ALA Annual Conference 2021

At #ALAAC21, Beanstack Offers Connection between School and Public Libraries

Attendees at past, in-person ALA conferences know that one of the best ways to learn about new programs or software offerings is by walking the exhibit hall floor. You may not have arrived that day looking for a new summer reading incentive program or a unique tool to facilitate community engagement, but the vendors are there to show you exactly that!

ALA Annual Conference 2021

Diversity in Children’s Literature and in Your Library #ALAAC21

ALA Annual Conference has tremendous featured speakers, and we’ve all enjoyed hearing from the stars like Stanley Tucci and Nikole Hannah-Jones, but the real learning often takes place in the quieter sessions. Over the last few days, I’ve benefited from multiple sessions that focus on diversity in children’s literature and our responsibility to diversify our collections.

ALA Annual Conference 2021

Developing Your Collection, One #ALAAC21 Session at a Time

Though there is much to learn at ALA Annual Conference, everyone knows that the most common takeaway from sessions is titles to add to your next order! Here are the ones that are certain to receive a boost from day one at ALA Annual. Change Sings by Amanda Gorman, illustrated by Loren Long (available 9.21.21) The opening session, moderated by Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden, was a warm and effusive celebration of words and pictures, music and poetry, change and change-makers. After poet Amanda Gorman read a few lines from the book, and illustrator Loren Long talked about his inspirations and decision-making with the art, this beautiful picture book rocketed on to the lists of librarians everywhere. Run: Book One by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin, illustrated by L. Fury and Nate Powell (available 8.3.21) From the team that brought us the inimitable March trilogy, we can now look forward…

ALA Annual Conference 2021

Getting Started at ALA Annual – Checking Your Daily Schedule #alaac21

Welcome to the 2021 ALA Annual Conference! Whether you have already explored the #alaac21 virtual platform or not, your first step each day (after you gather your breakfast and/or morning beverage!) should be to check out what’s available on that day’s schedule. Start by clicking on Daily Schedule in the far left panel. This area will show you all the major events or featured speakers, and you can click the star on the right side to add that event to your personal schedule. Those major events are exciting, but there’s more on offer, so don’t forget to click the Education Programs to see what’s available live and on-demand. And definitely check out the Poster Sessions! You can access a visual display through the poster gallery, or you can add the titles of the posters to your schedule and “visit” at any time. Some even have an audio element that allows…