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ALA Conference 2012
FTF Events and Other Events of Interest to FTF Members



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FTF Meetings & Events
Feminist Task Force MeetingFriday, June 22, 7:30 – 9:00pm at the Hilton Anaheim, Oceanside, Table 3 (at the SRRT All Task Forces Meeting) – we need you!
Saturday, June 23, Introduction to Women’s Issues in ALA, 1:30 – 3:30 pm, Hilton Anaheim, Laguna B
Sunday, June 24, Feminist Night at the Movies, 8:00 – 10:00 pm, Convention Center, 202A

Other Meetings & Events of Interest
Programs and meetings at the ALA Conference 2012 that may be of interest to FTF members and colleagues, in order by day and time. Event links go to the ALA Conference Scheduler.

Friday, June 22


  • Town Hall Meeting on Diversity 8:00am-12:00pm Hilton Anaheim, California B
    Diversity has become an increasingly important issue within our profession and association. The five associations of ethnic librarians (AILA, APALA, BCALA, CALA and REFORMA), the GLBTRT, and ASCLA's LSSPS serve as important forums for the advancement of diversity and service to diverse users. The Town Hall will provide an opportunity to hear from these groups, to discuss their current efforts towards achieving a more diverse profession, and to identify new opportunities for collaboration and support across the profession.
  • SRRT All Task Forces Meeting 7:30-9:00pm Hilton Anaheim, Oceanside
  • Feminist Task Force Meeting 7:30-9:00pm Hilton Anaheim, Oceanside, Table 3
    FTF plans ALA conference programs and networks with other feminists and feminist organizations within and without librarianship. New members are always welcome! Part of the SRRT All Task Force meeting.
  • Rainbow Project Task Force Meeting 7:30-9:00pm Hilton Anaheim, Oceanside
    Rainbow Book Project promotes books for young readers reflect gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender/questioning experiences. This joint project of SRRT and GLBTRT creates an annual book list of recommended GLBTQ fiction and nonfiction titles for young readers from birth through age 18. Part of the SRRT All Task Force meeting.

