It’s a beautiful day in San Francisco, and the American Library Association Annual Conference is in full swing!
Today started with YALSA 101, which is always an inspiring introduction to the various facets of the organization with lots of advice about how to get involved, from the leadership development opportunities that come with serving on strategic committees to tips for staying on top of all that reading when you’re part of a selection committee. It was also noted in this session that YALSA is one of the best dressed and most productive divisions of ALA. Well, absolutely!
Next up was the Margaret A. Edwards Award brunch honoring this year’s recipient, Sharon Draper, who may have moved the entire audience to tears. Standing ovation!
The afternoon brought the Teen Feedback session for the Best Fiction for Young Adults committee– one of the highlights of each conference for many YA librarians. We love to hear the insight and honesty of these teens who have been reading the BFYA nominations!
And just for fun: Thompson Reuters was giving away selfie sticks at their booth, as modeled by Muoy Li of Los Angeles, Susanne Sakai of San Francisco, Claire Arnold of Washington, D.C., and Lynn Kysh of Los Angeles. Smile!
More to come tomorrow!
-Allison Tran, currently wanting to read Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo (I got an ARC!)