ALA 2013 Conference

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Overall attendance was 26,362, including 15,918 attendees and 6,125 exhibitors.  Wow.  So much to say as I never attended this. And wow, NCTE is comparable to this easily!  🙂 So BELOW the picture are the notes from the First Preconference Meeting with the Freedom to Read Foundation  :)…Screen Shot 2013-06-28 at 8.07.32 AM     Notes here –Thursday’s session Freedom for Reading meeting Notes (June 27th 2013)   had an amazing topics of discussion!  That session was the precursor to the Freedom to Read’s ALA meeting and whoa the topics discussed!  🙂 Get this as an overview of topics – books pulled in one case about a class on Mexican Americans as the material was deemed degrading to the specific group – or the effect of not being active about government privatized info, or the right to collect a data on people  – aggregate versus metadata – and then the gvt having info on your right to bear arms, or your voting preference or more, it DOES matter – or…what does the gvt have a right to privatize?  Anything?  Nothing?   What about magazines that have covers of Marijuana not allowed to be in public view? Or Ebooks that can actually let the gvt in to see results of what you are reading? How someone/anyone might claim they are a reporter and have access to info?  AND the chilling effect on reporters thanks to the chance to be libel for something that might be considered espionage? What about the fact that the author of the Patriot Act is appalled about how far it has gone and into people’s lives?  And he wants to fight aspects of that? Running into someone that represents the engineering of the 911 Memorial and the event surrounding 9/11 and… so much more, I am editing the notes and will post the fullnotes  above as I get through them.. What GREAT topics for debate, Civics, History, and more!  So many connections! What I do see is the fact, especially from this very first workshop at ALA, that so many issues are important in our front yard that librarians are involved with.

If you look at the notes I attached closely, there is so much that involves very specified rights we as Americans need to protect. In doing so, the librarians in a school plays the role of Media Specialist, researcher, public advocate, and so much more! It is amazing – yet definitely not recognized all the roles and money that a librarian can help with, and maximize within a school district. I will end up going back over these notes and scheduling events to celebrate in the future, as well as help redefine the role that the librarian plays within a school district to increase advocacy among others – so important, and this is the very first workshop! What more will there be to learn? 🙂 Info on joining the Freedom To Read Foundation is also provided here in their pamphlet:


FRIDAY Sessions – Going International FRIDAY JUNE 28TH – ALA – SECOND DAY OF WORKSHOPS starting with IRRT
My original plan was to attend the Conference 101 by the New Members Round Table Session, 1:00 – 2:30 PM but by the time I was there, the line was out the door! BUT, Thanks to Kirby McCurtiis for sending the notes that they went over they are here:

ORIENTATION Conference Tips

and the New Members Round Table website

lets you see how to get more involved as a new member.

Soooo, in place of that, I wandered the Convention Center and settled on the 2:30 – 4:00 PM Session, International Librarians’ Orientation, that seemed to fit! I was amazed at how many people were from other countries at ALA! Pakistan, the U.K., Canada, Egypt, Australia, Ghana, Nigeria, and more, 14 pages of a spreadsheet we were given, all people from other countries! AMAZING! TONS from Canada! We were given a raffle ticket and there was a gift bag in the middle of each table, and we had a chance at winning. We thought that would be pretty good since only 3 people were at the table at first, then by the time the ceremony started, a packed table! What was nice was this was similar to the orientation I received and try to participate in, within Mexico City, so it was nice ALA was being made familiar thanks to this orientation, and I was able to get into this one!

The International Relations Round Table does a GREAT job in getting information to everyone, our folder was packed with the poster sessions, workshops, and other functions that involved all things international. It was exciting to meet and greet those around us, and have the possibility of seeing ALA through the eyes of an international librarian. 🙂 To sing up for a free bimonthly e-newsletter involving all things international, the following address allows you to do that:

and the website for the International Relations is the following!



in Spanish!:

and on Facebook! :

The next big event was the speaking of Steven D. Levitt, (Author of Freakonomics) for the official opening session of ALA! 🙂 I knew nothing of Mr Levitt, so look for the next post highlighting his speech!

