ALA Midwinter 2017

#alamw17 Jumping in as an ALA newbie

I just arrived in Atlanta, ready for my first ALA conference. I couldn’t make the ALSC Mini Institute, but there are so many panels, exhibits, and signings happening this weekend – how do you keep your head from spinning?

I scheduled EVERYTHING I have even a bit of interest in onto my Google calendar. Depending on where I am, I can see at a glance what’s going on, what I can easily make, and plan ahead while still being spur of the moment. Kinda.

Know what your must-attends are. For me, the Youth Media Awards are THE reason I’m here this weekend. Can’t make it? We’ll keep you updated, and you can follow along on the live webcast on Monday morning. There are several maker events that I want to attend, so they’ll get priority when I’m making decisions on what to attend.

Take time to enjoy! Learning is fun – enjoy the workshops, panels, and signings, and make time to meet up with your colleagues and friends. Virtually attending this year? (Sounds so much more fun than left behind, right?) Booktalk with your patrons, colleagues and friends; check in with this blog and @wearealsc for news. More to come.

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