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NOTE: Voting closed on April 1st, for real. Watch the 2014 Annual Conference website for an announcement of the sessions that were selected!

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Voting for the Conversation Starter program proposals is open through March 31st. We'll notify authors of the selected proposals and announce them here in early April.

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by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Mon, Apr 7, 2014 at 03:35 pm

NOTE: Voting closed on April 1st, for real. Watch the 2014 Annual Conference website for an announcement of the sessions that were selected!

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Voting for the Conversation Starter program proposals is open through March 31st. We'll notify authors of the selected proposals and announce them here in early April.

NOTE: Voting closed on April 1st, for real. Watch the 2014 Annual Conference website for an announcement of the sessions that were selected!

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Voting for the Conversation Starter program proposals is open through March 31st. We'll notify authors of the selected proposals and announce them here in early April.

--> In addition to browsing the list below, you can also sort the proposals by title or date and see which proposals have gotten the most votes so far.

These fast-paced, 45-minute sessions are intended to jumpstart conversations and highlight emerging topics and trends. Your votes will count for 30% of the total, while ALA staff votes will also count for 30%. The ALA Conference Committee will weigh in with 40% of the votes.

Learn about all of the exciting things happening at the 2014 ALA Annual Conference and register today!

You can also vote for the 2014 ALA Annual Ignite proposals.

 

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TumblarianTalk

by Alee Navarro (staff) on Tue, Mar 4, 2014 at 02:24 pm

Description: TumblarianTalk pushes Tumblr for libraries and librarians beyond 101. This conversation starter will feature a panel of seasoned 'tumblarians' (librarians on tumblr) sharing expert tips and tricks for creating original content, engaging with the tumblr community, and maximizing the platform for professional and personal purposes.

Description: TumblarianTalk pushes Tumblr for libraries and librarians beyond 101. This conversation starter will feature a panel of seasoned 'tumblarians' (librarians on tumblr) sharing expert tips and tricks for creating original content, engaging with the tumblr community, and maximizing the platform for professional and personal purposes.

Each TumblarianTalk panelist will share a brief highlight of their area of expertise in using tumblr for academic libraries, public libraries, archives, special collections, resource sharing, and networking. A generous portion of the session will be reserved for audience participation and questions. Panelists will be on-hand to answer questions and foster discussion with session attendees.

Presenter: Kate Tkacik

Format: Panel Discussion

Types of libraries:

  • All

Subjects:

  • Emerging Technologies
  • Social Media & Networks
  • Popular Culture
  • Outreach Services
  • Networking
  • Marketing

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Igniting the Conversation: Bringing inspiration home

by Alee Navarro (staff) on Tue, Mar 4, 2014 at 02:16 pm

Description: Are you inspired by the conversations that happen at annual? Do you get new ideas from talking to librarians from different backgrounds? In this session we will discuss ways that you can bring these conversations to life in your own community. We will share with you a way to increase local and regional engagement between different types of librarians. The panel with talk about planning, executing and repeating a regional conference that brings together librarians from both sides of the US Mexico border.

Description: Are you inspired by the conversations that happen at annual? Do you get new ideas from talking to librarians from different backgrounds? In this session we will discuss ways that you can bring these conversations to life in your own community. We will share with you a way to increase local and regional engagement between different types of librarians. The panel with talk about planning, executing and repeating a regional conference that brings together librarians from both sides of the US Mexico border. The conversation will continue with audience sharing ideas and experiences of local networking success.

Presenter: Zoe Jarocki

Format: Panel Discussion

Types of libraries:

  • Academic
  • Urban
  • Regional System
  • Public

Subjects:

  • Community Engagement
  • Transforming Libraries
  • Outreach Services
  • Networking
  • Multicultural Services
  • Mentoring
  • Librarianship
  • Leadership
  • International Issues
  • Diversity
  • Continuing Education

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How Guy Writers Reach Guy Readers: Using Grit and/or Gags to Elevate Literacy

by Alee Navarro (staff) on Mon, Mar 17, 2014 at 03:07 pm

Description: Come join Matt de la Pena, author of MEXICAN WHITE BOY, Jarrett Krosoczka, author of the popular LUNCH LADY series and Alan Sitomer, author of CAGED WARRIOR, as these acclaimed writers intimately discuss how they tackle edgy materials and engage reluctant readers with charged texts.

Presenter: Alan Sitomer, Matt de la Pena & Jarrett Krosoczka

Format: Panel Discussion

Types of libraries:

  • All

Subjects:

Description: Come join Matt de la Pena, author of MEXICAN WHITE BOY, Jarrett Krosoczka, author of the popular LUNCH LADY series and Alan Sitomer, author of CAGED WARRIOR, as these acclaimed writers intimately discuss how they tackle edgy materials and engage reluctant readers with charged texts.

