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Format: 03/22/2018 - 11pm
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Friday, June 28 - 12:00pm

12:00pm - 3:00pm
EMIERT's Taste of the Town [$] Social event Offsite Location
Off Site
Description :

Join the ALA Ethnic and Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table and the Polish American Librarians Association for a Taste of the Town, featuring a visit to the Polish Museum of America and family-style lunch at Podhalanka restaurant in Chicago’s famous Polonia Triangle, during the American Library Association’s 2013 Annual Conference, from noon to 3:30 p.m. Friday, June 28. Cosponsoring the event is ALA’s Ethnic and Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table.

Explore the rich cultural heritage of Chicago’s Polish-American community at the Polish Museum of America, whose large collection features authentic folk art, traditional costume, coins, militaria, religious artifacts, items from the Polish exhibit at the 1939 World’s Fair and much more. The tour will include a behind-the-scenes look at the PMA Library, one of the nation’s best ethnic heritage collections. Then, connect with your colleagues and enjoy an authentic family-style Polish meal at Podhalanka restaurant, a Division Street mainstay since 1983. The bus will depart from McCormick Place at noon, and will return at 3:30 p.m.

Tickets are $40 and include bus transportation, museum admission and tour, and lunch. Spaces are limited, reservations are required. To reserve your place, contact John Amundsen with the ALA Office for Literacy Services at, or call 800-545-2433, ext. 2140, by June 7.

The Ethnic and Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table serves as a source of information on recommended ethnic collections, services, and programs. It organizes task forces, institutes, and workshops, and develops forums and symposia programs for ALA Annual Conferences that deal with the key issues of ethnicity and librarianship.

Cost :
40 - Payable at the bus

Saturday, June 29 - 10:30am

10:30am - 11:30am
EMIERT Membership Meeting Committee meeting Sheraton Chicago
Erie Room
Description :

Come meet members and hear about the work of the Ethnic and Multicultural Exchange Round Table EMIERT

10:30am - 11:30am
What’s Your Normal?: A Discourse of Our Own Realities Affiliate Event Hyatt Regency McCormick Place
Jackson Park 10B
Description :

Last year, APALA launched What’s Your Normal?, a new essay series that highlights the diversity--e.g., ethnicity, language, religion, sexuality, (dis)ability, citizenship, socioeconomic status--within the Asian/Pacific American category and offers snippets of what is “normal” for the writers. With this program, we will continue and broaden the conversation and provide a forum for constructive discourse – using personal narratives as starting points, we will not only create awareness about individual realties and identities but discuss them within the larger social contexts and come up with practical and positive ideas and action items. So, what’s your normal? Let’s talk!

Interests :
Sponsors :
Asian Pacific American Librarians Association (Affiliate)
10:30am - 12:00pm
Now Showing @ ALA: Sneak Peek of Free For All: Inside the Public Library Other McCormick Place Convention Center
Description :

Filmmakers Dawn Logsdon & Lucie Faulknor present a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the making of their multi platform documentary-in-progress, FREE FOR ALL: Inside the Public Library, exploring the history, spirit and challenges of the free public library. The filmmakers will debut footage from all three components of their project - national storytelling booth, web videos and feature-length documentary - and they want input from the library community. Share your comments, questions, story & archival leads during the panel discussion/Q&A with the filmmakers and library experts.
Participants include author and literary critic Nancy Pearl, SFPL City Librarian Luis Herrera, historian and author Wayne Wiegand, and National Endowment for the Humanities Senior Program Officer Karen Kenton.

Runtime: Video clips and panel discussion/Q&A 90 minutes.
Sponsored by: Serendipity Films, LLC

Sponsors :
American Library Association (ALA)

Saturday, June 29 - 3:00pm

3:00pm - 4:30pm
The more things change, the more they stay the same……or do they? Program McCormick Place Convention Center
Description :

How has Hollywood’s portrayal of minorities changed over the years? Or has it changed? How do we as librarians weigh diversity sensitivity against a desire to have retrospective collections? Join representatives of various ALA divisions, caucuses, and round tables as we discuss the role of libraries in handling these issues as well as presenting authentic voices for our patrons.

Sunday, June 30 - 10:30am

10:30am - 11:30am
EMIERT Executive Meeting Committee meeting McCormick Place Convention Center
Description :

EMIERT EC Board Meeting

Sunday, June 30 - 1:00pm

1:00pm - 2:30pm
Immigrant Civic Engagement: An IMLS National Leadership Demonstration Project Presidents program McCormick Place Convention Center
Description :

Awarded in 2010, Hartford Public Library’s 3 year demonstration project employs four interconnected and complementary strategies to address the critical need for immigrant civic integration, these include: volunteer Cultural Navigators, community dialogues, coalition building and a communications campaign. At the core of these strategies is social capital development noted in the field as a key ingredient for promoting civic integration. Participants will learn about the project’s challenges, successes, and how best to apply its strategies within their own library setting. Presenters: Hartford Public Library, Welcoming America.