A Stupid Quest for Masculinity)

Lizz Winstead (Lizz Free or Die: Essays)

ALTAFF. 5:30-7:30 p.m. The Laugh’s on Us. Laughs aplenty with comic Poundstone and her gang of equally literary funsters. Also on the menu: wine and cheese, everyone’s favorite food groups. Buy tickets early as this event often sells out. Tickets: $55.

Jack Gantos (Newbery, Dead End in Norvelt)

Chris Raschka (Caldecott, A Ball for Daisy)

ALSC. 6–11 p.m. Newbery-Caldecott Banquet. Cocktails (cash bar), dinner, and the best writing and illustrating in children’s literature. Tickets: $94.

Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction

RUSA. 8-10 p.m. A new award for adult book lovers. Get in on the inaugural action. Tickets: $30.


Dan Rather (Rather Outspoken: My Life in the News)

ALTAFF. 8:30–9:30 a.m. President’s Program. Dan Rather, an award-winning journalist who anchored CBS Evening News for decades and is one of America’s most decorated news journalists, looks back over his storied and sometimes controversial career. Book signing to follow.

Shana Abé (The Time Weaver)

Matt Dembicki (Trickster: Native American Tales: A Graphic Collection)

Laura Harrington (Alice Bliss)

Kate Locke (God Save the Queen)

Katie McGarry (Pushing the Limits)

ALTAFF. 10:30 a.m–noon. Books Without Boundaries: Crossover Fiction for YAs and Adults. Is it perfect for young adult readers? For adult readers? Both? This program features authors who have written books that will appeal to both YAs and adults. Book signing will follow, with most books given away free. LJ’s Barbara Hoffert moderates within bounds.

Michael Bronski (A Queer History of the United States [Revisioning American History])

Jonathan D. Katz & David C. Ward (Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture)

Wayne Hoffman (Sweet Like Sugar)

Bil Wright (Putting Makeup on the Fat Boy)

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. The nonfiction award represents the first tie in the category since 1995. Tickets: $55.

Selden Edwards (The Lost Prince)

Jane Green (Another Piece of My Heart)

Andrew Gross (15 Seconds)

Adam Mansbach (Seriously, Just Go to Sleep)

Dustin Thomason (12.21)

ALTAFF. 2–4 p.m. Gala Author Tea. Enjoy a light high tea and mingle with your peers at this traditional book-centric event. Authors will sign (most books will be given away). A fan fave; get tickets ($55) early.

Daniel Handler (with Maira Kalman, Why We Broke Up)

Christine Hinwood (The Returning)

Craig Silvey (Jasper Jones)

Maggie Stiefvater (The Scorpio Races)

John Corey Whaley (Where Things Come Back)

YALSA. 8–10 p.m. Michael L. Printz Program and Reception. Come listen to 2012 Printz Award winner John Corey Whaley and the honor book authors speak about their writing, followed by a reception. Tickets: $34.


JR Martinez (Full of Heart)

9:30–11 a.m. Closing General Session. The 2011 Dancing with the Stars winner has inspired people nationwide with his story of resilience in the face of unbearable pain and seemingly insurmountable odds following burns and injuries he suffered while serving in Iraq in 2003. He will tell attendees how he vanquished his difficulties and came out stronger.

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  1. A wonderful list. May I also add under the Job Seeking section, I will be co-presenting a Conversation Starter on writing cover letters, using data from For more info check out our entry in the ALA Scheduler.

  2. Lucy Lockley says:

    In addition to Barbara Fister and Sarah Johnson, the “Readers’ Advisory for Town AND Gown: Academic and Public Library Partnerships for RA Services” on Monday morning during ALA Annual 2012 in Anaheim will have three other speakers: Julie Elliott (Indiana University South Bend), Ruth Perkins (Kutztown State University), and Roseanne Perkins (Louisa Gonser Community Library).

    Is it possible to add their names to the online version of this article so readers will be aware of the full line-up of speakers? Thanks in advance, if so.

    Debbie Walsh & I are Co-Chairs for the RUSA-CODES Readers Advisory Committee which developed this program for the 2012 conference. I want to express my personal THANKS to Mr Berry for giving the committee’s program a STAR, I believe it will be a great presentation and look forward to seeing everyone in Anaheim on Monday morning, 6/25/2012.