Mid-Winter Day 3

This morning, because we had to get up so early and get to a meeting, Kitt and I ordered room service for breakfast. $75 later: I had cereal with berries and bananas and coffee and Kitt had eggs and potatoes. Could get the same meal for $10 at Waffle House! Jeez!

Meeting was all morning. Affliate Assembly and was updates and announcements and “sharing” time with others in our region. I really enjoyed hearing all of the things going on in other states. In our region is NC, KY, TN, GA, and SC (I think that’s everyone) and they are doing some wonderful things. One thing I heard again and again was that many school library associations are strands of their state associations (that would be like the SCLA being over all libraries in our state and us having a section). On one hand that seems very efficient as far as conference goes, on the other hand, I bet those school librarians sometimes get lost in the mix of public libraries and academic libraries, etc. Just like at ALA. I blogged after going to the annual conference that I felt sort of like a “black sheep” when in some of the sessions because I was a school librarian. In SCASL I always felt in good hands and supported. I wonder if they feel that way? In speaking to others planning conferences, I heard that a couple of states in our region start planning their conference 2 almost 3 years in advance. I think that’s excellent and really wish we could move to something like that. Sure, we do have a location that far in advance, but as far as speakers and such go, that “search” doesn’t start until after conference the year before because that’s when the President Elect is voted on by the membership. Perhaps I can help change that, however, I certainly do not want to end up planning another conference (the organizations that have so much time in advance to plan have their Past President plan conference). There were some library “stars” today: Keith Curry Lance, Alice Yucht, Deb Logan—all folks I read and know! They were speakers at the Affiliate Assembly. Oh the life of a nerd is so exciting, yes?

After the meeting, we walked around the exhibits some more, went back to Reading Terminal, and then listened to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. He was one of the speakers for conference and gave an excellent talk about his research and how libraries affected his life. It was awesome. The person who founded the ALA Black Caucus (Dr. EJ Josey) was there. I learned that he was also a major player in starting the Coretta Scott King Awards.

After that was dinner of what was supposed to be “real” Philly pizza…I hate to say it, but I’ve had pizza like that at home. It was good, just not different.

The evening ended with a special screening of The Spiderwick Chronicles. WONDERFUL! I loved it…perfect mix of fantasy and scary. I will tell all of my 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders to see it!

Tomorrow morning is the big awards announcement day. I do plan to bring my laptop and will either blog or twitter the awards…whatever works.



About Valerie Byrd Fort

I live in South Carolina. I am passionate about libraries, books, and reading. I am also a mom. This is my blog about those things.
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1 Response to Mid-Winter Day 3

  1. Heather Loy says:

    I, for one am glad we have a separate organization from the public and academic libraries, especial in regards to a conference; however, I think this adds to the segregation of us all. I like having a conference all about what we do, but on the other hand, I have no clue what is going on with public libraries and academic libraries. Doesn’t this lead to less collaboration and sharing of ideas and effort? Shouldn’t we be working together more? A conference that include all areas might be a good idea.

    And for planning our conferences 2 or more years in advance might be a good idea when you’re trying to book those big names in education, librarianship, and especially bigger named authors.

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