I like what Ms. Lacy is saying here. I am somewhat torn about this. I don’t like what Judith Greggs did. At the same time, I don’t think that the entire magazine should fail because of it. We are a country of second chances. Vigilante justice is not acceptable.
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ILA was really fun this year. It was also my first year, so I don’t really have a frame of reference. I enjoyed it more than ALA though. It was more intimate, and I feel that a lot of the sessions I went to at ILA had programs that I could put on tomorrow if I had the resources.
In a state that is struggling as much as Illinois is, it was great to see the efforts of librarians with little cash, but a lot of heart, luck, and creativity. The Battle of the Bands at Rockford Public Library was excellent. The animals and autism at Des Plaines was heartwarming. StoryTubes is extremely intriguing and cool. And StoryTubes can be done with minimal financial investment. All you need is a computer, a camera, and enthusiastic children.
My biggest takeaway from ILA was that Illinois librarians are really doing everything they can to serve the populous. I hope to do the same when I get out of school (and find a job).
I’m just doing impressions cause I’m really tired. One thing about getting lots of cool swag is how tiring it is to carry around.
I met up with Alyson in the morning before going to my first program (the name escapes me right now). Unfortunately, it seemed everyone else at the conference wanted to go to it too, so I ended up touring the exhibits with Alyson first. We met up with Vicki and had some Starbucks (I had a sandwich… yes a sandwich. I don’t drink coffee), before splitting up for the 10:30 session.
I saw a presentation on rich internet applications in libraries presented by a coder/technologist/fellow geek named Heather Devine. There’s lots of cool stuff that people are doing with Flash, Silverlight, and AJAX. Unfortunately most of these projects are not being done by librarians. That’s something to get working on.
Next, I met up with my ALA/NMRT assigned mentor Rebecca Uhl. She gave me a lot of good tips and pointers about navigating ALA and making the most out of it. Then… more swag. I also went to the poster session and saw a few cool projects. Two students at Tennessee showed off their online resumes and homemade business cards. I hope they check out MY online resume (http://adantes.homeip.net).
Then I sat in on the BIGWIG interest group. It was indeed interesting. It was about emerging technologies and debating LITA’s role in ALA and BIGWIG”s role in LITA and other such things. Seems like a cool group of people to stay in touch with.
Then dinner at Vapiano’s with a bunch of school chums and a person from UCLA.
Finally I went to a wonderful storytelling presentation. To my chagrin I missed the first teller, but the other two were quite good. Kim (I don’t know her last name right now) was fantastic. One of those tellers that can really hit you emotionally.
Overall impression: I’m tired. Good night!
I am in DC for ALA this weekend! I drove from Chicago early this morning, so I missed out on all the fun Friday stuff. Tomorrow should be a nice and busy day though. This is my first time at ALA, so I expect to get lost, maybe a little overwhelmed, and definitely confused. But I’ll have fun the whole time! I’ll check in with random thoughts throughout the weekend.
Anyone have any advice?
Sawyer, R. (1990). The way of the storyteller. New York: Penguin Books.
I am currently in a storytelling class. It’s a wonderful class, and if you’ve never been to a real storytelling, you should really take a chance and go. Great storytellers are absolutely captivating in a strange way. Without video or graphic design or music or instrumentation they can absolutely enrapture an audience. Now, this isn’t story time. It isn’t reading from a picture book or hiding behind props. It’s just you, your memory, and your voice.
I recently gave my first telling. The assignment was for preschoolers. I decided to do “The Little Red Hen and the Grain of Wheat.” I remember that this was a book that we borrowed from the library for my little sister. I can’t remember if we ever returned it, but if we did, it was horribly late. I hope that the sentimental connection came out in my retelling, because that’s why I chose the book. I think I did ok, though I was nervous as all get out.
The Way of the Storyteller is one of our texts. Quite an interesting one. Most of the texts, it seems, are more story than textbook. This one in particular feels like it should be read aloud rather than studied and highlighted like most textbooks.
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