Happenings at Conference

Posted by Linda W. Braun

Yesterday Beth Yoke sent out a reminder email of YALSA events at conference and I wanted to make sure it was posted here too.

The ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans is just a few days away on June 22-28, and we wanted to be sure you knew about some recent developments:

1) It’s not too late to register to attend the conference. Anyone who is not yet registered, but who would like to attend, may do so online or on-site at the convention center. A special one-day rate for Monday is now being offered. To learn more about the conference or to register online go to www.ala.org/annual. For a complete list of programs and room locations for YALSA’s meetings and events, go to www.ala.org/yalsa.

2) If you can’t make it to all the YALSA programs you wanted to, or if you can’t come to the conference at all, be sure to check out YALSA’s blog each day of the conference for up-to-the-minute reports and musings from our conference bloggers. Just go to http://blogs.ala.org/yalsa.php

3) Kick of the conference by attending YALSA 101 on Friday from 4-5 in room 253 of the convention center. At this informal gathering you can hear about the newest programs and services available to members. This event is sponsored by School Library Journal, who will be providing refreshments and goodie bags.

4) Tickets for the Monday evening Michael L. Printz Award Program & Reception will be available on-site. For $35 you will get to hear the winning and honor authors speak, enjoy a dessert reception and receive a free bag of goodies donated by Booklist, Harper Collins, Houghton Mifflin, Penguin and Random House.

5) Be sure to visit our Teen Read Week Partners in the Exhibit Hall: Harcourt (booth #1239), Orca (booth #1140), Scholastic (booth #s 1832 & 2039) and Simon & Schuster (booth #1450).

6) Pick up your free WWE Summer Reading Slam Poster and other great freebies at the YALSA Member Booth in Lobby J of the convention center. Also, new for Teen Read Week 2006 will be the WWE Reading Challenge, a reading incentive program available just to YALSA members and their libraries. To find out more, or to sign up to participate (it’s free) go to www.ala.org/yalsa.

7) ALA is collecting new books for all ages at the conference and will distribute them to hurricane-damaged libraries throughout the Gulf region. Please bring donations to YALSA’s Membership Booth in Lobby J of the convention center between Friday afternoon and Monday afternoon. ALA and YALSA are not accepting donations at the Chicago Headquarters. If you are not attending the conference, but would still like to contribute, please visit www.ala.org/katrina or www.solinet.net/Disaster_templ.cfm?doc_id=3761 for a list of other ways you can help out.

8) For anyone still wanting to register for the Reading With Your Ears Preconference on audiobooks or purchase a ticket for the Margaret Edwards Award Luncheon, please contact Nichole Gilbert at ngilbert@ala.org or 1.800.545.2433 x4387 by no later than Wednesday June 21st. Registration/tickets for these two events will not be available on site.

About Linda W Braun

Linda W Braun is a YALSA Past President, the YALSA CE Consultant, and a learning consultant/project management coordinator at LEO: Librarians & Educators Online.
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  1. Well, New Orleans is alive with librarians. The hotels are open, folks are pleased to see us, taxis are everywhere. In short, it appears as if the city has bounced back from devastation enough to host us all. Had a delicious dinner in the Quarter tonight and walked back to the hotel by myself with no qualms whatsoever. For those of you who could not be here, I will eat some shrimp on your behalf. Tomorrow it all begins…

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