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Friday Night Opening Session Speech
Open Session of ALA Friday Night


After you see the above link to the attachment that details the key points made by the Chicago Mayor and Stephen Levitt, aside from the humor it is great to see the public efforts that are important to bringing attention to libraries, as well as the creative approaches that are brought to education. It is amazing how everyday things can be made interesting, and I feel that Mr. Levitt’s class at the University of Chicago is one of the most interesting because he can tie everyday events and occurrences to the analysis of economics. This is the best way students learn, I have found, is by tying the idea to something that they are familiar with or have some prior knowledge about but maybe not 100%.  His ending quote was typical of his humoristic style to the opening session when he said, “I don’t know if anything I said is going to help you at all with your job, but I guarantee you this: If you have friends in the prostitution industry, you send them my way, and I guarantee you a big impact on their bottom line.”

I liked the idea that the community is being reined into the needs and operation of libraries, and how the Mayor mentioned that the division between public libraries and school libraries are now being streamlined to increase an awareness and initiative to increasing reading.

Following the Open Session Speech, I hit the Opening of the Exhibits to grab some books for my library. While in the Opening Sessions, I was lucky enough to have met a great person named John, who worked as a cataloger. We talked and laughed at how people lined up hours before the exhibits opened to get everything they could free. Even with waiting until the Opening Session was done, and not skipping it to obtain free items, we walked away with so many free books, it was sick (in a good way!).

By the end of Friday, on the shuttle home, yes, I was EXHAUSTED, and have to say, so far, I have been able to get much inspiring information as well as ideas that reach into every discipline involving research, Liberal Arts projects, and improving educational support from the library!

Saturday June 29th Sessions

AASL Best Websites for teaching and Learning

(The Pintarest site is here as well!)

And Twitter for Best APPS!

So far I felt this was one of the most crucial and hands-on workshop from the very beginning when this workshop began. Attached are the detailed Apps chosen in a document,

Saturday Session AASL Best websites for teaching and learning

as well as the details/description that goes with them, AND with the interviews of the owners for some of these apps, this is a great opportunity to use tools that can impact the classroom and students to a great detail.

To carry this further, the following address:

40 Great Apps for Mobile Reference and Outreach

as well as

ALA LITA Awards and Top Tech Trends 2013 Chicago

This was one of the most interesting workshops to create a lifetime resource for referring to and ultimately using.

Saturday’s session of Film and others to follow you won’t want to miss!
One of the films that showed today (Saturday) was the following: Now Showing @ ALA: Bonsai People – the Vision of Muhammad Yunus

and here is this particular film preview: Muhammad Yunus

As well, there were others at ALA2013 showing such as the following, definitely worth grabbing onto when they come out in the full versions.

Returning Fire


Free for All : Inside the Public Library

Liberal Arts

Ferlinghetti: A Rebirth of Wonder

Brooklyn Castle

The Rosie Project

Login 2 Life

The Untold History of the United States

Electric Signs


Evening of the 29th

Closing out Saturday night, as I had attended a few sessions but nothing record breaking, lol, I dived into the exhibit hall and searched for the information out of hundreds of vendors that would benefit us in Latin American the most.  From archiving/digital saving of records to Ebooks, to database and online services, I managed to organize ad grab at least 36 vendors’ information and have organized them in a spreadsheet below:

Exhibitors Information

I always ended up coming home with business cards and flyers, as well as packets and forgot half the information that interested me in the first place.  This way, I organized it before I forgot the purpose!

I settled in after exhausted from visiting so many vendors and passed out in sleep, ready for what Sunday had to bring!  (Oh, did I mention I had signed up for the 5k, and though when I awoke it was Saturday morning, when in reality I could have waited to get dressed for running until Sunday, when the race actually occurred…:)   So Sunday would bring my first 5k run in years!  🙂

June 30th      Ready, Set, Sunday and a 5k!

Waking up at 5:00 AM on Sunday normally, you’d think, “Am I crazy?!” Yet, I did this on Saturday thinking THAT was the 5k, dressed, waiting for the shuttle outside, THAT was great!  🙂   I actually made it back out to the same spot today, still nervous, and ta da!, a shuttle was waiting!    There were four people From the Chicago Hilton as well, so it was easy to start a conversation in the morning with them.

