Hello! I’m excited to be guest blogging here once again, this time for the virtual LibLearnX 2022 conference! I spent several days this past week poring over educational sessions. I have to say, I am really glad that the online content will be available for a month after this conference. There are so many sessions I want to see!
I started this morning with a huge coffee and ready to (virtually) meet people. I’ve had several meetings with cohorts in the 2022 ALA Emerging Leaders class, and I’m pumped to learn more about the program and the projects we will be working on.
During my breaks, I have been exploring the Exhibit Hall and getting stumped by the Virtual Mystery Hunt. (To whomever wrote and programmed this game- you’re a genius. That spreadsheet… I have never been so excited by a spreadsheet in my life. What a weird sentence to even say.) And wow, that mystery is tricky! The game is a fun way to get you exploring the conference site and to learn more about ALA groups.
Today is also a great day to watch On-Demand sessions highlighting upcoming book releases- there are tons!
I got to watch a great general session this afternoon: “Voices of Asian Americans in History and Today.” The speakers were ALA President, Patricia “Patty” Wong, Professor of Ethnic Studies at University of California, Berkeley, Catherine Ceniza Choy, and journalist and author William Gee Wong. This session really accentuated how much I didn’t learn about Asian American history when I was growing up, and how much more work we have to do in the future. William Gee Wong said we need to think about “teaching the children of America more about the truth and [the] honest history of America.” Catherine Ceniza Choy added, “I don’t think learning about each others’ history should be partisan… we owe it to each other to learn about one another’s experiences.” Choy went on to say that if people don’t see themselves in literature, that leads to both misunderstanding and misrepresentation.
I’m about to dive back into more planning meetings with my EL cohorts. Tomorrow, I’m ready to jump into SO many educational sessions. And, we’ll see if I can decipher the clues in the online mystery game as the days go on. I am excited!
Conference Blogger Rebecca Ballard is Regional Children’s Services Coordinator for the Athens Regional Library System. An ALA and ALSC member for the past 7 years, Rebecca is really looking forward to the huge number and variety of educational sessions at the conference, having already made a spreadsheet of sessions to attend. (There aren’t enough hours in the day.) Rebecca will be drinking lots of coffee and getting excited about all the stuff to learn and share.
Please note that as a guest post, the views expressed here do not represent the official position of ALA or ALSC.