In these two videos you’ll hear librarians talk about books and authors and get to listen in on what authors talked about during the 2008 YALSA Coffee Klatch.

This is the second year for the annual coffee klatch and for anyone who hasn’t been before this is how it works.’  Librarians sit at round tables of 10.’  One seat at every table is left open. At approximately 9:00 AM the authors sit down at the tables. At each table the author talks about his or her books and answers questions the librarians might have.’  After 5 minutes a whistle blows, the authors stand up (not in unison), and move on to the next table on their rotation.

The program lasts for an hour. Not every table gets to talk with every author, but in that hour each table has the chance to talk with quite a few authors.

In the Coffee Klatch video you’ll see an array of authors.’  There is one caveat as you watch and listen, with so much going on at the event, the room is very noisy. That means in the videos you’ll hear lots of background noise and might even have to turn up the volume once or twice.

Books librarians mentioned:

Authors at the table:

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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