After the excitement of the Youth Media Awards, Midwinter started to wrap up. But while many attendees began preparing to make their way home, plenty of events tempted them on what, for many, was their final day in Seattle. Notable among them were the Martin Luther King, Jr.
In all honesty, I am not usually one for interactive sessions, so I was a little concerned when I walked into Peggy Holman’s “Community Engagement Conversation” session today and saw the small-group seating arrangement. However, I could not have been more pleasantly surprised with the results.
I like to plan. I also like to throw plans out the window. Before coming to any given ALA conference, I pore through the online scheduler. I look at the schedules of people I respect to create a skeleton schedule, and then I go look through the raw data of the ALA scheduler.
Saturday’s Auditorium Series speaker Steven Johnson started the day off with a funny story about cholera.
No, really. The story, which he researched for his book The Ghost Map, depicted John Snow researching the cholera epidemic in 1850s London. In a eureka moment, Snow realizes that water, not miasma, carries cholera; stops the cholera epidemic; and saves London.
The late Douglas Adams was once forced to insist he didn’t write jokes in base 13. There’s been so much great tweeting coming out of Seattle, though, so in order to narrow it down to a Top 10 we had to fudge a bit and work in base 16.