ALA Midwinter 2013

Saturday morning in Seattle #alamw13

The alarm clock went off much too early this morning, but after my first cup of coffee I was ready to go! It was a warm — at least compared to the Midwest weather I was in yesterday — and rainy morning in Seattle, but it was nice to get out and walk to my morning sessions.

The morning started with a breakfast feast hosted by HarperCollins Children’s Books.  Not only was it a great opportunity to talk with colleagues from around the country, it was also a fun networking opportunity. AND they had galleys; picture book galleys, middle grade galleys, YA galleys… last night I was lamenting that I had nothing to read before bed having finished the books I brought with me on the plane. Now I have such a plethora of great books to choose from that it makes me wish I had time to read NOW! Thanks, HarperCollins!

And then on to the Leadership and ALSC program. ALSC President Carolyn Brodie opened with a “show and tell” of some of the important resources and projects in which ALSC is currently involved. One of the things she mentioned was The Importance of Play White Paper. Check it out!  It’s important information!

An update from the ALA Washington Office and an opportunity to hear from Barbara Immroth and Courtney Young, both ALA Presidential candidates followed, and then on to the featured speaker, Sue Polanka, whose topic was “E-Books, Children, and Digital Issues.”

Sue Polanka offered a “big picture” view of ebooks and stressed that it does not have to be a competition in which one format — print or electronic — “wins.” The two formats can co-exist; both are important in today’s libraries.  Librarians need to become more comfortable with different types of formats and with offering services which help our customers find the “best” apps and ebooks. Considering things like “does the ebook app offer interactive features which are literacy oriented?” so we can share that information with parents and teachers should be one of our goals.

It’s been a good morning, and the conference is just beginning!


  1. Mary Voors Post author

    Oh dear!  I neglected to mention that the 2013 ALSC Distinguished Service Award winner was announced at this meeting. Congratulations, Cynthia Richey! Well deserved!

  2. Sharon McClintock

    Thanks for keeping us up to date, Mary. And thanks so much for posting the link to The Importance of Play White Paper. Fantastic resource!

    I just came back from a Kindergarten conference featuring Jim Gill on the purpose of music play (incredible, of course!) and our library is presenting a parenting workshop this week called Play is “Fun”damental! So happy we’re getting out the message and promoting more play opportunities for young children in the library.

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