ALA Chicago, IL. June 22-27, 2017

alalogoExciting, crazy, information over load! I was told that over 22 thousand individuals were in attendance, that’s almost three times my home town population.

ALA’s opening session included Chicago’s mayor (Rahm Emanuel), who instructed attendees to go out there and spend, since he had a city to run. Go Bears!

The first session I attended was Friday morning with PAN (Print Archive Network). Several individuals spoke about saving print, (specifically the last copy of a book) between library consortiums as rewarding and a must in order to preserve history.

It is my hope that someday soon libraries throughout North Carolina will figure out a way to preserve its paper history. Everyone agrees that for saving space the internet is great, but it’s not consistant and/or dependable. After all, is that not what we are, historians of print/knowledge?

Right about now I wish I would not have lost my session notes.

I can’t find the notes when  need them most…ugh.

To teach or not to teach discovery tools, session. Three individuals spoke on how they use discovery programs to teach students research. Two of the librarians where positive about discovery search tools and showed how they use them. Basically it was what we now teach our students. But one librarian was very negative about discovery searches and does not use them to teach her students. This librarian teaches research to students on the masters and doctorate level, so it makes since that she would use databases directly geared towards their studies. Pretty much common sense, but it was nice to hear their point of view.

UntitledA session given by Readx had a wonderful speaker, Paul Finkelman. The topic was A Nation of Immigrants and a History of Anti-Immigration. If you have the time please listen to his talk, he’s funny and has several interesting facts. Including: as of today 80% of U.S. citizens under the age of 2 are of diverse heritage.

Another session I attended was New Discoveries in Reference. This session implied that reference librarians can be condescending. The speakers suggested that librarians should listen to their patrons, have a conversation with them, ask how their day is going, and learn together instead of the librarian acting like the expert (or condescending).

NASA had a booth, and I was able to learn a little on the upcoming eclipse. Take a look at these sites to find out more too.

The Great American North Carolina Eclipse Guide

Eclipse PathTSE2017_NorthCarolina.jpg

Love that science!

Author: Janet Malliett


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