This particular 5k, was as you read last post, was the Think Fit 5k exclusively for ALA members.  The whole way there I wondered, “I wonder how many librarians run?  Or will run?  Turns out we have between walkers and runners, a total of 158 ready to roll.

It was odd doing stretches without the XC team, yet I ran through the same drills as we used to.  The location was the McCormick Bird Sanctuary, and a GREAT view of Michigan Lake.  The wind was up and I was grateful for the wind.  The course was an easy down and back, slight inclines, but nothing compared to the hills and routes that were marked in PA we used to run.

The event was timed and organized by To the Finish, LLC, and they did a great job of informing everyone, timing with chips overall, and just the management of the race itself.

I have to say overall, with the state of my shoes, and the lack of preparation for the 5k, I was pleased with a 29:15 finish, with under 30:00 being my outset goal.  I was 15th of 22 males, and felt I could have done better in that department.  I still did not have a mastery of my breathing, which made me stop and walk for about 20 seconds three times but it did give me much to be aware of and set to do better for next time.  I was very glad I pushed myself to get registered and follow through with this opportunity!

chicago 5k

We received some cool door prizes (pedometer, sunglasses, banana, awesome oatmeal and trail mix treat which honestly was DELICIOUS!) and we didn’t wait for awards so we could take the shuttle back to the Hilton to get showered and back to the Conference.

I have to say, I was proud and wanting to flaunt the fact I had gotten myself out of bed early and ran a 5k and was back again ready to head to the conference when I stepped off the shuttle and saw the conference attendees just getting up waiting to head to the conference.  I just always wanted to be that person that took the extra initiative to be healthy and have an all around lifestyle that promoted health, and I vaguely remember, an Intermediate High moment. I was in Home Economics, cooking, and we were discussing what we would be like as we were older.  I stated I would be athletic, more in shape, and conscious of my lifestyle, and the girls at the table laughed.  I was a total geek back in those grades, Intermediate at least and not really on grades, yeah, just a geek. So it was not far fetched to find this funny, but I am glad that the part of my life with being aware of the healthy aspects did turn true!

Sessions stopped today being Sunday at around noon, but the next session I did attend was …well, believe it or not I forget the title but I do remember the notes below:

Sunday sessions First one  Emerging Technologies   LITA    &

 (Library & Information Technology Association)

and I realized in some aspects, this was VERY technical, way over my head as far as what the speaker was doing, but LOVED the fact that the library as becoming an outlet for discovery and causing people to say, “I didn’t know the library did that!”

I met three awesome people at my table and we discussed what emerging technologies we were seeing our library challenges, etc.  One was the idea that some staff were jumping into technology while others were not, and the challenge to have that aspect to associate with the patrons.  One was the use of Dropbox among the librarians and how some feel uncomfortable with it so far.  We brought up the use of Camptasia, Jing, and the use of Libguides.  Also the old list of 23 things, a Gallaway list, of what would be most useful n technology, although outdated, we did see how this would be a good starting point for people that might feel uneasy at first with technology bursting at them all of a sudden.  While some of the topics brought up were way way into programming, this did let us discuss and exchange ideas, as well as what technology impacts us as a public school, community college, or high school librarian, even as an up and becoming librarian which was represented by everyone at our table!

The time after sessions ended, since early today, I took pictures and sampled the areas that Chicago had to offer for touristing.  I LOVE, LOVE the Chicago Public Library and you will see in the last post of what I left behind in leaving Chicago what I discovered!

I knew I forgot one session from Sunday!

I attached the notes below, but this workshop, titled,

Second Session on Sunday –

Collaborate 21 – Admin – teacher – Librarian – Technologist Collaborative Team can integrate common core, AASL, STATE, and National Standards

on Sunday, June 30, 2013 – 3:00pm to 4:00pm was

pretty informative. I liked the fact that one of the presenter’s elementary daughters was on the presenting staff, to show and explain in details of her project. This is a great way to expose students to seeing how their work is appreciated by others!

Using Ipads, students did a genealogy project and captured details verbally to videos. It was excellent to see how they matched standard and admin, teachers, and librarians worked together, an among different school buildings as well.

