1. LJ's ALA FAQ: An Acronym Extravaganza
What sessions should I go to?
Check out LJ’s Guide to the 2013 ALA Annual Conference Program. Our handpicked favorite programs of the conference.
What do I eat??
Important question! Thankfully Tumblarian Leah White is on the job. Over at SLJ, read her Guide to Chicago’s Best Kept Secrets.
But I get to meet famous authors too, right. Where are the free books?
We have Barbara Hoffert’s exclusive 2013 ALA Galley & Signing Guide for all of your ARC needs.
WHAT ABOUT TUMBLARIANS?
Perhaps the most important question (okay food is really important too), LJ has Tumblr & library events for both brainstorming and socializing.
Set Phasers to Internet: A Tumblarian Meet Up. 7pm Saturday. Internet friends IRL. Free drinks, raffle, space playlist.
Tumblarian 101: Tumblr for Libraries and Librarians. 8am Monday. Talk Tumblr with Rachel Fershleiser (of Tumblr), Erin “Laser Fingers” Shea (of Darien Library), Kate Tkacik (aka the Lifeguard Librarian), and yours truly (hello).

    LJ's ALA FAQ: An Acronym Extravaganza

    What sessions should I go to?

    Check out LJ’s Guide to the 2013 ALA Annual Conference Program. Our handpicked favorite programs of the conference.

    What do I eat??

    Important question! Thankfully Tumblarian Leah White is on the job. Over at SLJ, read her Guide to Chicago’s Best Kept Secrets.

    But I get to meet famous authors too, right. Where are the free books?

    We have Barbara Hoffert’s exclusive 2013 ALA Galley & Signing Guide for all of your ARC needs.

    WHAT ABOUT TUMBLARIANS?

    Perhaps the most important question (okay food is really important too), LJ has Tumblr & library events for both brainstorming and socializing.

  2. I am going to compile a space playlist for SET PHASERS TO INTERNET.
(P.S. Don’t forget to reblog the invite, RSVP on the Face, add to your ALA Scheduler, and (always) use the tag #laserfingers.)
Any space songs you’d like me to add?

    I am going to compile a space playlist for SET PHASERS TO INTERNET.

    (P.S. Don’t forget to reblog the invite, RSVP on the Face, add to your ALA Scheduler, and (always) use the tag #laserfingers.)

    Any space songs you’d like me to add?

  3. "WHAT?" you may ask, "WHAT? I CAN ADD ‘SET PHASERS TO INTERNET’ TO MY ALA SCHEDULER?"
Yes, friend, you can.
Big thanks to Tina Coleman, the genius behind the ALA Annual Tumblr, for making this possible.

    "WHAT?" you may ask, "WHAT? I CAN ADD ‘SET PHASERS TO INTERNET’ TO MY ALA SCHEDULER?"

    Yes, friend, you can.

    Big thanks to Tina Coleman, the genius behind the ALA Annual Tumblr, for making this possible.

    (Source: libraryjournal)

  4. ala-annual:

    pbsarts:

    Why do we play tabletop games? NEW OFF BOOK!

    Have I mention how much I want to run a really nice Champions table top RPG at Midwinter one year? Yeah… someday…

    So you are saying I shouldn’t pack my character sheet?

  5. paperandparticles:

Oh man the twitter and tumblr meetups are the same time? Oh well.

Yes. You have to pick your favorite social network.
Ask yourself, does the Tweetup have a gorgeous space invite gif? Will they have free drinks? Are they raffling off libbananas? Will there be laser fingers??
Choose wisely.

    paperandparticles:

    Oh man the twitter and tumblr meetups are the same time? Oh well.

    Yes. You have to pick your favorite social network.

    Ask yourself, does the Tweetup have a gorgeous space invite gif? Will they have free drinks? Are they raffling off libbananasWill there be laser fingers??

    Choose wisely.

    (Source: libraryjournal)

  6. cloudunbound:

    [Updated] This strip by David Gerrold and Filmation had to have made the rounds, but in case it didn’t, please enjoy, and thank you, @pkay225.

    I am such a nerd I don’t know when something is real and something is a spoof. Oh, how the online nerdverse perplexes H-Dude.

    RELEVANT TO SET PHASERS TO INTERNET.

