Putting Our Money Where Our Mouth Is

Source: peterdaou.com

This week the Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA) called upon the American Library Association to move its 2016 Annual Meeting from Orlando, FL to another venue due to racist and discriminatory laws in Florida like “Stand Your Ground”. I stand with the BCALA 100% and call upon the ALA to look for other venues for the 2016 Annual Meeting. While I think that BCALA’s call for action is a good start, I’d also like to bring attention to another area where ALA is breaking its own policies and call upon ALA to reconsider other future conference venues because of it.

In 2011, ALA Council passed legislation that was encoded in the ALA Policy Manual at A.7.1.1 “Non-Discrimination in Conference Contracts” (emphasis mine):

There shall be no discrimination, including that based on race, origin, color, sex, sexual orientation, creed or disability, in the use of any facilities used by the American Library Association. This policy shall become a part of ALA contracts for the use of space. The ALA will avoid entering, whenever possible, into convention center contracts with organizations and legal bodies in cities, counties, or states that by law discriminate against gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender people. ALA will provide materials for promoting sensitivity to sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression for all employees on the floor of each convention center, including employees of companies to which the convention center has contracted for services on the floor of the convention.

According to the American Civil Liberties Union, the following states do not discriminate against LGBT people:

  • California
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • District of Columbia
  • Hawaii
  • Iowa
  • Illinois
  • Massachusetts
  • Maine
  • Minnesota
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • Nevada
  • Oregon
  • Rhode Island
  • Vermont
  • Washington

Based on this policy, the following upcoming conferences are in violation of this policy, at the present time, and should at least receive serious reconsideration for alternate venues:

  • 2016 Annual Conference, Orlando, FL: June 23-28, 2016
  • 2017 Midwinter Meeting, Atlanta, GA: January 20-24, 2017
  • 2018 Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA: June 21-26, 2018
  • 2020 Midwinter Meeting, Philadelphia, PA: January 17-21, 2020
  • 2021 Midwinter Meeting, Indianapolis, IN: January 22-26, 2021

The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table of ALA fought hard to get this policy approved and codified into the ALA, and we have advocated for years for conference venues in states that include LGBT people in anti-discrimination policies. Discrimination against the LGBT community is a pervasive issue and can effect employment, housing, benefits, and a whole host of other civil rights that are being denied to LGBT people in these states without LGBT anti-discrimination laws.

I suspect that many LGBT members of the ALA stand with BCALA on the issue of moving the Orlando conference to another venue. After all, according to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice anywhere.” I call upon BCALA, other ethnic caucuses and groups within ALA, and any ALA members who care about social justice to stand with me and expand the call to move the Orlando conference to all conference venues located in states that do not have protections from discrimination for LGBT people. Together we form a much stronger coalition for change in the Association and the attainment of important social justice goals. Let’s really put our money where our mouth (and our policies) are.

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Midwinter in the City of Brotherly Love

When I was younger, the show “Angie” was quintessentially Philadelphian, at least in my mind. Enjoy the opening credits and late 70s/early 80s scenes from this “classic” TV sitcom while I give my tentative schedule of events at ALA Midwinter in Philadelphia this weekend. I hope to live tweet (twitter.com/mciszek) and blog throughout the weekend.

Friday 1/24

Unconference
Friday, 01/24/2014 – 09:00am – 12:00pm
Pennsylvania Convention Center – 103 A

Taiga Forum Update
Friday, 01/24/2014 – 02:00pm – 04:00pm
Pennsylvania Convention Center – 102 B

Exhibits Open / All Conference Reception
Friday, 01/24/2014 – 05:30pm – 07:00pm
Pennsylvania Convention Center – Exhibit Hall A-C

Presidential Candidate, Sari Feldman, Meet & Greet Reception
Friday, 01/24/2014 – 07:00pm – 08:00pm
Marriott – Grand C

Presidential Candidate, Maggie Farrell, Meet & Greet Reception
Friday, 01/24/2014 – 08:30pm – 10:00pm
Marriott – Grand B

Saturday 1/25

Executive Board Meeting (GLBTRT)
Saturday, 01/25/2014 – 08:30am – 11:30am
Marriott – Room 310

Council/Executive Board/Membership Information Session
Saturday, 01/25/2014 – 03:00pm – 04:30pm
Pennsylvania Convention Center – Grand BR B