This project sounded hands on and was fun, letting students and teachers meet standards effortlessly. GREAT session!

Monday July 01 –   TUMBLING out of Bed to Tumblr

Screen Shot 2013-07-08 at 6.29.39 PMThat’s right, no matter where you are Monday is Monday.  🙂

However, I found out the amazing workshops I found began to occur Monday, I had been able to find workshops that were powerful and effective moreso after the weekend if I sought hard enough.

The first workshop was again packed and out the door, but I was able to do alot of followup and obtain many many resources the following were able to present:

Rachel Fershleisher |    @rachelfersh

Molly McArdle |  @mollitudo

Erin Shea |     @erintheshea

Kate Tkacik |  @lifegdlibrarian

Here the the really brief notes I took as again, the lines was out the door…


and the very very priceless links that would prove, and do prove worht following up even more:

and the Powerpoint for this presentation:


I like the following quote:


and the following is very good to know after reading one of the above articles:


“Tags are what make Tumblr go round. The tags Tumblarians primarily use are #libraries,#librarians, and #tumblarians, with an occasional helping of #politics#history,#education#lit, and #tech. (You can find a list of popular, curated tags at

One important tip to keep in mind is that Tumblr only makes your post searchable by the first five tags you include. You can go over that number, but your post won’t appear in searching for keyword number six and beyond. Choose wisely.”

I can testify to the power of Tumblr as we used Tumblr thanks to Alia and a few others to collect submissions for the magazine and our submissions SOARED for Repentino.  As anything, I feel with a strategic plan, this becomes a powerful tool!  I loved this workshop even though I did not catch all of it and it DID make Monday so much worth waking up to.  Wait until you see the next workshop and information – AMAZING and very inspiring!

July 01 Midday Session

Screen Shot 2013-07-08 at 9.55.16 PMThe Sacred and the Profane : The Library and campus Identity in the 21st Century BES-BCUL

AMAZING!   This was a GREAT GREAT look at how architects, administration, and libraries work together  (and not) and the international perspectives as well.  I could have sat here all day this was so technical but interesting!

This is the Prezi presentation:

and the notes from the Workshop that ROCKED!

MONDAY MidDay SESSION Sacred and Profane

I like these two quotes to summarize the libraries and how they should be as well:

The best libraries are the ones that support the campus via architecture and the mission of the school relate to the feel of the campus through the library.


in response to this question:

Why do we need them (comfortable spaces) in the library?  Library space is expensive compared to other spaces.  Why important?  Multifaceted spaces – places students can record using microphones, digital media, and can have spaces to read as well.

Need social spaces as well.  Reading rooms made for groups as well.  Small and large learning groups, communal spaces, etc.  Different functions of the library, traditional groups studies, students reading, lounge area and open – transparency.

July 01 Closing Sessions for Monday

IMG_6497And I though Mondays were boring!  NO WAY!  LOVED, loved seeing, hearing, and meeting Oliver Stone and Petter Kuznick, amazing amazing stories and connections to libraries.  Sure sure, the comments that he is always on the controversial side of thing, but, I LOVE the fact that he is unwilling to roll over and accept things at facevalue as well.

The notes

Monday Sessions Stone and Kuznick

cover the whole time and questions asked, as well as my links to videos that appeared on UTube following this opportunity.

A GREAT way to continue a Monday! 🙂


Speaker Sessions – Alice Walker and Janis Ian!

Believe it or not, despite the awesome workshop and meeting Oliver Stone moment on Monday, there was more, I mean, major cram day but one of the BEST days!

Get this – Meeting and hearing Alice Walker and getting an autographed book from her, AND meeting Janis IanIMG_6514

who honestly I had NEVER met or known before this – Before my time but my GOSH – her performance AND session was truly

worth the Monday it fell on.

I was amazed at the soft spoken Alice Walker yet her powerful message that was so much larger than her name even.  Seeing the excerpts of her video in the notes below on Alice and Janis Ian make this worth checking out and THEN some…

Monday special speakers

So you can image, after the workshops, meeting special speakers, and trying to absorb it all was a little overwhelming.

