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Thursday, August 10


NCAAL 10 Travel Grant Presentations

Thanks to the Executive Board’s donation five $1,000 NCAAL X Travel Grants were made available to attend the NCAAL 10.   The grants were designed to encourage conference attendance for a librarians in the first five years of their career.  Four librarians completed the application process.

Applicants explained how their work in a library setting has addressed an identified community need, provided an innovative approach to service and had a measurable impact or improvement in service.  They also had to create a unique and entertaining video/PowerPoint, Keynote or iMovie documenting their library story of success. 

Join them as they showcase their visual presentations at the conference.













Bloomsbury Publishing is a leading independent publishing house established in 1986. It has companies in London, New York, Sydney and New Delhi. Its four divisions include Bloomsbury Academic and Professional, Bloomsbury Information, Bloomsbury Adult Publishing and Bloomsbury Children's... Read More →

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Jina DuVernay

Reference Librarian, Alabama State University
My name is Jina DuVernay and I am the Reference Librarian at Alabama State University. I graduated from the University of Alabama with a Masters in Library and Information Science. I completed my first year as a librarian in May of 2017. During my first year, I sought out opportunities... Read More →
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Shamika Fusco

Children's Outreach Librarian, Phillis Wheatley Community Library, Rochester Public Library System
Travel Grant Recipient
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Gemmicka Piper

Academic Resident Librarian/Reference and Instruction, Miami University
Travel Grant Recipient I have a PhD in English. My concentration was 20th and 21st century African American Literature and Culture. I specialized in Black Feminism and Popular Culture. I got my MLIS and currently work as a Academic Resident/Visiting Assistant Librarian at Miami University... Read More →
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Louise Smith

Multimedia Librarian, Benedict College
Travel Grant Recipient

Thursday August 10, 2017 10:00am - 10:30am
Azalea (Grand Hyatt Buckhead) 3300 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30305


Back in the Day: Helping Children Understand Segregation Through Books

Evelyn Coleman, White Socks Only, Calvin Ramsey, Ruth and the Green Book, Carole Weatherford, Freedom on the Menu: The Greensboro Sit-Ins.

Young children of today have not been exposed to institutional segregation and white supremacy prevalent decades ago. Segregated lunch counters, water fountains, and restrooms are no longer a part of the American landscape. Discrimination of any kind is now illegal. Black Americans worked long and hard to right these wrongs. However, prejudice and bigotry still flourish in America. Books can provide not only a chance to educate children about the past, but offer an opportunity to equip them with tools for sorting through complicated or confusing issues. Join these award winning authors and they share this issue from a child’s perspective.

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Evelyn Coleman

Evelyn Coleman is the award-winning author of a dozen books for young readers as well as numerous short stories, essays and a novel for adults published over a long writing career. A resident of Atlanta, she is the author most recently of "Freedom Train," a 2008 book for young readers.Her... Read More →
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Calvin Alexander Ramsey

Children's Author & Playwright
The playwright and author Calvin Alexander Ramsey, was raised in the South and now a current dual resident of Atlanta, Georgia and New York City. He is the author of “Ruth and the Green Book,” a children’s book published in 2010, and the play “The Green Book,” first produced... Read More →
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Carole Boston Weatherford

Children's Author
Carole Boston Weatherford is the acclaimed author of more than forty books, including Voice of Freedom, winner of a Caldecott Honor and a Sibert Honor; Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom, winner of a Caldecott Honor, the Coretta Scott King Award for Illustration... Read More →


Publishing Your Book With A Traditional Publisher:Requirements and Expectations, Yours and Theirs.

Is it more prestigious and lucrative to get your book published by a company that pays royalty advances as part of its publishing agreement?  Must you be represented by a literary agent in order to secure such an opportunity?  Are certain types of books more likely to qualify for publication from this type of publisher? Learn how the process works within the so-called “traditional” publishing environment as you consider your options in the contemporary marketplace, where digital technology has created a variety of publishing choices.

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Janell Walden Agyeman

Literary Agent, Marie Brown Associates Literary Services
Janell Walden Agyeman is a literary agent with Marie Brown Associates Literary Services and a book publishing consultant. An industry veteran with editorial and administrative experience, she has appeared at writers’ conferences, women’s empowerment conferences and other gatherings... Read More →

Friday, August 11


From Parents to Publishing Pioneers-The Story of Just Us Books

We have heard the outcry about needing diverse books.  Guess who has stood the test of time in providing diverse books for nearly thirty years, Just Us Books.  More than two and a half decades ago, Wade and Cheryl Hudson were parents on a desperate search for children’s books that addressed Black history, Black heritage and Black experiences.  Disappointed by the limited number and unreliable availability, the couple embarked upon a mission: to produce the kind of positive, vibrant Black –interest books that they wanted for their own two children.  So, in 1988, the Hudson started Just Us Books, the nation’s leading independent publisher of Black interest for young people.    In this program, Wade and Cheryl share their incredible journey.

