Why Mid-Atlantic archivists should go to ALA in June

The ALA Annual Conference is in DC this year–Saturday June 23- Monday June 25–downtown at the Convention Center. Today is the last day to pre-register; after that it’s on-site registration only. As you know from reading this blog, I’m very interested in seeing what we can learn from the librarians. In this post I will list some of the sessions that I think make this meeting worth going to if you have a place to stay in the DC area (don’t even think about trying to get a hotel room downtown for that weekend. I’ve been looking and it’s a nightmare.) You can see the full program here.

I’ve got programs listed after the jump in the areas of

  • technology,
  • organizational and managerial issues (including organizational change, recruiting, disaster-planning, salary and benefits issues, communication, leadership, mentorship, etc.),
  • more traditional archival topics,
  • political and legal issues,
  • and some miscellaneous sessions to give you idea what other kinds of possibilities are available.

I think there are some great ideas here for future SAA sessions, and I’ll be interested to see how a massive conference like this works, to compare it to SAA and even our (by comparison) tiny little MARAC meetings.

And, just for fun, this is a very funny video about ALA called “March of Librarians”–a spoof of “March of the Penguins.”

Hope to see you there–somewhere in the crowd!

If you are interested in technology issues:

  • Information in the World of Digital Natives
  • Transforming Your Services: Your customer has been transformed, so where is your library?
  • Research: A User Experience
  • WO Breakout Session I: “Participatory Networks: Libraries as Conversation”
  • Automating Metadata Creation with Open Source Software
  • Can Blogs Be Trusted?
  • Transforming Your Library, and Your Library’s Future, with Technology
  • Information Seeking Behavior from Childhood Through College
  • Digital Asset Management: Implications for Preservation
  • Making E-Resource Infrastructure Work: Effective Metadata Exchange & Exposure
  • RFID in Libraries: New Developments
  • The Google Five Libraries: Two Years, Six Months, and Seven Days in the Life of the Google Library Project
  • Utilizing Learning Theory in Online Environments
  • The Open ILS: PINE, the Evergreen Open-ILS Program & The University of Rochester Extensible Catalog Project
  • Speaking Technically: A Conversation About Cutting-Edge Library Automation and Technology
  • Is Your Information Technology Accessible? Section 508 and Libraries
  • Legal Challenges to Digitization Projects: Adopting Orphan Works
  • Building the Next Generation Public Library Web Site with Drupal
  • Harnessing the Hive: Social Networks and Libraries
  • Top Technology Trends
  • Bringing Order to Chaos: Managing Metadata for Digital Collections
  • Authority Control Means Faceted Browse
  • Tag! Your IT! Online Digital Audio Collections Meet PennTags
  • Blogs and Related Technologies Panel
  • Saving Sound 3: Audio Digitization and Preservation
  • Future of Information Retrieval
  • Once Upon a Furl in a Podcast Long Ago: Using New Technologies To Support Library Instruction
  • Ambient Findability: Librarians, Libraries and the Internet of Things
  • Leveraging Technology to Enhance Fundraising
  • Ignite your Library’s Public Relations and Outreach Using Hot Technologies
  • Wiking the Blog and Walking the Dog–Social Software, Virtual Reality, and Authority Everywhere
  • Technical Services 2.0: Using Social Software for Collaboration
  • Using Metadata Standards in Digital Libraries: Implementing METS, MODS, PREMIS, and MIX

If you are interested in organizational or managerial issues:

