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If you’re joining us in Chicago for the 2013 ALA Annual Conference, be sure to take note of the following programs (descriptions taken from the ALA Conference website). There are a number of programs relating to reference, collection development, and readers’ advisory—check the published conference guide or the online conference scheduler for more and to confirm locations.
Collection Development & Community Expectations: Managing Collections and Balancing Resources in an Era of Budgetary Constraints.Saturday, June 29, 2013, 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. McCormick Place Convention Center, S403.
With declining budgets and fewer resources, librarians must make difficult decisions to meet their library’s overall mission. A panel of experienced librarians will share examples of how they have met the challenges of managing various types of library collections, and how they continue to manage the expectations of their diverse customer groups.
Beyond Genre: Exploring the Perception, Uses, and Misuses of Genre by Readers, Writers, and Librarians. Saturday, June 29, 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. McCormick Place Convention Center, S404d.
Authors Laura Lippman, Margaret Dilloway, and Naomi Novik discuss the ways genre is used to sell books, the limitations of reading within a genre box, and the challenges “genre” poses for readers’ advisors.
Ignite Saturday Session: Creativity in Reference Service Provision; Beyond Answering Questions.Saturday, June 29, 2013, 11:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. McCormick Place Convention Center, S102d.
This session will feature examples of creativity in proactive reference service provision, identified from an environmental scan, that will inspire reference innovation and highlight opportunity areas for transforming reference service.
Long e-Overdue. Saturday, June 29, 2013, 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. McCormick Place Convention Center, S401.
Who needs yet another program on turmoil in the e-book marketplace? And you already know we can’t do an end run around the goliaths in the industry. Or can we? Find out what happens when librarians stop being mere licensees and once again “own” the content they convey.
Leading Readers to Water . . . Guerilla Marketing for RA.Sunday, June 30, 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. McCormick Place Convention Center, S402a.
This program will give you some thought-provoking ideas on nudging patrons in creative reading directions, publicizing your back catalog, approaching traditional concepts in inventive ways, and flexing your readers’-advisory muscles.
Usability, the User Experience & Interface Design: The Role of Reference.Sunday, June 30, 2013, 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. McCormick Place Convention Center, S403.
With the advent of new discovery tools and new technology, the habits of our researchers and users have certainly changed. Panel members will discuss how their institutions have implemented innovative changes to the user interface and address the role of usability testing in their decision process. Audience members will have opportunities to submit questions to the panelists.
Booklist Author Interviews.Sunday, June 30, 2013, and Monday, July 1, 2013. McCormick Place Convention Center, Exhibits, Booth 1817.
Be sure to visit the Booklist booth on the exhibit floor for author interviews and book signings. Authors include Carnegie finalists Timothy Egan, Richard Ford, and David Quammen, as well as Odyssey winner Kate Rudd and finalists Nathaniel Parker, Elliott Hill, and Katherine Kellgren and Printz winner Nick Lake and finalists Beverley Brenna and Elizabeth Wein. Click here for the full schedule.
Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction.Sunday, June 30, 2013, 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Radisson Blu. (This is a ticketed event that requires a separate ticket purchase. Register at http://ala13.ala.org/register-now, event code RUS2).
This standing-room-only event garnered rave reviews in 2012! The announcement and presentation of the second Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction, ALA’s only single-book awards for adult trade fiction and nonfiction, will be followed by a dessert and drinks reception. The two books chosen as winners from the shortlist of six will be announced. Speakers include the authors (or their representatives), selection committee chair/program moderator Nancy Pearl, and ALA leadership.
Conversation Starters: New Adult Fiction; What Is It and Is It Really Happening?
Monday, July 1, 2013, 9:15 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. McCormick Place Convention Center, S102d.
Depending on who you ask, NA (New Adult) either demands its own section of the library or is just a new name to describe books about twentysomethings, which libraries have always carried. Maybe it’s “young adult books with sex.” Maybe it’s books about emerging adults trying to figure out the world before an uncertain future happens. Join a lively discussion on what NA may be, who’s reading it, where it’s shelved, how we catalog it, and how it fits into reader’s advisory.
GenLit & Genre X: Collections and Programming for 20- and 30-Somethings.
Monday, July 1, 2013, 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. McCormick Place Convention Center, S402b.
Adults in their 20s and 30s can be a difficult audience to capture. Learn how two public libraries have been targeting this demographic through innovative collections and events.
Maintaining Teen E-Collections.Monday, July 1, 2013, 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. McCormick Place Convention Center, S106a.
How do you build the best e-book collection for teens? Do you have to weed e-materials since they don’t take up physical space? In this program, you’ll have a chance to talk in small groups about some of the big questions surrounding building strong teen e-collections and get to connect with experts who are piloting projects and building best practices.
Fantastic Voyage: Reference Service in an Ever-Shrinking Print Environment.Monday, July 1, 2013, 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. McCormick Place Convention Center, S102a. (Booklist Reference Advisory Committee program)
Once upon a time, reference questions were answered entirely with print reference sources. Libraries built large reference collections for the purpose of providing potential answers to user needs, and reference publishers produced the dictionaries, encyclopedias, and other tools that filled those collections. Today’s reference librarians rely less and less on print resources, but print reference collections still occupy prime space in most libraries. How are libraries managing their collections—and their users—in today’s reference environment? Speakers will talk about measuring the use of print reference materials, circulating reference collections, bookstore-like shelving for reference collections, and reference service in a completely print-free environment.
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