Another positive note from volunteer Robin Brown about ALA’s Libraries Build Communities project, an annual event where conference attendees help local libraries, along with groups like Habitat for Humanity. Robin, the Information Literacy Librarian for the Borough of Manhattan Community College’s Randolph Memorial Library, assisted DCPL’s Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library on Friday, June 25th.
From the Intellectual Freedom 101 session yesterday at Conference… Speakers included IFC chair Martin Garnar, who spoke about the Intellectual Freedom Committee, the Merritt Fund, and state intellectual freedom committees; Kent Oliver, FTRF president, who spoke about the Freedom to Read Foundation; chair of the IFC Privacy Subcommittee Gail Weymouth, who spoke about the privacy activities of ALA; and Nancy Zimmerman, chair of the Committee on Professional Ethics.
We caught up with Dr. Camila Alire Friday at the ALA Annual Conference, following her speech before those gathered at “Surviving in a Tough Economy: An Advocacy Institute Workshop,” held from 9 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. at the Grand Hyatt Washington Room: Independence C-E.
Courtney Young, New Members Round Table (NMRT) President, hosted an extreamly popular program on “Innovative Career Choices: Opportunities Beyond Public and Academic Libraries” as her Presidential Program. It was standing-room only. Featured Speakers were Kristen Mastel, Julie Blixrud and Amanda Roberta.
Here are some scenes from the program. Look for longer coverage through American Libraries in July.
Members of the Advocacy Coordinating Group met on June 26th and the consensus of the group was to continue promotion of Library Snapshot Day in 2011. Library Snapshot Day, http://www.ala.org/ala/issuesadvocacy/advocacy/statelocalefforts/snapsho… began in New Jersey as a joint effort between the New Jersey Library Association and the New Jersey State Library. The Advocacy Coordinating Group urged other states to participate and 27 states sponsored a Snapshot Day in 2010.
Because of all the collected pre-Conference anticipation, Fridays at Annual are often super-charged with excitement, and this year was no different. 2010’s ALA Store opening saw crowds of eager shoppers seeking conference goodies, READ posters, and READ Design Studio demos.