ALA Conference 2010FTF Events and Events of Interest to FTF Members
Diedre Conkling, FTF Co-Coordinator

ALA_Annual_DC_Color_A.jpgIf you are attending the American Library Association annual conference in Washington, DC, we invite you to attend the meetings of the Feminist Task Force meetings. They are open to everyone. There are many opportunities for you to participate in FTF, including serving as an officer (coordinator, treasurer, scribe, etc.), helping to edit our newsletter Women in Libraries, helping to plan programs, sharing ideas about things you would like FTF to do, as well as in other ways that you might design for yourself. We are always ready for new ideas.

All FTF meetings and programs are highlighted below. You can find out what we are doing on our
website, here on the wiki and by joining the FTF Facebook group.

FTF Meetings & Events

  • Business Meeting, Saturday, June 26, 8: 10 a.m. at the JW Marriott Grand Ballroom IV (with SRRT all Task Force Meeting)
  • Feminists Night Out, Friday, June 25, 6:30: 8:30 p.m. @ Lace
  • Introduction to Women’s Issues in ALA, Saturday, June 26, 1:30: 2:30 p.m., WCC 143A
  • The National Women's History Museum Project: Towards a Permanent Presence on the National Mall, Sunday, June 27, 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM, WCC 146A

Other Meetings & Events of Interest

Following is a list of programs and meetings at the ALA Annual Conference 2010 that may be of interest to FTF members and colleagues. The meetings are in order by day and time.

Friday, June 25

Feminists Night Out

Lace, 6:30-8:30 p.m., 2214 Rhode Island Avenue NElace.jpg
All feminists and their friends are invited to Feminists Night Out. Come when you want, stay as long as you want.
This is a great opportunity early in the conference to get together casually and talk about the conference and other activities. Lace is a woman owned restaurant and bar. We always try to support a local woman owned business or alternative bookstore in the ALA Conference city. We will list this as an event on our Facebook page -- let us know you are going to join the group.
Lace is located at 2214 Rhode Island Avenue NE -- the G8 bus runs right past the Convention Center and continues NE on Rhode Island Avenue.

Saturday, June 26

  • COSWL, 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM, WCC 154A
  • Feminist Task Force (SRRT/FTF), 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM, JW Grand BR IV
    FTF will meet on Saturday during the SRRT All Task Force meeting. Because of a scheduling error we will not hold our usual second meeting on Sunday
  • GLBTRT Steering Committee I, 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM, BEAC Embassy 108/110
  • Rainbow Project (SRRT & GLBTRT), 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM, JW Grand BR IV
  • SRRT All Task Force Meeting, 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM, JW Grand BR IV
  • GLBTRT All Committees, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM, BEAC Cabinet
  • SRRT Action Council I, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM, JW Rayburn
  • Introduction to Women's Issues in ALA, 1:30 PM - 2:30 P,M WCC 143A, Sponsored by FTF, WSS & COSWL
    An opportunity to discuss real issues that are important to them and also to get information about the various women’s groups in ALA. This year’s beginning discussion topic is what employment or workplace issues are you facing that you find frustrating? Information about the SRRT Feminist Task Force (FTF), Committee on the Status of Women in Librarianship (COSWL), ACRL’s Women`s Studies Section (WSS) and the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT) will be available with representatives from these and other groups on hand to learn from you about workplace issues. You will also learn about the opportunities to participate in each group.
  • GLBTRT Stonewall Book Awards Committee (Closed), 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM, BEAC, Presidential Library
  • ALA Membership Meeting I: Forming Strong Alliances: Non-library partnerships, 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM, WCC Ballroom A
    Join us in open forums to discuss the importance and relevance of forming strong partnerships with non-library organizations within our communities. In addition to the program topic, ALA Membership Meetings are your opportunity to share opinions and concerns with the ALA member-leaders and bring forward resolutions.
  • Afghanistan in Context: the background to the war that every librarian should know, SRRT International Relations Task Force, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM, WCC 151B
    We’ve heard the rhetoric about why the US invaded Afghanistan and the plight of Afghani women. Through the contributions of Afghani and foreign writers, this session examines the culture, history, and background of the country. Where the U.S. government is spending billions, and thousands of people are dying, the information presented here is essential to our responsibilities as citizens and to our work as librarians serving our patron’s informational needs.
    Speakers: Anne Brodsky, Associate Professor and Associate Chair of Psychology at UMBC, Baltimore. Her book, With All Our Strength is based on trips to Afghanistan and interviews with members of the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan; Nasrine Gross, an Afghan-American writer and women's rights activist, and founder and president of Kabultec in the US and the Roqia Center for Women's Rights, Studies, and Education in Afghanistan. She runs award-winning literacy programs.Fahima Vorgetts, director of Women for Afghan Women's Afghan Women's Fund. She has testified about Taliban abuses before the United Nations and other organizations;
    Hirad Dinavari is the Reference Librarian for the African Middle Eastern Division Iranian World Collections. He will be giving us an introduction to resources about Afghanistan available at the Library of Congress.
  • ACRL - WSS General Membership Forum, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM, GRAND Independence F
  • ACRL - WSS Social, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM, Capitol City Brewing Company, 1100 New York AVE NW at H Street NW, phone 202-628-2222.
  • Opening General Session Featuring Toni Morrison, 5:30- 7:00 pm, WCC Hall DToni_Morrison.jpg
    Toni Morrison is a Nobel Prize winning American author, editor and professor. Her contributions to the modern canon are numerous. Some of her acclaimed titles include: The Bluest Eye, Song of Solomon, and Beloved, which won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1988. She won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1993. Her newest books for children are Peeny Butter Fudge and Little Cloud and Lady Wind. Sponsored by Simon and Schuster.

