It’s that time of year again; when your coworkers and professional network are packing their bags to head to the ALA Midwinter Conference and you’ll be going about your regular routine. Whether this is the first time you’ve missed one or you’ve never been you can still get some of the benefits of conference attendance without leaving your desk. I usually add another column on my Twitter app with #alamw16, but if you only have a little time to check in here are some highlights for staff working with teens in libraries.
ALA Youth Media Awards
Let’s be honest, the best official event of ALA Midwinter is the Youth Media Awards on Monday morning. Join the webcast on Monday, January 11th starting at 7:30 am EST and you can watch from anywhere. I’m not going to lie and pretend anything is as fun as being in the room in that second right before a title is announced, or being part of the cheering crowd right after, but it’s not a bad substitute. Especially if you join the conversation on Twitter with #ALAYMA or the I Love Libraries PJ Party on Facebook and #ymapjparty.
BFYA Teen Session
During every conference, fearless librarians bring their local teens to share their opinions about this year’s BFYA nominees with the committee and a full audience. This year’s session is Saturday, January 9th at 1 pm. You can follow along with the highlights on Twitter with @molly_wetta, who manages YALSA’s Hub and the hashtags #yalsa and #bfya.
YA Smackdown is TSU’s own meetup and sharing event in the Networking Uncommons. It’s taking place at 10 am on Saturday and Sunday and you can follow along on Twitter with #YASmackdown.
Advanced Reader Copies
Midwinter is the best place to get those galleys, but if you are cool with electronic copies you do have some options. Sign up for a NetGalley or Edelweiss account and you can request individual titles from publishers. Different publishers have their own ways of deciding who gets access, but the worst they can say is “No”. Don’t take it personally, I don’t know anyone who has been approved for everything they ask for.