The first 24 hours of SXSWi were a steady buildup of energy in a constant downpour of punishing wind and rain. Late Thursday night, I drove through South Austin to pick up indomitable #sxswLAM organizer Andrea Davis and her photographer-friend Mona Brooks. Both were carrying an unrealistic amount of Zebra-decorated paraphernalia, which they hustled into my car as I stared on with a decidedly puzzled look (more on this later).
Nicole Pagowsky interviews Emerging Leader Erica Findley about how the EL experience is going so far and what project she’s working on. Erica was also at Midwinter as a correspondent photographer for the popular blog Librarian Wardrobe.
In this video, Members Andromeda Yelton and Shana McDanold talk about how the Code Year discussion progressed and about the Interest Group they are forming through LITA - they were able to collect all of the signatures needed that afternoon.
After getting home from the conference, I had posted on Facebook yesterday that for anyone else having conference withdrawal, #libchat was about to start on Twitter (libchat is a weekly, informal discussion on Wednesdays from 8–9:30pm EST for any librarian or info professional to participate in; people submit questions to the moderato
Check out the 2012 ALA Youth Media Awards YouTube channel for video reactions to this year's awards. Plenty of author videos to watch. Don't miss Mo Willems on "I Broke My Trunk" winning the Geisel Honor Book prize. Hilarious!
Today’s town meeting consisted of a brief introduction followed by three separate discussion groups that focused on different issues. To facilitate participation from those who were not able to come to Midwinter, we streamed audio from three of the discussion tables and used ALA Connect’s chat feature to solicit comments from and interact with the listeners. We got a lot of positive feedback on this, and it took one conference call, some member-owned equipment, and wifi to get it done.
Monday was the #CodeYear meetup at Midwinter, where we talked about the new LITA Interest Group (IG) that’s in the process of being formed (the petition went around to be signed), good and bad qualities of Code Academy that could translate into improvements in how we develop a librarian community in talking about and supporting each o
The highlight of ALA Midwinter 2012 Day 2 for me was the first session of “Empowering Voices, Transforming Libraries” with Dr. David Lankes (http://quartz.syr.edu/rdlankes/index.php), professor and Dean’s Scholar for the New Librarianship at Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies, the director of the library science program for the school, and director of the Information Institute of Syracuse.