Have you registered for ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim yet? Early Bird registration is open through May 13 at alaannual.org. There’s so much to look forward to, not the least of which is the Exhibit Hall.
The Exhibit Hall at ALA Annual can be overwhelming, especially if it’s your first time at an ALA conference. Here are some tips on how to handle the exhibits like a “pro”:
- Target what you want to see FIRST. There’s so much to see, including all of the publishers, technology and furniture companies, as well as a plethora of other library-related booths. If you need to talk with specific vendors or publishers, be sure to visit these booths first. Take a look at the exhibit hall map and make sure you know where they are located in the hall. Check the current list of exhibitors for ALA Annual. The floor plan map is not available yet, but check back later to see the map before you go to the conference.
- Give yourself enough time. Don’t wait until the last day to visit the exhibits. First, you may miss out on some fun promotions and second, you may not have enough time to see what you want (or need) to see. After targeting specific vendors, allow some time to peruse other booths. If your schedule allows, come back a second day, when you have a better idea of where everything is located.
- Talk to other librarians. When you go to workshops or networking events at the conference, talk to other librarians who have already visited the exhibits. Some will know the inside scoop on where to get the “unadvertised” Advanced Reader Copies (ARCs) or what booths to go to for specific titles. If it’s your first time, it might be a good idea to make a plan to meet up with a seasoned conference-goer librarian who can walk around the hall with you.
We’re getting into the home stretch before the YALSA elections. Here’s a quick guide to getting ready for voting day. In the spirit of librarians everywhere, now is when you do the research to make an informed decision.
First off, if you haven’t already done so, refresh your memory on the requirements and descriptions for each elected position. YALSA President-Elect, Fiscal Officer, Secretary, YALSA Board of Directors and YALSA award committees are all decided in this election. Linda Braun explains the expectations for those on the Governance Slate here and our colleague Dawn Rutherford has posted a helpful summary of the Award slate here.
The full slate of YALSA Election candidates is listed here. Each candidate has been interviewed by members of the 2012 Nominating Committee to help voting members to virtually meet each one and understand how they plan to tackle their work for each position. If you were unable to attend ALA Midwinter, you can listen to the interviews conducted at the Coffee with the Candidate event including those running for ALA Councilor, the YALSA Board, and YALSA President-Elect/President. The official podcast interviews with the Governance candidates are forthcoming, so keep an eye out for those on this blog.