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IMLS Staff Participate in ALA Conference in Washington, D.C.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010


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Visit the IMLS Booth at the ALA Exhibition Hall Booth # 3958

Washington, DC—Marsha L. Semmel, acting director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), Mary Chute, deputy director for libraries, and other Institute staff will participate in various events during the American Library Association (ALA) annual conference in Washington, D.C. June 24-29, 2010. For a list of sessions pertaining to IMLS and IMLS-funded grants, please visit booth # 3958 on June 25-28. The conference and exhibits will be located in the Washington Convention Center at 801 Mount Vernon Place, NW, Washington, D.C.

Below is a list of IMLS-related sessions, dates, and locations:

REACH 21: Preparing the Next Generation of Librarians for Leadership
Mary Alice Ball, senior program officer for IMLS’s Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian program, will speak at a ceremony honoring this year’s Spectrum Scholars. The Spectrum Scholarship Program is ALA’s national diversity and recruitment effort designed to address the specific issue of underrepresentation of critically needed ethnic librarians within the profession. This year’s 50 Spectrum Scholars and 20 students selected from diversity recruitment initiatives across the country will attend the event.
June 25, 1:00 p.m. -3:00 p.m., Washington Plaza Hotel, 10 Thomas Circle, NW, Washington, D.C.

National Preservation Week: Pass It On!
ALCTS, AASL, PLA, AASL Collection Management & Technical Services;
Build on ALA's first Preservation Week (May 9-15, 2010) to celebrate collecting, increase preservation savvy, grow audiences, and strengthen community partnerships. Speakers representing different types of libraries from around the country will share tools and stories from 2010 programs to help you plan for 2011. Speakers: Yvonne Carignan, Historical Society of Washington, D.C., library director and head of collections; Jeanne Drewes, Library of Congress, chief of binding and collections care; Karen Motylewski, IMLS special program liaison to the Library of Congress; Virgilia Rawnsley, New Jersey State Library, training consultant for Preservation Week; Ruth Shasteen, Central A & M High School, librarian
June 27, 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m., Washington Convention Center – Room 209 A/B.

International Leadership: the U.S. - China Librarian Collaboration Project, ALA - IRC
As the world is becoming more globalized, it is critical that librarians find effective ways to collaborate. The Think Globally Act Globally project, funded by IMLS and the Chinese Ministry of Culture, carried out by a partnership between the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, the Chinese American Librarians Association and the Library Society of China, aims to promote collaboration and exchange between librarians in U.S. and China. Speakers: Kevin Cherry, IMLS senior program officer; Dr. Shuyong Jiang, University of Illinois, associate professor, Chinese Studies; Dr. Hwawei Lee, Library of Congress; Dr. Beverly P. Lynch, professor, graduate school of education and information studies, UCLA, IRC Chair; Yue Wu, Library Society of China
June 27, 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m., Washington Convention Center – Room 208 A/B.

Library History Round Table Invited Speakers Program: Documenting and Celebrating Your Library's History
LHRT Research Practical workshop/ presentation on how to research, document, and write about a library's institutional history. Speakers: Betty Chapman, Houston Public Library, librarian; Tanya Finchum, Oklahoma State University, associate professor/librarian; Rhea Brown Lawson, Houston Public Library, director; Karen Motylewski, IMLS special program liaison to the Library of Congress
June 27, 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m., Washington Convention Center – Room 203 A/B

LSTA Coordinators' Discussion Group
LSTA coordinators convene for an opportunity to share updates on current activity in their states, and share problems in need of a collaborative solution.
June 27, 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m., Grand Hyatt Washington, Latrobe room, 1000 H Street, NW, Washington, D.C.

Translation Station: Tools for Serving New Americans, PLA
This program includes a demo and giveaway of "Translation Station," a communication tool for library staff to respond to simple requests for library resources and services in other languages, and training kits to introduce staff to language phrases and different cultures. We will also discuss lessons learned from the Free Library of Philadelphia’s LSTA grant, and provide an opportunity for participants to share best practices for serving New Americans. Speakers: Fred Gitner, Queens Library coordinator, New Americans Program and Special Services; Hedra Packman, Free Library of Philadephia, director of library services; Theresa Ramos, Free Library of Philadephia, program development coordinator; Frances Roehm, Skokie Public Library, librarian.
June 28, 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Washington Convention Center – Room 146 A.

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