Saturday, June 23


  • Committee on the Status of Women in Librarianship (COSWL) Meeting 8:00-10:00am, Anaheim Marriott, Desert Springs
  • Diversity Begins at Home: Valuing Every Kind of Difference 8:00-10:00am, Convention Center 208B
    As we've made progress in diversity and inclusion, under-represented groups, including people with disabilities, people of color, and the GLBT community, have won greater visibility and voice. But we have not always recognized that differences also exist within these communities. This program will shed light on lesser-known intra-community differences and share the experiences of groups that face intra-community disparities. Panelists will discuss populations that could use greater recognition and acceptance, as well as what they have done and what we all can do to practice deep diversity and inclusion. Speakers: Clara M. Dr. Chu, Department of Library and Info. Studies, University of North Carolina, Greensboro; Elizabeth Brumfield, Distance Services Librarian, Pairie View A&M University; John Ayala, Emeritus Dean of the Library, Fullerton College; K.R. Roberto, Serials/Electronic Resources Librarian, Penrose Library, University Of Denver; Michael McLaughlin, American Indian Resource Center, County of Los Angeles Public Library; Sefa Aina, Director of the Asian American Resource Center (AARC), Pomona College.
  • SRRT Action Council Meeting I 8:30am-12:30pm, Red Lion Hotel, Anaheim, Serafina C & D
  • GLBT Round Table All Committee Meeting 10:30am-12:00pm, Anaheim Marriott, Grand Salon G-H
  • Leaders Wanted / LIS Doctoral Program Options Fair: Cultivating Diversity in LIS Education 10:30am-12:00pm, Anaheim Marriott, Marquis South
    Representation of diversity in LIS education and research is paramount to achieving our diversity recruitment goals. A panel featuring current doctoral students will be followed by an hour-long Options Fair with representatives from LIS doctoral programs. Don't miss this unique opportunity to explore PhD and funding options from schools across the country. (ALA Committee on Diversity)
  • Not Your Mom's Graphic Novels: Giving Girls Options Beyond Wonder Woman 11:00am-12:30pm, Convention Center, Exhibit Hall Poster Area Table 4
    Graphic novels bring to mind the stereotypical male superhero, swooping in and saving the damsel in distress. This perception of graphic novels is due, in part, to a history of male novelists writing specifically for a male audience. Unfortunately, focus on only the hero in graphic novels ignores the rise of the strong female protagonist, and of an increasing number of talented female authors and artists. Librarians who are expanding or creating a graphic novel collection are provided with criteria for evaluating the positive representation of women in these novels. An examination of how women have been represented historically in graphic novels offers librarians additional background helpful in selecting graphic novels that will appeal to girls. The poster enhances the presentation with enlarged pages from several recommended titles, visual representations of women through graphic novel history (1920-2012), and a timeline of the graphic novel's development. Resource lists and examples of recommended titles from multiple genres are provided. Speakers: Anna Jorgensen & Arianna Lechan, Dana Hall School
  • Fabulous Havens: Libraries as Safe Spaces for the Needs of LGBT Youth 1:30-3:30pm, Convention Center, 201C
    An interactive workshop, presented by GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network) staff will focus on ways libraries can create safe, respectful and healthy environments for all youth, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. RSVP required - http://bit.ly/fabhavens. (There are 2 possible days you can attend this workshop. You only need to attend one.)
  • Introduction to Women's Issues in ALA 1:30-3:30pm, Hilton Anaheim, Laguna B
    Annual discussion session sponsored by SRRT Feminist Task Force (FTF), the ACRL Women & Gender Studies Section (WGSS) and the Committee on the Status of Women in Librarianship (COSWL). This year's discussion will be about the recently completed Research Project on Gender Presence in ALA Conference Presentations. We will discuss the findings and how we are going to use the information.
  • ACRL Women & Gender Studies Section (WGSS) General Membership Forum 4:00-5:30pm, Disneyland Hotel, Castle C
    Membership meeting followed by a Poster Session.
  • ACRL WGSS Social 6:00-8:00pm, Bar Louie Tavern and Grill Anaheim Garden Walk, 321 West Katella Avenue, 714-495-4170
  • SRRT Membership Meeting and Social 8:00-11:00pm, Hilton Anaheim, Pacific A
    Bring your concerns to the SRRT Membership Meeting. If you are new, learn about what SRRT does and how to get involved. If you have been involved, meet some new people. Relax at the social. Enjoy some appetizers, cash bar, and entertainment.

Sunday, June 24


  • Women In Comics (Alameda Free Library / Graphic Novels MIG) 10:00-10:30am, Convention Center, Exhibit Hall Graphic Novel Stage
  • Documenting Sexual Dissidence and Diversity in France, Italy and Spain 10:30am-12:00pm, Convention Center 201A
    Documenting and preserving minority cultures is an ongoing challenge for libraries and archives as most of this cultural production continues to exist beyond the mainstream. Such is the case for sexual minorities in progressive societies like those of France, Italy and Spain. The various voices from a panel (an independent researcher, a literary scholar, an academic librarian, and an activist-publisher) provide a learning opportunity not only to assess voids in our collections but also offer novel strategies for addressing such gaps. Speakers: Gerard Koskovich, Independent Scholar; James Michael Fortney, Assistant Coordinator of the Italian Program, University of Illinois Chicago; Mili Hernandez, Publisher of Spain's LGBT publisher EGALES and owner of Madri's LGBT book store Berkana.
  • ACRL WGSS All Committees Meeting 10:30am-12:00pm, Disneyland Hotel, Castle A & B
  • GLBTRT Membership Meeting 10:30am-12:00pm. Anaheim Marriott, Grand Salon D
    Meeting of the membership of the round table - a chance to hear updates and make proposals to the Steering Committee.
  • UPDATED LAMA Women Administrators Discussion Group 10:30am-12:00pm, Doubletree Suites, Tuscany DE
    Please join us for an informal general discussion on leadership styles and challenges. Discussion topics:
    What is your leadership style? Come share your thoughts and ideas on different leadership style theories such as transformational, transactional, relational, and visionary. Suggested Reading: Connective Leadership: Female Leadership Styles in the 21st-Century Workplace
    How do you handle leadership challenges? Share managerial issues and possible solutions concerning leadership challenges such as managing meetings. Suggested Reading: Meet the Meeting Killers
  • Library History Round Table Research Forum 1:30-3:30pm, Hilton Anaheim, Laguna B
    This year's panel of presentations on library history includes Joyce Latham's "Heat, Humility, and Hubris: the Conundrum of the Fiske Report."
  • Fabulous Havens: Libraries as Safe Spaces for the Needs of LGBT Youth 1:30-3:30pm, Convention Center 209B
    An interactive workshop, presented by GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network)staff will focus on way libraries can create safe, respectful and healthy environments for all youth, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. RSVP required - http://bit.ly/fabhavens. (There are 2 possible days you can attend this workshop. You only need to attend one.)
  • SRRT Action Council Meeting II 1:30-5:30pm, Convention Center 212B
  • Progressive Librarians Guild 4:00-5:30pm Hyatt Regency Orange County Royal Ballroom A
    Meeting of the Progressive Librarians Guild (PLG), an SRRT affiliate. PLG publishes the Progressive Librarian and works with progressive librarians in the U.S. and around the world on a variety of progressive issues and causes and their intersection with librarianship.
  • WGSS Meeting 4:00-5:30pm, Disneyland Hotel, Monorail B & C
  • GLBT RT Social 6:00-8:00pm, Tortilla Jo's 1510 Disneyland Drive, Building A, Downtown Disney District, 714-535-5000
    A chance for members to network and meet new members. Cash bar, with appetizers served. Donations encouraged to cover costs.
  • Feminist Night at the Movies 8:00-10:00pm, Convention Center 202A

