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ALA President Jim Neal Welcomes
Tracy K. Smith and Jose Antonio
Vargas to ALA President's Program

Carla Hayden

David Ferriero

Tracy K. Smith is the author of the
critically acclaimed memoir Ordinary
Light and four books of poetry. Her collection Life on Mars won the 2012 Pulitzer
Prize and was selected as a New York Times
Notable Book. Duende won the 2006
James Laughlin Award from the Academy
of American Poets and an Essence Literary
Award, and The Body's Question was the
winner of the 2002 Cave Canem Poetry
Prize. The Root has noted that Smith's
recently released poetry collection - her
fourth - Wade in the Water is sure to be

The Librarian and the Archivist
Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden and her career with the Chicago Public Library as
National Archivist David Ferriero discuss the the young adult services coordinator and as a
importance of collecting physical information children's librarian.
and materials in the digital age. The Library
Hayden was president of the American
of Congress and the National Archives are the Library Association from 2003 to 2004. In
home of the nation's most valuable treasures 1995, she was the first African American to
and historical documents. During their con- receive Library Journal's Librarian of the Year
versation, the Librarian and the Archivist will Award in recognition of her outreach services
discuss the role of their institutions in making at the Pratt Library, which included an afterthese resources accessible to the public. This school center for Baltimore teens offering
session will take place
homework assistance
on Sunday, June 24,
and college and career
Carla Hayden and
2018, 10:30 - 12:00
counseling. Hayden reDavid S. Ferriero
p.m. at the Ernest N.
ceived a B.A. from RooAuditorium Speaker Series
Morial Convention
sevelt University and an
Sunday 6/24, 10:30 - 12:00 p.m.
Center in New Orleans.
M.A. and Ph.D. from
Sponsored by the
Carla Hayden was
the Graduate Library
Library of Congress
sworn in as the 14th LiSchool of the University
brarian of Congress in
of Chicago.
September 2016. She is the first woman and
David S. Ferriero was confirmed as 10th
the first African American to lead the national Archivist of the United States in 2009. Early
library. She was nominated to the position by in 2010 he committed the National Archives
President Barack Obama in February 2016 and Records Administration (NARA) to the
and her nomination was confirmed by the principles of Open Government - transparU.S. Senate, July 2016.
ency, participation, and collaboration. To
Prior to her current post she served as better position NARA to fulfill these goals,
CEO of the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Ferriero initiated an agency transformation to
Baltimore, Maryland. She was nominated by restructure the organization and set goals to
former President Obama to be a member of further the mission, meet the needs of those
the National Museum and Library Services who rely on them, and find new and creative
Board in January 2010 and was confirmed ways to approach the agency's work.
to that post by the Senate in June 2010.
Ferriero served as the Andrew W. Mellon
Prior to joining the Pratt Library, Hayden Director of the New York Public Libraries
was deputy commissioner and chief librarian (NYPL), part of the leadership team responof the Chicago Public Library; an assistant sible for integrating the four research libraries
professor for Library and Information Sci- and 87 branch libraries into one seamless
ence at the University of Pittsburgh; and the service for users, creating the largest public
library services coordinator for the Museum of library system in the U.S., and one of the
Science and Industry in Chicago. She began largest research libraries in the world. His
responsibilities included collection strategy;
conservation; digital experience; reference and
research services; education, programming,
and exhibitions.
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Before joining the NYPL, Ferriero served
the  Emmy Award  for "Outstanding Lead in top positions at two of the nation's major
Actress in a Drama Series». In 2012, Davis academic libraries, the Massachusetts Institute
and her husband founded their production of Technology and Duke University.
company, JuVee Productions, with a focus
Ferriero earned his bachelor's and master's
on giving a voice to the voiceless through degrees in English literature from Northeaststrong, impactful, and culturally relevant ern University in Boston, and a master's degree
narratives. Davis will next star in Steve Mc- from the Simmons College of Library and
Queen's "Widows," alongside Colin Farrell Information Science.
and Liam Neeson.
Hayden and Ferriero's attendance at the
Davis' appearance at the conference is Conference is sponsored by The Library of
sponsored by Penguin Young Readers.
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Tracy K. Smith and
Jose Antonio Vargas
ALA Awards Presentation &
President's Program
Sunday 6/24, 3:00 - 5:30 p.m.

on everyone's awards and best-of lists.
In June 2017, Librarian of Congress
Carla Hayden reappointed Smith the
twenty-second United States Poet
Laureate Consultant in Poetry. Smith
is the Roger S. Berlind
'52 Professor in the Humanities and director of
Princeton University's
Program in Creative
Writing. She was recently named successor
to Michael Cadden as
chair of the Lewis Center for the Arts, effective
July 2019. Her session is
sponsored by Graywolf

Tracy K. Smith (photo by Rachel Eliza Griffiths)

ALA President Jim Neal also welcomes
Jose Antonio Vargas, journalist, filmmaker, and CEO of Define American, a
nonprofit media and culture organization
that uses the power of story to transcend
politics and shift the conversation about
immigrants, identity, and citizenship in
a changing America. Vargas will discuss
his first book, a provocative memoir, that
is both personal and universal. Available
Fall 2018, Dear America: Notes of an
Undocumented Citizen is both an urgent
and personal letter to his country and a
window into Vargas's American experience. It is a transformative argument
about migration and citizenship and an
intimate, searing exploration of what it
means to be "home" when the country
you live in doesn't consider you one of
its own.
Vargas was born in the Philippines and
brought to the United States illegally as
a twelve-year-old. He hid in plain sight
for years, writing for some of the most
prestigious news organizations in the
country while lying about where he came
from and how he got here. After publicly
admitting his undocumented status, risking his career and personal safety, Vargas
challenged the definition of what it means
to be an American. He has advocated
for the human rights of immigrants and
migrants during the largest global movement of people in modern history.
Vargas was part of The Washington Post
team that won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize
for Breaking News Reporting for their
coverage of the Virginia Tech shooting.
He revealed his undocumented immigration status in a 2011 essay in the New
York Times Magazine and later produced
and directed his autobiographical documentary, "Documented," which aired on

Jose Antonio Vargas
(photo by Gerry Salva Cruz)

CNN. He later produced and directed
"White People," which aired on MTV.
His appearance at the conference is
sponsored by HarperCollins.
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