ALA: Floor Tips

Soooooo, Katie is STILL without power so I’m winging this one alone. Today I’ll be discussing ALA Floor Tips.

Clothing Tips

  1. Wear business casual. Yes, technically you can wear whatever you please, but this is a professional conference. Dress the part. Not only will you blend in better, but you will be treated professionally as well.
  2. Wear comfy shoes. This goes without saying since you’ll be doing a lot of walking!
  3. Wear two layers of socks. Believe me, you’ll thank me later when your feet aren’t screaming as much.

Floor Tips

  1. Take it easy. The ALA floor is huge and there’s no reason to sped through it! Take your time and relax if you need a break.
  2. Bring a good bag. You can get tote bags on the floor, but a backpack really goes a long way for your shoulders.
  3. Have plenty of business cards. Believe me you’ll need them!
  4. Be considerate. I think this goes both for when talking to people, when walking, and when taking books. Being pleasant will get you a long way.
  5. Don’t just grab! I know ARCs are pretty and it’s tempting to take every one you see. But, really, DON’T! Take what you can read/what you’re interested in. Remember a lot of librarians use ALA as a chance to see what is being published. And in my case, all my ARCS go directly to my teens. (Who LOVE to see what I bring home!)  ALSO, talk to the publishers. See what they’re recommending. It’s a great way to make new connections with the publishers.
  6. Network, network, network. Seriously. People think ALA is about books, but it’s not. It’s about the people you meet and the connections you make along the way. It’s thanks to ALA that I have an AMAZING support group of other librarians!

I think I covered the major tips, but if you have questions about anything don’t hesitate to ask! Leave it in the comments and I promise to respond.