Library Girl Jennifer Legarde is surrounded by the E-literate Librarian Tamara Cox and the Daring Librarian Gwyneth Jones.
Day Two began with a session from none other than Super Hero Library Girl Jennifer Lagarde. Plenty of SCASL attendees had already enjoyed her preconference session the day before, and the room was filled with our Librarians wanting so much more. Her session “MacGuyver Librarianship” certainly left us all wanting more. It was a test of age and pop culture too, and Jennifer even threw in a Kahoot quiz to have us interact, and I want you to know “The Daring Librarian” Gwyneth Jones almost walked away with winner’s accolades, leading the quiz with speedy points and accuracy after every question. Many take aways from this one, and I’ve already seen a friend, Linda Waskow hard at work doing a project “MacGuyver” style in her library. I wanted to speak to both of these dear friends, but conference duties stole me away. But I did make quick dinner plans with them. It wasn’t a keynote, but it certainly felt like one with our ballroom location and jammed packed room.
Linda Waskow’s “MacGuyver-ed table,” me getting a quick hug from Gwyneth while trying to scan badges at the end of Jennifer’s session, and Jennifer doing her presentation.
First General Session and Keynote
At 10:30 we had our first general session and Keynote with the Daring Librarian Gwyneth Jones. One of the things I dislike about conference is that we have a brief welcome from our leadership, a keynote, and a business meeting all crammed into this one and a half hour time slot. The time always catches our keynote speaker by surprise. I guess it is not emphasized enough that they may not get a full hour to speak. Year in and year out, I’ve noted the startled or totally surprised shock as a keynote speaker is rushed to wrap up their speech. Gwyneth Jones gave us an excellent keynote, and even though she was rushed at the end, it certainly did light a fire for many of our librarians, and she had jam packed sessions the rest of the day. Our President Diana Carr welcomed everyone, and SURPRISE, gave the microphone to visiting newly elected SC Superintendent Molly Spearman. Then the mic was handed over to visiting AASL President Teri Grief, who gave a teaser for her Awards Luncheon keynote scheduled for later that day. I think all of us in the know were freaking out at the unexpected lengths of these two guests and their welcoming words. I was slated with introducing my friend Gwyneth Jone, and had planned a funny intro, but after noting the chipping away of her time, I made a brief and quick intro. We had to stop her way too soon, as we had our annual business meeting to get to, where we approve the slate of officers for next year, among other things. Whew. Now we were running into lunch, so it is no surprise many did not hang around for the fabulous door prizes my district among many painstakingly created. SCASL, we have to fix this! It’s a little embarrassing.
All this happens in the first general session and keynote. It’s almost too much: welcome, annual business meeting, surprise guests, and a keynote! Oh and let’s not forget the door prizes!
I attended the Awards Luncheon with a colleague, Peggy McQuade. We enjoyed the talented student strings program playing some rock and roll music! It was nice to see all the award winners get their recognition, and my most favorite USC professor, retired now, Donna Shannon, was named our “Distinguished Service Award” Recipient! YAY!!
Authors in the Round
We had two sessions of plenty of authors, one for elementary and one for secondary, and after these two sessions a book signing bonanza. I took a few photos for conference, so didn’t hang around either of the sessions very long. But all seemed to be having a rich and rewarding experience talking to all our visiting authors. We had in our midst: Alice Ozma, Nancy Keane, Alan Gratz, Sara Pennypacker, Sharon Flake, Sharon Dennis Wyeth, Steven Sheinkin, Megan Miranda, Jessica Khoury, Chris Grabenstein, Dave McDonald, Gregory Mone, Jewel Parker Rhodes, Dr. Annette Laing, and Carrie Ryan. I’m sure I’m missing some!! So many authors this year!!
Library School Get Together
Next I went to our USC-SLIS Tea. It is always nice to see new and veteran librarians as we reminisce about library school and catch up. Im very excited this year since my AASL Best Websites for Teaching and Learning is a new professor in Columbia at USC. And best, she is my hostess which kept me from having to pay for a hotel room.
Last Session – More Gwyneth
I chose Gwyneth’s 4:30 session as my last session, Mobile Media in the Classroom. I didn’t get anything new, but Gwyneth’s enthusiasm and chipper personality is definitely infectious. Also, since I had made dinner plans with her in Jennifer LaGarde, I figured I should be nearby to square away how we were all going, as it had grown to a larger group. In the end, Gywneth let us out earlier, as she had started way early since her room was well jam packed long before she was to start, and so she didn’t disappoint the early arrivers, but winged it, giving the group a whole extra dose of Gwyneth-for free! SCORE.
Waiting on Friends
After being assured by Gwyneth Jones and Jennifer Lagarde that they new how to get to our dinner destination, Hunters and Gatherers, I waited for my other friends still in sessions, which weren’t over until 5:30. We immediately descended into the restaurant, and were seated in a lofty area with really bad acoustics! But we still managed to have a delicious dinner and talked about quite a bit, library related and not.
My roommate and I returned to her town house rather early, 8:30ish. I needed to finalize my Friday presentation materials and work through my Regional Network Breakfast Meeting scheduled for 7:15AM the next morning. After a phone convo and various text messages with my hubby about our favorite show American Idol, which I didn’t watch but sort of streamed through Twitter, and another chat with Heather M, I packed it in for bed.
Pictures are thanks to the many posted in Tweets and Facebook about our conference.