  • Leading Technology-Driven Change: Theory and Practice
  • Justice You Can Bank On: ALA, ALA-APA and the National Committee on Pay Equity
  • Connecting People, Building Bridges: Diversity Knowledge Databases
  • Move’em Up: Developing a Workforce to Serve our Communities
  • Reflections on Cataloging Leadership
  • The Balanced Scorecard: The Results Please!
  • Minding the COOP: Maintaining and Improving Library Security Through Continuity of Operations
  • Insurance and Tragedy: Lessons Learned
  • Word of Mouth Marketing is Everybody’s Job
  • Diplomacy 101: Dealing With Difficult Customers
  • Who’s in Charge? I Am! How to Be the Person in Charge; How to Train Your Staff to Be in Charge
  • Leadership or Management: Which Is It?
  • Getting What You’re Worth Salary Workshop
  • Learning When There’s No Time (or Money) to Learn
  • The Original Wireless Connection: Involvement and Networking Within Professional Organizations
  • Cooperation Among Libraries Within the Same Geographic Region
  • Navigating the Rapids: Myths and Realities of the Intergenerational Workplace
  • Rural Small Libraries vs. Small Salaries
  • Mentoring for Success
  • Libraries + Lobbying = Success!
  • The Ultimate Debate: Do Libraries Innovate?
  • Transforming Your Staff
  • The Black Male Librarian: Who Do We Recruit the Next Generation?
  • Communicating Up and Down: The Yo-Yo Effect
  • Disasters! Libraries! Technologies!
  • The Art and Science of Staffing, Structure and Organizational Design in an Age of Permanent Change
  • To Change Your Library, Change Your Mind!
  • Survivor @ the Library: Staff Redistribution in Trying Times
  • Embracing Change: How to Energize and Engage Library Staff
  • Mildly Delirious Libraries: Transforming Your Library from Top to Bottom
  • Benefits You Can Afford

If you are interested in more traditional archival topics:

  • Avenues of Advocacy: Helping Members Make a Difference
  • Using Federal Documents in African American Historical Research
  • Scientific & Health Information: The Threat Posed by Political Interference
  • Native American Heritage in the Nation’s Capitol: Representation, Repatriation, and Resilience
  • Asian-American Materials: Preserving Our Histories and Moving Into Our Future
  • Collecting for Institutional Repositories: All the news that’s fit to keep
  • Creating World-class Asian, African and Middle-Eastern Print and Digital Collections
  • Rare Books and Special Collections in Public Libraries: Collections and Locations, Old and New
  • Special Collections: Deal or No Deal?
  • Museums, Libraries, Archives: A Convergence
  • Library Security for Maps
  • All History is Local in a Digital World
  • What difference does it make what Congress published? American history in the earliest congressional documents
  • Two Hundred Years of the Coast Survey

If you’re interested in political or legal issues affecting libraries and archives:

  • Where Do We Go From Here: Writers Talk about U.S. Politics and Policy
  • Intellectual Freedom: Who’s Responsible
  • Finding Environmental Information in the New Millennium: Continuing the Dialogue
  • Dafur: The Library’s Responsibility and Our Community’s Need to Know
  • Lifting the Gag: Patron Privacy and the Patriot Act
  • Status of Recent Legislation Affecting Libraries
  • Library Policies of American Occupation: Japan was not Iraq
  • The Insider’s Guide to Capitol Hill
  • Paul Reveres or Benedict Arnolds? Whistleblowing in the Post 9/11 Age
  • Public Access to Government-Sponsored Research
  • Essential Liberty or National Security: Is It Really Necessary to Give Up One for the Other?

Other sessions of possible interest:

  • Serving Spanish Speakers with Disabilities
  • Informing the Future of MARC: An Empirical Approach
  • Collaborative Techniques Between Authors & Artists: The Inside Story of How Picture Books are Created
  • Why Can’t Johnnie and Jane Get Published? Part 3, Research Survey Methods
  • The “R” Word: Exploring the Reality of Racism in Academic Libraries
  • Tuning in On Rural, Native, Tribal Libraries of All Kinds: A Town Hall Meeting
  • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Multicultural Idea Exchange
  • First Author / First Book
  • Partnerships Produce Successful Cultural Programs
  • The Internationalization of Library Education
  • Engaging Your Community with Documentary Film Screenings in Your Library
  • Search and Research: How Three Nonfiction Writers Navigate Information Overload
  • Finding New and Creative Solutions through Library Think Tanks
  • Copyright 101: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know But Were Afraid to Ask
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