ALA Midwinter 2019

Day 2 Wrap Up #alamw19

Day 2 at ALA Midwinter was fantastic. Being surrounded by people who understand how important your role is feels amazing. If we could all bottle up this love and empowerment and let it out when we get home, everyone would know the amazing power of libraries. Try that! Two highlights from Day 2 – 1. I attended an excellent session about Early Literacy and Computational Thinking. I have so many notes to explore when I get home. 2. I attended a screening of The Public, a film written and directed by Emilio Estevez. Funny and poignant. There is another screening tonight at 7pm. A MUST SEE.

ALA Midwinter 2019

Planning for Day 2 at #alamw19

It’s Day 2 (for me) at ALA Midwinter! Yesterday was a LONG day – what did you miss? An inspiring talk by Melinda Gates (interviewed by Nancy Pearl – swoon!) and the Exhibit Hall Opening Reception. The Exhibit Hall is overwhelming the first time you walk in…at least for me. Last night I found my favorite publishers and was able to scoop up a few ARC copies of books I’ve read about recently. My number one piece of advice about this – unless you really have a good reason, do not scoop up tons of books to send back home or to load up in your luggage. I am pretty selective about what I take. Not to say you have to be, but I only take what I can actually fit in my bags to take home. You will see people with bags and bags of books. And, I’ve always…

ALA Midwinter 2019

#alamw19 Here we go!

I am excited to be live blogging for ALSC! Thank you for having me! I am on the faculty at the School of Library and Information Science at the University of South Carolina. I started in August and am looking forward to my first national conference in several years! I used to attend regularly as President of the South Carolina Association of School Librarians and am glad to be back – I am used to being one of the ones #leftbehind!