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Voting now open! Bring ALA to SxSW

SXSW logoFor a third year, ALA is planning for Austin’s annual South by Southwest (SXSW) festival. As in years past, we need your help to bring our programs to the SXSW stage. Public voting counts for 30 percent of SXSW’s decision to pick a panel, so please join us in voting for these two ALA programs.

YALSA Past President Linda Braun and OITP Fellow Mega Subramaniam have partnered with IMLS and Google to put on a panel called “Ready to Code: Libraries Supporting CS Education.” Here’s the description:

In the last decade, libraries have transformed, from the traditional book provider to become the community anchor where the next generation technology innovations take place. Drawing from initiatives such as the Libraries Ready to Code project and IMLS grants, this session provides perspectives from thought leaders in industry, government, universities, and libraries on the role libraries play in our national CS education ecosystem and work together with communities to support youth success. You can view the video here.

The Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services and the Office for Intellectual Freedom are partnering to offer a worshop entitled “Free Speech or Hate Speech?” Here is the quick summary:

The Supreme Court agrees with the rock group, The Slants, that their name is protected under the first amendment. An increase in uses of hate speech in the United States has sparked a new fire in the debate: Is hate speech free speech? Is it a hate crime? The lines can be blurry. We will explore the history of intellectual freedom challenges and how to respond to traumatic interactions involving hate speech that are not seen as “crimes.” See the video here.

As you might remember, in 2016, ALA and Benetech collaborated on a session about leveraging 3D printers to create new learning opportunities for students with disabilities. And, in 2015, OITP partnered with D.C. Public Library and MapStory to present an interactive panel about the ways that libraries foster entrepreneurship and creativity.

Become a registered voter in the Panel Picker process by signing up for an account and get your votes in before Friday, August 25. (Also, be sure to keyword search “library” in the Panelpicker – there are over 30 related programs!)

You will have the opportunity to “Vote Up” or “Vote Down” on all session ideas (votes will be kept private) and add comments to each page. We encourage you to use this commenting feature to show support and even engage with the voting community.

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Emily Wagner

Emily is a deputy director of Advocacy Communications in the ALA's Advocacy and Public Policy Office. She holds a bachelor's degree from Mount Holyoke College and a master's in library and information science from Catholic University.

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