Tag Archives: ala2008

Overheard at ALA

I jokingly confess to my audiences that I’m a sometimes eavesdropper at conferences! You learn about the profession and how people feel if you listen closely. The most telling and useful was a snippet I heard in the Skywalk at PLA: “Everytime people really like something, we get rid of it.”

Here are just a few from Anaheim:

On the Super Shuttle to the hotel, somewhere between stop #6 and stop #10: “Always make time for yourself at the conference too.”

On the exhibit floor: “Face it, you suck at Guitar Hero, but the teens won’t care.”

At a nearby table at lunch while one person describes the Dewey-less library program to another: “And angry cataloger guy kept saying…”

What did you overhear at ALA? :-)





ALA Twitter-Effect

I’ve had a great time watching the folks twittering the ALA conference this week. For my ALA TechSource post, I thought I’d look at how Twitter helped, hindered (?) and augmented the conference. I have some ideas but I want to see what anecdotal evidence will do to my thinking. If you want to share a brief anecdote, a favorite tweet/twitter moment, or anything related, please email me:


mstephens7 (at) mac.com

Michael and I scouted out the convention center yesterday


Oh! I should have done this post first! Hello to all attending ALA2008. Please say hi if you see me out and about. I’ll be attending the Movers & Shakers lunch, the Scholarship Bash and the LIS Schools Reception. Jenny and I are presenting at the Empowerment conference Sunday morning – bright and early!