ALCTS Virtual Preconferences: Advocating for your Department and Library, Tuesday, 6/4/2019 – Wednesday, 6/5/2019

Advocating for your Department and Library

Dates: Tuesday, 6/4/2019 – Wednesday, 6/5/2019

Libraries are continuing to evolve not only technically, but also politically. Due to the current political climate, it is becoming more important for libraries to advocate for the values that they stand for, including code of conduct, diversity, inclusion, and social justice. This pre-conference will explore different ways libraries can be influential for advocating for their services as well as their values.

Session 1

Organizing for Change

Tuesday, June 4, 2019, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. CT

How do we get our libraries from where they are to where we want them to be? Advocacy for the things that matter isn’t magic. It begins and ends with library skills: clarifying demands, making lists, talking to each other, and coming together when it matters. Drawing on experience from both union and library work, this presentation will offer strategies for building power collectively in order to move us, our libraries, and our communities forward.

Session 2

Trouble Your Magic: Technical Services is Advocacy

Wednesday, June 5, 2019, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. CT

Library workers in technical services and technologist roles are significant actors in shaping library cultures. How can we become conscious advocates in our systems, standards, and initiatives? How can we challenge the narrative that library systems happen elsewhere? This talk describes ongoing tensions in technical services work while offering potential points of entry for library workers interested in advocacy from ‘behind the scenes’ positions.


This virtual preconference is co-sponsored by LITA and LLAMA , divisions of the American Library Association.

Learning Outcomes

    Participants will learn new strategies on advocating for their libraries.

    Participants will be exposed to social issues that are being addressed in other libraries throughout the country

    Participants will learn how advocacy leaders in the field work with their colleagues to effect change


Who Should Attend

Librarians, staff, and information professionals interested in learning about social issues surrounding libraries in this political environment. Librarians seeking to learn strategies on advocating for your department, your staff, your library and your community.


Emily Drabinski is Critical Pedagogy Librarian at the Graduate Center, CUNY. She edits Gender and Sexuality in Information Studies, a book series from Library Juice Press/Litwin Books.

Angela Galvan manages electronic resources for Brown University Library. Her research interests include critical algorithm studies, decay in technology and infrastructure, and digital estates. Angela is an editor for Weave: Journal of Library User Experience.

Click here for more information about the June 4th & 5th virtual preconference.

Library Project Management 101

Session 1

Library Project Management 101, Part 1
Tuesday, June 11, 2019, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. CT

This session will introduce library staff to the basics of project management. We will consider what we mean by a ‘project’ in the first place and discuss the different types of projects there are. This session will explain the different stages of starting, planning, implementing and closing a project and introduce some common terminology used in project management. It will outline some of the different project management methodologies so that participants can start becoming familiar with names such as Prince 2, Agile, Critical path and Integrated project management.

Session 2

Library Project Management 101, Part 2
Wednesday, June 12, 2019, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. CT

This session follows on from part 1 and will discuss the make up of a project team and what the team needs to be effective. We will consider the various stakeholders that might work with the project team or who might be affected by the changes made, and what considerations we might need to make in order to create effective working practices. This session will also introduce participants to the role of technology within project management and discuss different tools and their uses.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of Session 1 you will be able to:

  1. Define what a project is and identify different types of project.
  2. Explain the different stages of the project management cycle.
  3. List different project management terms and describe what they mean.
  4. Identify different project management methodologies

By the end of Session 2 you will be able to:

  1. Identify the different roles within a project management team and describe their requirements
  2. Consider the different people that may be involved and/or affected by a project and explain ways of dealing with them
  3. Outline how and why technology can be useful for projects and identify different tools that can be used.

Who Should Attend

Librarians, staff, and information professionals who are new to project management. No prior knowledge required.


Lisa Jeskins is Deputy Chair of the CILIP Information Literacy Group and was involved with the LILAC Conference for nine years. Lisa has 15 years’ experience working in libraries and is now self-employed. Lisa specializes in providing dynamic and interactive training and facilitation for information professionals from across the UK. She has trained staff from the British Library, the Bodleian Libraries (Oxford University), the University of Nottingham, the University of Manchester, and Lancaster University amongst others. Lisa trains on a wide range of subjects including negotiating and influencing, project management, team building, moving into management, and train the trainer.

Click here for more information about the June 11th & 12th virtual preconference.


Registration Fee for single session (USD)

ALCTS Member (individual) $43

Nonmember (individual) $59

Groups (applies to group of people that will watch the webinar together from one access point.) $129

Registration Fee for both sessions (USD)

ALCTS Member (individual) $69

Nonmember (individual) $95

Groups (applies to group of people that will watch the webinar together from one access point.) $206

All sessions are recorded and the one-time fee includes unlimited access to the session recording. All registered attendees will receive the link to the recorded session so if you are unable to attend the virtual preconference at the time it is presented, you will have the opportunity to listen to the recording at your convenience.

How to Register

Complete the individual session online registration form or the complete series online registration form. Sessions are listed by date and you must log in.


Contact us to register:

Call 1-800-545-2433 and press 5 to reach our customer service representatives or

Register by mail for the session you would like to attend. (If you receive an error message after clicking the “register by mail” link, right-click the link and save the form to your computer.)

For questions about registration, contact ALA Registration by calling 1-800-545-2433 and press 5 or email

For all other questions or comments related to the webinars, contact Megan Dougherty, ALCTS Program Officer, Continuing Education at 1-800-545-2433, ext. 5038 or

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