The messages of peace, the hysterical moments that Janis Ian talks about commissioned to write a story/song about a mouse to sea, the selflessness of Alice Walker and the time she was willing to give to people.Alice Walker

Tuesday July 02Tuesday Session Octavia Spencer

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Octavia Spencer might have been one of the most memorable people I heard and speak at ALA.  Grounded, honest, original, and humble are a few words that describe her.  Selfless, motivated and a open mind when it comes to success, she is a model of success to be sure.  Her quote above, as well as her n depth look into her success due to learning from failure and opportunities to give someone she underestimated are a lesson for everyone, ongoing.

If you saw/read The Help, you will remember this hysterical scene:


Her hysterical approach to situations and life is countered by the good things she does for people, including her video contest she offered up –

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IMG_6614  the book she autographed,Screen Shot 2013-07-03 at 10.09.54 PM

as well as chance to talk with her, and see her, was amazing – and she continues to be an inspiration.  I loved her.  Her testimony to all things literary, and what they can lead to, is an inspiration.

Thought it was over with the speaker on Tuesday?  No WAY!

missed this during June 3oth, but definitely made up for it later…On July 2nd!

Okay, so normally, the last speaker would be the closing of the Conference, right?  However, today, after I grabbed what I need to and though my day would end walking through Chicago, packing and ready to lift out of Chicago on Wednesday, I had an “educational field trip” – adding to my widening experience of how libraries are tightening the gap between stereotypical libraries and innovation.

On the shuttle bus home from the McCormick Convention Center, I sat beside someone named Rachel Hellenga.  I had really no idea who she was and I found out she was traveling to the Chicago Public Library and was going to take a taxi. I told her her about the Chicago Hilton shuttle, putting us a few blocks away from the Hilton, so we rode there together.  In talking, I heard Rachel say she was involved in the MakerSpaces Lab at the Chicago Library.  I paused.  In walking through the Chicago Public Library a few days ago, I had saw this amazing new section of the Library that looked like a computer lab, yet had equipment inside that I didn’t recognize, and something just want me to know more.  Add to that the fact I had seen many workshops that were described as information on MakerLabs, and I had NO IDEA what that meant but I felt I was missing out on something BIG. SO when this came up, I had to find out more.  So sure, I abandoned my cleaning up plans to ready for Mexico and wanted to find out more!  🙂  I learned that Rachel (as you know from the above links) was working with this particular museum in a textile-based project in the Makers Lab!  WOW! It was exciting to see how involved, creative, and extending she was in getting projects to the public and working with this MakerLab.

On the way walking to the Chicago Library, we were stopped by some individuals raising moneys for anti-hate reasons IMG_6542 and we donated funds towards them, me being conservative and donating $5.00 a month to start.  This is a picture of Rachel with the two representatives on the street collecting funds:

As we made our way into the Library and up to the third floor, we met Yolande Wilburn.  I would find out Yolande was in charge of putting the pieces together that would create the Maker Spaces Lab at the library.  Through the course of the day, I witnessed her fit over 6 different appointments in a very tightly space of time, including a representative for DISNEY, all in getting this opportunity for the MakerLab to be open to the public and create a whole new approach to what libraries can offer.  I have to say, I was so incredibly impressed with the drive, patience, and overwhelming ability to handle so many appointments at one time.  It was stressful for ME to see and know Yolande’s time was so limited and yet trying to squeeze it all on. Yet, what Yolande Wilburn is doing is AMAZING, she is creating a whole new extension of the library and meeting the public on a new plain, shifting the paradigm of what libraries have been known for and providing an avenue in the library, that has not or might not be available to many people.   She impressed me so much and her innovation with the Chicago Library is AWESOME.

