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Format: 08/18/2017 - 6pm
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Thursday, June 27 - 4:00pm

4:00pm - 6:30pm
Spectrum Institute Opening Reception [Closed] Other, Reception Sheraton Chicago
Superior A & B
Description :

Welcome reception with ALA President Maureen Sullivan, ALA President-Elect Barbara Stripling, and ALA Executive Director Keith Michael Fiels. Note this Spectrum Institute event is open only to current Spectrum Scholars, and invited alumni and guests.

Sponsors :
Spectrum Scholars Program
Closed :
Exclusive to group members

Thursday, June 27 - 7:00pm

7:00pm - 9:00pm
Spectrum Institute Defining Diversity Through Dialogue [Closed] Discussion/Interest group, Other Sheraton Chicago
Michigan A & B
Description :

This session will explore the interconnectedness of our identities, the unique ways that we define ourselves, and our values, beliefs and biases. We will use exercises to help us learn about who we are and how we impact others, and similarly, who others are and how they impact us. Come prepared to participate in this highly interactive session. Note this Spectrum Institute event is open only to current Spectrum Scholars and invited guests.

Sponsors :
Spectrum Scholars Program
Closed :
Exclusive to group members

Friday, June 28 - 7:30am

7:30am - 9:00am
Spectrum Institute Breakfast [Closed] Other, Social event Sheraton Chicago
Superior A & B
Description :

Note this Spectrum Institute is open only to current Spectrum Scholars, and invited alumni and guests.

Sponsors :
Spectrum Scholars Program
Closed :
Exclusive to group members

Friday, June 28 - 9:00am

9:00am - 11:00am
Spectrum Institute Beyond Business Cards: Networking Nudges We All Need [Closed] Discussion/Interest group, Other Sheraton Chicago
Michigan A & B
Description :

Being an adroit networker is non-negotiable in today's job market, but being truly adept at networking requires us all to go outside our comfort zones. Spectrum peers will guide us through tips they've developed, and we'll conclude with an interactive hour of trying out our new networking know-how. Spectrum Institute Lunch & Closing. Note this Spectrum Institute event is open only to current Spectrum Scholars, and invited alumni and guests.

Sponsors :
Spectrum Scholars Program
Closed :
Exclusive to group members

Friday, June 28 - 11:30am

11:30am - 1:00pm
Spectrum Institute Lunch [Closed] Discussion/Interest group, Other Sheraton Chicago
Superior A & B
Description :

Spectrum Institute Lunch. Note this Spectrum Institute event is open only to current Spectrum Scholars, and invited alumni and guests.

Sponsors :
Spectrum Scholars Program
Closed :
Exclusive to group members

Friday, June 28 - 1:30pm

1:30pm - 3:30pm
Spectrum Institute Networking Meetup [Closed] Discussion/Interest group, Other Sheraton Chicago
Michigan A & B
Description :

In this sequel to Beyond Business Cards, Spectrum alumni will join current Spectrum Scholars in a networking activity to break down conference, professional organizations and anything else that might turbo charge participants' careers. We believe in the beat. Note this Spectrum Institute event is open only to current Spectrum Scholars and Alumni.

Sponsors :
Spectrum Scholars Program
Closed :
Exclusive to group members

Friday, June 28 - 4:00pm

4:00pm - 5:15pm
Opening General Session featuring Steven D. Levitt Author Event, Speaker series McCormick Place Convention Center
Behind Registration, Hall B1
Description :

Steven D. Levitt, co-author of the upcoming Think Like A Freak and of the smash #1 international bestseller Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything, promises to turn your brain inside out before the conference even starts. He’s likely get your problem-solving juices flowing to the benefit of you and your library, showing how applying counterintuitive approaches to everyday problems can bear surprising results.

Which is more dangerous, a gun or a swimming pool? What do schoolteachers and sumo wrestlers have in common? How much do parents really matter? These may not sound like typical questions for an economist to ask, but Levitt is not a typical economist. He studies the riddles of everyday life—from cheating and crime to parenting and sports—and reaches conclusions that turn conventional wisdom on its head.

