ALA Division Presidents' Programs, Chair Programs, and other Featured Speakers

An opportunity to be inspired by thought leaders in programs hosted by ALA divisions, their Presidents, and ALA offices.


AFL, AFL-ABOS, ODLOS Outreach Services - We’re Out There
Saturday, June 22 • 9:00 am –10:00 am
Transforming: Services


The presentation will talk about the importance of Outreach Services in our communities, showcase success stories from around the country, and discuss the importance of gathering our data for sharing and providing the details people seek about our services through the BOIR Project database tool. Speakers: Tina Williams, Past President, Association of Bookmobile & Outreach Services; Cathy Zimmerman, Vice President, Association for Bookmobile and Outreach Services.

 

AASL President’s Program
Saturday, June 22 • 9:30 am – 11:00 am
Transforming: Teaching & Learning

 

APALA President’s Program: The Things We Do Make A Difference
Saturday, June 22 • 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Core Values


In 2020, the Asian Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA) will celebrate its 40th anniversary in serving and  advocating for APA librarians and communities. Throughout the years, APALA has been involved in providing library services such as programming and diverse collections to libraries. In addition, the organization has been in the forefront of discussions on larger issues in the profession and library services such as equity, diversity, and inclusion. As APALA reaches another milestone, its members are continuing essential and innovative work in and out of libraries.

 

ACRL President’s Program: Equity, Diversity, Inclusion... and Leadership: Where Do We Go From Here?
Saturday, June 22 • 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Transforming: Library Leadership Expectations – Staff and Boards

Issues of equity in diverse workplaces, and the trend towards more inclusive language and policies, often leaves leaders in the difficult position of navigating the needs of the organization and the need to help the organization accommodate today’s workforce. How can leaders effectively influence and motivate their teams, when the individuals on those teams struggle with the challenges of poor communication, collaboration, culture, change, and conflict? This session addresses contemporary issues around diversity, leadership, and inclusiveness throughout the employment lifecycle. Speaker: Angela Spranger, Lecturer in Management, Luter School of Business, Christopher Newport University, Principal/Owner, StepOne Consulting LLC.

 

GODORT Collectively Curating Government Information and Data: The PEGI Project and the Collective Impact Model
Saturday, June 22 • 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Updates/Briefings


Access to government information is of vital importance to communities served by cultural memory institutions. However, changing information publication and dissemination practices have disrupted workflows for collecting, describing, accessing and preserving born-digital government information and data. The Preservation of Electronic Government Information (PEGI) Project, a two-year project to address these national concerns, brings together librarians and other information professionals who are seeking solutions to improve long-term access to at-risk born-digital government information of historical significance.  Speakers: Shari Laster, Head, Open Stack Collections, ASU Library; Martin Halbert, Dean of Libraries, University of North Carolina at Greensboro; Roberta Sittel, Government Information Librarian, University of North Texas; Deborah Caldwell, Diversity Resident Librarian, University of North Carolina at Greensboro; Lynda Kellam, Data Services and Government Information Librarian, University of North Carolina at Greensboro; James R. Jacobs, US Government Information Librarian, Stanford University.

 

ALA International Relations Round Table Chair’s Program: Serving communities: locally and globally
Saturday, June 22 • 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Transforming: Community Relationships

As librarians and information professionals we assist our patrons to discover, create, transmit, and apply knowledge to address their needs and the needs of the communities they represent. The IRRT 2019 Chair’s program will address how different types of libraries develop innovative services and programs to meet the needs of the communities they serve: locally, nationally and globally. The panel presenters representing national, public and academic libraries will share their experiences of programming and outreach in their libraries which situate them as centers of innovation, learning, and partners in moving their communities forward. Speaker: Muzhgan I. Nazarova, Chair, International Relations Round Table.

 

ASGCLA Understanding the Marrakesh Treaty-implications and Implementation for Librarians
Saturday, June 22 • 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Transforming: Customer & User Expectations


The number of foreign language Braille books and audiobooks in the United States has historically been low, but that’s all about to change. The Marrakesh Treaty is now the law in the United States! On October 12, 2018, President Trump signed the Marrakesh Treaty Implementation Act, joining over 90 countries who have also implemented the Marrakesh Treaty. The Marrakesh Treaty is about making it easier for people with print disabilities to access printed works in accessible formats such as Braille and audio, by establishing rules for exchanging accessible formats across borders. Find out how this impacts you and your patrons! Speakers: Elizabeth Burns, Youth Services Consultant, NJ State Library Talking Book & Braille Center; Karen Keninger; Luz Sanchez; Nancy Weiss.

