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Sarah “at” ALA Annual 2021

I have enjoyed reading everyone’s ALA posts, and do not wish to be repetitive about some of the same speakers I watched, so I will share a brief synopsis of my unique perspective and takeaways. The ALA Annual Virtual Conference’s featured speaker series on big societal and public health issues was particularly enlightening for me... more

Carolyn at ALA Annual 2021

I had some concerns about attending this year’s ALA virtual Annual Conference. Not falling asleep during sessions was a big one. I’ve attended many webinars in the past, and it is not an uncommon occurrence for me to doze off midway through one. With ALA being virtual, I would essentially be attending lots of webinars.... more

Mary Beth’s (Virtual) ALA

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ALA 2021

This is the first conference blog post I’ve written in a long time. I guess we’re getting back to normal, gradually. As we all know, ALA Annual 2021 was, for the first time, an online conference, after the coronavirus pandemic cancelled the 2020 conference entirely. Was this year’s version the same as past ALA conferences?... more

Thomas “at” “ALA”

I would not, could not from my room / I would not, could not via Zoom / I do not like to meet this way / I do not like it, ALA Oh, for the humidity of Orlando and the thunderstorms of New Orleans! Oh, for the miles of walking in San Francisco, the tedious... more

Lauren at ALA Annual 2021, Virtually

Instead of “just the facts,” I’ve put in some of my thinking about us for the sessions I selected to cover in my post. On Demand Pre-recorded Sessions “Beyond Picture Perfect Diversity: How to Create a Sense of Inclusion” by executive coach Dima Ghawi, who is based in Louisiana. The coach covered recognizing that organizations... more

The Concerning State of ALA – Special Report from ALA Annual Conference 2021

There will be action in Council on 6/28/2021, on changing ALA governance, which is raising concerns for some people (zoom to the bottom of this post for details). Of great concern to me right now, ALA is operating in the red and needs members and other revenue. Membership declined 9-10% each of the last two... more

2021 NASIG Conference

With apologies for being late in posting about this, I attended the all online NASIG Conference from Wednesday, May 19th through Friday, May 21st. Although I greatly missed the in-person conference experience, I attended a number of interesting sessions. As Chris noted in his post about this conference, the keynote addresses were excellent but were... more

NASIG’s 2021 Virtual Conference According to Chris

This year, NASIG’s 2021 Virtual Conference was held from Tuesday, May 18 until Friday, May 21.  It was a blend of both live and prerecorded sessions with a variety of speakers and topics.  I also served as a member of the Program Planning Committee again this year, and the committee did a wonderful job to... more

2021 North Carolina Serials Conference According to Chris

On Friday, April 9, I attended the 2021 North Carolina Serials Conference virtually, as it is normally held at the Friday Center in Chapel Hill.  COVID-19 restrictions notwithstanding, the conference was still engaging in terms of content and participation from across the state and the region on a diverse array of topics.  That shift was... more