ALA Presidential Candidates Forum
Saturday, 01/25/2014 – 04:30pm – 05:30pm
Pennsylvania Convention Center – Grand BR B

Challenges of gender issues in technology librarianship
Saturday, 01/25/2014 – 04:30pm – 05:30pm
Pennsylvania Convention Center – 201 C

ALA Council Reception
Saturday, 01/25/2014 – 09:00pm – 10:00pm
Marriott – Grand I

Sunday 1/26

ALA Council I
Sunday, 01/26/2014 – 08:30am – 11:00am
Pennsylvania Convention Center – Grand BR B

ALA-APA Council
Sunday, 01/26/2014 – 11:00am – 11:30am
Pennsylvania Convention Center – Grand BR B

LRRT 2014 Mid-Winter Discussion Forum: Building & sustaining your research agenda
Sunday, 01/26/2014 – 01:00pm – 02:30pm
Pennsylvania Convention Center – 120 C

Office for Intellectual Freedom & Freedom to Read Foundation Discussion Group
Sunday, 01/26/2014 – 03:00pm – 04:00pm
Pennsylvania Convention Center – 203 A

Draft revised Standards for Accreditation of LIS Master’s Programs
Sunday, 01/26/2014 – 04:30pm – 05:30pm
Pennsylvania Convention Center – 201 B

 

Social (GLBTRT)
Sunday, 01/26/2014 – 05:30pm – 07:30pm
Offsite Location – Off Site
Social event

ALA Council Forum I
Sunday, 01/26/2014 – 08:30pm – 10:00pm
Marriott – Grand I

Monday 1/27

Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Observance and Sunrise Celebration
Monday, 01/27/2014 – 06:30am – 07:30am
Pennsylvania Convention Center – 113 AB

ALA Council II
Monday, 01/27/2014 – 10:00am – 12:15pm
Pennsylvania Convention Center – Grand BR B

ALA Executive Board Candidates Forum
Monday, 01/27/2014 – 12:30pm – 01:30pm
Pennsylvania Convention Center – Grand BR B

Wrap Up/Rev Up Celebration
Monday, 01/27/2014 – 02:00pm – 03:00pm
Pennsylvania Convention Center – Grand BR A

Library Camp
Monday, 01/27/2014 – 03:30pm – 05:00pm
Pennsylvania Convention Center – 120 C

 

ALA Council Forum II
Monday, 01/27/2014 – 08:30pm – 10:00pm
Marriott – Grand I

Tuesday 1/28

ALA Council III
Tuesday, 01/28/2014 – 09:30am – 12:30pm

Conduct Unbecoming

Shortly after the American Library Association‘s Annual Meeting in Chicago last summer, I was approached by a group of ALA Members, ALA Councilors, and others about coming together to develop a “code of conduct” for ALA’s professional conferences. The group worked over several months, offered a document to ALA’s Office of Conference Services and the ALA Executive Board which was approved and accepted. The “Statement of Appropriate Conduct at ALA Conferences” is not new policy, but rather  a restatement of existing policies and procedures that have existed in the Association for many years in a concise form.

This Statement has been causing much consternation in Libraryland as of late. As someone who worked hard on gathering policies and solidifying them in this statement, I am proud that our Association offers this information – quite plainly and openly – to all conference attendees. Will Manley offers the latest critique of the Statement, and I feel that the time is right to offer my own voice to this discussion. As one of the people involved in creating this statement, but speaking on my own behalf, I’d like to respond to his criticisms and offer my own unique insight into this discussion.

Why? – ALA has gone over a hundred years without making librarians conform to a conference code of conduct.  What were the circumstances that necessitated enacting a code now?

As an ALA Councilor-at-Large and ALA member for over 10 years, I have been approached by several ALA members who have experienced bona fide examples of harassment and intimidation at conferences. Women touched, embraced, or fondled inappropriately. Others who had to suffer through verbal harassment or intimidation. Transgender and genderqueer members told by conference staff that they could not use a certain restroom. While the association has had policies guarding against such behavior for years, there has never been a definitive statement on the types of behavior that will not be tolerated and what the consequences of such behavior would be.

And to be honest, even though this type of “bad behavior” has been going on at ALA Conferences for years as evident in my experiences and the experiences of others, the impetus of the Statement was born out of some high profile incidents at recent technology conferences in the last few years. As these conferences were developing “statements of conduct”, a group of concerned ALA members got together and worked with ALA staff and leadership to develop a statement for the Association as well. As stated above, the Statement is not new policy. We simply concatenated existing policies and statements into a unified and easy to reference document.

