ALA Annual 2011

Annual Conference Wrap-Up

In a word, this year’s ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans was GREAT! Yes, it was hot, but I learned so much, renewed connections with librarians around the country, met people I had only known through blogs or email, talked with authors and publishers, attended fascinating & useful sessions, asked questions of vendors, AND had lots of fun & great food!

Some of the many things I’ve brought back home with me from the annual conference include:

  1. The enthusiasm and commitment to continue to research sensory storytimes with the intent to offer this type of program in Fall.
  2. The desire to begin to use QR Codes. Seeing QR Codes in use on business cards such as this one from ALA Emerging Leaders Team G: opened my eyes to utilizing QR codes for all types of promotional ideas. They could be used on fliers to promote a Library website, on social media to promote a program… the possibilities are endless!
  3. Buttons! I collect buttons and found lots of fun ones at ALA  including this cute one from ALSC:
  4. I picked up a small, business card size, quote card put out by ALA and funded by ALA Library Champions. It’s filled with “Quotable Facts” such as: “Public Libraries are the number one point of online access for people without internet connections at home, school, or work.” OR “Students make 1.5 billion visits to school library media centers during the school year — or 5.5 times as many visits to national parks.” OR “59% of adults in the U.S. have public library cards.” These fascinating facts made me think about what types of “Quotable Facts” could be developed for our own library.
  5. Excitement about working with an ALSC Committee. It’s always fun to work with a committed group of people towards a goal which benefits both libraries and children.
  6. ARCs! Thanks to all the publishers who supply librarians with galleys or ARCs of soon-to-be-published books. This is a wonderful way to become aware of great new titles.

And now I’m off to finish reading one of the ARCs I was given. Published by Scholastic,  it is a debut novel by Jeff Hirsch called The Eleventh Plague. Much more than just a typical dystopian YA read, I want to finish it so I can give it to a colleague at work tomorrow. She will enjoy it as much as I did!

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