ALA Annual 2014

Programming on the Autism Spectrum #alaac2014

Serving children on the autism spectrum can be an intimidating endeavor, particularly if you have little to no experience working with these families.  However, as the session I attended yesterday afternoon discussed, libraries are absolutely not alone in this.  “Creating Collaborations:  Successful Partnerships that Serve Children with Autism” included presentations by four librarians who highlighted several different kinds of partnerships available to the vast majority of public libraries.  From working with special education teachers to occupational therapists and museums to hospitals, there are programs and organizations all over dedicated to serving children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Why is this so important?  According to the Center for Disease Control, the number of children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder is on the rise.  The new statistic is 1 in 68 children.  That’s a lot of kids. Jen Taggart, Bloomfield Township Public Library in Michigan, discussed the special collections her library curates for…

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AWE Learning Reception at the Indiana State Library #pla2014

One of the fun parts about attending national conferences is the parties.  I had the exciting opportunity to have a party at my library last night.  The AWE Early Learning computer folks decided to use the beautiful historic Indiana State Library to have a fun and lively reception for #pla2014 attendees.  The evening included wine and champagne, fruit, and lots of sweet treats (including cream puffs with chocolate frosting.  Yes.  I had two.) and popular tours of our 1934 art nouveau building.   Unfortunately, I was too busy hobnobbing with Sammy, my interviewing Toucan puppet, to take any pictures of the place when it was full of people, but you can still get an idea of the general grandeur.  It was a great time and I was so happy to welcome PLA attendees to the Indiana State Library.

ALA Annual 2013

Sammy’s Pics with Famous Folk

Sammy, the interviewing Toucan from Indiana, got pictures taken with dozens of famous folk at ALA.  Sammy also collected interviews from many people affiliated with libraries in one way or another.  Be sure to check Sammy’s YouTube channel for the interviews from the conference later this week, including interviews with Cory Doctorow, Brian Azzarello, and a librarian in a hallway outside a Women’s Restroom (at a Tweetup, of course).  Sammy got to attend several exciting events at ALA including the Newbery Caldecott Wilder Award Banquet, the Odyssey Award Ceremony, and the Printz Reception. Over the course of the conference, several people asked me how I got started working with Sammy.  Sammy and I used to interview my Early Literacy Assistant at my previous job and then, at ALA last year, Sammy took the plunge and interviewed a famous author, Tom Angelberger.  We’ve been partners ever since.  I highly recommend working…

ALA Annual 2013

Feeling Intimidated about #ala2013? You’re Not the Only One.

Okay.  I admit it.  I’m nervous about  ALA 2013.  Why?  Because conferences intimidate the heck out of me.  I know, I know…they are wonderful amalgamations of learning and networking…getting hip to the newest trends and hearing amazing speakers…brushing elbows with the publishing elite and schmoozing with rock-star authors.  So much to do!  So much to see! Leaving me with a sinking feeling that I won’t do it right. What if I miss a session I really wanted to attend?  What if I forget some famous author’s name or don’t remember what book they wrote?  What if my shoes kill my feet or I lose my favorite sweater?  What if I get lost in Chicago?  WHAT IF NO ONE LIKES ME? Thankfully, this isn’t my first ALA.  Anaheim broke me in last year and I did that without falling apart despite the Anaheim Fire Drill and that is saying something. Here’s…