Monday, June 25


  • Insert Catchy Label Here or the End of Gen Y, Digital Natives and the Millennial Student Myth 8:00-10:00am, Convention Center 205A
    How changing demographics effects academic library user populations and how libraries prepare for the changes. Issues addressed may include, demographic projections, users in two-year, four-year and vocational and graduate institutions, economic issues, serving first generation students, the digital divide, race/class/gender/age, Latino students in higher education, information literacy, technology trends and lib 2.0, assessment and ethnographic approaches to understanding users. Moderator: Pamela Mann, Reference, Instruction & Outreach Librarian, St. Mary's College of Maryland Speakers: Roberto C. Delgadillo, Humanities, Social Science and Government Information Services Manager, University of California - Davis; Virginia Eubanks, Associate Professor, Department of Women's Studies, University of Albany (SUNY); Yago S. Cura, Librarian, Los Angeles Public Library
  • Stonewall Book Awards Brunch 10:30am-2:00pm, Anaheim Marriott, Grand Salon A-D
    Awards brunch for the 41st annual Stonewall Book Awards. Tickest ($55) must be purchased in advance.
  • Conversation Starters: Style and Stereotypes: Perceptions of Librarians 2:45-3:30pm, Convention Center 208A
    Not always buns and sensible shoes, librarians at various types of libraries have different styles (and dress codes). Librarian Wardrobe has been documenting the styles of librarians across different types of libraries, institutions, position types, and geographical locations for a year and a half. This blog has spurred discussion on stereotypes and perceptions of librarians within the field and out. In this conversation starter session, we will engage participants in talking about how librarians are perceived in the field (from networking to hiring to presenting) and outside the field (user perceptions, style and effectiveness, stereotypes shifting from buns/shushing vs tattoos/hipness). Do we have to look a certain way to be successful or for users to benefit from our expertise? What impact does style have personally and professionally? The panelists and attendees will be encouraged to share their own thoughts on these discussion points.
  • Coming Out in Print: The LGBT Literary Landscape Today 4:00-5:30pm, Convention Center - 202B
    Join us for a lively discussion about the LGBT literary scene, the notable books in our community, and the institutions that help LGBT writers, readers, publishers and librarians. Panel participants include Tony Valenzuela (Executive Director of the Lambda Literary Foundation), Monica Carter (Program Coordinator, LGBT Writers in Schools Program, LLF), Wayne Hoffman (author of Sweet Like Sugar), Jane Cothron (GLBT RT Rainbow Project) & Christie Gibrich (Over the Rainbow Project).