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┬áthat 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!


Things to Do (Or Not!) During Annual Conference

ALA Annual

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!

ALA 2014 - I'm Attending


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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