And, lo, it rained librarians and authors and books for forty days and forty nights. Well, actually only three days, but yoiks! It sure seemed like a biblical flood of books and book-related paraphernalia.
The American Library Associationâ€™s MidWinter Meeting was held January 23 â€“ 28, 2009 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver. I had my camera with me, but I was too bedazzled to take photos. Plus, I would have needed to be on the International Space Station to get it all in the frame. I donâ€™t think my day-pass would have allowed that.
I was an ALA virgin, but proud to say I figured out fairly quickly how to blend in â€” GRAB FREE BOOKS!!! Humiliation at my unbridled avarice didnâ€™t stop me from acting like the biggest glutton at the buffet. After filling a couple of tote bags, I had to undo the top button on my pants.
For those of you who donâ€™t know, ARCs are Advance Reading Copies of soon-to-be or recently released books. Theyâ€™re given away to people who will read them then create buzz about them before theyâ€™re released into the biblioworld.
Look to see some of these titles as First Page Reviews here in BeckyLand, but donâ€™t hold your breath. My â€œTo Be Readâ€ pile is scraping the acoustic stuff off my ceiling.
Something I found fascinating at the ALA â€¦ aside from the $10 chicken strips and the sharp elbows of prim librarians â€¦ was seeing the booths of the companies trying to sell librarians stuff for their libraries. Itâ€™s a huge trade show as well as a meeting for librarians, so there were folks there selling shelving, very cool chairs, and tons of software for libraries. I am a big fan of libraries, having visited many in my lifetime, but have I ever considered how they acquire things like that? Why no, no I have not. Until now.
But now that my library mindosity has expanded, I vow to visit the comfy chairs at every library. Every. Single. Library. But only after I quiz the staff about their spine label printers, their staff and desk scheduling tools, and which database they use for primary source materials from 18th and 19th century publications.
Besides the materials you check out, whatâ€™s your favorite thing about the library?