ALA Annual – Quick Sum Up

I started writing this post  Saturday of the ALA Annual Conference, and I found myself once again in the Networking Uncommons. It’s a great spot, right in the middle of everything, and I was only filling  in for an hour, but I had already gotten  sound set up, found out about a Raspberry Pi-powered Readers Advisory box, and kind of a little bit hacked into the netbook that the Uncommons has available for checkout so that I could get on the internet to write this post. Productive I suppose, but it feels pretty normal for a conference. Friday’s library camp was amazing – so many great ideas generated in a short period of time. I was given the opportunity to help facilitate it, and in fact got to tweet out some really great ideas that weren’t my own. (If you’re interested in what went on, check out the Twitter hashtag #alaunconf or my Twitter handle @stephanie1839).  I even got asked about the strange numbers at the end  of my Twitter handle when my co-facilitator asked at the mic if 1839 was a very good year. It was the year that Belgium was recognized by treaty. My previous handle was Stephanie1588, which was the year the English defeated the Spanish armada. Several librarians cheered and said that I was “with my people.” For my fourth conference this year, I finally experienced burnout during a conference. I was done with Vegas and its heat pretty quickly. But there were so many great people to talk to that it helped me muddle through. It’s definitely the people that make the conference worth it.

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