ALA Annual Conference 2023

2nd (and last) recap of #alaac23 (from me)

My first post started with the opening session and ended with the prediction that “it goes by so quickly!” That proved to be true. I’m writing this from the line (and then seat) for the closing session. My highlights from the past few days were the “Making an Impact: A Spotlight on Scholastic Picture Books” luncheon and the Newbery-Caldecott-Legacy dinner – and not just because I love food! At the first, it was fascinating to learn about the making of On the Tip of a Wave: How Ai Weiwei’s Art Is Changing the Tide by Joanna Ho and Cátia Chien (pictured below). I’m sad to say it doesn’t come out until 10/31, but still – mark your calendars. It is an impactful and relevant (not to mention beautifully and artfully crafted) book and one of my favorites from the entire conference. Another book discussed was I Am My Ancestors’ Wildest…

ALA Annual Conference 2023

“9 to 5” on a Saturday for #alaac23

Dolly Parton’s part of the conference was in Friday’s opening session, when she virtually accepted her honorary membership in ALA! I took her inspiration to heart and had a wonderful “9 to 5” this Saturday. Listen to her sing and enjoy looking through some of the photos of the conference so far: My 9am session on Saturday, “Reimagining School Readiness Toolkit for Libraries,” had a fantastic lineup! Moderator: Michelle D. Weissman Randall, PhD (she/her/hers) – Bay Area Discovery Museum Presenter: Michelle D. Weissman Randall, PhD (she/her/hers) – Bay Area Discovery Museum Presenter: Kathleen Campana, PhD – Kent State University Presenter: Amy Olson – Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives Presenter: Julia Shaheen – Stark Library Presenter: Celeste Swanson (she/her/hers) – Lane Libraries Presenter: Penelope Shumaker – State Library of Ohio Presenter: Pamela Brockway (she/her/hers) – The Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County Presenter: Betsy Diamant-Cohen, DCD (she/her/hers) – Mother…