membership meeting

ALA Annual Day 2

The second day of Annual began with a breakfast sponsored by Project Muse. At the breakfast we heard about some of the new collections and journals coming to Project Muse in addition to a presentation on the state of university presses and publishing. I found the talk enlightening since I have little experience working with university presses. For those of you who are familiar with Project Muse, it is a database that specializes in humanities and social science content.

I left the Project Muse breakfast a little early because I wanted to attend a session titled “Boba Fett at the Circ Desk: Library Leadership Lessons from The Empire Strikes Back.” Unfortunately, by the time I arrived at the session, I couldn’t even get in the door.

After finding a place to sit and relax since I couldn’t go to the session, I listened to featured speaker Azar Nafisi, the author of Reading Lolita in Tehran. She spoke on the importance of literature and the “republic of the imagination,” which also happens to be the title of her new book. One of my favorite things that she said was

The great thing about books is that we can be so promiscuous.

She was referring to the fact that you can love a book or an author then leave that book or author for something else and then return.

The next item of the day was seeing Stan Lee! He spoke eloquently of his love of libraries and was a joy to hear.

In the afternoon, I attended the Council/Executive Board/Membership Information Session. Based on the reports, ALA’s financial situation is not as bad as it appeared at the Mid-Winter Meeting. Over 11,000 people preregistered for the conference. The number of attendees as of yesterday afternoon was 17,658.