Welcome back from ALA Annual!

by Emily Hamstra

Conferences are always a great time to learn from each other. Here are just a few of my highlights from this conference:

RUSA President’s Program: Mobile Technologies for Exchanging Information with Patrons

Joan Lippincott gave an overview of different studies, trends, and apps. Kristin Antelman talked about innovative projects at NCSU. I was totally impressed by WolfWalk, a guide to campus with photos from the NCSU archives. David Lee King suggested setting up an alert on twitter for “library” within 10 miles of your library’s location. Chime into the conversation.

Books galore!

I attended RUSA’s Literary Tastes event, the HarperCollins Breakfast, and the Carnegie Awards for Excellence in Fiction and Non-Fiction– my to-read list exploded. I’m looking forward to reading Barbara Kingsolver’s Flight Behavior, Michael Chabon’s Telegraph Avenue, Amanda Coplin’s The Orchardist, Candice Millard’s Destiny of the Republic, and the shortlist and winners of the Carnegie Awards.

Readers’ Advisory for Town and Gown: Academic and Public Library Partnerships for RA Services

This was a great program. Sarah Johnson reminded academic librarians that “where is the fiction section?” isn’t a directional question, it’s a readers’ advisory opportunity. Barbara Fister discussed a one-credit course she teaches about reading. In the course, she has students reflect on the practice of reading, their personal reading history, and create (and read) their own reading lists.

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