How? – Admittedly I am not an ALA junkie so it’s quite possible this policy was comprehensively vetted by ALA’s membership.  However, I don’t recall reading about it  so I wonder: how exactly was this policy written, vetted by the membership, and approved by the ALA Council and Executive Board?

First, this is not new policy, just a restatement of existing policy. It was developed by a concerned group of ALA members in conjunction with the ALA Office of Conference Services, and vetted and approved by the ALA Executive Board. If this was indeed new policy, ALA Council would have had to weigh into the process as well, but as this was a restatement of existing policies and practices, no action by Council was necessary. As an ALA Councilor-at-Large, I have a feeling that this will come before Council at Midwinter next month, and I anticipate that Council will give its stamp of approval as well.

Please Define and Refine Your Terms:  The policy states: “Some behaviors are specifically prohibited: harassment or intimidation based on race, religion, language, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, appearance, or other group status.”  My guess is that if you ask 100 librarians for a definition of “gender identity” and “gender expression” you will get 90 different answers.  ALA needs to define those two terms.  Also “other group status” is incredibly vague.  If I say something negative about Skinheads will I be violating the code of conduct and be reported to the Director of Conference Services?  How about the Knights of Columbus?  The Tea Party? The Rotary Club?  The Burlington Liars Club?  Please specify, ALA.

“Gender identity” and “gender expression” are both codified in ALA’s anti-discrimination policies. Both terms have very solid definitions in this context. According to the Human Rights Campaign, gender identity is a “refers to a person’s innate, deeply felt psychological identification as male or female, which may or may not correspond to the person’s body or designated sex at birth (meaning what sex was originally listed on a person’s birth certificate)”. Gender expression “refers to all of the external characteristics and behaviors that are socially defined as either masculine or feminine, such as dress, grooming, mannerisms, speech patterns and social interactions.” As I mentioned above, I know of several ALA members who experienced discrimination and harassment from conference center staff based on their gender identity/expression and the “proper” restrooms they should be using. Due to a lack of unified and consistent policy, these members were unaware of what group at ALA they should have reported this to, and what actions could and would be taken to rectify the situation.

I do agree that “other group status” is vague and needs clarification. I would welcome working with Will Manley and any other ALA members to clarify and modify the Statement. Like most documents, this is the first iteration and clarification and amendment is always welcome.

This Policy Can Have a Chilling Effect on Intellectual Freedom: The policy states: “Speakers are asked to frame discussions as openly and inclusively as possible and to be aware of how language or images may be perceived by others. ”   This is a very scary requirement.  It sounds an awful lot like…if you offend anyone you can be hauled before the Director of Conference Services and asked to recant.  Shock, satire, and hyperbole are all rhetorical strategies that speakers employ to shake an audience out of normative thinking in order to consider alternative points of view, but shock, satire, and hyperbole can also be very offensive.  I remember going to an ALA conference in the late 60s in which a black power speaker began his talk with the assertion: “Fuck this shit.”  He went on to deliver a great, inspiring message that shook the mostly white audience into a better understanding of his world.  Would that man be arrested by the ALA political correctness police today under this policy? Another effective rhetorical tool is humor.  Good humor is double edged.  It is funny but it also can be quite biting.   Would Richard Pryor or Lenny Bruce be arrested by the ALA political correctness police under this policy?  It is a very scary but very real thought.

I wholeheartedly agree that there is a fine line between intellectual freedom/free speech and harassment. The Statement was written not to squelch intellectual freedom and free speech, but to remind Conference attendees that intellectual freedom and free speech are never entirely free.  I cannot yell “FIRE!” in a crowded auditorium and claim free speech as a legal defense. Likewise making statements that are misogynistic, homophobic, racist, sexually charged, and the like may be free speech or fall under intellectual freedom, but are not appropriate behavior at a professional conference. The Statement does not seek to silence hot button issues or controversial topics, but seeks to ensure that discussions of these take place in a professional context.

Ambiguity Reigns in this Policy: Consider this clause from the policy: “…use of sexual imagery or language in the context of a professional discussion might not constitute hostile conduct or harassment.”  A good First Amendment lawyer would have an absolute field day dismantling this wishy washy directive and taking ALA to the bank.  What in heaven’s name does “might not” mean in this case?   ALA is the organization that sued the federal government so that children could have access to pornography on library computers.  This clause (and this whole policy) seems to be completely at odds with ALA’s historic defense of an extreme interpretation of intellectual freedom.

