I’m so excited to be a part of the American Library Association Annual Conference and Exhibition in San Francisco this year. The energy here is intoxicating. The lively and fascinating discussions cover everything from the historic to the innovative.
To that point, I attended two very different author panels today. The first featured titles like The Library Innovation Toolkit (edited by Anthony Molaro & Leah L. White), The Purpose-Based Library (by John J. Huber & Steven V. Potter) and Start a Revolution, Stop Acting Like a Library (by Ben Bizzle). These authors focused on transformation in the library so that we change as our communities need us to change.
The second panel focused on libraries and book collections as essential cultural institutions, whether you’re talking about the power of Sasha Abramsky’s grandfather’s personal book collection in The House of Twenty Thousand Books or the importance of the New York Public Library as a building and an icon in Scott Sherman’s Patience and Fortitude: Power, Real Estate and the Fight to Save a Public Library. This panel reminded us of the value of books as a medium and that the lessons of past libraries can guide us into the future.
I also had a chance to participate in an experiment to make a comet from dry ice in a session about connecting with STEM professionals for powerful public programs and I started the day listening to a talk from Gloria Steinem (My Life on the Road is due out in October).
It’s such an exciting time to be a librarian, and I’m so fortunate to be a part of this community and the Upper Dublin one back home!