ALA Conference 2011
FTF Events and Events of Interest to FTF Members

If you are attending the American Library Association annual conference in New Orleans, the SRRT Feminist Task Force (FTF) invites you to attend the Feminist Task Force Meetings. They are open to everyone.ALA_Annual_2011.jpg There are many opportunities for you including serving as an officer (coordinator, treasurer, secretary, etc.), working on Women in Libraries, helping to plan programs, sharing ideas about things you would like FTF to do, and 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

Feminists Night Out not scheduled for Annual 2011 - check back in 2012!
Meeting Saturday, June 25, 8:30 – 10 a.m. at the Convention Center, Room 240

Saturday, June 25, Introduction to Women’s Issues, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.+, Loews New Orleans Hotel, LaFourche
Sunday, June 26, Amelia Bloomer Project Breakfast, 8:00 – 10:00 a.m., Loews New Orleans Hotel, LaFourche
Sunday, June 27, Now Showing @ ALA: Feminists Night at the Movies, 8:00 – 10:00 p.m., Convention Center, Auditorium C

Other Meetings & Events of Interest

This is a list of programs and meetings at the ALA Conference 2011 that may be of interest to FTF members and colleagues. The meetings and programs are in order by day and time.
NEW! All are tagged FTFlist in the ALA Conference Scheduler.

Saturday, June 25

  • Committee on the Status of Women in Librarianship (COSWL), 8:00-10:00am, Convention Center, Rm 341
  • Feminist Task Force (SRRT), 8:30am - 10:00am, Convention Center, Rm 240 Tbl 2
    FTF plans ALA conference programs and networks with other feminists and feminist organizations within and without librarianship. New members are always welcome! Included as part of SRRT All Task Force meeting.
  • GLBTRT Steering Committee I, 8:00-10:00am, Convention Center, Rm 239
  • SRRT All Task Forces Meeting, 8:30-10:00am, Convention Center, Rm 240
    Meeting of the 7 task forces of the Social Responsibilities Round Table to discuss program planning and various other task force business items. Task Forces include: Environment, Feminist, Alternative Media, International Responsibilities, Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday, Hunger, Homelessness, and Poverty, and the Rainbow Book Project Committee.
  • Rainbow Book Project Committee (SRRT /GLBTRT), 8:30-10:00am, Convention Center, Rm 240 Table 7
    Playing Saturday, June 25, 6-7:30pm

    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.
  • GLBTRT - All Committees, 10:30am-12:00pm, JW Marriott, Conde
  • SRRT Action Council I, 10:30am-12:30pm, Convention Center, Rm 241
    Meeting #1 of the Social Responsibilities Round Table Action Council to discuss round table business.
  • Introduction to Women's Issues, 1:30-2:30pm +, Convention Center, Rm 240
    Caregiving is a work life balance for all of our librarians and library workers—male and female; young and old. Hear the survey results and contribute to ways to improve support regarding caregiving.Moderated by Jennifer Paustenbaugh, PH.D., Associate Dean of Libraries for Planning & Assessment, Oklahoma State University.Co-sponsored by COSWL, ACRL WGSS and SRRT FTF.
  • GLBTRT Stonewall Book Awards Committee I (Closed), 1:30-3:30pm, Embassy Suites New Orleans Convention Center, Andrew Jackson
  • WGSS (ACRL) Awards Committee Meeting (Closed), 1:30-3:30pm, Sheraton New Orleans, Salon 816
  • UPDATED Progressive Librarians Guild Meeting, 4:00-5:40pm, Loews New Orleans Hotel, 300 Poydras Street, Terrebonne Room
    Meeting of the Progressive Librarians Guild (PLG), an SRRT affiliate. PLG publishes the 'Progressive Librarian' (since 1990 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. Guest speaker will be Amy Sonnie, activist, educator and librarian who has worked with U.S. grassroots social justice movements for the past 17 years. Amy will discuss her acclaimed YA anthology Revolutionary Voices (listed by ALA's Office of Intellectual Freedom as one of 2010's Most Frequently Challenged Books), and her forthcoming Hillbilly Nationalists, Urban Race Rebels, and Black Power: Community Organizing in Radical Times, a history of poor and working-class whites, inspired by the Civil Rights Movement and the Black Panther Party, who organized significant political movements against racism and inequality during the 1960s. The discussion will touch on lessons from this history for librarians and progressive scholars today.
  • WGSS (ACRL) General Membership Forum, 4:00-5:30pm, Sheraton New Orleans, Napoleon C1
  • Now Showing @ ALA: The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Paper (Film) (SRRT), 6:00-7:30pm, Convention Center, Auditorium C
    The full-length 2010 Oscar-nominated documentary. The film showing falls within the fortieth anniversary of the ten-day period during which Ellsberg and his wife simultaneously went into hiding and disseminated the Pentagon Papers to various publishers including the New York Times and the Washington Post. The Pentagon Papers played an enormous role in turning the tide of public opinion on the Vietnam War. It was the Nixon administration that dubbed Daniel Ellsberg The Most Dangerous Man in America. FREE. Panel discussion afterward, time permitting.
  • WGSS (ACRL) Social, 6:00-8:00pm, Newcomb Archives/Nadine Vorhoff Library on the Tulane Campusnccrow-button-banner_1.jpg
The Newcomb College Center for Research on Women / Newcomb Institute, our generous hosts, have offered a bus for transportation from the Sheraton Hotel (leaving after the WGSS Membership meeting and Research Poster Session, 4-5:30pm) to the social location. They are also offering to provide a bus returning at the end of the social to the Sheraton. The social will include light food, soft drinks, and wine.