This phrase was taken from other codes of conduct used in other professional conferences. It indicates that there may be discussions or presentation that happen in a professional context, are not harassment or hostile conduct, even if this language or imagery outside of professional context, may be something to be avoided. In my opinion, this clause “gives an out” for intellectual freedom and free speech, if done within a professional context. Obviously you can’t have a discussion on literature related to child abuse survivors without using sexual imagery or language, and this is protected in the Statement, but leaning over to a colleague at a conference and telling him or her your abuse fantasy, is most definitely harassment and hostile conduct.

Where is the Due Process for Violators?: Here’s what the policy says: all violations “will be directed immediately to the Director of Conference Services, who will determine and carry out the appropriate course of action, and who may consult with and engage other ALA staff, leaders, and legal counsel as appropriate.  Event security and local law enforcement may be involved, as appropriate based on the specific circumstances.”  Good grief!  Imagine Howard Stern being arrested by law enforcement at an ALA conference for saying the seven words you cannot say on radio or Chris Rock being arrested for making fun of white people or Sarah Silverman being arrested for ridiculing men.

The spirit of the Statement is not to be the ALA Thought Police. Conference Services will not be placing moles in programs and presentations to guard against violations. That being said, if someone feels they have been harassed, abused, or otherwise made uncomfortable at a conference, this statement directs the member who to contact and provides a sense of how the situation will be evaluated and resolved, all within existing policy.

I am very proud of the Statement and was honored to have worked on its creation and distribution in the Association. I will be the first to admit that it’s not a perfect document, and could use clarification and amendment. I would welcome anyone with suggestions — and critiques — to contact me and I will bring these forward to ALA Council. the Executive Board, and Conference Services and ensure that we make this Statement better.

 

Values-based Librarianship

Chris Bourg of Stanford University Libraries gave a presentation at the Penn State University Libraries a few months ago entitled “Beyond Measure: Valuing Libraries” on assessing academic libraries based on the core values of librarianship as defined by the American Library Association. This presentation, and some other reading that I am undertaking, including Michael Gorman’s “Our Enduring Values: Librarianship in the 21st Century” have me thinking a lot about values-based librarianship lately. Values-based librarianship, as I see it, is professional practice informed by these core values. In other words, in a values-based system our core values forms the guiding principles for what we do as librarians.

Setting our shared values as what guides us as librarians leads to some interesting, and necessary questions. What if who we are as librarians were based on shared values? What would this type of librarianship look like? Would it change the way we manage libraries, build collections, provide information, and facilitate the creation of research and knowledge? What if these shared values informed all that we did as libraries and librarians? Can these shared values answer the why questions of librarianship and show us the importance of what we do as librarians?

I will be exploring these questions and additional readings in the upcoming months as I grapple with the idea of values-based librarianship. Please feel free to comment and stay tuned for more writing on this topic.

Chicago, You’re My Kind of Town

I'm Tweeting @ ALA2013The American Library Association‘s Annual Conference and Exhibition heads back to Chicago, IL this year. I love Chicago, and I look forward to the years when the annual conference or midwinter meeting are in Chicago. There are many great programs, meetings, and presentations, and I had a hard time deciding between a plethora of choices. I hope to get in some exhibit hall time and meetups with friends and colleagues from around the country and the world.

I always strive to blog on programs and meetings I have attended during the conference, but often fall short. I’m trying to make a more concerted effort this year. I’ll also be live tweeting throughout the conference using the hashtag #ala2013. My schedule is listed below.

Friday June 28

Annual Unconference
09:00am – 12:00pm
McCormick Place Convention Center – S104a

Emerging Leaders Poster Session and Reception
03:00pm – 04:00pm
McCormick Place Convention Center – S405

Opening General Session featuring Steven D. Levitt
04:00pm – 05:15pm
McCormick Place Convention Center – Behind Registration, Hall B1

IFRT 40th Anniversary Reception
07:30pm – 10:00pm
Offsite Location – Chicago Cultural Ctr., 78 E. Washington

Saturday June 29

Auditorium Speaker Series featuring Jaron Lanier
08:30am – 09:30am
McCormick Place Convention Center – S100a

