#ALA Annual

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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

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

Carolyn at ALA Annual 2019

2019 marks my thirteenth year of attending ALA Annual as well as the second time I’ve traveled to Washington DC to do so. The first time was in 2010 in which I, along with several ZSR librarians, rode up together to our nation’s capital in the library’s newly purchased Quest van. Below are recaps of... more

Mr. Eller Goes to Washington

ALA Annual 2019 marked my first return to Washington DC since 2007, when I attended my very first professional library conference there. I was a law librarian then. I am no longer that.  Nor am I a rookie librarian anymore. In fact, at this year’s conference, I met up with my new ALCTS mentee. Either... more

MBL at ALA in DC, 2019

I was appointed to the ACRL Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee as vice-chair this year and as such, I spent much of my ALA time focused on the work of the committee.  Since EDI has been given special focus in ACRL this year, there were many programs on the subject. In addition, ALA had several... more

Lauren at ALA Annual 2019 in Washington DC

Here are a baker’s dozen of random and relative tibits from a variety of sessions I attended at ALA: ProQuest did a survey and in the results: faculty said they want students to use “a variety of content types including video” video is the largest growing category of content there are a growing number of... more

Jeff at ALA Annual 2018

This post is on the late side, but there are good-ish reasons for that. I vacationed! Then I was sick! Yet I am embarrassed about my tardiness. Having a family and a body are insufficient excuses for professional negligence. I lived in New Orleans for seven years prior to joining the team at ZSR, so... more