ALA Midwinter 2019

#alamw19 and the Anxiety of the Exhibit Hall

It’s that time of year… time for the giant sprawling exhibit hall of brand new books (both free and at discount), vendors, networking, free snacks, and ANXIETY. Sometimes the exhibit hall offers FOMO with getting the coolest tote bags, hottest books, and precious minutes to gush with your favorite author… it’s real, and I think we all experience it– even if we are actually there. And while it is endless amounts of fun and discovery… it is also so hard for some people (ME!) who can be socially awkward. I am a super extroverted person… it’s one of the ways I can shine at being a librarian… but I also feel horribly uncomfortable and awkward in situations with lots of people, and also with all the people looking to sell something to you. So- I offer some tips to survive. Even if you are #alaleftbehind, one day you may experience…

ALA Annual 2018

French Comics Panel Discussion #alaac18

Yesterday was an amazing start to my weekend in New Orleans at the 2018 ALA Conference! Not only did I have the distinct pleasure of co-presenting for the first time at ALA (Shout-out to fellow live blogger Soline Holmes for her post about my session) but I attended some great programs and discussions! I particularly enjoyed the panel discussion “French Comics Kiss Better: Bande Dessinee 101” which took place at the Graphic Novel and Gaming Stage in the exhibits hall. This program, sponsored by the French Comics Association, included some of my favorite creators of youth graphic novels- such as Aurelie Neyret, author of Cici’s Journal. Other creators on the panel were Eve Tharlet (Mr. Badger & Mrs. Fox), Cati Bauer (Four Sisters) and Barroux (Alpha). These authors and illustrators discussed their work process, the challenges of getting their works into the American market, translations and more. They also shared…

ALA Annual 2018

All about the mentors…#alaac18

ALA Annual is many things to me. The best time of year? yes! Librarian Christmas (or huge celebration?) Yes! Professional development? yes! Networking? Yes! Lots of decked out librarians in their finest cat or mermaid creations? Yes and yes and yes and yes! lol! But one thing that ALA Annual means to me is mentorship. When I was a wee librarian at my first ALA- now 5 years ago- I immediately signed up for a conference mentor through NMRT and I have been lucky enough to keep meeting with her years later! ALA is overwhelming… conferences are gigantic and jam-packed and even when you are not #alaleftbehind you can develop serious #FOMO when you are there! It is impossible to do everything, and you may or may not luck into doing just some of the things you wanted to do! So search out what interests you in the organization and…

Blogger Jonathan Dolce

Top Takeaways from 2017 FLA Conference

2017 FLA Conference

Two words – water. slide. Ok, technically not one of the takeaways, but WOW!  what a site for a conference!           The FLA Conference will be held at Caribe Royale in Orlando, Florida for two more years.  That’s two more chances to enjoy an amazing facility in the tinsel-coated heart of Orlando.  You have to be a guest to sashay down the slippery path of watery fun, but it is so worth it! Turns out, I’m the only one who said this was a top-five takeaway.  Let’s explore what everyone else had to say. Here’s Your Top 10 Takeaways! Networking!  This was the #1 of the takeaways by FLA conference attendees in an informal, unscientific poll.  Networking is a chance to catch up with colleagues, make new ones and hear about the latest from around the Sunshine State. Pre-Conference Rocked! – “We received very practical, helpful information that could be utilized immediately.” Performers Showcase…

Blogger Cen Campbell

Why aren’t we there?

I attended the National Association for the Education of Young Children’s Professional Development Institute in San Francisco recently. Lisa Guernsey, Karen Nemeth and I presented Links with libraries: The surprisingly diverse ways libraries are supporting developmentally appropriate early learning in partnerships with schools and programs   At the beginning of our talk, Karen introduced us and asked our audience the following:  How many of you have ever heard a real, live librarian speak at this conference before? NO HANDS were raised. None! Not one! These early childhood administrators and educators were clamoring to hear about what public libraries are doing around the continent, and some had not even thought of partnering with their local library. Some already had great partnerships in place, but almost all of them were looking for guidance in the area of new media use with young kids (that’s what we do now, after all). Shame on us for not…