ALA Annual Las Vegas Day 1 – Wow

Andrea at ALA

Andrea in the Photo Booth

Wow. I had every intention of blogging throughout the conference just like I did last year, but unfortunately school work and my schedule kept me from doing so. I’ll give some highlights of the last few days in individual blog posts and then I will follow up (hopefully tonight) with my account of today, and give a review at some point tomorrow as well. More after the jump!

On the first day, Jane McGonigal gave a great speech on the impact of video games on libraries. There’s a brief video at ALA’s youtube channel¬†that gives some of her opinions. Some of the things I took away from her speech were that video games have bridged the gender gap, an overwhelming majority of young people, both male and female are playing video games for at least one hour per day. Video gamers indicate that they feel numerous positive emotions during gaming, and they are willing to play even when they know they will fail. They can also bring people in to the library as evidenced by the New York Public Library’s Find the Future game night where hundreds of gamers came together to write a book.

The exhibit hall opened after opening session. I think that a ton of people wanted to get it don’t you?

Exhibits - Opening Night

 

Mostly I found this to be pretty similar to other exhibit hall openings, although I did have a woman practically shove me down the aisle at one point. And it was deliberate, she had her hand on my back and was pushing. Thankfully, I turned a corner and she didn’t, but I want to tell everyone she shoved me into that I’m sorry, and I wasn’t trying to run you over.

I picked up a few books at the first evening, though I was working to be more discerning. I did get both Mortal Heart by Robin LeFevers and The Spiritglass Charade by Colleen Gleason, both of which I have been eagerly awaiting, so I can’t wait to get home to read them!

What were your impressions of the first night of conference. Did you like the points that Jane McGonigal made? How did you like the exhibit openings? Leave me some comments and I’ll be sure to answer you back!

 

Why School Librarians Are Essential

This weekend I completed an assignment to design an infographic explaining what school librarians do, and how they use the AASL standards and CCSS to support teachers. You can view the infograhpic below. I sourced my pictures from free clip art sites or used the clip art available from Piktochart, where I used the free version to lay everything out. You can see the finished product below. If you have additional reasons why you think a certified school librarian, please leave them in the comments below!

 

Things to Do (Or Not!) During Annual Conference

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So you’ve never been to conference. Or maybe you have, but you aren’t sure that you did everything you should have and you want someone else’s opinion. No problem, because I’m going to give you my suggestions. Before I do, I will point out that ALA has a great resource for first timers on the conference website, and they also reference a great article by Leigh Milligan over at I Need a Library Job, both of which I read before attending my first conference. They have some great tips, but I have some to add, that I have found during my last few conferences.

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ALA Annual Las Vegas – Coming Soon!

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I am so psyched for ALA’s 2014 Annual Conference in Las Vegas! I fly out to Vegas on June 25 which gives me a whole day before opening ceremony to get situated. I haven’t decided yet if I am going to pay extra for a pre-conference that day, or make sure that I am 100% caught up on my summer course so that I don’t have to worry about too much work during conference. This is my second annual ALA conference, and my third major conference this year, so I’m posting some information for new folks about what I think is essential based on my own experiences, and I’ll link to some posts that I found especially helpful before my first conference. See you after the jump!

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A Summer of Free Audiobooks!

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Image by Nicola Einarson

I love audiobooks! Living in the Washington D.C. area, and working as a substitute teacher, I can have anywhere from a 10 minute commute to an hour in the car one way. My average tends to be about 30 minutes one-way. Once I get a full-time job, I hope to move a little closer, in order to save on gas and commute time. Until then though, audiobooks are a great way to “read” while driving. I get my audiobooks in a variety of ways, but there’s a great way to get YA audiobooks for free throughout the summer. Learn more after the jump!

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Movie Monday 2/17/2014

Ok, so even with my goals of starting this up again I’ve been absent for 2 months. Still, you have to start somewhere, so today, I’m starting with a Movie Monday post. I’m going to do my best to update at least twice a week, and perhaps every weekday if I can. So without further ado, on to the movie updates after the jump!

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The Long Absence

I admit it, I pretty much disappeared this semester except for a few days during AASL, which was a great conference. Unfortunately, I simply didn’t have any time to post this semester. I was working close to full-time and taking 3 classes, the combination of which left me without much if any free time. Additionally, two of those courses were education classes, and they required a lot of reading and work. My education classes are now firmly behind me, and I will not be taking any more than 2 classes per semester from now on. Next semester, I am taking a Children’s Literature course, so in addition to the YA that I often read, I will likely be talking about and reviewing some children’s books as well. (My current favorite is Pete the Cat btw.) In the four days since my semester officially ended, I have read 3 books, and I am going to begin reviewing them soon. I picked up a lot of books at AASL so be on the look out for some giveaways. Many of these books are the actual published book and many have been signed, though there are some ARC’s as well.