The following is a text-only press release from the federal Institute of
Museum and Library Services (IMLS). An HTML version of this release can
be read on the agency's Web site at

June 22, 2010

IMLS Press Contacts 
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Mamie Bittner, [log in to unmask]

IMLS Staff Participate in ALA Conference in Washington, D.C. 
Visit the IMLS Booth at the ALA Exhibition Hall Booth # 3958 

Washington, DC-Marsha L. Semmel, acting director of the Institute of
Museum and Library Services (IMLS), Mary Chute, deputy director for
libraries, and other Institute staff will participate in various events
during the American Library Association (ALA) annual conference in
Washington, D.C. June 24-29, 2010. For a list of sessions pertaining to
IMLS and IMLS-funded grants, please visit booth # 3958 on June 25-28.
The conference and exhibits will be located in the Washington Convention
Center at 801 Mount Vernon Place, NW, Washington, D.C.

Below is a list of IMLS-related sessions, dates, and locations:

REACH 21: Preparing the Next Generation of Librarians for Leadership 
Mary Alice Ball, senior program officer for IMLS's Laura Bush 21st
Century Librarian program, will speak at a ceremony honoring this year's
Spectrum Scholars. The Spectrum Scholarship Program is ALA's national
diversity and recruitment effort designed to address the specific issue
of underrepresentation of critically needed ethnic librarians within the
profession. This year's 50 Spectrum Scholars and 20 students selected
from diversity recruitment initiatives across the country will attend
the event. 
June 25, 1:00 p.m. -3:00 p.m., Washington Plaza Hotel, 10 Thomas Circle,
NW, Washington, D.C.

National Preservation Week: Pass It On! 
ALCTS, AASL, PLA, AASL Collection Management & Technical Services; 
Build on ALA's first Preservation Week (May 9-15, 2010) to celebrate
collecting, increase preservation savvy, grow audiences, and strengthen
community partnerships. Speakers representing different types of
libraries from around the country will share tools and stories from 2010
programs to help you plan for 2011. Speakers: Yvonne Carignan,
Historical Society of Washington, D.C., library director and head of
collections; Jeanne Drewes, Library of Congress, chief of binding and
collections care; Karen Motylewski, IMLS special program liaison to the
Library of Congress; Virgilia Rawnsley, New Jersey State Library,
training consultant for Preservation Week; Ruth Shasteen, Central A & M
High School, librarian.
June 27, 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m., Washington Convention Center - Room 209

International Leadership: the U.S. - China Librarian Collaboration
Project, ALA - IRC 
As the world is becoming more globalized, it is critical that librarians
find effective ways to collaborate. The Think Globally Act Globally
project, funded by IMLS and the Chinese Ministry of Culture, carried out
by a partnership between the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign,
the Chinese American Librarians Association and the Library Society of
China, aims to promote collaboration and exchange between librarians in
U.S. and China. Speakers: Kevin Cherry, IMLS senior program officer; Dr.
Shuyong Jiang, University of Illinois, associate professor, Chinese
Studies; Dr. Hwawei Lee, Library of Congress; Dr. Beverly P. Lynch,
professor, graduate school of education and information studies, UCLA,
IRC Chair; Yue Wu, Library Society of China.
June 27, 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m., Washington Convention Center - Room 208

Library History Round Table Invited Speakers Program: Documenting and
Celebrating Your Library's History
LHRT Research Practical workshop/ presentation on how to research,
document, and write about a library's institutional history. Speakers:
Betty Chapman, Houston Public Library, librarian; Tanya Finchum,
Oklahoma State University, associate professor/librarian; Rhea Brown
Lawson, Houston Public Library, director; Karen Motylewski, IMLS special
program liaison to the Library of Congress
June 27, 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m., Washington Convention Center - Room 203

LSTA Coordinators' Discussion Group
LSTA coordinators convene for an opportunity to share updates on current
activity in their states, and share problems in need of a collaborative
June 27, 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m., Grand Hyatt Washington, Latrobe room,
1000 H Street, NW, Washington, D.C.

Translation Station: Tools for Serving New Americans, PLA
This program includes a demo and giveaway of "Translation Station," a
communication tool for library staff to respond to simple requests for
library resources and services in other languages, and training kits to
introduce staff to language phrases and different cultures. We will also
discuss lessons learned from the Free Library of Philadelphia's LSTA
grant, and provide an opportunity for participants to share best
practices for serving New Americans. Speakers: Fred Gitner, Queens
Library coordinator, New Americans Program and Special Services; Hedra
Packman, Free Library of Philadephia, director of library services;
Theresa Ramos, Free Library of Philadephia, program development
coordinator; Frances Roehm, Skokie Public Library, librarian.
June 28, 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Washington Convention Center - Room
146 A. 

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