As a librarian, I always think of how I can best serve my community, in terms of meeting their needs and exceeding their expectations. In each community that I have worked in, the needs have changed slightly. In my current position, working as a children’s librarian in a growing and changing community, I have noticed that the community is hungry for literacy help.
After my best attempts to make it to winding down sessions and an emptying exhibit hall– my friends and I decided to use our evening to see some Chicago sights! We made our way to the Up Comedy Club to see a Second City improv show! I love improv and the idea of seeing a show at the place where Tina Fey got her start was super exciting! Then we made our way to Pequods for some deep dish pizza! And this evening out reminded me why ALA is so invaluable to me–it’s a chance to reconnect with my grad school friends in a way that life wouldn’t allow me to do! As much as I love them, my vacation time is usually spent on family or leisure time– and since we all live across the nation from each other- this is our time to catch up! As we sat…
Today, I sat in on my last meeting with the Public Awareness Committee! My 2 year term is up at the conclusion of this conference.
As I woke up at 7:20 am on a Saturday, and walked to my 8 am meeting… I thought a lot of things… why did I go to sleep so late last night? Why do librarians wake up so early? Is there such a thing as a night time librarian? Etc.
As the most magical time of year for librarians comes to a close, I sit alone in the food court, inhaling my fourth sit down meal at conference, (I always forget to eat) and contemplate what a time it has been!
It wouldn’t be an annual conference for me until it’s the magical night of Caldecott/ Newbery/ Wilder awards! I’ve been attending for the last three years, and it’s always one of my favorite events at ALA. Everyone is dressed up, mingling around and discussing our love for children’s books! People are excited to be there, and it’s easier to strike up a conversation with fellow library lovers!
Once the exhibit hall gets pumped up with librarians, library lovers, vendors, and book lovers- the energy changes! People are grabbing tons of ARCs and Galleys of books. Also loading up on free snacks from vendors– thank you to Baker and Taylor for the ice cream bar, and Penguin for the ice cream sandwich! (It’s hot, I treated myself!) Besides all the free stuff, there are lots of fun ways to engage with the vendors! This year, I found lots of ways to connect (beyond a sales pitch!)
It’s a weird time to be in Orlando. Most of my coworkers and friends expressed an unusual interest when I mentioned that I would be here this weekend. It’s just a weird time in the world in general… and personally, it’s a weird time for me because I am three months into a brand new position! This conference is also weird to me because I have been very spoiled to be able to meet up with my friends and colleagues from my MLIS program at ALA Annual… but this year, it’s just me! It makes me feel a little #alaleftbehind even though I am right here!