The 2011 ALA Annual Conference is right around the corner and there are plenty of APALA events to keep in mind as you work on your conference schedule. If you are new to APALA and ALA, don’t miss our Social Dinner on Saturday night. Please RSVP by emailing Sherise Kimura at by June 17.

Thursday  6/23/2011

  • 6-10pm  JCLC Steering Committee Meeting (Florante & Alanna only)
  • 7-9pm Spectrum Professional Options Fair (Sandy Wee, Eileen Bosch, Candice Mack) – Royal Sonesta, 300 Bourbon Street, New Orleans, LA

Friday  6/24/2011

  • 8am-Noon  ALA Committee on Diversity Town Hall Meeting
  • 11:30am -4:30pm Lunch and Bus Tour of Vietnamese Community (Versailles) – Meet at the W Hotel – Cost $30 (RSVP with Gary Colmenar at by June 10)
  • 5-7pm Evening Executive Board Dinner (RSVP with Sandy Wee at  by June 20) – Singha Thai Cafe, 413 Carondelet St., New Orleans, LA 70130 (5 blks west of W Hotel)
  • 8-10pm  JCLC Fundraiser (Raffle Basket /APALA 30th BAG- Donations go to Eileen Bosch & Linda Ueki Absher ) – Deadline to turn in stuff for basket is Friday Morning before the tour. Hilton Riverside  – River Room  2 Poydras St, New Orleans, US, 70130 (note – NOT at the Convention Center – Down the Street from the W Hotel – past the Casino)

Saturday 6/25

  • Noon-1:30pm Many Voices – One Nation (Diversity Authors) – Hotel Monteleone – Queen Anne BR, 214 Royal Street, New Orleans, US, 70130
  • 1:30-3pm – Program sponsored by AILA, APALA, BACLA, CALA, REFORMA – “Why Didn’t Anyone Tell Me That! Reflections from Librarians in the Trenches” with Cecilla Siu-Wah Poon (APALA Speaker) – Doubletree Hotel – Rosedown A
  • 3-5pm ALA Diversity Fair (table /poster session) – Convention Exhibit Hall
  • 6pm APALA Social Dinner (RSVP with Sherise Kimura at by June 17 – Location TBD
  • 8-11pm Spectrum Scholarship Bash – National WWII Museum, 945 Magazine Street New Orleans, LA 70130 (Entrance on Andrew Higgins Drive)

Sunday  6/26

  • 8:30-10am APALA Literature Awards – Convention Center – MCC-Rm 287 – Complimentary Breakfast Reception and Literature Awards Presentation
  • 10:30am-Noon President’s Program – Panel & Video Screening of “A Village Called Versailles” (download pdf flyer)
  • 1:30-3:30pm Program sponsored by CALA,  APALA, BCALA, AILA, RFEFORMA – “Embracing the Changes: Diversity and Global Vision in a Digital Age” – MCC – Rm 284
  • 1-4pm REFORMA 2011 Pura Belpre Award and 15h Anniversary “Quinces” Celebracion – Morial Convention Center – Rm 293-296
  • 4-5:30pm  AILA program – “Trickster: Engaging Readers, Honoring Traditions” – Morial New Orleans Convention Center.- room 284
  • 7-10pm CALA 2011 Award Banquet (RSVP for APALA Table with Cecilla Siu-Wah Poon at – The Five Happiness Restaurant, Imperial Room, 3605 Carrollton Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70118

Monday  6/27

  • 1:30-5:30pm JCLC Publicity & Program Working Committee Meetings – Conv. Ctr. MCC – 264
  • 10:30-Noon (Diversity Council) – “Diversity is Everyone’s Business: Sensitivities in the Workplace” with Anchalee Panigabutra-Roberts (Joy)– APALA speaker – Room 342, Convention Center
  • 7-8:30pm REFORMA program – “Remembering, Re-positioning, and Re-Igniting the Torch” – New Orleans Marriott – Mardi Gras F-H

Tuesday  6/28

  • 5:30pm-Midnight ALA Awards Ceremony and President’s Inaugural Banquet



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