Magazine article American Libraries

San Antonio Offers a Cultural Melting Pot: Library Education, an Array of Authors, and Youth Media's Shining Stars Highlight Conference Agenda

Magazine article American Libraries

San Antonio Offers a Cultural Melting Pot: Library Education, an Array of Authors, and Youth Media's Shining Stars Highlight Conference Agenda

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A mix of cultures, sounds, and flavors of Native Americans, Old Mexico, German Americans, African Americans, the Wild West, and the Deep South await the some 10,000 members, exhibitors, authors, and guests who are expected to visit San Antonio January 20-25 for ALA's Midwinter Meeting.

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Founded in 1718 by Father Antonio Olivares, San Antonio is now the eighth-largest city in the United States. Olivares established Mission San Antonio de Valero, which ultimately became the site of the downtown shrine and museum called the Alamo, which served as home to missionaries and their Indian converts for nearly 70 years. Visitors to the downtown area near the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center (HCB), where many conference programs and meetings will be held, will also experience other historical locations such as La Villita, one of the city's original settlements for Spanish soldiers and their families; San Fernando Cathedral, whose construction began in 1731; Market Square, the largest Mexican marketplace outside of Mexico; and as Paseo del Rio, better known as the Riverwalk, which winds through the middle of the business district.

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The city's ethnicity also spills over to the San Antonio Public Library's central branch, a bright-colored facility designed by Mexican architect Ricardo Legorreta. The 240,000-square-foot downtown-area facility houses 750,000 books and materials and has a seating capacity of 1,300. The library system has 21 other branches, including one undergoing renovation and three others currently under construction.

Midwinter attendees will experience all that the business district offers as they scramble between several Riverwalk-area hotels, including the Marriott Rivercenter headquarters.

ALA President Michael Gorman will tackle issues in library education at two meetings. Library practitioners, educators, and students are invited to the half-day "Forum on Education for Librarianship" January 20, from 1 to 5:30 p.m., in Room 006, HCB.

The forum will focus on such issues as the nature of the profession, what 21st-century librarians need to know, how to translate the understanding of librarianship into a meaningful LIS curriculum, and the implications for ALA accreditation of LIS programs. An opportunity for discussion and feedback will be available. To register for this free event, visit https://cs.ala.org/forumoneducation/.

Novelist, essayist, filmmaker, and poet Andrei Codrescu will deliver the keynote address at the President's Program, "The Future of Our Profession: Educating Tomorrow's Librarians," January 22 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Theater, HCB.

Codrescu will open the program with reflections on librarians who have had an impact on his life and career, both in his native Romania and his adopted city of New Orleans. Gorman will explore key issues in library education and invite questions from the audience.

The program will also probe such questions as: Are ALA-accredited LIS programs providing libraries with graduates who have the skills, knowledge, and values they need? Is the "L" in LIS receiving the attention it deserves? How can the perceived gulf between LIS educators and library practitioners be lessened?

A proposed dues increase and questions about June's Annual Conference in New Orleans are expected to be among top agenda items. The governing Council is expected to vote on a proposal that calls for a $30 dues increase that would be phased in over three years for regular members and smaller increases for other categories (AL, Dec. 2005, p. 6).

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The devastating damage suffered in New Orleans and other Gulf Coast areas cast some doubt on holding Annual Conference in the Big Easy. But the Executive Board voted to continue with plans, and many members are responding that proceeding with the conference is an opportunity to support area libraries and librarians (AL, Nov. …

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