Leaders Wanted / LIS Doctoral Program Options Fair: Cultivating Diversity in LIS Education
10:30am – 12:00pm
McCormick Place Convention Center – Hall A, Meeting Room D

ALA Council/Executive Board/Membership Information Session
03:00pm – 04:30pm
McCormick Place Convention Center – S100c

ALA Membership Meeting
04:30pm – 05:30pm
McCormick Place Convention Center – S100c

ALA Diversity and Outreach Fair & Parade of Bookmobiles
03:00pm – 05:30pm
McCormick Place Convention Center – Hall A1, Special Events Area

8th ALA Annual 2013 Newbie & Veteran Librarian Tweet-up
07:30pm – 09:30pm
Offsite Location – Elephant & Castle 185 N. Wabash Ave, Chicago

ALA2013 After Hours Party
09:00pm – 02:00am
Offsite Location – Blue Frog’s Local 22, 22 E. Hubbard St, Chicago

Sunday June 30

ALA Council I
08:30am – 11:00am
McCormick Place Convention Center – S100c

ALA President’s Program
03:30pm – 05:30pm
McCormick Place Convention Center – S100a

ALA Award/President’s Reception
05:30pm – 07:00pm
McCormick Place Convention Center – S100/Grand Ballroom Lobby

GLBTRT Social
06:00pm – 08:00pm
Offsite Location – Ann Sather, 909 W Belmont Ave, Chicago

ALA Council Forum I
08:30pm – 10:00pm
Hilton Chicago – Astoria Room

Monday July 1

ALA Council II
08:30am – 11:30am
McCormick Place Convention Center – S100c

Book on Fire: Celebrating the 60th Anniversary of Fahrenheit 451
01:00pm – 02:30pm
McCormick Place Convention Center – S401

Conversation Starters: Altmetrics, the Decoupled Journal, and the future of scholarly publishing
04:00pm – 04:45pm
McCormick Place Convention Center – S102d

Chicago Showdown: ALA Battledecks IV
05:30pm – 07:00pm
McCormick Place Convention Center – N229

ALA Council Forum II
08:30pm – 10:00pm
Hilton Chicago – Astoria Room

Que(e)ry@ALA : Leather Bound : A dance party for queer librarians and those who love them
09:00pm – 12:00am
Offsite Location – Subterranean, 2011 W. North Ave., Chicago

Tuesday July 2

ALA Council III
07:45am – 09:15am
McCormick Place Convention Center – S100c

Inaugural Brunch
11:15am – 01:30pm
McCormick Place Convention Center – S105

Readers of the Lost ARCs

As usual, the post-ALA Annual Conference euphoria has given way to the general nastiness that typically permeates libraryland, at least in online social media circles.  Case in point: This week’s latest scandal, ARCgate (complete with its own hashtag: #ARCgate), which goes something like this. Non-librarian, but book blogger, purchases an inexpensive exhibits only pass to the 2012 ALA Annual Convention, pounds the pavement of the exhibits floor, and walk away with hundreds of Advance Reading Copies (ARCs) of books to be published over the next year. Librarian, who paid full price for the conference and couldn’t spend all day on the exhibit floor because she was busy and had a real life, is upset that the non-librarian got all the good ARCs, leaving her with something less than she was hoping for. Librarian finds out about non-librarian’s exploits and score of delectable ARCs and is pissed. She fires of a blog post and causes the twitterstorm-du-jour in libraryland.

Because it’s hard to fit all of my thoughts into the 140 characters of twitter, I’d like to make a few points here:

  1. ARCs are not the sole purview of librarians and are distributed widely and freely by publishers. The raison d’etre for ARCs is to generate press, word-of-mouth, buzz, and publicity for the forthcoming book. Therefore publishers distribute ARCs to librarians, bookstores, bloggers, reviewers, magazines, book club gurus, Oprah, college faculty, your mom, and anyone else who the publisher thinks will provide “good press” for the book and cause more people to buy it when it comes out. Librarians do not have the market cornered on ARCs, and although it’s sad that ARCgate Librarian didn’t get an ARC of the books she was looking for at the ALA Conference, this could be resolved by contacting the publisher directly. There really isn’t a scarcity of ARCs.
  2. Publishers do not care that “non-librarians were scarfing up ARCs at the ALA Conference”. See my point above. ARCs are meant to be distributed. Publishers do not care who they distribute them to, as long as they think you will read it, and inform others about it. Publishers give out ARCs at ALA because they know a lot of influential folks in the industry will be there, librarians and non-librarians alike, and it’s a great place to get your product in front of as many bibliophile eyeballs as possible. Publishers do not think to themselves “we’re keeping these ARCs for librarians because they are who we intend to reach at this conference”. Instead, they give them out on a first-come, first-served basis to anyone in the exhibit hall, which alleviates the need to pack it all back up and ship it back to the home office. Visit the exhibits hall on the final day of ALA. Publishers will practically beg you to take the inventory they have off their hands.
  3. ALA is not the American Librarian Association and represents more than just the interests of professional librarians. As the American Library Association, it supports the interests of librarians and non-librarians with an interest in libraries and librarianship alike. Library board members, paraprofessionals, library consultants, publishers, vendors, bibliophiles, and many others attend ALA conferences and are even members of the association. During the ARCgate twitterstorm many called for limitations on exhibit passes or participation in the Annual Conference on non-librarians, which is patently wrong, in my humble opinion. ALA is a “big tent” organization and limiting participation, in even a small way, by a group or groups of individuals would be a very bad idea indeed!

I’m glad that people are passionate about this profession. It gives me hope for libraries and librarianship. I just wish we could take some of this passion and corral it for issues that really make a difference, instead of trotting out our sour grapes every time something doesn’t go our way.

Hitting the Reset Button, Again

Over the past few months, I have created a new blog chronicling my thoughts and reflections as I discern my call to ordained ministry in the Episcopal Church. The byproduct of that blog, is a renewed interest to restart blogging about my other passion, library and information science here. This renewed interest comes just in time for the ALA Annual Conference starting this week in Anaheim, California, and it is shaping up to be a busy conference for me. Here’s a preview of what I’ll be attending at the conference:

Friday 6/22

Town Hall Meeting on Diversity
08:00am – 12:00pm
Hilton Anaheim – California B

Opening General Session featuring Rebecca MacKinnon
04:00pm – 05:15pm
Anaheim Convention Center – Ballroom A-E

Exhibits Opening / All Conference Reception
05:30pm – 07:30pm
Anaheim Convention Center – Exhibit Hall

Saturday 6/23

Leaders Wanted / LIS Doctoral Program Options Fair: Cultivating Diversity in LIS Education
10:30am – 12:00pm
Anaheim Marriott – Marquis South

President’s Program (LLAMA)
01:30pm – 03:30pm
Anaheim Marriott – Elite Ballrooms

ALA Council / Executive Board / Membership Information Session (ALA)
03:30pm – 05:00pm
Anaheim Marriott – Platinum 1-6

ALA Membership Meeting
05:00pm – 06:00pm
Anaheim Marriott – Platinum 1-6

ALA / Proquest Scholarship Bash
08:00pm – 10:00pm
Anaheim Convention Center – Ballroom A-E

Sunday 6/24

ALA Council I
09:00am – 12:00pm
Anaheim Marriott – Platinum 1-6

ALA-APA Council
12:00pm – 12:30pm
Anaheim Marriott – Platinum 1-6

ALA President’s Program
04:00pm – 05:30pm
Anaheim Convention Center – Ballroom CDE

ALA Awards/President’s Reception
05:30pm – 07:00pm
Anaheim Convention Center – California Terrace

GLBT RT Social
06:00pm – 08:00pm
Offsite Location – Toritlla Jo’s, 1510 Disneyland Drive, Building A

ALA Council Forum I
08:30pm – 10:00pm
Anaheim Marriott – Newport Beach/Rancho Las Palmas

Monday 6/25

ALA Council II
09:00am – 12:30pm
Anaheim Marriott – Platinum 1-6

Coming Out in Print: The LGBT Literary Landscape Today
04:00pm – 05:30pm
Anaheim Convention Center – 202B

Battledecks 2012
05:30pm – 07:00pm
Anaheim Convention Center – 201D

ALA Council Forum II
08:30pm – 10:00pm
Anaheim Marriott – Gold Key I/II

Tuesday 6/26

ALA Council III
07:45am – 09:15am
Anaheim Marriott – Platinum 1-6

Closing General Session and Inaugural Event featuring J.R. Martinez
09:30am – 11:00am
Anaheim Convention Center – Ballroom DE

ALA Inaugural Brunch
11:15am – 01:00pm
Anaheim Convention Center – Ballroom AB

I’m really looking forward to the conference and hope to see many of you there.