 

IFRT Telling Stories, Expanding Boundaries: Drag Queen Storytimes in Libraries
Saturday, June 22 • 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Transforming: Community Relationships


This session will explore the public library as a site for the intersection of gender expression/identity and intellectual freedom, by discussing the phenomenon of Drag Queen Storytime (DGS). The session will consist of a panel featuring both originators of the DGS concept and librarians whose institutions have been involved in DGS, with both the popularity and the controversy that have ensued. Speakers: Michelle Tea, Author and poet, one of the originators of the Drag Queen Storytime concept, Curator of the Amethyst Editions imprint at Feminist Press; John Spears, Chief librarian, Pikes Peak Library District (Colorado Springs, CO); Kristin Pekoll, Assistant Director, ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF).

 

LEARNRT Implementing Equity and Diversity Training
Saturday, June 22 • 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Transforming: Library Workforce


Are you looking to add equity and diversity training to your staff development? Panel discussion about how leaders have or plan to implement this training.

 

LIRT How Did I Get Here?: Exploring Mindfulness in Library Instruction
Saturday, June 22 • 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

In today’s heavily networked and fast-paced world, mindfulness has emerged as a critical component in maintaining mental health and happiness. In the work environment, mindfulness is touted as a key to reducing burnout and prioritizing work-life balance. There is growing interest among educators to integrate thoughtful and conscientious techniques into their classrooms, which has proven beneficial to both the instructor and the student. Join public, academic, and school librarians who have integrated these methods into their instruction to learn how awareness techniques can improve and enhance teaching efforts. Speakers: Amy Laughlin; Jill Luedke; Zaiga Alksnitis; Sagarananda Tien.

 

ALA, FMRT, PLA FMRT presents a Conversation with Filmmakers Now Showing @ALA
Saturday, June 22 • 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Books & Authors


Join the Film and Media Round Table (FMRT) for a conversation with documentary filmmakers Tracy Heather Strain (LORRAINE HANSBERRY: SIGHTED HANDS/FEELING HEART), and Dawn Lodgson, and Lucie Faulkner (FREE FOR ALL: INSIDE THE PUBLIC LIBRARY). This will be a unique opportunity to hear directly from filmmakers participating in the Now Showing @ALA film series. Speakers: Lowell H. Lybarger, Chair, FMRT, Arkansas Tech University; Tracy Heather Strain, Professor of Communication Studies, Northeastern University, College of Arts, Media and Design; Dawn Logsdon, Director, Producer, Editor, Co-Founder, Serendipity Films.

 

GAMERT President’s Program
Saturday, June 22 • 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Transforming: Services


Join the GameRT for a double-dose of gaming updates and programming ideas. First, come learn about the results of a nationwide survey distributed in late summer 2018 which offers an overview of the current state of gaming in libraries. This program will discuss the findings from the study as well as give practical insight on managing game collections from a library that has been gaming since 2009. Next, learn how to use the free Kodu software with patrons ages 8-18 to create video games, code them, and publish them online. There will be a software demonstration featuring your choices! Speakers: Sian Brannon, PhD; Erin DeWitt Miller, Head, Media Library, University of North Texas; Diane Robson, Media Librarian, University of North Texas; Nick Tanzi.

 

AFL-APALA GLBTRT Intersectionality and the Experience of LGBTQ+ Folks
Saturday, June 22 • 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Transforming: Community Relationships


LGBTQ+ folks in the library world face a range of issues that often overlap with other forms of oppression, including gender, race, ethnicity, ability, economic status and education level. Queer library folks with multiple identities often struggle to find acceptance and belonging, feeling excluded and invisible within an already marginalized community. This panel explores intersectionality and the ways that multiple forms of oppression are interconnected. Attendees will leave with strategies for building respect for difference, creating open and accepting spaces for LGBTQ staff and library users, and increasing acceptance of people with complex identities. Moderator: Alanna Aiko Moore. Speakers: Michael Mungin; Paige Flanagan; David Lopez; Kheryn Callender.

