Memories of AASL in Reno
It’s been such a long time since I last wrote on this blog. I have lots to say, but not much time to say it. Work has been incredibly busy, and the librarian world has its own challenges. Plus I’ve been ramping up my running, getting up and out the door by 3:45 on alternate mornings to get in a run and get to work on time. The hour drive there makes for some very fine tuning on those running mornings.
I’m heading off to the AASL (American Association of School Librarians) conference in Phoenix next week where I hope to learn new ideas I can use in my own library, and to bring back lots of freebies for my students.
The last time I attended an AASL conference that I remember very clearly was 2007 in Reno. The conference is held every 2 years, and I vaguely remember going to Charlotte in 2009 because of a giant NASCAR sign outside my hotel. When one of my fellow REFORMA (The National Association to Promote Library & Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking) members reminded me that James Patterson spoke at the Keynote, that made me remember speaking to him about how much his books mean to my husband – which brought back the fact that I HAD gone to AASL’s conference in 2009.
In 2011 and 2013, I didn’t dare take time off from work to attend. In 2015 it was held at the same time as the YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association) conference. I had already signed up to go to that 2015 YALSA Albuquerque conference, which brings us back to 2017.
Back in 2007 I was an ALA Spectrum Scholar and had won a scholarship to attend the conference in Reno. There I met some very interesting people, who I still see at ALA conferences – “shout out” to Sara Kelly Johns and Mary Ghikas! I still remember the fun we had when a group of us took a 2 hour trip into the Black Rock Desert to visit schools in the teeny town of Gerlach as well as on a Native American reservation. Above is a pic of my crazy adventure, but I can’t provide more details of that day since what happens in Reno stays in Reno…
I have some reviews I haven’t had time to post, so will get moving on those shortly. Luckily I typed them up on a Word doc. otherwise, with my memory being very sieve-like lately, not much would have been remembered to be posted.
I’m looking forward to attending AASL, but am also looking forward to attending the upcoming ALA (American Library Association) Midwinter conference in Denver. I’m on a new committee, which starts work at that conference, so am triply excited because I’ll be helping out on committee work again. It’s been many years since I’ve had the time to do so.
Is anyone here attending AASL or ALA? I’d love to know who’s “out there” reading my blog.
See you at the next update…