There has been a recent unprecedented explosion of writing by small and independent publishers, as well as self-published creators. But much of this diverse content never makes it to library shelves.
Our Voices is an ALA initiative that connects diverse, quality literature to libraries and booksellers. In this panel program, Our Voices board members — literary leaders from a variety of backgrounds — will explain how your library can diversify and strengthen collections with unique voices and underrepresented publishers. Attendees will bring back to their libraries unique stories about the power of diverse literature and step-by-step instructions on how to access these collections.
Curt Matthews: Thirty-five years ago, while teaching 19th-century American literature at Northwestern University, Curt published a book of translated Japanese poetry, which led to other, more salable titles, and finally to a career in publishing. Curt is the founder and Chairman of the Board of Chicago Review Press which currently publishes about 80 new titles a year, and of Independent Publishers Group, the first and now the second-largest independent press distributor. IPG distributes thousands of new titles each year, including academic and university press lists, hundreds independent publishers of all sizes, a fast-growing catalog of Spanish-language books, and Trafalgar Square, which sells titles from almost all of the major UK publishers, including Penguin/Random House UK, into the US market.
Felicia Shakespeare: Felicia Shakespeare is a bestselling author, brand strategist, motivational speaker and award winning library media specialist. Shakespeare is a 2017 Author of the Year Finalist for the Indie Author Legacy Awards, honoring modern impact-centered writers. For three consecutive years, 2015, 2016, and 2017, she has been inducted into the Librarian Hall of Fame at the district level for her contributions to the profession. Shakespeare holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business, Master of Arts in Teaching, Master of Education, and is currently a doctoral student pursuing her PhD in Library Science at Dominican University’s School of Information Studies.
Joy Triche: Triche is the Founder and Publisher of Tiger Stripe Publishing. Through Tiger Stripe, Joy seeks to develop books that celebrate diverse people and works with writers and illustrators from these diverse backgrounds to bring stories to life in the form of print and electronic children’s books. Before launching Tiger Stripe in 2012, Joy spent more than 18 years in educational publishing as an editor and managing editor. Joy lives in Chicago with her husband and three children.
Nicole Cooke: Cooke is an Assistant Professor at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She holds an M.Ed in Adult Education from Penn State, and a Master of Library Science and a Ph.D. in Communication, Information and Library Studies from Rutgers University, where she was an American Library Association (ALA) Spectrum Doctoral Fellows. She was named a "Mover & Shaker" by Library Journal in 2007 and was the 2016 recipient of the ALA’s Equality Award. Her research and teaching interests include human information behavior (particularly in the online context), critical cultural information studies, and diversity and social justice in librarianship (with an emphasis on infusing them into Library Information Science education and pedagogy).
James LaRue (moderator): LaRue is the Director of the Office for Intellectual Freedom at the American Library Association, and the Executive Director and Secretary of the Freedom to Read Foundation. Author of The New Inquisition: Understanding and Managing Intellectual Freedom Challenges, LaRue is a frequent speaker on a host of library-related topics.
Sponsored by the Office for Intellectual Freedom and the Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services.
Meeting Type: Program
Content Area: Transforming: E-Books & Collections
Interests: Equity Diversity & Inclusion, Intellectual Freedom
Type of Library: Academic, Association, Information-related Organization, Library School, Public, School/Media Center
Sponsors: ALA, OIF, ODLOS
Cost: Included with full conference registration.