ALA Annual 2015

Learn How To Better Serve Your Community @ ALA Annual

ALA SchedulerThe American Library Association’s 2015 Annual Conference is approaching. If you haven’t already, now is a great time to explore the Scheduler tool available to you on

I’m excited to share with you several sessions for librarians and library staff aimed at how to better serve your special needs populations. If you are unfamiliar with the term, “Special Population”, I strongly recommend reading, “What Do You Mean by Special Population?” , by fellow committee member, Amy Musser. Here, Amy highlights the importance of creating services and programs for special needs populations as a way of making sure our libraries remain accessible. She urges us to remember, “…all patrons are individuals, not just members of one group or another.”

With that, I have here a list of incredible programming available to you at ALA San Francisco:

Library Services for the Incarcerated and Detained | Saturday, 06/27/2015 – 08:30am – 10:00am | Marriott Marquis San Francisco – Yerba Buena Salon 04

Hearing on Guidelines for Library Services to Persons with Dementia | Saturday, 06/27/2015 – 10:30am – 11:30am | Moscone Convention Center – 133 (N)

Next Chapter Book Club: A Community-based Model for Engaging People with Disabilities | Saturday, 06/27/2015 – 10:30am – 11:30am | Moscone Convention Center – 2000 (W)

AIDS in the End Zone: Working with Incarcerated Youth to Create a Graphic Novel on HIV/AIDS Prevention | Saturday, 06/27/2015 – 01:00pm – 02:30pm | Moscone Convention Center – 122 (N)

Conversation Starter: Beyond Print — Audiobooks, Braille, & Large Print | Saturday, 06/27/2015 – 01:30pm – 02:15pm | Moscone Convention Center – 130 (N)

LGBTQ Services: Improving Library Service From the Bottom Up | Saturday, 06/27/2015 – 02:30pm – 04:00pm | Moscone Convention Center – Exhibit Hall – Poster Session – Poster 22

APALA Program – Create Possibilities for Refugee, Immigrant and Low Income Students | Saturday, 06/27/2015 – 03:00pm – 04:00pm | Moscone Convention Center – 236-238 (S)

Breaking Down Barriers: School Libraries and Deaf Education | Saturday, 06/27/2015 – 04:30pm – 05:30pm | Moscone Convention Center – 3000 (W)

Everyone’s REALLY Welcome: Inviting Neurodiverse Students into Your Library | Sunday, 06/28/2015 – 08:30am – 09:30am | Moscone Convention Center – 2005 (W)

Seeing Through Walls: Library-Based Video Conferencing to Connect Kids with Parents in Jail | Sunday, 06/28/2015 – 10:30am – 11:30am | Moscone Convention Center – 2016 (W)

They’re Our Customers, Too: Engaging the Homeless at Your Library | Sunday, 06/28/2015 – 03:00pm – 04:00pm | Moscone Convention Center – 2020 (W)

Early Literacy Outreach for Teen Parents: Engage & Inspire with ECRR 2.0 | Monday, 06/29/2015 – 01:00pm – 02:30pm | Moscone Convention Center – 2006 (W)

As a member of REFORMA, I also highly recommend attending sessions that will allow you to better serve our wonderfully expansive Spanish-Speaking population. See the REFORMA National website for a complete list of REFORMA events.

If you want a short description of each session listed above, visit the ALAAC15 website. Use the ALA Scheduler to begin crafting your plan!

Sylvia Aguiñaga, LSSPCC Committee Member


Sylvia Aguinaga

Sylvia is studying Library and Information Science at San Jose State University (graduating May 2016). She wants to make an impact by exposing kids, parents, and libraries to the magic of creative digital literacy. She believes that coding gives children a creative way of looking at the world. It empowers them to make, rather than passively consume and it encourages collaboration. Learn more by visiting her website


One comment

  1. Angela

    That’s a really great collection of sessions! Thanks for this… Now I need to look at my schedule again!

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