26/06/2013 § 2 Comments
For some extra advice, I asked some of my friends who have gone to ALA what attendees should bring and what they should do while at the conference. Here are their suggestions:
What to Bring
- Business cards. If you don’t have any yet, make some quick ones on a printer with card stock!
- Bring clothes that you can layer. Not only is Chicago summer weather fickle, but you will have to deal with variable conference center and hotel air conditioning systems.
- Granola bars or other portable snacks. You will be booked solid (if you are doing things right) and may forget a meal here or there.
- An empty water bottle. Stay hydrated!
- Professional looking pen. (“No bics, man,” says my friend.)
- Camera (sound settings off if possible for less obtrusive picture-taking).
- Chargers for your phone, camera, tablet, computer, and other gadgets.
- Comfortable shoes.
- Blister creme.
What to Do
- Make sure to schedule time to network (at more formal events as well as more informally over meals and drinks). Meeting people is as important as attending sessions.
- If you know that you need time for yourself, make sure to also schedule some downtime away from people, especially if you have roommates.
- Be ready to pick up swag (free stuff! books! pens! bags! random thing!) at the exhibits.
- If someone invites you to an event or meal, go! Make lots of friends.
Thanks to Roger, Sarah, Bryan, Julia, and Stephanie for these suggestions!
24/06/2013 § 1 Comment
This weekend I’ll be travelling to Chicago and attending ALA Annual as part of the Student to Staff (S2S) program. S2S is an opportunity provided by ALA wherein individual student representatives from 40 of the ALA-accredited library schools are selected by their institutions and then sent to ALA Annual. S2S provides conference registration, hotel accommodations, and per diem for food and in exchange the student representatives work 4 hours a day (for a total of 16 hours over the conference) assisting an ALA sub-group. It’s a really great opportunity for students to go to ALA pretty cheaply, network within a library group, and participate in the largest library conference of the year!
You have to first apply at your school, through your student ALA chapter; then applications are forwarded to the ALA offices and the first 40 suitable candidates are chosen as participants. Here is a list of the 40 participants going this summer: S2S 2013.
Here’s a brief look at parts of my schedule, to give you a taste of what ALA S2S entails:
06/06/2013 § 1 Comment
Are you going to ALA later this month? We’re teaming up with LibraryLab to host a meetup on Sunday, June 30th from 8:00-10:00 at the Green Door. The meetup is a fun and informal way to hang out with us, network, and make some new friends while having a cocktail! You can add it to your ALA calendar by going to this link.
Also, if you’re in the DC area, remember we’re hosting meetups in June!
24/04/2013 § 8 Comments
I recently received an ALA Store catalog in the mail and was happily flipping through the pages, considering whether or not I should order my own supply of Love My Library buttons, when I stumbled across this t-shirt:
It has pictures of endangered animals (a giant panda, a mountain gorilla, a black rhino) and then the library symbol, the point being that libraries are endangered. I’m sorry to say it but something about this t-shirt does not sit well with me. It rings a little alarmist and reminds me of the Huffington Post “Libraries in Crisis” page which Turner Masland covered in an excellent Hack Library School post called HuffPo: Helping or Hurting?.