I love social media, and I love planning. Prepping for ALA has been the best of both worlds, because it’s allowed me to use all of my favorite internet tools to find out as much as I can about ALA before I actually get there. I’ve been following the official hashtag (#ala12), made the twitter handle @librarian_allie so I can aggregate all of the LIS world it seems into one twitter feed (my favorites: @alaannual, @LibraryJournal, @YALSA, and of course, @ALA_JobLIST), and been feverishly stalking and reading any blog that has the following words in it: ALA, Annual Conference, newbie, what to know, tips and advice, first time, planning, library student. While I’m often known as an experiential learner, this doesn’t seem to be the time or place to reinvent the wheel.
And so for your reading pleasure, and mine, a list of blog posts and web pages I’ve found to be incredibly helpful in this run up to my time at the 2012 ALA Annual Conference!
How to blog at a conference effectively- I promise to study this one!
Thoughts on using an iPad at a conference- I still can’t decide. I really want my own iPad, and it seems that this would be the perfect excuse to get one!
Be Sexier in Person- what a great title
ALA 2012 Coupons- a good way to see what’s going to be hot at ALA
ALA Annual Conference 2009 Wiki- I couldn’t find a more recent one, but this is helpful too! Beware that lots of details that were right for Chicago are NOT the same for Anaheim (ex., I registered way before the advance deadline, but I pick up my badge at the conference).
ALA 2012 Scheduler - this IS the 2012 wiki! It just doesn’t look like one. Go explore it, it’s wonderful!
I’ll continue to add to this as I find new ones!
A Fashionista’s Guide to Conference Wear - I still haven’t decided what I’m wearing! This is where my San Diego self gets really conflicted with my New York City self.
The Introverted Nerd’s Conference Survival - I’m not quite an introvert, but I do appreciate having some space! I should probably plan a little down time or I might hit the roof a time or two.
A Guide from the Digital Shift - combo curated list and advice!