Friday, December 7, 2007
I went to my first American Association of School Librarians conference this year in Reno, NV. It was a wonderful experience. I attended a preconference workshop presented by Dr. Ruth Cox Clark on "Young Adult Literature for the YouTube and MySpace Generation. She focused on Urban Fantasy, Urban/Street Lit, Chick Lit, Graphic Novels, and Audiobooks. I came away with a lot of great resources and titles to use with teens. I also attended useful sessions on using podcasting in a school library setting, a book bag program, Web 2.0 for LMTs and a storytelling program that was integrated across the curriculum.
I especially enjoyed the Exhibit Hall where over 200 vendors were represented. I was glad that I followed the tip to bring an extra bag for transporting all the goodies I got back home! I came away loaded down with free books, posters, tote bags, and other trinkets. I also got to pose with Baker and Taylor's furry mascots. Overall, it was a great experience and I learned a lot. I highly recommend going next year if you can!