ALA Annual 2016

Seeds to Grow from My #alaac2016 Experience

Storytime Katie is amazing.  If you are a children’s librarian, you probably already know about her blog.  I met Katie today at the Guerrilla Storytime in the Networking Uncommons.   She had many wonderful songs and ideas.  She is one of my Storytime super-heroes.  Learning from all the librarians at this session was a valuable experience in a weekend of inspiring sessions.  

ALA Annual 2015

My Top Transforming Takeaways from #alaac15

The Sunnyvale Library Make-HER blog offers fantastic inspiration. From: Conversation Starter: From Maker to Make-HER: Leveling the STEM Playing Field for Girls. Look at your existing resources people, meeting rooms, digital, etc.   Are you using them to their greatest potential?  From  Session: So You Didn’t Get the Awesome Teen DigiTechnoSuperLab: Now What?  Joslyn Jones was funny, smart and offered valuable information. Change is inevitable.  When the work environment is in transition, most everyone experiences anxiety.  You can control your situation in the long-term.  Transform yourself.  Make yourself more valuable to your library and community.   From: No Sugarcoating Allowed: Four Honest Perspectives on Change Management. Social media is a powerful tool that can be used to connect not only with our customer base, but also with authors.  Virtual author visits anyone?  From: riding the shuttle bus with the energetic and cool School Librarian and ALSC Live Blogger Stacey Rattner. Moving outside…

ALA Annual 2015

Artist’s Alley at #alaac15 is Amazing!

The Artist’s Alley is one of my favorite areas of the exhibit hall.  While there, I met many artists and writers of popular graphic novels.   On this aisle are items for readers of all ages.  Here is a virtual tour of some of what I saw.  There were free comic books featuring G-MAN by Chris Giarrusso. Matt Phelan had teachers’ guides for his fantastic graphic novels. Kip Noschese was sharing his work in Otto & the Grand Prix Bees. First Comics was there with Tales of the S.S. Junky Star.  You can read a review of it here.  I picked up an advanced reader’s copy of The Creeps: Night of the Frankenfrogs by Chris Schweizer.  I met the artists and writers of Teen Boat, Oddly Normal, Kid Beowulf, The Misadventures of Salem Hyde, A Brief History of Everyday Objects, Princeless and Graphic Classics Vol. 22.  The last thing I did was…

ALA Annual 2015

Freebies and Goodies at #alaac15

The initial opening of the exhibit hall is always exciting.   There are author signings, games and giveaways.  Your first visit to the exhibit hall can be pretty overwhelming, if you are not prepared.   At my first ALA Annual,  I went home with tote bags filled with autographed books and advance reader’s copies of popular YA books.  I took home handouts, catalogs, freebies and goodies galore.  While this year is only my third ALA, I have found that the free stuff is good, but being able to talk to the vendors about products and services my library may be interested in is great.  Last night at the exhibit hall, I was able to see a demonstrations of many library products including summer reading software and a sorting machine.  I was also able to connect with the representatives for multiple library services I might otherwise never encounter. These interactions provide…

ALA Annual 2015

San Francisco, Here we Come to #ALAAC15

I’ve packed comfortable shoes and downloaded the Scheduler App. Soon I’ll be joining librarians from around the U. S. at the ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco. I have a very exciting schedule planned for the conference. I am looking forward to the opening of the Exhibit Hall tonight and speed dating with 24 children’s and teen authors on Saturday. On Sunday, I hope to share with you the tips and tricks I learn by stopping by a Guerrilla Storytime – always a fantastic learning experience. I am a Youth Services Librarian for the Santa Clarita Public Library, a small library system north of Los Angeles County. My primary focus is on providing STEAM based programs for children who are in elementary school. So, if you’re looking for the latest from ALA Annual about children’s literature, programming and outreach for school-age children, I’ll be sharing all this wonderful librarian info…