In taking some pics of the Innovation Lab, IMG_6543 I realized the 3D printer, and the capabilities of this lab  IMG_6550could only be the beginning, and I realized what the lab could be for people that would not have a chance to travel to a college campus to get involved in such innovation!  IMG_6548

This was a GREAT way to end the last day in Chicago, as whether I realized it or not, I got in a workshop experience without realizing it.  I did begin to realize the excitement behind Maker Labs and what they were intended to do, and was so amazed to have spent the time with these individuals – what a learning experience.  There will need to be one more post I will make, but believe it or not, it took me this whole week of being home AFTER the conference to recount and document the amazing tools we can each take with us and add to a curriculum to a new school year.  It is so easy to walk away and forget to write down, or reflect on the experiences we learned and obtained from conferences, but in doing so, we lay down a bridge for tools that can help bring creativity, excitement, and useful technology that transforms not only the way we teach, but the way we interpret information on the other side of the desk!

OVERVIEW of a SMATTERING of Items from ALA! 

There is a smattering, SMATTERING of items that go innoticed, workshops I was able to catch tail bits of, and pieces here and there that do not work their way into the schedule of a normal day.  This post is devoted to the countless pays educators can take items and travel with the to the classroom and literally, turn the walls inside out and bring the world outside, within.  So below are a collection of items worth their salt in examining, perusing, and incorporating…An “*” indicates a new topic I am representing for you.  Also, do not forget to check out at Twitter – #ALA2013 where you scroll and grab you might have missed by attending the conference! Ad the link for session that had handouts HERE!

*Cognotes, the newspaper of ALA Conference, Here!  Tons of highlights and overviews of the conference in general – excellent to have online!

*10 Steps to a Better Library Interior                                                                     Contact Traci at if you have any questions, or problems with the file.

*Facebook: Upcoming Workshop July 17th  $50.00

*Article Regarding Academic Rigor                                                                                         Thanks to: Forristyna W. Walker, M.Ed. Retired Curriculum Coach

*Common Core – Common sCores: Instructional Partnerships that Deliver Success – Presenters: Judi Moreillon, Suzanna Panter, Gloria Voutos, Stacy Cameron

What is the core of 21st-century school librarianship? How does OUR core relate to the Common Core State Standards and other state standards? What are the skills, dispositions, responsibilities, and self-assessments we can apply to co-achieve uncommon success? This preconference will provide strategies for demonstrating the school librarian’s central role in the academic program through practicing instructional partnerships to ensure success for K-12 students, teachers, administrators, librarians, and for the school librarian profession, too.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify connections between the common core of the library program (S4L) and CCSS or other state-level standards and cite research that confirms positive correlations between the collaborative work of school librarians and student achievement, particularly in reading and language arts (SLRR).
  • Apply a rating scale to self-assess development as L4L school librarians and identify specific areas for improvement based on five roles’ descriptions (EL) and Specify skills, dispositions, and responsibilities of instructional partners.
  • Deconstruct/assess (with a rubric) a unit plan published as a Knowledge Quest 40.4 article and gain strategies for advocating with site- or district-level administrators for instructional partner role (AASL Strategic Plan: Advocacy).

Topic Areas: Teaching and Learning; Professional Development and Leadership; School Relationships

Report: State Library Conferences as Professional Development Venues: Unbalanced Support for the AASL-Defined Roles of the School Librarian

and regarding Common Core, AND STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics):

STEAM at the Library Supports Literacy, Common Core

*Privacy issues that came out in ALA:

Will You Stand for Privacy?

A Message to ALA Members from ALA President Barbara Stripling

In early June, reports of the National Security Agency’s secret practices rang loudly around the world. News reports detailed PRISM, the U.S. government surveillance program that obtains the Internet records from ten U.S. companies: Verizon, Microsoft, Yahoo, Google, Facebook, PalTalk, AOL, Skype, YouTube, and Apple. It appears that phone records, emails, photos, and social networking activities have been collected and catalogued by the FBI and the NSA over the last seven years.

ALA is saddened by recent news that the government has obtained vast amounts of personal information and electronic communications of millions of innocent people. The extent of the personal information received by the government is very troubling. Those of you who have been long-time members of ALA know that we have always argued that provisions in the USA PATRIOT Act encroach on the privacy expectations of library users. Worse, the surveillance law erodes our basic First Amendment rights, all while undermining the very fabric of our democracy.

