ALA Programs

Literary Tastes Breakfast
Sunday, June 26, 8:00 – 10:00 am; Royal Sonesta, Grand Ballroom

Come celebrate the best reading of the year and have breakfast with Guy Gavriel Kay (winner of The Reading List best Fantasy Novel of the year), Nathaniel Philbrick (a Notable Book List winner for The Last Stand), and Judith Shulevitz (winner of the Sophie Brody award). Following breakfast the authors will sign their books and talk with audience members. Information on tickets and registration can be found on RUSAs events page.

What we Learn from Our Readers, A Conversation with Nancy Pearl and Catherine Sheldrick Ross moderated by Joyce Saricks
Saturday, June 25, 1:30 – 3:00 pm; Convention Center, room 391

Be a part of the reader’s advisory event of the year! Come join Nancy Pearl and Catherine Sheldrick Ross in a conversation focused on what we learn from our readers. Pearl will discuss her "Doorway" explanation of appeal and Ross will discuss her forthcoming book, The A, B, C of Pleasure Reading, based on her research with avid readers. Following the presentations, Joyce Saricks will moderate a twenty-minute conversation with Ross and Pearl on their lifetime experience working with readers. There will also be plenty of time for audience questions and conversation. Come learn from these experts how you can better work with readers in your library. If you have a question for Nancy or Catherine you would like Joyce to propose, please post it on Fiction-L.

Reference Publishing: Preservation Trends & Issues
Saturday, June 25, 1:30 – 3:30 pm

As electronic reference products transform to electronic formats, often with continuously updated content instead of one-time publications, new challenges for archiving and preservation arise. Building on recent developments for archiving electronic books and journal content, this program will highlight the issues and challenges of preserving free and licensed e-reference content as well as foster discussion on possible solutions.


  1. Heather Ruland Staines, Sr. Manager eOperations at Springer Science + Business Media,
  2. Ken DiFiore, Associate Director, Outreach & Participation Services
  3. Portico,
  4. Marie McCaffrey, Executive Director,
  5. Jacob Nadal, Preservation Officer, UCLA Library

Slicing and Dicing: Usage Statistics for the Practitioner
Saturday, June 25, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Got statistics? What now? Come hear three different perspectives on analyzing print and electronic statistics to provide meaningful data to stakeholders. Attendees will get a down and dirty look at usage statistics from the trenches of data gathering to the glorious heights of informed decision making. Our speakers will share their insights from the areas of approval plan analysis, consortium data management, and library administration.


  1. Annette Day, NCSU Libraries: on Collection Intelligence in Managing Collections: Using Data to Drive a Collections Program
  2. Rick Burke, SCELC: on implementation of PaperStats (, a usage data analysis tool
  3. John McDonald, Claremont: on analysis of approval plan statistics.

Sponsored by ALCTS, Acquisitions Section, Research & Statistics, and CODES, Collection Development Planning and Assessment