ALA: More than Books!

I’ve said it before that ALA is not about books. Yes, it’s a perk, but ALA is about the meetings and networking. So here are some events you should think about checking out.

Selection Committee Meetings

There are some selection committees that are open to the public. In fact my group Fabulous Films for Young Adults is open! And I can tell you we will be voting on titles and discussing new additions. If you want to check us out, we meet Saturday and Sunday 4:00 -5:30pm in the JW Marriott Endymion room.

Another open meeting that is well work the time is the Teen Session for Best Fiction for Young Adults. This is perhaps the one of my favorite things to attend. It’s great hearing what teens say, which often times surprises me. I can’t wait to see what they say this time! The session will take place 1:30 – 3:30pm in Conference Hall Rm 255.

Conference Sessions

There are other sessions that are going on, but these are the ones I’m the most excited about and planning on attending. To see all that YALSA is offering check out the YALSA Wiki

Serving Older Teens and Twenty-Somethings, Saturday 8:00am to 10am in Conference Hall Rm 383. Join YALSA’s Serving New Adults Interest Group to explore ways that libraries are reaching out to this unique but often underserved group.

Best Practices in Library Websites for Teens, Sunday 8:00-10:00am Conference Hall Rm 356. We’ve all seen the statistics about how much time teens spend online. So, is your library’s web site attractive and engaging to teens? Attend this session to find out simple and inexpensive strategies that other libraries have successfully implemented to ramp up their online presence and draw teens to their web resources. Tips for using youth participation to retool and expand your web presence will also be explored.

Trends in YA Services: Using Mobile Devices to Serve Teens, Sunday 10:30-12:00 in Conference Hall Rm 383. More and more individuals, including teens, are relying on smartphones and similar devices for Internet access, communication, information and more. Attend this session to hear about how some libraries are connecting with their teen patrons via mobile devices and explore simple strategies that you can implement at your own library, regardless of the size of your budget or your technological expertise. Speakers include: Patrick F. Taylor Sci & Tech Academy students Enjoli Gilbert and Courtney Beamer, Jennifer Valesquez, San Antonio Public Library, Renee McGrath, Nassau County Library System, Long Island, NY, Kerrilynn Hurley, Mastics-Moriches-Shirley Community Library, and Jack Martin, New York Public Library.

Networking Opportunities

While I can’t share the deets on the publishing opportunities I get to attend there is a couple open events that anyone can attend.

ALA Dance Party, Friday, June 24/Saturday, June 25 10:00pm – 4:00 am at OZ New Orleans (800 Bourbon Street)

The Great YA Blogger Meetup, Saturday, June 25 from 8:00-11:00pm at Tommy’s Wine Bar (746 Tchoupitoulas Street)


If you’re coming to NOLA I hope to see you there! And if you’re not, I promise I’ll be doing write-ups of all these events and much more when I get home!