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Wade & Cheryl Hudson

Publishers, Just Us Books
In 1988, the Hudson started Just Us Books, Inc. With Wade serving as company president and head of marketing, and Cheryl leading the editorial and art departments, Just Us Books, Inc. soon became a leading publisher of multicultural books for children, opening doors of opportunities... Read More →


Using Libraries for Community Resources in Environmental and Health Education

There are diverse communities throughout the country and, most, if not all, still have libraries or access to libraries. We recognize that the existence of libraries is threatened. However, there can be new avenues for libraries to serve the greater community and communities still threatened by a “digital divide”. Libraries can serve as clearinghouses for information and a resource for dissemination of environmental and health information. Many communities, particularly, communities of color, suffer disproportionately from a multitude of diverse health/environmental health and environmental issues. Environmental Justice is a term used to reflect the fact that low-income and/or minority communities have historically been disproportionately impacted by adverse environmental effects. Libraries can help to increase the community’s capacity to understand and participate in defining and addressing their environmental and environmental justice issues. Libraries can serve a multigenerational constituency by providing Internet access as well as print documents. Libraries can also provide access to online mapping and screening tools to assist communities in determining their environmental and/or health risks and present threats (e.g. ToxMap, EJSCREEN). This workshop will provide useful information about library-based health information centers, environmental programming in libraries and grant programs to assist libraries in being a resource for environmental and health/environmental health information.


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Pamela R. Bingham

Project Director, Virginia State University/Environmental Engineer
Ms. Pamela Bingham has demonstrated valued project management with almost 25 years of work supporting education, governments, and corporate and nonprofit sectors. She is an environmental/industrial engineer and community leader committed to food security, environmental sustainability... Read More →
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Wayne Crocker

Director, Petersburg Public Library, Petersburg, VA
Wayne M. Crocker received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree from Virginia State College (now University) in 1978 and went on to receive the Master of Science in Library Service degree from Atlanta University in 1979. He is presently the Director of Library... Read More →

Friday August 11, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm


Climate Change and Its Impact On Communities

Climate change has and will continue to produce an increasing burden on vulnerable populations including children, the elderly, low-income communities of color, and tribes.  Beyond increased burdens on health, climate change impacts will continue to result in the need for a strong, coordinated, and intentional disaster response and ultimate recovery for communities affected by climate-related disasters.  Dr. Mildred McClain and Dr. Yomi Noibi have both committed themselves to increasing awareness of issues around climate change that affect vulnerable populations and communities of color.


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Dr. Mildred McClain

Executive Director, Harambee House, Savannah, GA
Dr. Mildred McClain is co-founder and Executive Director of the Harambee House/Citizens For Environmental Justice, a community based organization whose mission is to build the capacity of communities to solve their problems and to engage in positive growth and development. The organization... Read More →
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Dr. Yomi Noibi

Executive Director, Eco Action – Hercules Program, Atlanta, GA
Dr. Yomi Noibi is the executive director of Environmental Community Action, Inc., (ECO-Action). ECO-Action’s mission is to help communities organize to confront environmental health threats, and to strengthen and facilitate participation of communities in preventing and resolving... Read More →

Friday August 11, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm


First Time Around: The Mystique of Debut Novels

There’s something magical about a first novel — that promise of a new voice, the possibility of finding a writer you can follow for years to come.  The debut novel is evenmore important for the writer because it might spark a great career. Writing your first book is no mean feat.  Let’s hear about two exciting debut novels. The Castle Cross the Magnet Carter: a Novel by Kia Corthron; the story sweeps American history from 1941 to the twenty-first century through the lives of four men—two white brothers from rural Alabama, and two black brothers from small-town Maryland—whose journey culminates in an explosive and devastating encounter between the two families. Passage by Khary Lazarre-White; tells the story of Warrior, a young black man, who is surrounded by deep family love and a sustaining connection to his history, connections that arm him as he confronts the urban forces that he faces--both supernatural and human--forces that seek his very destruction.

Authors will share the pros and cons their writing journey and reveal how these books propelled their careers. 

Sponsored by Seven Stories an Imprint of Penguin/Random House

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Kia Corthron

Adult Author
The author of more than fifteen plays produced nationally and internationally, KIA CORTHRON came to national attention in the early nineties with her play Come Down Burning. Portraying characters who live in extreme poverty or crisis and whose lives are otherwise invisible, her plays... Read More →
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Khary Lazarre-White

Executive Director of The Brotherhood/Sister Sol, Author
Khary Lazarre-White is a social justice advocate, attorney and activist who has dedicated his life to the educational outcome and opportunities for young people of color at key life stages. His support base is far-reaching and diverse, built over the past twenty years as co-founder... Read More →

Saturday, August 12


Libraries, Literacy, and African American Youth: Research and Practice
School and public libraries have historically been champions for literacy, equity, and education. Today, Black youth are in need of champions more than ever before. If you imagine literacy education as climbing a ladder, for too many Black youth, the school rung of the literacy ladder is broken. In this session, we will share information from our recent publication entitled Libraries, Library, and African American Youth, which focuses on how libraries can create more equitable and just services and programs for Black youth& services and programs that help to improve their literacy and life outcomes. Our goal is to introduce key research concepts and to offer meaningful illustrations of how school and public librarians are utilizing these concepts to effect real change in the lives of Black youth.


