2011 ALA Virtual Conference

Are any staff members interested in attending one or more programs provided in this year’s ALA Virtual Conference?  Robb will work on HR to provide the registration fee provided there is interest.  All sessions will be hosted by the Virtual Library at the Windmill Service Center.   I’m taking a poll to determine the interest of staff so please leave a comment if you are  interested and indicate which program(s) you are interested in attending.

Wednesday, July 13 – Thursday, July 14, 2011

ALA Virtual Conference brings you additional interesting and useful sessions—perfect for those who couldn’t make it to Annual Conference as well as those who did and are ready for more—right from your own computer. ALA is offering a full series of 11 interactive web sessions on Wednesday, July 13 and Thursday, July 14 after the 2011 Annual Conference in New Orleans, LA. The conference will begin each day at 9:30 a.m. Eastern/6:30 a.m. Pacific and end at 5:00 p.m. Eastern/2:00 p.m. Pacific.

Interact with speakers and other attendees during each of these hour long sessions on a variety of exciting topics. Each day will start with a keynote speaker, include various sessions, plus an optional author lunch. All sessions will be one hour in length, with the exception of the author lunch which will be thirty minutes, followed by thirty minutes of down time for the attendees.

The two day schedule is as follows and will be updated as new details are added:

Schedule – Note times are in Eastern Time

July 13

9:30 -10:30

Virtual Conference Exclusive Keynote featuring danah boyd

danah boyd is a Senior Researcher at Microsoft Research, a Research Associate at Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society, and an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of New South Wales. Her work examines everyday practices involving social media, with specific attention to youth engagement, privacy, and risky behaviors. She recently co-authored Hanging Out, Messing Around, and Geeking Out: Kids Living and Learning with New Media. She co-directed the Youth and Media Policy Working Group, funded by the MacArthur Foundation. She blogs at http://www.zephoria.org/thoughts/ and tweets at @zephoria.


“Download This! How One Library Embraced Its Downloadable Future”

Sponsored by PLA

In 2010 the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County conducted an evaluation of its downloadable materials collection. A team collected data on 83 other libraries’ collections, ranking the collections and noting best practices for presenting and supporting those collections. The team recommended dramatically increasing the Library’s downloadable budget, improving its catalog and website, marketing its collection, implementing staff and customer training, and improving customer support. The session will present the results, one year later.


“Competing in the Information Marketplace”

Sponsored by LLAMA

Information seekers turn to the Web and social media for instant access, but often lack the critical skills to evaluate their findings. Nonetheless, speed and convenience too often trump accuracy. Three key communities share a common interest in quality information: libraries, journalists, and educators. What if these sectors work together in informal networks to raise awareness of libraries as sources of reliable information? Through collaboration, can these communities raise information literacy, enhance critical thinking skills, and make fact-finding an engaging, transformative, learning adventure? Explore the possibilities with our panel. Co-sponsored by The ALA Center for Public Life.


Libchat session featuring Natalie Binder

1:00 -1:30

Author Lunch

Sponsored by Booklist

Grab your lunch and listed in as a Booklist editor interviews one of today’s hottest authors.


“Seriously Social: Leveraging Social Media”

Sponsored by PLA

Explore the fundamentals of social media, learning how to effectively use social networking to engage patrons and foster personal relationships. Discover how the Grand Rapids Public Library leverages the power of social media to provide outstanding customer services and promote their library. A live demonstration of Twitter and Facebook (or the reigning social media at the time of this presentation) will illustrate the assets embedded in online relationships.

2:30-3:00 Session content to follow.

3:00 – 4:00

“From Gutenberg to Google and Glogs, From Books to Vooks: Imagining and Developing the Successful, Dynamic 21st Century Library, A Panel Discussion and Debate”

Sponsored by AASL

Join a panel of innovative, visionary librarians for a spirited and provocative debate on issues related to collection development in 21st Century libraries as we shift from the Age of Gutenberg to the Age of Google and Glogs. Can we successfully balance the traditional print collection with digital resources? Should we? Are we prepared for new tools such as vooks? You will leave with much food for thought and exciting new visions of your library.

4:00 – 5:00

“Perceptions of New Professionals”

Sponsored by IFRT

This session explores various scenarios to help new professionals navigating the first stages of their career. Answers to the following, and other questions, will be discussed: How other new professionals found jobs? How other librarians work with their library associations? Presented by very new librarians with jobs at libraries\info centers, seasoned\veteran librarians, and successful professionals working in other fields.

July 14



Virtual Conference Exclusive Keynote – “Reinventing Librarianship” featuring David Lankes

R. David Lankes is a professor in Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies, director of the library science program for the school, and director of the Information Institute of Syracuse. Lankes has always been interested in combining theory and practice to create active research projects that make a difference. Past projects include the ERIC Clearinghouse on Information and Technology, the Gateway to Education Materials, AskERIC and the Virtual Reference Desk. Lankes’ more recent work involves how participatory concepts can reshape libraries and credibility.

