Friday, June 22, 2012

Yes, it's that Time Again! Time for ALA in Anaheim

Debating whether you should go to ALA's conference this weekend? If you're a student member, you cannot beat the price for what you get. Even if you decide to just go for the exhibits and after hours events which many are free, it will be worth your venture out there. You will get tons of freebies and the chance to network. When I went to my first ALA conference four years ago in Anaheim, I was about half way through the PCC Library Tech Program. What amazed me was the welcome I got from the library professionals I met there even when I told them I was just a library assistant getting my certificate in Library Technology. I was, of course, asked if I was considering getting my Master's to which I responded affirmatively but still with hesitation. Here's the link for registration fees. One can register at ALA onsite.

If you still have not decided whether or not you are attending the American Library Association (ALA) conference in Anaheim this weekend, here's some reasons straight from them:

  1. Learn from your peers at 500+ programs on hot topics
  2. Fill your toolbox with tools for library advocacy
  3. Choose among the wide range of Preconferences and continuing education
  4. Have the chance to share your expertise in a “Conversation Starter” program
  5. Connect with employers or job seekers at the ALA JobLIST Placement Center
  6. Meet hundreds of authors at four live stages and in booths throughout the exhibit hall
  7. Hear unforgettable speakers and presenters such as John Irving, Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer, and the Rock Bottom Remainders
  8. See and try the latest in products, services, publications and technologies from 800+ exhibitors in the largest library exhibition in the world
  9. Engage at the Networking Uncommons—impromptu sessions, and conversations
  10. Enjoy the professional and personal experiences your colleagues describe here.
If you do go to ALA, feel free to share your experiences here.

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