Think Like A Freak (October 2013), a “must-have handbook for decision making,” intends to radically transform the way you look at every aspect of your life. Levitt and co-author Stephen J. Dubner analyze the decisions we make, the plans we create, and the morals we choose and show how their insights can be applied to daily life to make smarter, harder, and better decisions. They also offer entertaining and practical insights, from “The Upside of Quitting” to “How to Succeed—With No Talent.”

Steven Levitt is a Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago, known for his work in the field of crime, and was co-editor of the Journal of Political Economy. In January, 2004 he was awarded the John Bates Clark medal by the American Economic Association for the economist under 40 who made the greatest contribution to the discipline. He was chosen as one of Timemagazine's "100 People Who Shape Our World" in 2006 and in 2009, co-founded The Greatest Good, a business and philanthropy consulting company.

Levitt’s presentation is part of the conference’s Opening General Session, where ALA President Maureen Sullivan and others welcome attendees and set the stage for the coming days.

Sponsored by HarperCollins Publishers

Sponsors :
ALA
American Library Association (ALA)

Saturday, June 29 - 8:30am

8:30am - 10:00am
Making a Mentorship Match: What Works, What Doesn't, and What Can ALA Offer? Program McCormick Place Convention Center
S103d
Description :

Members of an Emerging-Leaders project group, working with the Office of Diversity, examine mentorship programs across ALA and lead a discussion on best practices. Join in to hear about what mentorship offerings are available across ALA, discuss how to find the best fit for a mentor or mentee, and share what works and what doesn't when it comes to starting a mentoring relationship.

Sponsors :
Spectrum Scholars Program
ALA-DIVERSITY

Saturday, June 29 - 3:00pm

3:00pm - 5:30pm
ALA Diversity and Outreach Fair & Parade of Bookmobiles Program McCormick Place Convention Center
Hall A1, Special Events Area
Description :

The annual Diversity and Outreach Fair celebrates library services, programs and collections to underserved and under-represented communities. Visit with program leaders, learn details and strategies for success, and consider how they might be repeated in your library community. Enjoy the festive atmosphere while networking and learning about these important programs! Sponsored by DEMCO, Inc.

Sunday, June 30 - 8:30am

8:30am - 10:00am
In Visibility: Race and Libraries Program McCormick Place Convention Center
S103d
Description :

This session focuses on the key question: where do we locate race in relation to librarianship--both as a scholarly discipline and a professional practice. Using an interdisciplinary framework, we discuss historical discourses of race and libraries, current trends and experiences, and what this all means for us as library and information workers. Salient questions that shape this session include: How is race visible and how is it invisible? What constitutes this in/visibility, on whose terms, and for what purpose? What are the stakes involved, on a personal, professional, institutional and societal level? This session is a combination of talk and workshop, and takes a praxis oriented approach to address what race means, how it is systematized and enacted, and the consequences it has for the library and information profession.

Sponsors :
Spectrum Scholars Program
ALA-DIVERSITY

Sunday, June 30 - 12:00pm

12:00pm - 1:00pm
Spectrum Institute Lunch & Closing [Closed] Discussion/Interest group, Other Sheraton Chicago
Superior A & B
Description :

Spectrum Institute Lunch & Closing. Note this Spectrum Institute event is open only to current Spectrum Scholars, and invited alumni and guests.

Sponsors :
Spectrum Scholars Program
Closed :
Exclusive to group members

Sunday, June 30 - 1:00pm

1:00pm - 2:30pm
Association Options Fair (NMRT) Orientation Session McCormick Place Convention Center
Hall A, Meeting Room D
Description :

The Association Options Fair provides interested members from diverse backgrounds with an opportunity to visit with Association, Division, Committee, Affiliate, and Roundtable representative leaders to discuss volunteer opportunities. A speed networking approach allows members to visit briefly with member groups and take note of possible leads for future involvement.

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