Presenter: Alan Sitomer, Matt de la Pena & Jarrett Krosoczka

Format: Panel Discussion

Types of libraries:

  • All

Subjects:

  • Children's Literature

Additional comments: We put this panel on at NCTE 2013 and it was standing room only. That experience has helped us top reflect on how we can put this panel on in an even "better" way for ALA.

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Not the Same Old Story

by Alee Navarro (staff) on Tue, Mar 4, 2014 at 01:59 pm

Description: A person’s first experiences of the library often include sitting down to story time at the public library and being shown the wonder of books by a librarian. This creates fond memories, but can that experience be duplicated when that child goes to college? We will examine some best practices of children’s librarians to see how they can serve instruction librarians. These techniques for keeping audience attention, explaining new concepts, and managing difficult patrons translate surprisingly well to the academic environment.

Description: A person’s first experiences of the library often include sitting down to story time at the public library and being shown the wonder of books by a librarian. This creates fond memories, but can that experience be duplicated when that child goes to college? We will examine some best practices of children’s librarians to see how they can serve instruction librarians. These techniques for keeping audience attention, explaining new concepts, and managing difficult patrons translate surprisingly well to the academic environment. They also allow instruction librarians and patrons to relive the days when the library was a place of discovery.

Presenter: Jordan Moore

Format: Lecture

Types of libraries:

  • Academic
  • Urban
  • Undergraduate
  • School / Media Center
  • Research Library
  • Public
  • Library School
  • Elementary School
  • Community College

Subjects:

  • Information Literacy
  • Literacy
  • Instruction

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Storytime Crowd Control: Issues, Barriers and Potential Solutions

by Alee Navarro (staff) on Tue, Mar 4, 2014 at 01:53 pm

Description: With the enormous success of early literacy initiatives like Every Child Ready to Read, it should come as no surprise that storytime attendance in some libraries is growing. At a certain point though, even the most experienced librarians know that the size of the group becomes a problem in terms of delivering a developmentally beneficial learning experience. What should we do about this? A conversation starter is a good place to discuss and brainstorm some solutions and next steps. Everyone is invited to come and contribute to the discussion.

Description: With the enormous success of early literacy initiatives like Every Child Ready to Read, it should come as no surprise that storytime attendance in some libraries is growing. At a certain point though, even the most experienced librarians know that the size of the group becomes a problem in terms of delivering a developmentally beneficial learning experience. What should we do about this? A conversation starter is a good place to discuss and brainstorm some solutions and next steps. Everyone is invited to come and contribute to the discussion.

Presenter: Tess Prendergast

Format: Facilitated Discussion

Types of libraries:

  • Public

Subjects:

  • Children's Services
  • Youth Services

Additional comments: A recent twitter conversation inspired this idea. Early literacy support and resources drive so much of what we do in storytime and other children's services. How can we maximize the developmental benefits of our programs when we are overwhelmed by the number of attendees? The default step of adding registration requirements and /or strict adherence to age requirements throw up another set of barriers and likely exclude some of the people who need storytime the most. Everyone is invited to contribute to this conversation. It will be a jumping off point for children's librarians to begin to critically engage in this issue and collaboratively consider possible solutions and next steps.

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Storytime: Not Just Reading Out Loud

by Alee Navarro (staff) on Tue, Mar 4, 2014 at 02:21 pm

Description: Storytime presenters can get caught up in books—we’re librarians, after all! But reading is only 20% of the ECRR2 early literacy practices; the initiative asks us to sing, talk, play, and write as well. That means we should be spending at least as much time planning our songs and our play, letter knowledge, and response activities as we do planning our books. Join the Storytime Underground Joint Chiefs to learn about great storytime resources and share your best practices for widening parent and child horizons when it comes to early literacy.

Description: Storytime presenters can get caught up in books—we’re librarians, after all! But reading is only 20% of the ECRR2 early literacy practices; the initiative asks us to sing, talk, play, and write as well. That means we should be spending at least as much time planning our songs and our play, letter knowledge, and response activities as we do planning our books. Join the Storytime Underground Joint Chiefs to learn about great storytime resources and share your best practices for widening parent and child horizons when it comes to early literacy. Parachutes, felt boards, and beyond!

