ATG News & Announcements – ALA 2018

by | Jun 28, 2018 | 0 comments

Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews and his band of young musicians got ALA’s Annual Convention off on a high note treating the overflow crowd to his special brand of New Orleans jazz. He was a great choice to open this years annual because not only is he a highly respected musician who has “shared the stage with countless musicians, including U2, Lenny Kravitz, Eric Clapton, and Madonna,” Trombone Shorty is also the author of Trombone Shorty winner of the Coretta Scott King Book Award and the Caldecott Honor Award.

However, the highlight of the opening session was Michelle Obama who discussed her upcoming memoir “Becoming,” with Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden before a crowd of thousands.  As NOLA.COM noted “Librarians had lined up hours before Obama’s appearance for seats near the front of the huge Morial Convention Center hall. They weren’t disappointed by Obama, who shared the fact that long, long before she became a memoirist, she had a summer job in book bindery. The repetitive work, she said, convinced her of the need for a college education and left her with a life-long empathy for blue collar workers…”

Click here to view Michelle Obama talks new memoir at American Library Association conference

Independent technology consultant Marshall Breeding moderated the discussion, which focused on upcoming technological shifts such as: quantum computing; psychometrics; embedded digital libraries; death of transparency; and next generation learning management systems…

Jason Bengtson, assistant director of library IT services at Kansas State University Libraries, kicked things off by explaining quantum computing. While traditional, digital computers use bits (which store a 1 or 0), a quantum computer uses qubits, …

ACRL announced the keynote speakers for their 2019 conference in New Orleans. The conference theme is “Recasting the Narrative,” and it will be “held April 10- 13, in Cleveland, Ohio. Be challenged and inspired by ACRL’s three thought-provoking speakers, who also double as award-winning journalists, authors, and cartoonists…”

At a special Sunday morning session of the American Library Association (ALA) 2018 Annual Conference in New Orleans June 24, Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden and Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero sat down for a conversation about the similarities and differences between their institutions…

On June 25, the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Science and Technology Section (STS) brought together experts on science communication to offer their ideas on how to get college students and the public excited about science.

Indisputably relevant to our current times, the Saturday session “Fake News or Free Speech: Is There a Right to be Misinformed?” found itself bursting at the seams at the 2018 ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans.

Long before the session was due to begin, every seat was full. Attendees were sitting on the floor and more were standing along the walls. Moderated by Director of the ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom James LaRue, this panel featured Nicole Cooke from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Damaso Reyes from The News Literacy Project, Joyce Valenza from Rutgers University, and Mary Minow from Harvard University. Each speaker offered a piece of the puzzle on how librarians can address the concept of “fake news.”

“What causes people to become cynical about government data? What can librarians and library workers do to help? And is cynicism such a bad thing, after all? All of these were questions that the panelists at “Government Information for a Cynical Public” attempted to answer on Sunday, June 24, at the ALA Annual Conference and Exhibition, moderated by Susanne Caro, government information librarian at North Dakota State University…”

This session … provided concise and inspiring information about how they use strategic goals in designing outreach and assessing the impact of their programs.

Jason Kruse, undergraduate engagement librarian at Northwestern University; Amy Wainwright, outreach and student engagement librarian at John Carroll University; Kristen Mastel, outreach and instruction librarian at University of Minnesota; and John M. Jackson, head of outreach and communications at Loyola Marymount University, introduced us to their strategies with a level of enthusiasm that made it clear how dedicated they are to the work that they do. The presentations were moderated by Chris Davidson, campus and community engagement librarian at Northwestern…”

For Hayley Johnson and Sarah Simms, speakers at “The Accidental Researcher: a Case Study in Librarian-led Historical Research and Social Justice” on June 24 at the 2018 ALA Annual Conference, their research on the Camp Livingston internment camps started with a May 2016 newspaper article on letters from interned World War II–era Japanese American children…

The minutes from the ALA Midwinter Meeting (CD #2.1) were adopted. Ed Sanchez gave the report from the ALA Resolutions Committee (CD#10.2) on a motion to amend the ALA Policy Manual to update the motion form process for resolutions with fiscal implications. The motion passed. ALA President-Elect and chair of the Committee on Committees (COC) …

ALA Treasurer Susan H. Hildreth presented the Treasurer’s Report for FY2019 (CD#13.3). A motion to approve the FY19 Annual Estimates of Income passed.

Councilor Martin Garnar then gave the report from the Committee on Diversity (CD#14.1). In his report as president of the Freedom to Read Foundation (FRTF) (CD#22.1), Garnar provided updates on existing and new legislation issues, education efforts, Banned Books Week, and plans for FRTF’s 50th anniversary in 2019…”

Memorials were read for Herbert Biblo (M#7), Heather Lanier (M#8), John Byrum (M#9), Mary Lynette Larsgaard (M#10), Bernard (Bernie) A. Margolis (M#11), deg farrelly (M#12), Krista McKenzie (M#13), and Stephanie Squicciarini (M#14). Tributes were offered to honor the 50th ALA anniversary of Lois Ann Gregory-Wood (T#4), to mark the retirement of Pat May (T#5), and …


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