Sunday, June 26

  • NEW! Amelia Bloomer Project Breakfast, 8:00-10:00am, Loews New Orleans Hotel, LaFourche, $35
    Join the Amelia Bloomer Project committee of the SRRT Feminist Task Force, for a breakfast presentation looking at the world of children's literature through the lens of feminism.
  • WGSS (ACRL) 2011 Conference Planning Committee, 8:00-10:00am, Sheraton New Orleans, Gallier A/B
  • WGSS (ACRL) 2012 Conference Planning Committee, 8:00-10:00am, Sheraton New Orleans, Crescent BdRm
  • ALA Council / Executive Board / Membership Information Session, 9:00-10:00am, Convention Center, La Nouvelle Orleans BR C
  • Right Here I See My Own Books: The Women's Library at the 1893 Chicago World's Fair (COSWL), 10:30am-12:00pm, Convention Center, Rm 350-351
    COSWL speaker Sarah Wadsworth

    Speaker: Sarah Wadsworth, Associate Professor, Marquette University. Historical analysis of the Dewey library for women at the Chicago 1893 World’s Fair and the social, political, class, race of inclusion and exclusion. The bibliographic vindication of women’s contributions to the advance of knowledge.
  • GLBTRT Membership Meeting, 10:30am-12:00pm, JW Marriott, Maurepas
  • LLAMA Women Administrators Discussion Group, 10:30am-12:00pm, Convention Center, Rm 340
  • WGSS (ACRL) All Committees Meeting, 10:30am-12:00pm, Sheraton New Orleans, Maurepas
  • ALA Council I, 10:45am - 12:15pm, Convention Center, La Nouvelle Orleans BR C
  • NEW! Mark Doty on the LIVE! @ your library Reading Stage, 11:00-11:30am, Convention Center, Exhibit Hall
    Mark Doty’s Fire to Fire: New and Selected Poems won the National Book Award for Poetry in 2008. He is the author of seven previous books of poems and five volumes of nonfiction prose, including Dog Years, a meditation on the bond between animals and human beings, and on the pleasures and sorrows of living with dogs. He has worked with gay and lesbian youth at risk of homelessness and with senior gay and lesbian citizens in New York City, and has taught poetry at many colleges and universities as well as in community programs around the country. He lives in New York City and on the east end of Long Island, and is a professor of English at Rutgers University.
  • NEW! Now Showing @ ALA: Obligation to Endure (SRRT), 11:00-11:30, Convention Center, Auditorium C
    As the George W. Bush administration gasped its final breaths, it attempted to shut down the EPA's library system, the world's foremost source of environmental information. In this age of climate change, natural disasters, and terrorism, how could this be possible, what were the real reasons behind the closures, and how much damage was done to the American public? “Obligation to Endure” explores how the war between truth and tyranny is sometimes fought by the most unlikely of superheroes. This 2010 documentary short was an official selection of the Sacramento International Film and Music Festival, the Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival, the Los Angeles Women's International Film Festival, the Riverside International Film Festival, the Santa International Film Festival, and the Long Island International Film Expo.
  • GLBTRT Stonewall Book Awards Committee Meeting II (Closed), 1:30-3:30pm, Royal Sonesta New Orleans, Board Room
  • Vampirism Just Got A Little More Colorful: Queer Vampires (GLBTRT), 1:30-3:30pm, Convention Center, Rm 285
    Speaker: Dean James, The TMC Library. Vampire literature has enjoyed a huge upswing in popularity in recent years, mostly due to such works as the "Twilight" series and "Let the Right One In." In this program we explore the experiences of LGBTQ vampires and their authors.
  • SRRT Action Council II, 1:30-3:30pm, Convention Center, Rm 239
    Ellis Avery

