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Monday, January 18, 2010

ALA Conference in Boston

Yesterday I went to the American Library Association Midwinter Conference which is being held in Boston. It was my first ALA conference. My original plan had been to be there to soak up every single minute of it, but life got in the way. So yesterday was it.

This was my first view of the exhibition hall:

I hit the ground running and didn’t look up for an hour. I’d made it down half a row. There was so much to see, so many new books to sample, myriad ideas for using materials we already have or soon will, that it was impossible to see it all.

While I was at the conference I learned that AASL has voted to use the term “school librarian” to refer to librarians working in schools. I understand that the decision was not taken lightly and that many hours of debate went into the decision.

The experience of going was just what I needed. I met new people, found books which are just the thing to fill a need in our library back home, was inspired by new ideas I saw and generally got charged up and re-inspired. Coming home, taking the things out of the bags and organizing them made it fresh all over again. I’ve returned with new ideas for how to use Ellison Die Cuts, a variety of prizes to motivate students, and plenty of advance copies to read.

It was a wonderful day.

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