Presenter: Amy Koester

Format: Panel Discussion

Types of libraries:

  • Public
  • Urban
  • Student
  • Rural

Subjects:

  • Children's Services
  • Youth Services
  • Public Programs
  • Literacy
  • Librarianship

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Providing Services to People with Alzheimer's & Related Dementias

by Alee Navarro (staff) on Tue, Mar 4, 2014 at 01:56 pm

Description: Alzheimer's and related dementias affect over five million Americans and that number will grow as Baby Boomers age.  Step out of your comfort zone to discuss how libraries can provide services directly to diagnosed persons.  A new Interest Group of the Association of Specialized & Cooperative Library Agencies has been established to create guidelines based on those of the International Federation of Library Associations.  Learn how some libraries are currently working with diagnosed people and share your library's experiences.  Help start a nationwide conve

Description: Alzheimer's and related dementias affect over five million Americans and that number will grow as Baby Boomers age.  Step out of your comfort zone to discuss how libraries can provide services directly to diagnosed persons.  A new Interest Group of the Association of Specialized & Cooperative Library Agencies has been established to create guidelines based on those of the International Federation of Library Associations.  Learn how some libraries are currently working with diagnosed people and share your library's experiences.  Help start a nationwide conversation on how to best serve this too often forgotten population.

Presenter: Mary Beth Riedner

Format: Facilitated Discussion

Types of libraries:

  • Library School
  • Retired
  • Regional System
  • Public

Subjects:

  • Adult Services
  • Special Needs Populations
  • Outreach Services
  • Guidelines and Standards
  • Equity of Access

Additional comments: More members of the ASCLA Alzheimer's and Related Dementias Interest Group will be identified to serve as facilitators.

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Sprouting Green Weeding Practices in Libraries

by Alee Navarro (staff) on Mon, Mar 10, 2014 at 09:32 am

Description: Recycled Reads, Austin Public Library’s used bookstore, is working on a project funded by a 2013 IMLS Sparks! Ignition Grant for Libraries. Partnering with Goodwill Industries of Central Texas, APL is working to expand visibility in collection development and sustainability literacy. The project will result in free access to webinars encouraging and guiding libraries to replicate Recycled Reads’ model of reselling, reusing, and then recycling weeded materials from libraries and the public.

Description: Recycled Reads, Austin Public Library’s used bookstore, is working on a project funded by a 2013 IMLS Sparks! Ignition Grant for Libraries. Partnering with Goodwill Industries of Central Texas, APL is working to expand visibility in collection development and sustainability literacy. The project will result in free access to webinars encouraging and guiding libraries to replicate Recycled Reads’ model of reselling, reusing, and then recycling weeded materials from libraries and the public. APL promotes responsible and creative approaches to stewardship of unwanted materials. With help from recycling partners, Recycled Reads reuses/recycles ten to fourteen tons of material each month.

Presenter: Mindy Reed

Format: Lecture

Types of libraries:

  • All

Subjects:

  • Acquisitions
  • Trends and Forecasting
  • Transforming Libraries
  • Strategic Planning
  • Social Change
  • Public Services
  • Public Programs
  • Professional Development
  • Outreach Services
  • Networking
  • Marketing
  • Literacy
  • Librarianship
  • Leadership
  • Guidelines and Standards
  • Fundraising
  • Ethics
  • Continuing Education
  • Community Engagement
  • Collection Development
  • Advocacy
  • Administration and Management

Additional comments: Recycled Reads is very excited to start a conversation about weeding in libraries. Weeding is a necessary and common task, but librarians rarely talk about it. Let's change that.

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From Fired to Fired Up!

by Alee Navarro (staff) on Mon, Mar 10, 2014 at 09:31 am

Description: After a reduction in force removed 20 certified teacher librarians from Ogden School District, parents, librarians, teachers, and students voiced their objections and concerns at school board meetings and through local newspapers. As a result, the school district found money to rehire seven teacher librarians to develop an innovative library program.

Description: After a reduction in force removed 20 certified teacher librarians from Ogden School District, parents, librarians, teachers, and students voiced their objections and concerns at school board meetings and through local newspapers. As a result, the school district found money to rehire seven teacher librarians to develop an innovative library program.

Join the conversation as we discuss sure fire ideas to fuel your library program, help your library program rise from the ashes and how to fight fired with fire! Discussion topics include harnessing public support, promoting your program, linking your program to student achievement through learning objectives and standards.

Presenter: Katie Kilts

Format: Panel Discussion

Types of libraries:

  • Elementary School
  • Student
  • Seeking employment
  • School / Media Center
  • Middle School
  • Library School
  • High School

Subjects:

  • Advocacy
  • Trends and Forecasting
  • Transforming Libraries
  • Strategic Planning
  • Personnel and Staffing
  • Information Literacy

Additional comments: We want to share what has been successful for us as we head into the second year of our new program.

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Voting for the Conversation Starter program proposals is open through March 31st. We'll notify authors of the selected proposals and announce them here in early April.

--> In addition to browsing the list below, you can also sort the proposals by title or date.

These fast-paced, 45-minute sessions are intended to jumpstart conversations and highlight emerging topics and trends. Your votes will count for 30% of the total, while ALA staff votes will also count for 30%. The ALA Conference Committee will weigh in with 40% of the votes.

Learn about all of the exciting things happening at the 2014 ALA Annual Conference and register today!

You can also vote for the 2014 ALA Annual Ignite proposals.

 

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