    Meeting #2 of the Social Responsibilities Round Table Action Council to discuss round table business.
  • NEW! Ellis Avery on the LIVE! @ your library Reading Stage, 3:30-4:00pm, Convention Center, Exhibit Hall
    Ellis Avery is the author of The Teahouse Fire (Riverhead, 2006). The winner of three awards, including the American Library Association Stonewall Fiction Award and the Lesbian Debut Fiction prize at the Lambda Literary Awards, The Teahouse Fire was translated into five languages. Avery teaches fiction writing at Columbia University and lives in New York City. Her new novel, The Last Nude, was inspired by the life and work of Art Deco painter Tamara de Lempicka.
  • NEW! SRRT Membership Meeting, 3:30-5:30pm, Convention Center, Rm 239
    Annual meeting of the Social Responsibilities Round Table membership to brainstorm ideas, vote on matters, discuss issues, resolutions, strategy, programming, ideas, and in general add their voice to the direction and future of SRRT.
  • WGSS (ACRL) Executive Committee, 4:00-5:30pm, Sheraton New Orleans, Gallery
  • Visual Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education: Introducing a New Interdisciplinary Information Literacy Standard for 21st Century Learner, 4:00pm - 5:30pm, Convention Center, Rm 339
    Visual literacy experts and practitioners will introduce a working draft of the new Visual Literacy Competency Standards, and discuss implementation strategies for higher education. Sponsored by the ACRL Image Resources Interest Group. Co-sponsored by Arts, IS, and WGSS.
  • GLBTRT Social, 5:30-8:00pm, Hotel LeMarais, 717 Conti Street
  • Now Showing @ ALA: Feminists Night at the Movies (FTF), 8:
    Filmmaker Kim Longinotto
    - 10:00pm, Convention Center, Auditorium C
    Movies, Movies, Movies. Come and have an entertaining and educational night at the movies with the Feminist Task Force and Women Make Movies. This year we will have a short introductory speaker and then show Pink Saris.”
    Pink Saris
    “A girl’s life is cruel...A woman’s life is very cruel,” notes Sampat Pal, the complex protagonist at the center of PINK SARIS, internationally acclaimed director Kim Longinotto’s latest foray into the lives of extraordinary women (SISTERS IN LAW, DIVORCE IRANIAN STYLE, ROUGH AUNTIES). Sampat should know – like many others she was married as a young girl into a family which made her work hard and beat her often. But unusually, she fought back, leaving her in-laws and eventually becoming famous as a champion for beleaguered women throughout Uttar Pradesh, many of whom find their way to her doorstep. Like Rekha, a fourteen year old Untouchable, who is three months pregnant and homeless – unable to marry her unborn child’s father because of her low caste. Fifteen year old Renu's husband from an arranged marriage has abandoned her, her father-in-law has been raping her and she's threatening to throw herself under a train. Both young women, frightened and desperate, reach out for their only hope: Sampat Pal and her Gulabi Gang, Northern India’s women vigilantes in pink. PINK SARIS is an unflinching and often amusing look at these unlikely political activists and their charismatic leader; in extraordinary scenes, we watch Sampat launch herself into the centre of family dramas, witnessed by scores of spectators, convinced her mediation is the best path for these vulnerable girls. Her partner Babuji, who has watched Sampat change over the years, is less certain...This new film by director Kim Longinotto has been awarded "Best Documentary" in the prestigious Abu Dhabi International Film Festival’s Documentary Competition, as well as the Special Jury Prize by Sheffield Doc/Fest and the Amnesty Award for "Best Documentary" at CPH:DOX.

