Random ALA Annual Conference & Emerging Leader Stuff…
An assortment of random things that I want to share:
ALA Virtual Conference Sessions: ALA is going to offer 10 sessions from the 2009 Annual Conference online. The bad thing is that you have to pay, but if you’re already registered for the conference, it’s included. Why this is good for me: I seem to have developed a very busy schedule for Annual with meetings and such, so I am looking forward to being able to access these virtual sessions after things calm down (“All full registrants for the ALA Conference will have access to these sessions after the conference.”). It seems like a good step in the right direction as far as virtual participation options go. But we can do better than 10 sessions in the future! I would encourage anyone who is presenting at Annual to set up their own recording (use your flip cam, your mac cam, some free online tool which I’m sure there are tons of) of the session and make it available (for free! ::gasp::) once the conference is over. It could just be your friend in the first row recording onto their ipod, audio is better than nothing! Share, share, share 🙂
Emerging Leaders Poster Session: There will be a poster session at Annual on Friday from 3-5 PM (McCormick Place West – Rm W185) where all of the 2009 ALA Emerging Leaders will present their projects. If you are wondering what everyone has been working on, you can find a list of this years projects on the Emerging Leaders wiki.
Speaking of Emerging Leaders, there has been lots of discussion about the program lately, fueled by Kim Leeder’s post at another one of my favorite blogs, In the Library with the Lead Pipe. Good stuff, and I think all of the feedback that’s being shared can only help to make the program stronger and more applicable to everyone. If the organizers and coordinators are willing to listen (and change), that is. If you are interested in checking it out for yourself instead of taking our word for it, applications for the 2010 class of ALA Emerging Leaders are being accepted now on the ALA Emerging Leaders wiki with a deadline for July 31, 2009. Start looking at the application ASAP because you need recommendations and you can’t just spring that on people! Also, if you are from Pennsylvania and are interested in applying for sponsorship by the Pennsylvania Library Association, they will be participating again this year. A call for applications will go out soon over the PaLA listservs and once the information is posted on the PaLA website, I will also post it here on my blog.
I’ll be posting more about my team’s Emerging Leaders project (the survey of millennial librarians’ association needs/wants) in the near future, but for now I want to point you to one of my teammates blogs: Karen used the answers to one of our survey questions (“Are there other services not specified in question 16 that you would like to see ALA offer?”) to create a word cloud that is very interesting! It gives you a little taste of the kind of information we’re looking at. Come to our poster session at Annual to learn more (shameless plug!).