ALA Division Presidents' Programs and Office Celebrations

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


AASL President's Program: Award-winning author Avi will speak about his work and his connection to readers and librarians. He started his career as a playwright and worked for many years as a librarian at the New York Public Library. He has published more than 70 books spanning different age levels and encompassing several different genres. Avi’s many awards include the 2003 Newbery Award for “Crispin: the Cross of Lead,” two Newbery Honors, two Horn Book awards and an O’Dell award, as well as many children’s choice awards. He frequently travels to schools around the country to talk to his readers. “When I write my goal is to create, share, and support the gift of reading and literature, so as to give young people the gift of many worlds, within and without,” he says.


ACRL President's Program: In nearly every discipline, understanding how to find and use data effectively and how to create and manage your own data for re-use are emerging critical competencies in higher education. Approaching data services at the institutional level requires coordinated communication and collaboration across units and/or externally. The speakers--Sara Bowman (Project Manager, Center for Open Science), Yasmeen Shorish (Scholarly Communication & Data Services Coordinator, James Madison University), and Kristin Partlo (Reference & Instruction Librarian for Social Science & Data, Carleton College) will address multiple approaches for academic libraries of various sizes to tailor their engagement with data services to their institutional priorities.


ALCTS President's Program: In the coming 10 years, we will see more new tools and business models than in the last 25. Cloud technology combined with broadband wireless, sensors, Big Data and machine learning will transform how we interact with information and will fundamentally change the way we interact with the world and each other. The featured speaker, Dr. Michael R. Nelson, will address how only by abiding by certain principles (open standards, the free flow of information, transparency, and empowering users) can these changes benefit people globally. Dr. Nelson works on Internet-related global public policy issues for CloudFlare, a startup that has improved the performance and security of more than 2 million websites. He is also Adjunct Professor of Internet Studies at Georgetown University.


ALSC Charlemae Rollins President's Program: One of the most transformative services libraries provide children is that of place, and inspired by Orlando’s engaging theme parks, we’ll be hosting a panel discussion on how child development, architecture, and stories all work together to create spaces that are vital to children and the communities that support them. The program will also feature a keynote presentation from Marty Sklar, former president of Walt Disney Imagineering and an interactive show-and-tell of inspiring libraries from across the globe and everyone is invited to share their own spaces of which they’re proud by tweeting pictures using #ALSCprez.


ASCLA President's Program: Five librarians who implement accessibility policies in academic and public libraries will offer insights about how to make physical, programmatic, and online presences more accessible to people with disabilities. They will share real-world experiences in addressing the everyday needs of patrons with disabilities in the library and in responding to an audit from the U.S. Department of Justice about accessibility of web pages and online resources. The speakers include Sandy Cohen (Nashville Public Library), Chris Corrigan (Library of Congress);  Marti Goddard (San Francisco Public Library), Lily Sacharow (Berkeley College, NYC), and Deborah Tenofsky (University of Cincinnati Libraries)


LITA President's Program: Toward an Ethic of Social Justice in Information, Safiya Umoja Noble, co-sponsored by ALA’s Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services and the Black Caucus of the ALA.The landscape of information is rapidly shifting as new imperatives and demands push to the fore increasing investment in digital technologies, despite the consequences of increased surveillance and lack of privacy, which are changing our information engagements. Technologies consist of a set of social practices, situated within the dynamics of race, gender, class, and control. In this talk, Dr. Noble, Assistant Professor in the Department of Information Studies at UCLA, will discuss the importance of the library community to offer models of intervention through research, practice, and teaching. Her research examines the linkages to power struggles over representation on the web and in the digital library, and the consequences of marginalization and misrepresentation in commercial information platforms like Google search, particularly for communities living under increasing surveillance and precarity.


LLAMA President's Program: Featuring William Ury, co-author of the best-selling Getting to Yes, numerous other books, and, most recently, Getting to Yes with Yourself: (and Other Worthy Opponents). His TED talk, The Walk from “No” to “Yes” has been viewed more than 1.4 million times.


PPO 50th Anniversary of NEH: Join Congressman John Lewis — renowned civil rights leader and co-author of the acclaimed graphic novel series March — and his March co-creators for a special appearance celebrating the National Endowment for the Humanities. Often called “one of the most courageous persons the civil rights movement ever produced,” Lewis has dedicated his life to protecting human rights and securing civil liberties. Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell will discuss the legacy of the civil rights movement, the power of visual literature to educate and inspire today’s youth, and the crucial role of libraries in our democracy. A book signing will follow.


RUSA President's Program: "Be Our Guest”: Creating Immersive Guest Experiences in Libraries. Join us for RUSA's President's Program, a thoughtful discussion on how to create an effective “guest experience” in your library that both teaches and inspires your users. Keynote speaker Dave Cobb, Vice President for Creative Development of the Thinkwell Group, is an expert on designing immersive educational experiences for museums and theme parks. He'll talk about how libraries can tell stories with space and create emotional resonance with their users--drawing on examples from the library world as well as local Orlando theme parks.


United for Libraries President's Program: Bestselling author John Hart will be featured during this program, hosted by United for Libraries President Ed McBride. Hart will be interviewed on stage by Barbara Hoffert, editor of Library Journal’s Prepub Alert. Hart is the author of four New York Times bestsellers, The King of Lies, Down River, The Last Child, and Iron House. He has received the best novel Edgar® Award for consecutive novels, the Barry Award, and England's Steel Dagger Award for best thriller of the year. This program is sponsored by Macmillan, and the author will sign books following the program (books subject to availability).


YALSA President’s Program and Membership Meeting