  7. Tumblr Name Tags

    rachelfershleiser:

    thelifeguardlibrarian:

    queerthelibrary:

    I just realized that I know most of y’all by URL…

    lemme officially suggest the use of double name tags for this shindig.

    We will have tumblr name name tags for sure!

    AND PLEASE OH PLEASE introduce yourself!

    image

    I’m on it!

    Rachel is, clearly, the best.

  8. The Desk Set presents: QUE(E)RY: Que(e)ry: Leather Bound at ALA Chicago →

    queeryparty:

    imageOwl Daddy has some more news about Que(e)ry: Leather Bound at ALA Annual in Chicago:

    Announcing a live performance by Chicago’s queer rapper Big Dipper!

    And get out your reading glasses for the Librarian Realness Contest!

    The party starts on Monday, July 1 at 9pm, at Subterranean, 2011 W. North Ave. and we’ll keep it going until closing time with DJs from Chances Dances, nerdy gogo dancers, and fun raffle prizes! 

    21+; $10 suggested donation at the door, to benefit theLeather Archives and Museum, andChances Dances’ Critical Fierceness Grant.

    Add the party to your ALA Annual Scheduler, andRSVP on Facebook

    We’ll also be scheduling an Uncommons session at the Conference, so stop by and say hi!

    While you’re in town, check out the GLBTRT Social and the Chicago Pride Parade, both on Sunday June 30. And stop in to visit theLA&M!

    Signal boost!

  9. Set your calendars. Tell your friends. Reblog for your followers. Library Journal and Tumblr are joining forces, with the help of Togather, to host an ALA meetup to end all meetups.
Important facts:
Tumblarians are librarians on Tumblr. It’s a big community, folks. Read more about it over at LJ.
There will be free wine & beer.
We’ll also have a raffle! Prizes includes signed advance copies of Richard Dawkins’s An Appetite for Wonder (Harper, Oct.) and LIBBANANAS.
It’s right before & at the same location—Local 22—as the Librarian Wardrobe/EveryLibrary party.
You can RSVP on Facebook and add it to your ALA Scheduler!
Official hashtag is #laserfingers. Make tumblarians known across platforms: tweet, tumbl, and Instagram the event.
So excited to see you all then!

    Set your calendars. Tell your friends. Reblog for your followers. Library Journal and Tumblr are joining forces, with the help of Togather, to host an ALA meetup to end all meetups.

    Important facts:

    So excited to see you all then!

  10. SET PHASERS TO INTERNET, ALA’s Premier Tumblarian Meet Up, now has a Facebook page. (For you to brag to all of your non-Tumblarians friends, or maybe to invite them along to see what all the fuss is about.) RSVP today!

    SET PHASERS TO INTERNET, ALA’s Premier Tumblarian Meet Up, now has a Facebook page. (For you to brag to all of your non-Tumblarians friends, or maybe to invite them along to see what all the fuss is about.) RSVP today!

  11. librarianwardrobe:

    #ala2013 LW+EL After Hours Party!

    This is like the cronut of library events (that means best of everything, if you’re not up on new desserts), so you probably want to keep reading…

    Join EveryLibrary and Librarian Wardrobe on Saturday, 6/29 at 9:30pm for fun, drinks, and a best-dressed/walkoff contest. Kind of like the one in Anaheim, but Warren G probably won’t be there, nor is there likely to be a fistfight.

    We have 2 emcees and 5 judges to make it a dreamy night. Your judges are 2012 and 2013 LW V-Day Crushes, and your emcees are totally magical in their own right. Don’t miss this!

    Take note and dress to impress. We will be bestowing winners of best-dressed and the walkoff with little tokens of our appreciation… and of course, bragging rights last forever.

    Facebook Event Page
    Add this event to your ALA Conference Scheduler

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    Emcees (it’s a package deal)

    (L) JP Porcaro (1985-2014) works at an academic library in New Jersey, despite never having read any books. He is an instigator in the best sense of the term, getting people together to form ALA Think Tank and countless other innovative, creative and fun library-inspired projects. Most importantly, he has a big mouth and an even bigger heart. 

    (R) Jaime Hammond is the Acting Director of Library Services at a community college in Connecticut, which required her to get a new wardrobe, regardless of what anyone else says. She imagines that she would enjoy lots of hobbies but she has kids instead. She can be found on twitter as @jaimebc but is far funnier on facebook. She has every intention of joining the Peace Corps on her fiftieth birthday. 

