I am freshly returned from the Texas Library Association Conference in Houston. I do not know the numbers in attendance, but if my observations were correct, there were thousands upon thousands. (Session handouts are available). A few things I noticed:

1. There were many of us using Twitter to provide some updates on sessions and hot books to be had.

2. Facebook friending (and posting) was occurring at an alarming rate.

3. Publishers were thrilled to see interest still in books as well as technology.

4. Authors were blogging and tweeting and posting to FB, too.

5. Librarians are eager to learn about anything they can use to keep teens (and kids) connected to learning. They brought along administrators and teachers this time. You should have seen the wide eyes when those first-timers saw the bounty of the exhibits and the conference sessions.

I guess this was an affirmation of a couple of things I hold to be true but needed some evidence: Web 2.0 is alive and well. These apps can exist nicely alongside books.

About Teri Lesesne

I am a professor of YA lit in the department of library science at SHSU in Texas. I am an active YALSA member, an author of two professional books, a blogger, and a grandmother of 6. I am on the Printz 2010 Committee and the YALS Editorial Board currently. I have also served on the QP, Edwards, and Odyssey Committees.

One Thought on “State Library Conference: Some Observations from the Trenches

  1. I’m always so happy to hear interest in books (as well as technology). I love me some technology, but I don’t think I’m alone as someone who got into librarianship thanks in large part to a love of physical, old-skool books.

    I think we’d find a lot more support from administrators if they knew how much free stuff we can bring back from conferences, by the way…

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