ALA Annual 2015

#alaac15 First Full Day Prep

First-time ALSC live blogger – hi, all – and if memory serves, my seventh ALA annual conference. What a exciting time to be in San Francisco! I got a chance to go to Muir Woods and take a city tour before digging into conference registration pickup and prep. Since I’m in marathon training, I also got to run along the water to the fog-enshrouded Golden Gate Bridge and back to the hotel. The running tour was a great way to get a taste of the Fisherman’s Wharf, Fort Mason and Crissy Field.

I feel like with this conference, especially, that no matter how much you plan — and you SHOULD of course—that you take what you can get and learn as you go. Twas sad that I only got to catch the last part of #guerillastorytime this year, but always a fun and worthwhile experience to share and learn best practices. Other bloggers covered it well here, but suffice it to say, it’s always something to seek out at the ALA annual conference. Last night’s Michael L. Printz Award panel was amazing to see too, with lots of great author insights and some gushing over Jandy Nelson’s speech for her winning book I’ll Give You the Sun.

Today, I’m looking forward to:

+”Managing the Future: Supporting Your Youth Services Innovators” with our very own Abby Johnson and other great librarians. Dare I say better than that first cup of coffee? I think so.

+ASLCA 101 – seeing that I’m a new children’s services consultant for the Indiana State Library, I’ll be learning all things ASCLA and helping my New Jersey counterpart, Sharon Rawlins, out for this session.

+the protein bar in my purse…because who has time for lunch when 3 great authors will be at the Candlewick booth!? Hopefully, I can get in the line in good time while gnawing on that Clif bar. 

+”The Fusion of Play into Library Environments” session to refocus on incorporating those five best early literacy practices in all that we do with youth services.

+Conversation Starter – “Girls Like Fart Jokes and Boys Have Feelings – Beyond Gendered Reader’s Advisory” – I’ll be applauding over this readers’ advisory and collections panel for youth.

It’s late. I’m off to finish getting ready for the first session! Have a good one.

Angela Dubinger, Children’s Services Consultant

Indiana State Library

Indianapolis, Indiana 


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