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ALA Midwinter 2012
FTF Events and Events of Interest to FTF Members


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If you are attending the American Library Association midwinter meeting in Dallas, the SRRT Feminist Task Force (FTF) invites you to attend our meetings.

They are open to everyone, and there are always opportunities to become involved FTF and ALA. Also highlighted below are other programs and meetings at the
ALA midwinter meeting 2012 that may be of particular interest to FTF members and colleagues.

You can also find out what FTF is doing on our website, here on the wiki and by joining FTF on Facebook .

Updated January 19!

FTF Meetings

  • Saturday, January 21 8:30 - 10:00am, Dallas Convention Center, D221 Table 1 - part of the SRRT All Task Forces Meeting
  • Sunday, January 22, 6:00pm - 7:30pm, Dallas Convention Center, A101 - the meeting will be followed by dinner offsite


Friday, January 20


  • ERT / Booklist Author Forum, 4:00pm - 5:30pm, Dallas Convention Center - Theater
    Includes Hillary Jordan, author of the international bestseller Mudbound, winner of the Bellwether Prize for literature that addresses issues of social justice.

Saturday, January 21


  • Committee on the Status of Women in Librarianship (ALA), 8:00am - 10:00am, Dallas Convention Center - C143

  • ALA Master Series: A Library occupies Occupy Wall Street, 8:30am - 09:30am, Dallas Convention Center - Theater
    Learn first-hand from the librarians on the front lines of Occupy Wall Street. Betsy Fagin, Mandy Henk and Zachary Loeb share their experiences participating in the Occupy Wall Street movement and building the People's Library. Betsy Fagin was an ALA Spectrum Scholar in 2004 at the University of Maryland where she received her MLS degree. She has also received degrees in Creative Writing and Literature from CUNY - Brooklyn College and Vassar College. Mandy Henk has been a librarian since 2003. She has experience working reference and doing instruction, but her main focus has been Access Services. Mandy's research interests include sustainable librarianship and the political economy of academic publications. Zachary Loeb earned an MSIS from the University of Texas at Austin in May 2011. His areas of interest include archives, library technology, young adult services and the democratization of the public record.

  • SRRT All Task Forces Meeting, 8:30am - 10:00am, Dallas Convention Center - D221
    All Social Responsibilities Task Forces meet separately but in the same room. Any SRRT member interested in participating in a task force should attend, and will be welcomed.

  • GLBT RT All Task Forces Meeting, 10:30am - 12:00pm, Sheraton Dallas Hotel - Majestic 03
    Chance for GLBT Round Table committees to meet and talk about their work.

  • SRRT Action Council Meeting I, 10:15am - 12:30pm, Dallas Convention Center - D175
    Social Responsibilities Round Table meeting. All members of SRRT interested in governance of the Round Table are encouraged to attend.

Arthur Curley Memorial Lecture - Jamal Joseph, 4:00pm - 05:00pm, Dallas Convention Center - Theatertmb_joseph.jpg
Jamal Joseph, author of PANTHER BABY: A Life of Rebellion and Reinvention (February 2012) who, in the 1960s, exhorted students at Columbia University to burn their college to the ground. Today he's Chair of their School of the Arts film division. His personal odyssey - from the streets of Harlem to Riker's Island (charged with conspiracy as one of the Panther 21 in one of the most emblematic criminal cases of the sixties) and Leavenworth to the halls of Columbia - is as gripping as it is inspiring. Orphan, activist, subversive, urban guerrilla, FBI fugitive, drug addict, drug counselor, convict, writer, poet, filmmaker, father, professor, youth advocate, and Oscar nominee Jamal Joseph lives with his wife and family in New York City. Sponsored by Algonquin.


  • ACRL Women and Gender Studies Section General Membership Forum, 4:00pm - 5:30pm, Sheraton Dallas Hotel - Seminar Theater

  • ACRL Women and Gender Studies Section Social, 6:00 - 8:00pm, Wild Salsa Restaurant 1800 Main Street, phone 214-741-9453
    Walk over with the group from the Membership Forum or join the group at the restaurant for an evening of food, drinks, and conversation. Vegetarian options available.

  • Progressive Librarians Guild Meeting, 4:00pm - 05:30pm, Dallas Convention Center - D170

  • Progressive Librarians Guild Midwinter Dinner, 7:00 - 10:00pm, Jorge's Tex/Mex Cafe, 1722 Routh Street #122
    In the Dallas Arts District. Vegetarian options available.

Sunday, January 22



Audtmb_green.jpgitorium Speaker - John Green,10:00am - 11:00am, Dallas Convention Center - Theater
John Green will address how social networking relates to literature and how librarians can reach patrons through fun and inventive social networking. An unparalleled social networker himself, Green has more than 1,125,000 Twitter followers while his vlogbrothers YouTube channel has 500,000 subscribers and almost 125 million downloads (http://youtube.com/user/vlogbrothers). It is in the Top 100 most subscribed channels of all time on YouTube and is consistently in the Top 100 most viewed daily videos. Green's appearance at Midwinter, sponsored by Penguin Young Readers, kicks off the tour for his upcoming book, The Fault in Our Stars (Dutton/January 2012), which has already received wide attention following his YouTube announcement that he would personally sign the entire first print run.

  • Women Administrators Discussion Group, 10:30am - 12:00pm, Dallas Convention Center - A305

  • GLBT RT Social, 6:00pm - 8:00pm, Dallas Public Library, J. Erik Jonsson Central Branch, 1515 Young Street, 4th Floor Gallery
    Join GLBTRT members and supporters for a night of socializing and networking. The 2012 Stonewall Book Awards, Rainbow Project, and Over the Rainbow Book Lists will also be announced. Social will be held at the Dallas Public Library.

  • Freedom to Read Foundation Annual Banned Author Event & Fundraiser Featuring John Green, 6:00pm - 8:30pm, Dallas Public Library, Dallas East/West Room & Auditorium, 1515 Young Street (ticketed event)
    Featuring John Green, bestselling author of Looking for Alaska and the forthcoming The Fault in Our Stars. Space limited! Reserve your spot now by making a donation to the Freedom to Read Foundation. Visit our secure online donation page and write "John Green event" in Comments. Suggested donation $25 ($10 students). Books by John Green will be available for sale at the event. Proceeds will benefit the Freedom to Read Foundation's efforts to support and defend the First Amendment in libraries and elsewhere.

Monday, January 23



  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Observance and Sunrise Celebration, 6:30am - 07:30am, Dallas Convention Center - A2
    The annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Observance and Sunrise Celebration features words and music commemorating Dr. King's legacy and recognizes the connection between his life's work and the library world. Sponsored by SRRT, BCALA, ALA OLOS, and World Book, Inc.