Sunday, June 27

  • Feminist Task Force 40th Anniversary CANCELLED, 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
  • ACRL - WSS Conference Program Planning 2010, 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM, REN Meeting Rm. 03
  • ACRL - WSS Conference Program Planning 2011, 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM, REN Meeting Rm. 06
  • Rainbow Project Breakfast (SRRT & GLBTRT), 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM, WCC 201
    The Rainbow Project presents its first celebratory event featuring talks by three well-known authors for children and young adults, Tickets ($50) are available for purchase through ala.org or on the morning of the event (conference registration required). Featured Speakers: Marcus Ewer, author of 10,000 Dresses; Ellen Hopkins, author of Tricks; Lesléa Newman, author of Mommy, Mama, & Me
  • ALA COUNCIL I, 10:00 AM - 12:15 PM, WCC Ballroom A
  • ACRL - WSS All Committees Meeting, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM, REN Meeting Rm. 12
  • ACRL - WSS Awards (Closed), 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM, JW Rayburn
  • GLBTRT Membership Meeting, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM, REN Meeting Rm. 04
  • LLAMA Women Administrators Discussion Group, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM, HIL Northwest
    The LLAMA Women Administrators Discussion Group welcomes participants to discuss issues of particular concern to women in library leadership positions.
  • nwhm.gifThe National Women's History Museum Project: Towards a Permanent Presence on the National Mall, 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM, WCC 146A Co-sponsored by ACRL-WSS, ALISE, and the SRRT-FTF
    President/CEO Joan Wages will discuss the success of the National Women’s History Museum Project in developing grassroots support and legislative action towards creating a National museum dedicated to the accomplishments of women in America. Moderator: Kathleen de la Pena McCook, University of South Florida, Distinguished University Professor
  • GLBTRT Rainbow Hollinger Box: LGBTQ Archives, 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM, WCC 152A
    Speakers from the Canadian Lesbian & Gay Archives and the Black Gay & Lesbian Archive Project will discuss LGBTQ Archives.
  • GLBTRT Stonewall Book Awards Committee II (Closed), 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM, BEAC State Rm.
  • ACRL-WSS Executive and Leadership Orientation, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM, GRAND Latrobe
  • SRRT Action Council II, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM, JW Rayburn
  • GLBTRT 40th Anniversary Social, 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM, Hotel Monaco
    The first Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgendered professional organization in the nation begins its 40th Anniversary year-long celebration with a kick-off party at the Hotel Monaco. Join the GLBT Round Table for appetizers, anniversary cake and a champagne toast to start our celebration of 40 years of participation in ALA. Cash bar. Commemorative t-shirts available for purchase.
  • SRRT Membership Meeting, 6 :00 PM - 8:00 PM, JW Congressional/Senate

