ALA is excited to be partners in San Jose State University’s Library 2.012 Worldwide Virtual Conference, October 3–5. Some of our staff and members are presenting—look for the “ALA Presents” sessions and you’ll find topics ranging from ebooks to restoring contemplation.
What would you do if you went to the library to check out a book, only to find it wasn’t there? Not because it was already checked out, but because someone else didn’t agree with its content and had it removed?
Comic-Con International is not just a comic book convention, it is a media blitz. Major movie studios, television shows, as well as book publishers convene in San Diego to create a buzz for their upcoming projects. What is promoted at Comic-Con will soon be heavily advertised, and your patrons will be demanding it. So check your collections for the following items:
What amazing fun! This was my first Comic-Con, and it was way more than I expected. Overwhelming, amusing, touching, over-hyped, awe-inspiring, crowded, welcoming, alienating, mind-blowing, human, occasionally uncomfortable, and very funny. Yes, there were costumes and media frenzy, but the best moments involved finding authors I have loved and having a conversation with them.
I’m a governance nerd. If I’m going to belong to something, I have to understand how it ticks. How effective is it? Does it actually wield power? Is it relevant to me as a new professional? That is why I have made a concerted effort to attend the sessions of ALA Council and ALA Executive Board, the two bodies that govern ALA.
Monday’s top tweets (once again, we couldn’t manage to pick just 10) have an end-of-summer-camp flavor. Librarians are already reflecting on the four days of planned and chance meetings, sessions and networking, work and fun. There’s also a few commitments to action in this batch, important Battledecks news, and mad love for all those who attended and made #ala12 great.
Day 3, and I am already feeling the conference burn. My schedule is a mess of conflicting-but-equally-intriguing sessions and after-parties. I have started to use a dice-rolling app in my phone to figure out which session to attend.
Sunday’s top Tweets included some love for Graphic Novels and Artists Alley, a bit of ALA governance, a subtle hint about how to achieve success in Battledecks, Carnegie Medal commentary, and a reference to the (false) fire alarms that caused a brief partial evacuation yesterday.