ALA Annual Day 1

Greetings from Las Vegas, fellow Kentucky librarians! I had great feedback on this blog at the Mid-Winter Meeting, and I’m excited to share my ALA Annual experience with you this summer.

As a reminder, I am the ALA Chapter Councilor for Kentucky. This is my first time at ALA Annual and my first year as Councilor. I’ll be sharing my observations and information from the Council sessions so that Kentucky librarians can keep informed of what ALA Council is doing.

I arrived in Las Vegas on Thursday evening and attended a great networking event. It was good to see some friends I had made at Mid-Winter and a great way to get in the right frame of mind for the conference.

I had a fairly light schedule for Friday’s pre-conference events. I attended the Unconference again. This table-discussion event gives some guidance to the conversations that tend to spring up naturally at conferences. The attendees suggest topics and then divide into groups to talk about library-related issues.

The other major event that I attended yesterday was the OCLC Symposium. The topic of the day was the Internet of Things. If you’re not familiar with the term, it’s basically the idea that the Internet is being connected to nearly everything in our lives, both digital and analog. We heard ideas from the audience for possible IoT wish lists. My favorite idea was the suggestion of using GPS tracking as a digital “call number” so that patrons could track a book rather than having to write down a call number. Imagine a world where you can track a book’s global position; you could potentially never have another missing book!

I’m looking forward to today’s sessions. I’ll be attending the Stan Lee event as well as several Council-related sessions in the afternoon and evening. If anyone has any questions about the conference, please let me know!