I had an absolutely amazing Friday at #ALAAC22! This is my first time at an ALA Annual Conference. I had the opportunity to be working as well as learning with an awesome group of participants of the ALA Emerging Leaders (EL). The EL program is designed to enable library staff and information workers to participate in project planning work groups, network with peers, gain an inside look into ALA structure, and have an opportunity to serve the profession in a leadership capacity early in their careers. I highly recommend applying to this program since it’s been such a wonderful experience!
No better way to begin the #ALAAC22 than with storytelling! On Friday June 24th at 3:30pm, if you made your way to the Library of Congress you would have found an afternoon of stories: a “tarde de cuentos.” Sponsored by REFORMA, the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish-speaking, the program was co-hosted by the Library of Congress and took place in its beautiful Hispanic Reading Room.
Airport arrival early Friday morning brought the first reminder of the supportive community found at #alaac22 as I talked with a colleague at a neighboring library system. Even though we had not seen each other in person for years, immediate connection brought shared insights and support.
Looking for an “Escape?” Friday night at #ALAAC2022 is “ALA Play” sponsored by the Games and Gaming Round Table. Visitors can try out all different kinds of games including RPGs, card games, and board games. Can’t make it to ALA but want to join in some of the fun and games? You can! There is a virtual escape room that you can play to win prizes. (Prizes will be sent to winners after the end of the conference.) Escape rooms are great programs for public and school libraries. Patrons can learn about different topics while having fun completing them. You can theme your escape room to particular events, books, or activities happening at your library. Click here to learn more about the ALA GameRT escape room. Or, if you are ready, you can go directly to Mystery Island. Guest Conference Blogger Soline Holmes (she/her/hers) is a librarian and the Library/Technology Department…
I started my #ALAAC2022 experience with the Graphic Novels and Comics Round Table’s (#GNCRT) Friday Forum which focused on Comics Challenges. Taking place from 11-3, there were three unique panels comprised of creators, publishers, and librarians. The first panel (which, full disclosure, I also moderated) was about challenges among award-winning books. The second panel focused on equity, diversity, and inclusion in comics. The forum ended with a panel about concrete tips on how to address comics challenges.
#ALAAC2022 is on! Are you unable to attend and wondering how you can keep up with all that’s going on at this American Library Association conference? We’ve got you covered!
If you are planning to attend the 2022 ALA Annual Conference in Washington, D.C., please pack your party hat! The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) has been celebrating 100 years of the (John) Newbery Award this past year via online webinars and an online symposium. Those of us headed to Washington, D.C. for ALA’s Annual Conference can now look forward to in-person celebrations at the Newbery Caldecott Legacy Banquet and at the Newbery 100! Celebration, which will be held at the Marriott Marquis (Independence Salons E F G H) on Saturday, June 25, from 4:30-6:30 p.m.