ALA Midwinter 2016

Reflecting on ALA Midwinter #alamw16

I’m all packed and ready to catch a plane back home, tired but re-energized & excited to begin to utilize some of the resources and information I’ve learned while at ALA Midwinter in Boston.

Reflecting on the highlights of the conference, I think of:

  • The information I learned at the ALSC Collection Management Discussion Group session and the decision to create a Facebook page for the group; this will surely be a good place for ongoing discussions.
  • The announcement of Pat Scales as the 2016 recipient of ALSC’s Distinguished Service Award. A former middle school and high school librarian and a passionate advocate for children’s intellectual freedom, it was exciting to see her receive this well-deserved award.
  • Sitting in on book discussions
  • Visiting the exhibits and talking with vendors
  • The number of ARCs in my suitcase which I will bring back to my library to offer to excited young readers and to start work on our 2017 Mock Election programs
  • Learning new ideas about creative programming in libraries
  • Networking
  • Participating in ALSC Board meetings and working to move the division forward
ALSC Board of Directors Midwinter 2016
ALSC Board of Directors Midwinter 2016
  • Meeting authors & illustrators and hearing them speak about their work
  • The excitement of being among the hundreds and hundreds of people at the YMA Press Conference as the 2016 Awards were announced.
YMAs
Hundreds of librarians excitedly listen to the announcement of winners at the 2016 YMAs
  • Seeing old friends and colleagues; meeting new friends

So much to process!

Thanks, Boston! It’s been a great conference.

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