Getting Ready for ALA

If you’re anything like me, you’re still putting together your ALA schedule. The upcoming holiday won’t make it easier to get it done, so here’s some handy roundups of not-to-miss events for RA and collection development:

The Readers Advisor Online blog has a helpful rundown of programs of interest for readers advisors.

ALA has put together a separate listing of all book and author events.

John Berry presents his picks of the programs, by interest category, in Library Journal.

ALA lists the Collection Development programs

Some other programs you will want to consider, or give special attention to:

Publishers Book Buzz Sessions (Adult Titles)

A great opportunity to hear what’s hot on the fall lists, find out what debut authors to watch, and grab some galleys.

Saturday, July 11, 2009
10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
McCormick Place South, Room S101a

HarperCollins — Virginia Stanley and her library marketing team promise tote bags and treats (they know what gets you!) as well as galleys. You need to RSVP so they can line up enough treats. But if you forget to RSVP, come anyway, just don’t expect to get any treats.
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Sunday, July 12, 2009
12:00  – 1:00PM
McCormick Place West, Room W473

Random House — It’s the largest list in the business, but Marcie Purcell, Jen Childs and the rest of the team will plow through it in just one rapid-fire hour. RSVP library@randomhouse.com.

Special Consideration

I admit it, I’d like you to give special consideration to these programs because I am on them, but, hats off to their organizers, they also sound really good:

Books and Blogs: Made for Each Other?
Saturday, July 11, 1:30-3:00 p.m
McCormick Place West, W-192C

The first-ever program sponsored by Booklist Online. Keir Graff moderates a wide-ranging discussion about blogs as tools for locating, learning about, and promoting books. I’m joining a great panel featuring John Green (Y.A. author and Brotherhood 2.0 blogger; check it out, even if you can’t come to the program), Kaite Stover (Book Group Buzz) and Mary Burkey (Audiobooker).

RUSA President’s Program
Monday, July 13, 1:30 to 3 p.m.
(unfortunately, this is listed as being on Sunday in LJ‘s picks; be sure to put the right date on your own schedule!)
Hyatt Regency, Wacker Drive

Organized by Neal Wyatt, this kicks off  another of  Neal’s amazing brainstorms, the Readers’ Advisory Research and Trends Forum, “where ideas, best practices and creative possibilities are actively engaged and deconstructed in order to contribute to the advancement of RA service.” In this session, Neal is taking an interdisciplinary look at appeal; how it works in music, books and art. I will be presenting information on what makes shoppers choose to buy specific titles and what that teaches us for both RA and collection development.

Discussion Group of Note

Collection Management In Public Libraries Discussion/Interest Group
Monday, July 13, from 1:30 to 3:00
Chicago Hilton, the Lake Erie Room.

Discussion topics:

1. Vendor services libraries are using to be more efficient and to avoid adding more staff.
2. What are some innovations libraries are using to deliver materials such as mailing holds/requests or partnering with NetFlix?
3. And, on everyone’s mind – what are the strategies being used to cope with reduced materials budgets.

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