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Literacy at a Glance @ Anaheim

Interested in learning more about literacy trends and initiatives across the profession at Annual Conference?

The ALA Committee on Literacy and the Office for Literacy and Outreach Services (OLOS) Advisory Committee have compiled this list of programs at Annual highlight literacy efforts across the Association.

Download the .pdf Literacy at a Glance guide

Featured Programs

Saturday, June 25

Literacy for All: Adult learners @ your library

10:30am-12:00 pm


Sponsors: OLOS, Committee on Literacy; OLOS Advisory Committee; California State Library

This session focuses on how public libraries in diverse communities deliver, promote, fund, and sustain  essential literacy services for adult learners -- native English speakers and English language learners .

Monday, June 25

Digital Literacy at the Front Lines of Library Service: Issues, challenges, and opportunities

10:30 am – 12:00 pm


Sponsors: Committee on Literacy; OITP Digital Literacy Task Force; OLOS Advisory Committee,  PLA

Librarians serving diverse, underserved communities are regularly confronted with digital literacy dilemmas. In addition to providing access to technology and basic and increasingly creative instruction, they must address the boundaries of patron privacy, the increasing importance of adaptive technology, and the complex issues around digital citizenship. Panelists will address these issues and begin a national conversation.

Other Selected Literacy Programs

Friday, June 24

ALA Literacy Assembly
Doubletree, Tuscany DG
Sponsor: Committee on Literacy
The Literacy Assembly is a forum for information sharing, building Association-wide collaboration, and promoting literacy efforts in libraries of all kinds.
Many  Voices, One Nation
Sponsor: Committee on Diversity
Many Voices, One Nation brings together writers and artists from different perspectives in a rich program of spoken word and performance.

Saturday, June 25

You want me to circ WHAT?! or How to best utilize toys as a literacy tool
Sponsor: ALSC
The newly revised Every Child Ready to Read recognizes that play is an important part of early literacy development.  This hands-on session focuses on effectively using toys to  educate and entertain.
Back to Basics: Strategies & Techniques for Teaching Basic Digital Literacy to Underserved Populations
Sponsor: LITA
Many underserved populations lack the basic digital literacy skills needed for 21st century work and life. Libraries are meeting these needs in diverse ways. This session will feature successful programs, options for serving  specific populations and effective funding strategies.
Smart investing @your library: Everyone Counts!
Smart investing @your library grantees are at the forefront of financial literacy programs that reach all economic and interest levels. Learn how these programs are creating innovative models that provide unbiased financial education and resources.
Diversity and Outreach Fair
ACC-Exhibit Hall A
Sponsor: OLOS Advisory Committee
The Diversity and Outreach Fair celebrates library services to underserved and under-represented communities.  Visit with program leaders, learn strategies for success, and consider how similar programs can be implemented at your library.  Sponsored by DEMCO, Inc.
Digital Literacy and Libraries: Designing What Comes Next
Sponsor: OITP
This panel discussion will challenge you to think strategically about the future of digital literacy services in academic, school and public libraries.  Speakers will address key roles for libraries and present alternative strategies for addressing evolving and shifting literacies.

Sunday June 24

Touching Literacy: iPads in the School Library Serving Incarcerated and Detained Youth
1:30-3:30 pm
Sponsor: ASCLA
This program features three library staffers who brought iPads to school libraries serving detained youth in New York City. The program addresses the “how to’s” of technology pilots; collection development for tablets; collaborating with multiple institutions; and maintenance, marketing, and funding these projects.

Monday June 25

Youth, Online Privacy, and the New Literacies
8:00-10:00 am
Sponsor: AASL
Today’s youth may not understand the impact the Internet and social media have on their privacy. Learn how school librarians’ traditional commitments to literacy and privacy must also encompass information, media, and digital literacies.