 

EMIERT Social Unrest, Democracy and Librarianship in the 21st Century
Saturday, June 22 • 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Transforming: Community Relationships


With the ever-growing number of cases of social injustices, librarians have tapped into their expertise by creating guides/syllabi centered around these events. Significantly, there has been a rise in the creation and promotion of the “anti-oppression,” “social justice,” and “voter suppression” libguides that in general, aim to provide a starting point to learn about key social issues and provide resources to communities. Moreover, these “social justice” libguides send a clear message about the current political climate and its impact on the communities they serve. Is this how librarians protest? Are we doing enough? How are these libguides impacting intended audiences? Moderator: Safi Safiullah, Manager, Salt Lake City Public Library Speaker: Tinamarie Vella, Networking Director, NMRT; Alyssa Brissett; Tracy S. Drake, Archivist, Chicago Public Library; Diana Moronta; Ana Ndumu.

 

RUSA Inequity and the Disappearance of Reference and User Services
Saturday, June 22 • 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Core Values


Join us for a discussion of the importance of reference and user services in a time when our changing service models create barriers and disadvantage our users. Attendees will begin to recognize how privilege can create barriers, reflect on the lived experiences of their users, and strategize for new models of reference and user services that embrace the needs of all, not just visible, high profile users.

 

ALA, ALA-APA, LSSIRT, SORT 50 Shades of Library Support Staff: Across the Spectrum of Library Professionalism
Sunday, June 23 • 8:30 am – 10:00 am
Transforming: Library Workforce


In this program, attendees will hear from panelists representing support staff in different professional roles in a variety of libraries. Demonstrating how support staff, from service desk providers to administrators, are valued and work seamlessly with librarians and our patrons. Attendees will have the opportunity to engage and interact with the panelists in sharing information about their positions and libraries across the country. Moderator: Nina Manning, President, LSSIRT,Speaker: Kerrie Stramler, Program Chair, LSSIRT.

 

SUSTAINRT Carbon Offsets for Sustainable Travel: Why, Where, How
Sunday, June 23 • 8:30 am – 10:00 am
Transforming: Community Relationships


Conference or work travel can be hard on us, but it is also hard on the planet! Purchasing carbon offsets in order to achieve carbon-neutral travel is touted as one way to reduce the carbon footprint of our journeys. But do these programs actually work? Where in the world are they located? How does one encourage or implement them at the organization or institution level? Join us to explore these questions and contribute your experience. Moderator: Uta Hussong-Christian, Associate Professor/ Science Librarian, Oregon State University Speaker: David Selden.

 

LHRT Through the Library Looking Glass: The Wonderland of Archival Footage
Sunday, June 23 • 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Books & Authors


This will be an exciting behind-the-scenes discussion of the Oscar-nominated and award-winning director and producers of “Free for all: Inside the Public Library,” Moderator: Jenny S. Bossaller, Associate Professor, University of Missouri. Speakers: Dawn Logsdon, Director, Producer, Editor, Co-Founder, Serendipity Films; Lucie Faulknor.

 

GNCRT President’s Program - State of the Comics Union: Past, Present, and Future
Sunday, June 23 • 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Books & Authors


Comics have changed dramatically over the last twenty years. Not only has the format itself changed in terms of platforms and media, but new creators and readers have transformed library collections. Comics are now broadly accepted and celebrated. In the newly established Graphic Novels & Comics Roundtable’s first President’s program, we invite innovative, stellar creators to discuss from their perspective how the format has changed. We will discuss how libraries and librarians have influenced their work and where they see room for growth as we enter the next decade. Speakers: Jason Lutes; Raina Telgemeier, Author/Illustrator, Scholastic; Jaime Hernandez.

 

NMRT President’s Program: Building Tomorrow Together
Sunday, June 23 • 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Career Development


The New Members Round Table (NMRT) President’s Program will explore how those in the library profession, especially those new to working in libraries, can advocate for change both within their libraries and in the community. Moderator: Nicole Spoor, President, NMRT.

 

SRRT Subverting Other People’s Elections: History and Resources
Sunday, June 23 • 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Books & Authors


Russian interference in the 2016 election has generated enormous concern. In this program award-winning journalist, author, and scholar Stephen Kinzer will discuss the history of attempts to subvert elections in other countries and resources that provide information about these attempts. Kinzer worked for the New York Times for more than twenty years and currently writes for The Boston Globe. He has taught journalism, political science, and international relations at Northwestern and Boston Universities, and now at Brown University. The most recent of his many books is The True Flag: Theodore Roosevelt, Mark Twain, and the Birth of American Empire (2017). Moderators: Tom Twiss, Chair, SRRT International Responsibilities Task Force; Al Kagan Speaker: Stephen Kinzer.

