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Odyssey Award for Excellence in Audiobook Production Celebration

Kudos to the ALSC staff for coordinating a wonderful celebration of the very first Odyssey Award for Excellence in Audiobook Production ceremony during Annual in Anaheim, in collaboration with award co-sponsors YALSA and Booklist Magazine. What a wonderful night! Booklist’s Stephanie Zvirin welcomed the standing-room-only audience of 500 or so and Sue-Ellen Beauregard, Booklist’s Media Editor, served as the event moderator. The evening began with a fantastic presentation by author (and Full Cast Audio founder) Bruce Coville whose Homeric words proved to be the perfect symbolic Champagne-bottle-smash to set the Odyssey off on its voyage. His ritual shedding of the jacket is now an entrenched part of the finest ALA gala events – and was echoed by Lynn Rutan at the 2008 Printz Award ceremony. Next, I had the honor to thank the awesome members of the Best. Committee. Ever. Those wonderful women made my year as chair of the…

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Microblogging

posted by Teresa Walls Ellyssa Kroski writes an interesting post about Twitter at School Library Journal. Twitter is a social networking tool that allows users to share information in 140 characters or less. ALSC Blog has a Twitter account. I have a personal Twitter account where I have started following the tweets (the term for these short posts on Twitter) of Lisa Loeb, a musician whose work I enjoy and who recently has released a CD of music for kids, Camp Lisa. The reply feature of Twitter is considered a key feature to many users. It wasn’t working for a while as described in Michael Arrington’s (June 27, 2008) Tech Crunch post. He writes that “conversations are what makes Twitter magic”: But that magic is created by the simple Reply feature – when you add “@TechCrunch” to a Twitter message, it tells me you are saying something directly to me,…