Conference Glow

Cindy and Lynn: We are home from the wonderful ALA Midwinter Meetings and despite our return very late last night to a winter storm and snowy roads we are still experiencing a post-conference glow.  It was a terrific conference!  We got to see and hear some amazing speakers, our meetings were interesting and stimulating and we watched some inspiring committees in action.  We caught up with old friends, discussed fascinating issues and scored some GREAT arcs!  We have an official report to write but here are some conference thoughts that we hope our Bookends readers will appreciate.

San Diego should be the permanent home for ALA Midwinter Meetings!

Want great attendance at your meeting?  Appoint Neil Gaiman to the committee and then get extra chairs!

Pedometers should be issued to all conference attendees – well, maybe not.  We may not want to know how many miles we walked.

An enterprising vendor could make a fortune selling coffee to everyone waiting for the doors to open for the Youth Media Awards.  We got up HOW early to get a seat?

Upper-body exercises important?  Just haul bags and bags of exhibit-hall loot for several days!

Did Cindy really take 7 pairs of black shoes for 5 days?

Sleep – what’s that?

Did Lynn really escape an overweight fee on that luggage bulging with ARCs?


We miss the French Bistro near our hotel already!

There is nothing better for recharging than hearing great speakers, watching dedicated committees in action and connecting with amazing librarians.  We are ready to get back to work!



About the Author:

Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan are Booklist reviewers and middle-school librarians who have chaired both ALA’s Best Books for Young Adults and the Michael L. Printz Award for YA Literature committees. Follow Bookends on Twitter at @BookendsBlog. You can also find Cindy at @cdobrez and Lynn at @482april.

6 Comments on "Conference Glow"

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  1. Then there are those two-who-will-remain-nameless-but-one-is-a-Bookend who kept the other Bookend from hearing the Notables discussion due to their incessant whispering about the discussion. We should hang our heads in shame:)

  2.' Jessica says:

    I can’t wait to hear about your ARC picks. I send some back from the conference floor post office and they made it home before me!

    Yes, yes, yes, all Midwinters should be in San Diego

  3.' Eva Mitnick says:

    Ditto to all those sentiments! And Lynn, it was wonderful to meet you – I’m looking forward to a wonderful year of reading and discussing.

  4.' MotherReader says:

    I so wanted to be there. While you want every mid-winter in San Diego, I want every summer conference here in DC – so I can go!

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