Conference Speakers

Sunday, June 26, 2011 from 1:30p.m. to 3:30p.m. at Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, Room 284, in New Orleans, LA
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Conference Speakers

Betty Turock, Past ALA President, Professor and Dean Emeritus, School of Communication and Information, Rutgers University

Betty J. Turock, Past President of the American Library Association, is Professor and Associate Dean Emeritus at Rutgers University, where she was a member of the faculty of the School of Communication and Information.

As Association President she traveled over 300,000 miles and testified before the Congress and the Federal Communications Commission to focus on Equity on the Information Highway, just and equitable access to electronic information for all people of our nation. Among her proudest accomplishments is working with former Executive Director Elizabeth Martinez to create the Spectrum Scholarship Program, which to date has educated over 700 diverse students as library and information science professionals.

Turock received the ALA Equality Award in 1998 and the Lippincott Award in 2006.

Michael Dowling, Director of the Chapter Relations and International Relations Offices, ALA

Michael Dowling is Director of the Chapter Relations and International Relations Offices of the American Library Association since 2001. Before taking on his current positions in ALA, Michael was the Deputy Executive Director of the Reference and User Services Association. Prior to joining ALA, he served as Director of the Monroe Public Library in Wisconsin and as a Reference Librarian at Temple University’s branch campus in Tokyo, Japan. He received MLS from the University of Maryland.

Miguel Figueroa, Director of Offices for Diversity and OLOS, ALA

Miguel A. Figueroa is Director of the Office for Diversity & Spectrum Scholarship Program and Acting Director of the Office for Literacy and Outreach Services at the American Library Association. He has held positions at the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Middle Atlantic Region (NYULMC), at the Ehrman Medical Library, New York University Langone Medical Center, and at Neal-Schuman Publishers. He is co-editor of the book “Staff Development Strategies That Work!: Stories and Strategies from New Librarians” (Neal-Schuman, 2008). Figueroa graduated in 2003 from the Knowledge River Program at the School of Information Resources and Library Science at the University of Arizona (Tucson).

Clara Chu, Chair and Professor, Department of Library and Information Studies, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Dr. Clara M. Chu specializes in the social construction of information systems and institutions in order to understand information access by multicultural communities. Having published, presented and consulted internationally in English and Spanish, she is a leading voice on multicultural library and information issues, and is an active member of professional associations, currently serving on the Steering Committees of IFLA’s Section on Education and Training and Section on Library Services to Multicultural Populations. She is a recipient of various awards, including the American Library Association’s 2008 Library Diversity Research Honor and its 2002 Equality Award.

Michael Porter, President and CEO of Library Renewal, LJ Mover and Shaker 2009, elected ALA councilor and member of the Executive Board

Michael is a librarian, presenter, author, practical technology fan, and PEZ collector. He has 20 years of experience working in Libraryland and has presented hundreds of times to library staff around the world. His writings regularly appear in major library journals around the world. In 2009 he was selected as a Library Journal “Mover & Shaker”, in 2010 was elected to the American Library Association’s governing Council and in 2011 was also elected to the ALA Executive Board. He previously worked with The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, OCLC, WebJunction, and the Allen County Public Library. Michael currently serves as CEO of Library Renewal, an organization dedicated to research, partnerships and grassroots support for libraries as they struggle to offer electronic content to their users in competitive ways. Read more from Michael at and