When we spoke out in 2001 against the passage of the PATRIOT Act, we were concerned about Section 215, a provision of the law that allowed the government powers to obtain “business records and other tangible things” from suspected terrorists. We were fearful that the government would come into libraries without warning and take library records on individual patrons without reasonable suspicion. Libraries were one of the first groups to publicly oppose the bill, and many legislators and privacy experts have noted that Congress would not have understood the chilling impact on privacy if librarians had not brought it to the nation’s attention. Librarians were so vocal in their opposition to the law that Section 215 was called the “library provision.” We could not have imagined then what is happening today. Today, in spite of the leak allegations, the government continues to use the “library provision” to vacuum up private communication records of Americans on a massive scale.

Even the most cynical among us could not have predicted that the Obama Administration—an administration that campaigned on the promise of greater government transparency and openness—would allow a massive surveillance program to infringe upon the basic civil liberties of innocent, unsuspecting people. We understand the responsibility of the government to investigate terrorism and other harmful acts. But the need to protect the public does not mean that Americans have to relinquish their Fourth Amendment privacy rights in the process. ALA has already joined other civil liberties groups to call for more legal review, judicial oversight, transparency and public accountability. Our country needs to find the right balance.

We need to restore the balance between individual rights and terrorism prevention, and libraries are one of the few trusted American institutions that can lead true public engagement on our nation’s surveillance laws and procedures. Libraries have the tools, resources and leaders that can teach Americans about their First Amendment privacy rights and help our communities discuss ways to improve the balance between First Amendment rights and government surveillance activities. And patrons are ready to learn about their privacy rights from their libraries.

Next Steps: Be a Leader at Your Library

We are calling on librarians to facilitate local public dialogues and educational sessions on government surveillance and transparency. To help libraries convene privacy forums and moderate public conversations, ALA is launching “ALA Liberty,” a new privacy website that contains tools that librarians can use to host educational sessions and public forums that help Americans understand their First and Fourth Amendment rights.

 The website contains the following resources:

 Guide for Moderators (PDF)

This document outlines the steps and process for moderators to convene a forum on privacy in their community. Libraries are a perfect location for this form of civic engagement. Librarians may choose to serve as moderators or find other individuals in the community to fill the moderator’s role. This PDF contains the information necessary for moderators of a forum on privacy.

 Guide for Participants (PDF)

Distribute this document to individuals participating in a library-hosted community discussion on privacy. It provides an overview of the deliberative process and outlines the privacy issues to be considered.

Checklist for Convening a Forum on Privacy (PDF)

This document outlines the steps needed to host a successful forum on privacy in your library.

Choose Privacy Week Resources

This offers videos that can be used for programming on surveillance. The site includes guest blogs from national privacy advocates and American Library Association t-shirts and posters.

If you have any questions about the privacy toolkit, contact Jazzy Wright, press officer of the ALA Washington Office at or (202) 628-8410             –Barbara Stripling   ALA President

*ALA Battledecks – HYSTERICAL!

What is Battle Decks?  Explanation:    Battledecks represent the ultimate challenge for a public speaker as they are challenged to give a coherent presentation based on hand-selected, seemingly unrelated slides that they see for the very first time live on stage. This competition, often referred to as “PowerPoint Karaoke,”, will see eight brave and willing participants compete for the glory of being crowned ALA’s reigning Battledecks champion.

And the Video…

*Flat Eugene at ALA!

*Myth and Reality of the Evolving Patron

The Powerpoint:  2013 – 6.29.13 – Evolving Library Patron – RUSA at ALA

*White House vetoes reproducing the speech to ALA – Not sure how I feel about this !

*Tips for Library Fun!

*Attracting Male Readers 

*Fleeing the Reference Desk:

*Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: What Librarians Really Need to be Successful at the Reference Desk:

Session Details  and Poster

* Thanks! – Daniel Ransom ‏- Collaborative zine made at #ALA2013’s Zine Pavilion, filled with stories of weird things seen in libraries    Magazine

*Video of speakers:

Maureen Sullvian 2012-2013 ALA President

Khaled Hosseini

Rahm Emanuel

Beginning Introductions to ALA of members 2013-2014

Octavia Spencer

Congressman John Lewis

Temple Grandin

Peter Kuznick and Oliver Stone

Alice Walker on Fairness

Ann Patchett


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