ALA Conference Excitement!

by renata

Hello all! I am getting ready to leave for the biggest social event of the year (for librarians)! The ALA Annual Conference! Several of my grad school friends and I are road-trippin’ down to New Orleans to geek out with 30,000 other librarians (and librarians in training). I guess it’s my first professional conference, although when I was a senior in college I presented at the American Pop Culture Association National Conference (on why Neil Gaiman’s Sandman is awesome, which I am still happy to discuss). But since I plan to become a professional librarian, and not a professional Scholar of Pop Culture (UNFORTUNATELY), I’m going to go ahead and call this my first professional conference.

There are TONS of workshops and talks scheduled, and I’ve spent a lot of time poring over the schedule and figuring out what workshops to attend. Obviously some on networking and the job search, but what else? Some of my peers are focusing on learning about new technologies, or joining new committees. Me? I’m planning to stalk as many YA authors as possible. Here’s a list of people who will be there:

  • JOHN GREEN, the YA love of my life
  • David Levithan (there to talk about series fiction, meaning I will hopefully get to pepper him with questions about his history as a Babysitters Club ghostwriter)
  • Jeff Kinney
  • Daniel Handler (aka Lemony Snicket)*
  • Rebecca Stead
  • Laurie Halse Anderson
  • Maureen Johnson
  • Holly Black
  • Lauren Myracle
  • Other authors I haven’t heard of but who are probably also awesome

* I met Daniel Handler once in San Francisco. It went like this:

Me: UMMM, I’m sorry, I just have to ask, are you Daniel Handler?
Daniel Handler (noticeably surprised): Yes.

And then we talked for awhile. I don’t remember. It’s not a great story. But he did sign my copy of The Unauthorized Autobiography of Lemony Snicket.

(By the way, if you are an ALA member and will be at this conference, or if you are just curious, or if you are stalking me, you can view my planned ALA conference schedule at ALA Connect.)

I also created a “professional” Twitter account for “networking.” Feel free to follow @sanckenr for my “professional” “tweets” about “librarianship.” It might be the fastest way to find out if I throw up on John Green when I meet him.

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