Friday, March 6, 2020

What I Picked Up at PLA

The week before last, I attended the Public Library Association Conference in Nashville, TN and boy howdy was it a great conference! I was part of the team of ALSC live bloggers for the conference, so you can see some of my thoughts (and the thoughts of some of my wonderful blogging colleagues) at the ALSC Blog under the PLA 2020 tag

And, of course, I picked up tons of exciting advanced copies of books. Since this conference was in easy driving distance, I didn't hold back on picking up galleys (although I always try to be cognizant of how much I can feasibly read and I try to only take what I think I will read or want to bring back for colleagues). Tonight, I went through and posted a Twitter thread of the children's and teen galleys I was most excited to find. You can take a look at the Twitter thread and #PLA20galleys to find suggestions for your upcoming orders and/or holds lists

I know that it can be a pain to travel. I know that conferences can be really expensive and your library may not pay to send you. But attending a national conference is such an amazing experience. This was my first time attending an entire PLA conference and I don't think I can oversell it. With every session and every attendee centered around the public library world, this is one of the top conferences I've been to. This year's theme was centered around equity, diversity, and inclusion, so there were so many sessions that spoke directly to my interests. 

I'm still recovering from Conference (and catching up from Conference!). It takes awhile to get back in the swing of things. But I'm already looking forward to PLA 2022 in Portland, Oregon. Will I see you there??