Kirby McCurtis

Youth Librarian, Multnomah County Library

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Pauletta Brown Bracy

Pauletta Brown Bracy is professor in the School of Library and Information Sciences at North Carolina Central University where she also serves as Director of the Office of University Accreditation. She began her library career in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania Public Schools as a middle... Read More →
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Sandra Hughes-Hassell

Professor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Sandra Hughes-Hassell, Ph.D., is a professor in the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is also President of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). In her current research, she focuses on social justice issues... Read More →

Saturday August 12, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Azalea (Grand Hyatt Buckhead) 3300 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30305


Mindfulness Research and Meditation Practice

According to a recent study, published in the journal Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging, practicing mindfulness meditation appears to be associated with measurable changes in the brain regions involved in memory, learning, and emotion. Mindfulness meditation focuses attention on breathing to develop increased awareness of the present. Previous research has demonstrated that mindfulness meditation may reduce symptoms of anxiety, depression, and chronic pain.  The part of NIH that has primary research for mindfulness meditation is the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health.  https://nccih.nih.gov/

Stephanie Phillips has practiced and studied mindfulness for many years.  In this presentation, she will present information on research about the benefits of mindfulness meditation and lead the group in meditation sessions.

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Stephanie L. Phillips

Professor, University of Buffalo School of Law
Stephanie L. Phillips received her J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1981 and is pursuing a master’s degree in theology at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School.A founding member of the Workshop on Critical Race Theory, Phillips has collaborated with her colleague, Professor Athena... Read More →

Saturday August 12, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm


Doing the Necessary Work to Save Our Youth

Join Khary Lazarre-White as he shares his over twenty years of work with Bro/Sis, a community based, not-for-profit organization dedicated to developing youth into empowered critical thinkers and community leaders.  Founded in 1995, The Brotherhood/Sister Sol (Bro/Sis) provides comprehensive, holistic and long-term support services to youth who range in age from eight to twenty-two. Bro/Sis offers wrap around evidence-based programming.  An excellent model for youth engagement.



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Khary Lazarre-White

Executive Director of The Brotherhood/Sister Sol, Author
Khary Lazarre-White is a social justice advocate, attorney and activist who has dedicated his life to the educational outcome and opportunities for young people of color at key life stages. His support base is far-reaching and diverse, built over the past twenty years as co-founder... Read More →


Sawubona! Libraries Catalyzing Community Change

If you ever get the chance to travel to South Africa, instead of a “hello”, you may instead be greeted with the Zulu phrase Sawubona (see:ya:wu:bow:nah), “we see you”. Instead of a passive hello, this Zulu greeting is an intentional acknowledgment and active witnessing of the presence of other and their place in their community.  IMLS hopes to inspire and support more of the library field, civic institutions, the philanthropic community, community and local non-profits and to affirm to our communities, Sawubona!

IMLS is gathering input from the library, museum, and community revitalization fields to develop frameworks, tools, and resources to support staff skill-building needed to help transform the connections libraries have with their communities.  The Community Catalyst Initiative intends to support libraries as they develop a deeper understanding of how they can partner with their communities to bring about positive change around a shared vision or goal. During this session, BCALA members will delve into the recent findings shared in IMLS’s recent publication “Strengthening Networks, Sparking Change: Museums and Libraries as Community Catalysts” and explore how their institutions can best leverage federal investments and their own local assets to best support their communities.  As IMLS move forward with the Community Catalyst Initiative and other legacy funding priorities like the National Leadership Grant for Libraries, it hopes to explore the role of libraries in community development and for participants at BCALA to share their thoughts on how IMLS and the field can be enablers of community vitality and co-creators of positive community change.



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Dr. Marvin Carr

Sr. Advisor, Office of the Director, Institute of Museum and Library Services
Dr. Marvin D. Carr is a national thought leader and policy maker on issues ranging from ensuring equitable access to opportunities for youth to expanding access to quality Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education and training. He was appointed the Sr... Read More →


Ideas, Libraries & the Digital Landscape

OPUSSEVEN’s creative director Dwayne Bishop and Dr. Lambert Shell, Director of Roosevelt Public Library will share a collaborative project.

Today’s atmosphere is rapidly becoming more open, mobile and accessible, how do libraries continue to engage this new user on this new environment? We will try to answer this question by exploring RPL Connect – an ambitious and collaborative project in partnership with the Roosevelt Public Library. Come and interact, engage and share your ideas which we believe is the basis for successfully expanding the walls of the library via digital channels.

RPL Connect will be a leading-edge multi-media, multi-platform solution firmly rooted in the belief that our past must be carefully and accurately curated. It’s a digital cultural repository, a place for leaning and preserving the precious part of our lives - our collective history, our living history. 





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Dwayne Bishop

Dwayne Bishop is the creative director at OPUSSEVEN.  A commercial art & graphic design company based in New York City, NY.
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Lambert Shell

Director, Roosevelt Public Library
Dr. Shell brings two decades of experience in youth development, education, and program development, to his current position as Director. Before joining the Roosevelt Public Library, he spent two years as the Director of the Danbury Public Library in Connecticut. Under Dr. Shell’s... Read More →


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