Chair's and President's Programs
ALA Unit/Subunit: EMIERT, ODLOS
Meeting Type: Chair's Program,Program
Cost: Included with full conference registration.
Over recent years, Middle Eastern literature has been making great strides in the international book market, with many authors and works receiving widespread attention and praise. The implementation of awards such as the Arab American Book Awards has also done much to raise the profile of Arabic literature and to facilitate a wider readership. In this session, panelists will highlight Arab American literature, including children’s books featuring Arab American characters to poetry and fiction written by Arab Americans and nonfiction in the field of Arab American studies, along with the award program. In addition, panelists will discuss their experiences and strategies for developing Arabic collections for academic and public libraries. This session is presented in collaboration with the Near East and South Asia Committee of the International Relations Committee.
Speakers: Kirsten Terry-Murphy, Librarian, Arab American National Museum; Safi S. M. Safiullah, Manager, Salt Lake City Public Library-Marmalade Branch; Connie Lamb, Social Science Librarian, Brigham Young University; Laila Hussein Moustafa, Assistant Professor/Middle East and North African Studies Librarian, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Chair and moderator of the program: Mimi Lee, MLIS, Diversity and Literacy Consultant, New Jersey State Library