Lankes is a passionate advocate for libraries and their essential role in today’s society. He also seeks to understand how information approaches and technologies can be used to transform industries. In this capacity he has served on advisory boards and study teams in the fields of libraries, telecommunications, education, and transportation including at the National Academies. He has been a visiting fellow at the National Library of Canada, the Harvard School of Education, and the first fellow of ALA’s Office for Information Technology Policy. His current focus is on reconceptualizing the library field through the lens of “New Librarianship.” Simply put new librarianship recasts library and library practice using the fundamental concept that knowledge is created through conversation.


“Currents of Change and Innovation: Libraries Learn to Reduce, Reuse, and Renew”

Sponsored by: ACRL/CJCLS

The program will highlight innovations and “best practices” in community college libraries related to reducing print collection size, re-purposing spaces to accommodate learner-centered collaborative areas, and renewing commitments to campus technology collaborations.

11:30-12:30 – Session content to follow.


Libchat session featuring Natalie Binder

1:00 -1:30

Author Lunch

Sponsored by Booklist

Grab your lunch and listed in as a Booklist editor interviews one of today’s hottest authors.


“One Person Can Make a Difference: Tips and Techniques for the Lone Change Agent”

Sponsored by PLA

Join Library Journal Movers & Shakers as they discuss practical leadership lessons learned from leading change at the local and state level, as well as from the Senior Executives in State and Local Government program at Harvard’s Kennedy School and as a Public Library Association Fellow in the Positive Leadership program at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business. Come with an open mind; leave with a to-do list of ideas you can immediately implement.


“Pecha Kucha Teens & Technology”

Sponsored by YALSA

Join the Teens and Technology Interest Group for a round of Pecha Kucha about the latest technology trends for serving young adults. Pecha Kucha 20×20 is a simple presentation format with 20 images shown, each for 20 seconds. The images forward automatically and presenters will talk along to the image.


“Innovative New Roles: Academic Lightening Round”

Sponsored by ACRL

Innovative College and University Librarians are increasingly assuming new academic, professional, and service roles and responsibilities. By forging new pathways and partnerships, academic librarians can reassert the centrality of the library in their colleges and universities, and expand their expertise to benefit the core missions of their library and their institution. This fast-paced program features a variety of Lightning Talk presentations that dive right to the heart of the issue and engage the audience. This is a joint CLS/ULS program.

4:00 – 5:00

“Future of Libraries: Cutting Edge Services”

Sponsored by OITP

What can you learn from these cutting-edge services for application in your library? The future of libraries is happening today at leading libraries around the country. Featuring specific services at four libraries selected from those nominated by the Program on America’s Libraries for the 21st Century within ALA’s Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP).

These interactive programs are the next best thing to being right at the Annual Conference itself. The sessions focus on some aspect of how to do your jobs better so you will learn creative solutions to work smarter in this economy. The Virtual Conference is perfect for those who could not make it to New Orleans this year or for Conference attendees who missed sessions due to busy or conflicting schedules.  Don’t miss out. All full registrants to the ALA Conference will have access to these sessions after the conference.


12 thoughts on “2011 ALA Virtual Conference

  1. Is there still space for any of these programs? I am interested in “Seriously Social: Leveraging Social Media” from 2-3 on 7/13/11.

    Can the link be provided to access from Spring Valley? Thanks!

    Rona Johnson SV

  2. I’ll send you the link once I receive it so you can test it out.
    The rest of you who want to try this on a computer in your library need to let me know as there is only 12 IP addresses left!

  3. I would be interested in attending (remotely). Can I have a password and a link for the following events:
    July 13, 3:00 – 4:00
    “From Gutenberg to Google and Glogs, From Books to Vooks: Imagining and Developing the Successful, Dynamic 21st Century Library, A Panel Discussion and Debate”
    July 14, 4:00 – 5:00
    “Future of Libraries: Cutting Edge Services”
    Thank you, Faina Tselnik (CH)

  4. I would be interested in attending. I think my computer here at Laughlin will let me log in, if I have the necessary password. “Seriously Social” on 7/13 at 1:30-2:30; “Reinventing Librarianship” 9:30-10:30 and “Future of Libraries” 4:00-5:00 on 7/14.

  5. I would be interested in attending the last program on July 14, “Future of Libraries: Cutting Edge Services.”
    Ann LaGumina
    Whitney Library

  6. Will we have access to archives of the programs from other branch libraries? The reason I ask is that there are several programs each day I would enjoy, but due to staffing shortage I don’t think it justifies me coming to WM for a day or two.


    Joe Stoner

  7. I would definitely be interested in attending!!!!

    Robbie DeBuff
    Enterprise Library

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