ALA Virtual Conference 2020

#alavirtual20 Poster Gallery

The #alavirtual20 Poster Gallery provides an opportunity for the face-to-face poster sessions (that usually take place at ALA Annual) to move online. There are 66 posters on display from 141 contributors representing institutions worldwide. The gallery is “open”for the duration of the conference as opposed to a specific time slot. The posters are categorized by topic and can be browsed by collection, title, or presenter. The collections include:  Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Women and Gender Studies Section Poster Session; Connections Poster Session; Global Solutions Poster Session; Infrastructure Poster Session; Outreach Poster Session; The Collectors Poster Session; and The Educators Poster Session. The topics are robust and include reflections and summaries of programs; social concerns within libraries; critical librarianship practice; library staffing issues; community engagement; student support; use of technology; and much more.  The breadth of topics; representation of different types of libraries and library staff; and presentation…

ALA Annual 2014

Sharing iDí­as : Diverse Programming at Your Library

One great initiative that the Public Awareness Committee works to promote is El dí­a de los niños/ El dí­a de los libros (Children’s Day/ Book Day), which was founded in 1996 by Latino children’s author Pat Mora. Dí­a is a special way for libraries to emphasize the importance of advocating literacy to children of all backgrounds while also encouraging families and children to connect with multicultural books, cultures and languages. Exposure to diversity on a regular basis is very important for children and the public library is poised as the perfect space to provide diverse encounters. You can read more about why nurturing cultural diversity in your library is important by reading Jamie Campbell Naidoo’s wonderful ALSC white paper The Importance of Diversity in Library Programs and Material Collections for Children. At the recent ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas, Naidoo and Debby Gold of the Cuyahoga County Public Library…