Free programs from ALA Editions/ALA Neal-Schuman at Annual Conference in Washington DC

ALA Editions/ALA Neal-Schuman is pleased to present a selection of free programs at the 2019 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition exploring the profession’s issues and trends. The programs scheduled to take place at the ALA Store, located near the main entrance to the Exhibit Hall on the lower level of the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, are:

Saturday, June 22

9:00 am – 9:30 am: The Public Library Director’s Toolkit

New public library directors quickly learn what seasoned directors already know: running a library means you’ve always got your hands full—balancing the needs of staff, patrons, facilities, library boards, and other stakeholders with professional responsibilities like community interactions, legal and financial requirements, and whole lot else that wasn’t exactly in the job description. Kate Hall and Kathy Parker's new resource walks you through the core components of getting up to speed and then provides templates, sample documents, checklists, and other resources that will make your job easier.

11:00 am – 11:30 am: Muslims in Story: Expanding Multicultural Understanding through Children’s and Young Adult Literature

Exposing children in their formative years to positive stories about Muslims can go a long way to creating a multicultural understanding by cementing ideas of tolerance, respect, and acceptance. Gauri Manglik and Sadaf Siddique's book takes a timely and proactive approach by spotlighting quality children's and young adult literature.

1:00 pm – 1:30 pm: Collaborative Library Design: From Planning to Impact

In his new book, award-winning architect Peter Gisolfi presents detailed case studies of ten design projects from public, academic, and school libraries that identify paths to success as well as hazards to avoid. Library planners, designers, and administrators will gain practical guidance directly applicable to their own undertakings, regardless of size or complexity.

Sunday, June 23

11:30 am – 12:00 pm: Art Projects, History Activities, and Storytimes for Kids

In two new books Christine M. Kirker offers ready-to-go activities that encourage children to explore their creativity while learning about art and history. She’ll be joined by Kathy MacMillan, with whom she’s co-authored several best-selling storytime sourcebooks.

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm: Book Club Reboot: 71 Creative Twists

Sarah Ostman and Stephanie Saba profile dozens of successful book clubs across the country. Their book’s diverse cross-section of ideas will inspire you to rethink your reading groups and try out new ways to better meet your library’s and community’s needs.

Offered elsewhere in the Convention Center are these special Trending Topics programs from ALA Editions and ALA Neal-Schuman: “Teaching Media Literacy: How Consuming Media and Technology Impacts Student Learning,” a panel discussion led by Belinha De Abreu; “Updating and Adapting Mother Goose on the Loose: A Hands-on Presentation,” with Betsy Diamant-Cohen; “Information Policy Intersections: Human Rights, Civil Rights, and Professional Ethics,” with Paul T. Jaeger and Natalie Greene Taylor; “Practical Anonymity,” with Alison Macrina and Talya Cooper; and “Shaping School Library Instruction and Collections to Inspire Engagement,” with Mona Kerby and Maureen Schlosser.

Use the Conference Scheduler to learn about all these special events and plan your time efficiently!