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Moving Along

Laurie D. Borman
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Summer Doldrums (well, maybe not so dull)

Conventional wisdom is that work slows down in August, especially in Washington, D.C., with the departure of Congress. But for the ALA Digital Content crew (DCWG), the summer doldrums have passed us by.

Enabling Access, Engagement, and Efficiency

“Maker Monday” Mania at Maker Showcase

I didn’t know much about makerspaces prior to Annual. I assumed, well, they make things, right? My general notion was correct, but definitely not the whole story. So what is a makerspace? A makerspace, also known as a hackerspace or a hacklab, is an open community workspace to fuel creativity through projects usually involving computers, science, technology, and art.

Authors and Illustrators Light Up the Graphic Novel Stage

ALA’s Graphic Novel Stage opened Friday night with “Comics Quickfire!” a fast-paced game where two volunteers choose a team of professional cartoonists and battle against each other for glory. Anne Drozd, Raina Telgemeier, Matt Phelan, and John Green participated in the game hosted by Dave Roman. The volunteers playing were Samantha from Boston and John from Chicago (whoa, that’s like the recent NHL championship!). Sam and John chose their teams and it was women vs. men.

The teams:

What Makes Chicago a Great Place to Set Murder Mysteries?

Mystery authors Claire O’Donohue, Frances McNamara, and David Walker explored the reputation of Chicago and why it is a great backdrop for mystery novels Saturday afternoon. Chicago has a reputation for having corrupt politicians and a high crime rate. Unfortunately, recent headlines prove that Chicago is still living up to that reputation.

Khaled Hosseini Discusses Unforeseen Consequences

On June 29, Booklist’s Donna Seaman interviewed bestselling author Khaled Hosseini as part of the Auditorium Speaker Series at the ALA Annual Conference, and discussed his new book, And the Mountains Echoed. The discussion delved into the author’s relationship with books, libraries, and the characters he creates. Hosseini began the conversation acknowledging how different his life would have been had he remained in his native Afghanistan.

Mikes Fail, Lights Flash, but Stone and Kuznick Forge Ahead

Oliver Stone, the Academy Award–winning writer and director of Platoon, Wall Street, JFK, Born on the Fourth of July, Natural Born Killers, and other films, and Peter Kuznick, professor of history and director of the Nuclear Studies Institute at American University and the author of countless books on science and politics, nuclear history, and Cold War culture, visited the 2013 ALA Annual Conference on Monday to discuss their collaborative project, The Untold History of the United States, as .part of the Auditorium Speaker series.

I Went to ALA for the First Time

Let’s start with ribbons. No one told me about ribbons. I read blog posts geared toward first-time conference attendees. My coworkers knew I was going. Other friends in the profession knew I was going. I didn’t hear a peep about ribbons.

When I reported to the American Libraries tent on Friday morning, I received a small Press ribbon. I put it inside my lanyard, behind my name tag. I didn’t know when or why I’d need it.

At “Conference 101,” the second session I attended, I noticed a “1st Time Attendee” ribbon on the name tag of one of my tablemates.

Octavia Spencer Chat Caps Annual

At the Closing General Session of the 2013 ALA Annual Conference, Academy Award winner Octavia Spencer spoke with incoming ALA President Barbara Stripling about her upcoming kids’ book, the challenges that come with fame, the value of mentors, and more.

During the interview, Spencer entertained an estimated 1,000 conference-goers with humorous and inspirational tales about Hollywood, acting, and growing up poor in Alabama.

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