Soooooo, Katie is STILL without power so I’m winging this one alone. Today I’ll be discussing ALA Floor Tips.
- 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.
- Wear comfy shoes. This goes without saying since you’ll be doing a lot of walking!
- Wear two layers of socks. Believe me, you’ll thank me later when your feet aren’t screaming as much.
- 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.
- Bring a good bag. You can get tote bags on the floor, but a backpack really goes a long way for your shoulders.
- Have plenty of business cards. Believe me you’ll need them!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.