 

UNITED for Libraries President’s Program
Sunday, June 23 • 1:00 pm– 2:00 pm
Transforming: Library Leadership Expectations – Staff and Boards


This United for Libraries President’s Program will focus on library advocacy. Speaker: Libby Post, President, Communication Services.

 

RMRT Retired Members Round Table: Why Join Us?
Sunday, June 23 • 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Career Development


Discover the benefits and advantages of joining the Retired Members Round Table. Speaker: Joseph M. Eagan, President, RMRT.

 

LITA President’s Program with Meredith Broussard: Artificial Unintelligence
Sunday, June 23 • 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Transforming: Systems & Technology


Meredith Broussard will present: Artificial Unintelligence. In this talk, author and professor Meredith Broussard looks at the inner workings and outer limits of technology, and explains why we should never assume that computers always get things right. Making a case against technochauvinism—the belief that technology is always the solution—Broussard looks at why self-driving cars don’t really work and why social problems persist in every digital Utopia. If we understand the limits of what we *can* do with technology, Broussard tells us, we can make better choices about what we *should* do with it to make the world better for everyone. Moderator: Bohyun Kim, Chief Technology Officer and Associate Professor, University of Rhode Island Libraries. Speaker: Meredith Broussard, Assistant Professor, Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, New York University.

 

ALA, ODLOS Spectrum Chair’s Program: Imposter Syndrome
Sunday, June 23 • 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Transforming: Library Workforce


Characterized by feelings of uneasiness, anxiety, and fear of being found out a “fraud,” imposter syndrome refers to a  relatively common psychological phenomenon experienced by folks in the workplace. For LIS folks of color, the intersections of gender, race, ethnicity, ability, and other identities interplay with imposter syndrome in unique ways. Coordinated by the Spectrum Advisory Committee, this panel will feature library folks of color from a variety of library types  and career points on their experiences with imposter syndrome and tips for overcoming it in the workplace. Moderator: Carla Davis-Castro, Librarian Speaker: Shaundra Walker, Associate Director for Instruction and Research Services, Georgia College; Heather Hummons; Seungyeon Yang-Peace.

 

ALCTS President’s Program
Monday, June 24 • 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Books & Authors


Marcia Chatelain, Associate Professor of History and African American Studies at Georgetown University, will be the featured speaker at the 2019 ALCTS President’s Program. Dr. Chatelain is a frequent speaker and writer on African American history, race, inclusive teaching, and food justice. Marcia Chatelain’s forthcoming book, “Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America” tells the story of black capitalists, civil rights leaders, and even radical nationalists who believed that their destiny rested with a set of golden arches. And it tells of an industry that blossomed at the very moment a freedom movement began to wither. Speaker: Marcia Chatelain, Author, Duke University Press.

 

LRRT Bridging LIS Research and Practice: A Panel Discussion with Journal Editors
Monday, June 24 • 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Updates/Briefings


In 2018, members of the Library Research Round Table (LRRT) held a theme-building workshop with roughly 20 LIS scholars and practitioners in anticipation of the upcoming Library Research Seminar (LRS) VII. A theme that quickly surfaced was the challenges of bridging the gap between research and practice in all sectors of librarianship. Join us for a panel discussion on the future of connecting research with practice in LIS from the perspective of editors representing journals from academic, school, and public librarianship. Panelists include the editors of the Journal of Academic Librarianship, Libri, School Library Research, and Reference & User Services Quarterly. Speaker: Amanda L. Folk, Assistant Professor and Head, Teaching & Learning, The Ohio State University.

 

YALSA President’s Program and Membership Meeting
Monday, June 24 • 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Transforming: Services

 

ALSC Charlemae Rollins Presidents Program: Subversive Activism: Creating Social Change Through Libraries, Children’s Literature, and Art
Monday, June 24 • 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Core Values


This high energy presentation examines activism and social change through multiple lenses: first from two scholarly leaders, Dr. Nicole Cooke from Library & Information Science, and Dr. Janina Fariñas from Pediatric Neuropsychology, then from acclaimed children’s book author/illustrator Yuyi Morales, and finally, from Dr. Karin Perry’s sketchnoting that will document this dynamic event. Speakers: Nicole A. Cooke, Associate Professor, School of Information Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Yuyi Morales, Author; Dr. Janina Fariñas, Assistant Professor, Human Development &  Family Studies.