- ALA Annual Conference 2022

Community and #alaac22

Airport arrival early Friday morning brought the first reminder of the supportive community found at #alaac22 as I talked with a colleague at a neighboring library system. Even though we had not seen each other in person for years, immediate connection brought shared insights and support.

Conversation in line for check-in at the hotel and on the elevator created new connections around our plans for the conference and our shared excitement of attending in person. Overheard conversation (read eavesdropping) during lunch at a nearby restaurant gained new connections with a publisher.

Greeting friends at a vendor reception followed by dinner with a long-time friend and a new friend cemented the feelings of connectedness and support ALA and ALSC brings. Talking books, talking library services, talking challenges, talking honestly, gaining insights, hearing new ideas, giving & receiving support, and always learning. Community.

Conference guest contributor Crystal Faris (she, her, hers) leads the Youth & Family Engagement Team at Kansas City Public Library which includes staff working in the branches, in outreach, and with the Digital Media Lab. She’s most looking forward to attending the Newbery/Caldecott Banquet and hearing those speeches in person. Crystal has never met a piece of dark chocolate she did not like, has ballet season tickets with her son, shares a career with her daughter, and travels whenever possible with her husband.

Please note that as a guest post, the views expressed here do not represent the official position of ALA or ALSC.

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