Jan 18th, 2010 by Cathy Jo Nelson
First let me say no, I’ve never been to ALA Midwinter, and GASP, not even ALA Annual. But I am a standing member, and now that I use tools to stay connected, I can follow events at these conferences when they are offered. So this post is strictly from the view of an outsider looking in.
I give to you a list of reflective comments based on lurking or things I think were most popular for school librarians from the ALA Midwinter 2010 Conference:
- ALA Youth Media (Book) Awards
- Campaign kick-offs for ALA President Elect / Flat Sara. Sara Kelly Johns was hugely popular throughout the conference, and where Sara could not be physically, there her Flat Sara stood in.
- AASL renames the school library media specialist to that of “School Librarian”
- Vendor hall design and layout was a classic #fail; I read so many complaints about the exhibit/vendor area it became funny! At big conferences I do attend, the Bloggers cafe and uncommons area compete for my time, and they usually win. I really have to have a purpose to be in the exhibit/vendor hall.
- Networking Uncommons Learning area super success – Impromptu BattleDecks, sharing, networking, more. I know many used Flip cameras to video the impromptu sessions. Joyce Valenza is said to have done an quick session on widgets. Looking forward to these videos surfacing in the coming days.
- Sessions Ustreamed or video streamed out using Qik got me into YALSA’s session led by their Teen board members – Best Book for Young Adults program and one other.
How to follow such big conferences from afar?
Some photos that I was impressed with or struck by:
A youth member suggested “Could it be that…we (teens) are depressed because we picked up a book like this…” Drew lots of laughter form the audience!(Photo from americanlibraries‘s Photostream)
“Set Sail to Fail” impromptu session in the Networking Uncommons at Midwinter. Look I see Buffy Hamilton on the right taking photo. (Photo from ALA Staff’s Photostream)
Why LOOK!! I see Amanda Leblanc and Joe Myers, our 2009-2010 SCASL president and president-elect. (Photo from the americanlibraries‘ photostream)
Now that ALA Midwinter is over, I hope Amanda and Joe will be sharing their learnings and ah-ha moments with SCASL members. I for one can’t wait. Isn’t it fantastic that SCASL has representation annually at such an event? Come on Amanda and Joe–please share with us not there!