Monday, June 28

  • ACRL: WSS: Finding the Best Film for the Classroom: Feminist Pedagogy, Visual Literacy and Representation, 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM, WCC 147A
    Multimedia resources allow students who are increasingly visually oriented to experience other eras and cultures and to acquire ethnographic sensibility and visual literacy that could not be delivered through textual material. This program will focus on multimedia resources on women’s issues and create a panel with four experts: media librarian, film distributor, film review e-journal editor, college/university faculty member. They will present their perspectives on issues of collection development, marketing, distribution and classroom use. Moderator: Kayo Denda, Rutgers University, Head, Margery Somers Foster Center and Women’s Studies Librarian. Speakers: Karen Alexander, Rutgers University, Senior Editor Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society; Daniel Moshenberg, George Washington University, Associate Professor and Director, Women’s Studies Program; Chimene Tucker, University of California Santa Barbara, Information Services Librarian; Debra Zimmerman, Women Make Movies, Executive Director
  • ALA COUNCIL II, 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM, WCC Ballroom A
  • GLBTRT Stonewall Book Awards Brunch, 10:30 AM - 1:00 PM, WCC 207A stonewall.jpg
    This is the 39th anniversary of the Stonewall Book Awards. For the first time an award will be given for Children's and Young Adult Literature. That award will go to Nick Burd for his young adult novel The Vast Fields of Ordinary, published by the Penguin Group. Authors of two honor books for that award will also be recognized at this event: Marcus Ewert, for 10,000 Dresses (Seven Stories Press) and Linas Alsenas, for Gay America: Struggle for Equality (Amulet Books). The Barbara Gittings Literature Award will go to David Francis for his novel Stray Dog Winter (MacAdam/Cage). The author of the honor book God Says No (McSweeney's Publishing), James Hannaham, will also be recognized. The Israel Fishman Non-Fiction Award will go to Nathaniel Frank for his work Unfriendly Fire: How the Gay Ban Undermines the Military and Weakens America (St. Martin's Press). Honor author Stewart Weisberg will also be recognized for his book Barney Frank: The Story of America's Only Left-Handed, Gay, Jewish Congressman (University of Massachusetts Press). The award presentations will be preceded by a talk by Barbara Jones, Director of ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom and the Executive Director of the Freedom to Read Foundation. She will address the importance the Stonewall Book Award for Children's and Young Adult Literature and how it supports intellectual freedom. Ticketed event ($50). Some tickets are still available and can be ordered by calling ALA customer service at 800-974-3084 or at the conference.
  • ALA Membership Meeting II: Forming Strong Alliances: Non-library partnerships, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM, WCC Ballroom A
    Join us in open forums to discuss the importance and relevance of forming strong partnerships with non-library organizations within our communities. In addition to the program topic, ALA Membership Meetings are your opportunity to share opinions and concerns with the ALA member-leaders and bring forward resolutions.
  • GLBTRT Queer Teens: LGBTQ Young Adult Novels, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM, WCC 152A
    Authors of LGBTQ literature discuss their work.
  • RUSA - Labor Rights are Human Rights, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM, WCC 206
    Labor rights are at the heart of the struggle for human rights. The freedom to associate, to organize and to have equal opportunities in the workplace are under attack around the world. This program will discuss labor rights, including the role of unions in promoting democracy and economic prosperity, and the attack on workers’ rights as part of an international phenomenon. The importance of unions to the salary and status of women will be a special focus of this program.
    Speakers: Bama Athreya, International Labor Rights Forum, Executive Director; Carol Rosenblatt, Coalition of Labor Union Women, Executive Director

Tuesday, June 29

    • ALA COUNCIL III, 7:00 AM - 10:30 AM, WCC Ballroom A
    • GLBTRT Steering Committee II, 10:30 AM - 1:00 PM, WCC 154B

ALA Acronyms

  • ALA: American Library Association
  • ALA-APA: ALA-Allied Professional Association
  • ACRL: Association of College and Research Libraries
  • COSWL: Committee on the Status of Women in Libraries
  • FTF: Feminist Task Force
  • GLBTRT: Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgendered Round Table
  • Rainbow Project Task Force: SRRT & GLBTRT
  • PLG: Progressive Librarians Guild
  • SRRT: Social Responsibilities Round Table
  • WSS: Women Studies Section of ACRL

Location Information

  • BEAC Beacon Hotel, 1615 Rhode Island AVE NW
  • CAP Capital Hilton, 1001 16th ST NW
  • DOUB Doubletree, 1515 Rhode Island AVE NW
  • EMB Embassy Suites, 900 10th ST NW
  • FOUR Four Points Sheraton, 1201 K ST NW
  • GRAND Grand Hyatt, 1000 H ST NW
  • HAM Hamilton Crowne Plaza, 1001 14th ST, NW
  • HIL Hilton Washington, 1919 Connecticut AVE NW
  • Hotel Monaco, 700 F ST NW
  • HYATT Hyatt Regency, 400 New Jersey AVE NW
  • JW JW Marriott, 1331 Pennsylvania AVE NW
  • Lace, 2214 Rhode Island AVE NE
  • LIAISON Liaison Hotel, 415 New Jersey AVE NW
  • MAD Madison, 1177 15th ST NW
  • MAY Renaissance Mayflower, 1127 Connecticut AVE NW
  • MET Marriott Metro, 775 12th ST NW
  • PLAZA Washington Plaza, 10 Thomas Circle NW
  • REN Renaissance Washington, 999 Ninth ST NW
  • WASH Washington Marriott, 1221 22nd ST NW
  • WCC Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place NW
  • WEST Westin, 2350 M ST NW


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