ALA Annual 2010

Mixing business and pleasure

Could there possibly be  another profession whose members throw themselves into their jobs with as much zest and joy as librarians do?  Every ALA conference I attend convinces me that we are truly blessed among all professionals. My first ALA was in San Francisco in 1987 — I was a new college graduate and had been accepted to what was then known as UCLA’s Graduate School of Library and Information Science.  My mom is a librarian and I literally grew up in libraries (was even brought to a few library school classes at Berkeley as an infant), but I had never encountered librarians en masse. The tote bags!  The swag!  The sensible shoes!  The sheer enthusiasm of everyone I talked to!  I was hooked. Countless ALAs later, I’m still hooked on the excitement of our annual conference.  Even after more than 20 years, there’s always something to learn and plenty…