Pack Your Umbrella

It’s almost time for the librarians to convene for the ALA 2013 Midwinter Meeting, which begins in one week in Seattle, WA.   If you’re attending, what are you looking forward to seeing while you’re there?

Or, if you’re like me when I was a school librarian, it was tough to take the days to travel in January, so I followed the events as closely as I could online, especially the Youth Media Awards on Monday morning.  What will you track on Twitter, Facebook, or elsewhere?  Tell us in the comments!

Here are a few events that I’m looking forward to next weekend, plus a few that I can’t attend, but I’ll be sure to check out on Twitter with hashtag #alamw13.

Friday, January 25 from 4:00-5:00 PM (in the Washington State Convention Center, room 604) is the YALSA Research Forum, which I’m helping to facilitate.   We’ll hear from LIS faculty Karen Gavigan and Kendra Albright on the topic, “Information Vaccine: Graphic Novels as an HIV/AIDS Prevention Tool for Young Adults.”  Then we’ll break into discussion groups to explore the topic further.  This event is for practitioners in school and public libraries, as well as researchers and library educators, so please join us!  More info on YALSA programs is here and more info on ALSC events is here.

Two AASL events that caught my eye are the Dewey versus Genre Discussion Group (Saturday, January 26, 8:30am to 10:00am, WSCC-Room 213 ) and the School Library Research Update (Sunday, January 27, 1:00pm to 2:30pm, WSCC-Room 205).  Check out the full schedule of AASL events here.

I have to miss the Dewey/Genre discussion; instead, I’ll be up early(-ish, it’s Pacific Coast time, after all) on Saturday to join my school library educator friends at the ESLS meeting (the Educators of School Librarians Section of AASL), where the discussion portion will feature the topic, “Outside Our Box: Impact of Related Professional Standards on School Library Preparation Programs.”

If you’ll be in town and you’re looking for things to do (or eat) outside the Convention Center, take a look at the “What’s Happening in Seattle” board on Pinterest, a group board featuring shopping, dining, museums, light rail info, and even some librarian humor.

The Midwinter countdown is on, and I’m looking forward to learning, networking, sharing, and exploring Seattle . . rain or shine!

–Rebecca Morris

Image: Army Photography Contest – 2007 – FMWRC – Arts and Crafts – A Plumpish Proportion, by familymwr on Flickr. Used with a Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 License.


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