    Judge: Trevor Dawes

    Judging category: Best Hair

    Trevor A. Dawes is an Associate University Librarian at Washington University in St. Louis and an instructor in the MSLIS program at the iSchool at Drexel University.  Dawes earned his MLS from Rutgers University, and has two additional Master’s Degrees from Teachers College, Columbia University.  He is an active member of the American Library Association and is currently Vice-President/President-Elect of the Association of College and Research Libraries

    Judge: Patrick Sweeney

    Judging category: Least Librarianish
    (H/T to Caris O’Malley for creating this category last year)

    Patrick is the branch manager of the East Palo Alto Library in the San Mateo County Library System where he gets to do fun projects like start guitar, seed, and Nook lending libraries. He lives on a sailboat in the San Francisco Bay that he use for the library advocacy project called the Story Sailboat. When not not doing library projects, he’s reading, writing, playing guitar, or having drinks with his friends at the local dive bars.

    Judge: Courtney Young

    Judging category: Best Shoes

    Courtney L. Young is currently Head Librarian and Associate Professor of Women’s Studies and Penn State Greater Allegheny. She is an active leader in the American Library Association (ALA) — **and now elected to ALA President!** — serving on the ALA Executive Board (2009-2012) and as a past President of the New Members Round Table (2009-2010). In 2011, Courtney was named a Library Journal “Mover& Shaker”, recognized as a Change Agent for her ability to successfully make connections among a diversity of duties in her library, on campus, and in the profession. She frequently presents and publishes on issues related to academic librarianship, diversity, virtual reference, and professional development.

    Judge: Daniel Ransom

    Judging category: Best Ensemble

    Daniel Ransom lives in San Francisco and works in Oakland as an academic librarian at a small liberal arts university, with responsibilities in reference, instruction, and electronic resource management. When he’s not working with his students, he’s either at home working with his kids or out on a bike. He can be found online on twitter and tumblr as @ThePinakes (named for the catalog of the Great Library of Alexandria; he has a pet obsession with library history, especially the ancient variety).

    Judge: Celia C. Perez

    Judging category: Best Accessorizing

    Celia C. Perez is a community college librarian / department chairperson in Chicago. She writes about Latinos in children’s and YA books on her blog All Brown All Around (http://all-brown-all-around.blogspot.com) and is beyond the moon to be serving on the 2014 Pura Belpré Award committee. In addition to being a librarian and a mom, she makes zines, works on her novel, crosses things off her list (http://100things2013.blogspot.com), and photographs unattractive boots. She has a big bookish crush on Sherman Alexie.

    See you there! <3

    The best part about this party (well, other than how awesome it is) is that it is taking place at the same place AND right after SET PHASERS TO INTERNET, the LJ & Tumblr sponsored Tumblarian meet up.

    How convenient is that? So, so convenient.

  12. cloudunbound:

You will tweet ALA Book Buzz: A Conversation with Two Multicultural Publishers for me, won’t you? I have to leave Chicago Monday morning, and these are two savvy publishers fighting the good fight.

    cloudunbound:

    You will tweet ALA Book Buzz: A Conversation with Two Multicultural Publishers for me, won’t you? I have to leave Chicago Monday morning, and these are two savvy publishers fighting the good fight.

  13. Official invite to come, but here are the relevant details:

    Library Journal & Tumblr Present

    Set Phasers to Internet
    an ALA tumblarian meet up
    (with free drinks)

    Saturday 6/29 7pm
    Local 22
    22 East Hubbard Street, Chicago

    cosponsored by Togather

    There will be a raffle. The event’s official hashtag is #laserfingers. BE THERE OR BE ON SOME OTHER SOCIAL MEDIA NETWORK. (Are there gifs there? I thought not.)

  14. rachelfershleiser:

    uuuggghhhjp:

    Book Expo America 2013 stuff with the Queens of Tumblaria. Tumblarian Mafia?

    Check out that power panel! And come see us at ALA in Chicago for a more fun and interactive version!

    (Source: makeithappenday)

  15. A Guide to Chicago’s Best Kept Secrets | ALA 2013 | School Library Journal →

    schoollibraryjournal:

    Heading to Chicago at the end of the month? From food to cultural sites, we’ve got you covered!