Monday, June 27

  • 21st Century Scholarly Communication: Conversations for Change, 8:00-10:00am, Convention Center, Rm 343
    Speakers: Danielle Antoinette Hidalgo, Senior Fellow and Lecturer, Interdisciplinary Humanities Center, UC Santa Barbara; Sherri L. Barnes, Humanities Collection Coordinator, University of California; Marta L. Brunner, Head of Collections, Research, and Instructional Services, University of California, Los Angeles; Jennifer Laherty, Digital Publishing Librarian, IUScholarWorks, Indiana University, Bloomington. As the Open Access movement ramps up in the humanities and social sciences, librarians need to be aware of the initiatives that are altering traditional scholarly publishing. Open access journals, monographs, presses, and more, are changing librarians' roles and the scholarly communication landscape. This panel will discuss the progress and impact of this important reform movement from the perspective of feminist librarians and other stakeholders. The WGSS Career Achievement award will be presented
    Awards Brunch, Monday, June 27, 10:30-2:00
    to Kay Cassell at 8:00 a.m. Panel begins at 8:30. Co-sponsored in name only: ANSS, EBSS, LPSS, ALCTS Scholarly Communication Interest Group, WGSS.
  • ALA Council II, 9:15am-12:45pm, Convention Center, La Nouvelle Orleans BR C
  • Stonewall Book Awards Brunch (GLBTRT), 10:30am-2:00pm, Loews New Orleans Hotel, Louisiana I
    Brunch in celebration of the 40th anniversary Stonewall Book Award Winners and Honor books, with keynote presentations from previous Stonewall Book Award Winners Dorothy Allison and Sarah Schulman. Presentation of the 2011 Stonewall Awards and Honors to Brian Katcher (Almost Perfect), Barb Johnson (More of This World or Maybe Another), Tom Mendicino (Probation), James Klise (Love Drugged), Wendy Moffat (A Great Unrecorded History), Justin Spring (Secret Historian), and more.
  • The Human Library: Where People are the Books (SRRT), 1:30-3:30pm, Marriott at the Convention Center, Blaine Kern A
    Get to know your fellow librarians! Based on the Human Library that originated in Denmark, this library gives librarians a chance to find out more about each other, as they talk one-on-one with librarians from different task forces, roundtables, specialties, backgrounds, political leanings and more. You’ll gain new insights into why librarians do what they do and maybe even find a new career.
  • Out of the Closet & Into the Library: LGBTQ Programming (GLBTRT), 4:00-5:30pm, Convention Center, Rm 285
    Speakers Bleue Benton, Oak Park Public Library; Lise Dyckman, California Institute of Integral Studies; Jim Patterson, Northwestern Connecticut Community College & Jennifer Teitelbaum, Lemon Grove Public Library. This program will feature library workers' experience creating library programs that address the needs of LGBTQ users, such as Pride-themed events. Success stories, community controversies and practical advice will be shared.

Tuesday, June 28

  • ALA Council III, 8:00am-12:30pm, Convention Center, La Nouvelle Orleans BR C
  • GLBTRT Steering Committee II,10:30am-1:00pm, Convention Center, Rm 236

Location Information

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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
  • WGS: Women's & Gender Studies Section of ACRL

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