This is really an extension of the last post, Mystery Day! Here are more ALA-Midwinter author events on the exhibit floor:
Sunday January 22 is Romance Day – Each Panel will be followed by a book signing.
- 10:00 am – 10:45 am Historical Romance: From Dukes to Spies and Everything in Between. Featuring: Elizabeth Essex and Lorraine Heath
- 11:15 am – 12:00 pm From Sweet to Sexy: What’s Happening in Contemporary Romance. Featuring: Jane Graves, Emily March, Francis Ray, and Lori Wilde
- 12:30 pm – 1:15 pm Wild about YA Romance. Featuring: Rosemary Clement-Moore, Trinity Faegen, and Rachel Hawthorne
- 1:45 pm – 2:30 pm Spotlight on Romantic Suspense. Featuring: Jo Davis, Diane Kelly, and Kay Thomas
- 3:00 pm – 3:45 pm A Closer Look at Paranormal Romance. Featuring: Shayla Black, Candace Havens, Kerrelyn Sparks, and J.D. Tyler
Monday January 23 is Story Telling hosted by the National Storytelling Network with the schedule To Be Announced.
No, today is not mysterious…I learned that Saturday, January 21, 2012 will be MYSTERY DAY on the exhibit floor at ALA Mid-winter in Dallas. I’m so excited – happily I live in Dallas and can easily be in the convention center on The Day…of course, I will likely be working on the exhibit floor but I will definitely be dropping by the Pop Top Stage as often as possible. Other days will likely have even more author-like events. YAY!!!!
Check it out:
Mystery Day at ALA in Dallas on Sat, January 21, 2012
Dallas Convention Center – Exhibit Hall at PopTop Stage
Each panel is 45 minutes long with a 15 min. signing to follow
- 9:00-9:45 Don’t Mess With Texas: Local authors Rachel Brady, Robin Allen, Deborah Crombie, Laura Elvebak, moderator Harry Hunsickel
- 10:00-10:45 Remember the Alibi: Traditional mysteries, a roundtable chat with the Women of Jungle Red, www.jungleredwriters.com Hank Phillippi Ryan, Lucy Burdette, Deborah Crombie and Rosemary Harris
- 11:00-11:45 My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys…and P.I.s and ex-cops and reporters…Denise Hamilton, Cara Black, Martin Limon, Laura Elvebak, moderator Bill Crider
- 12:00- 12:45 Well, Slap My Knee : What’s so funny about murder? Joanna Slan, Rachel Brady, Maria Hudgins, Rosemary Harris , moderator Lucy Burdette
- 1:00-1:45 Brownbag Interview with Charles (Caroline) Todd with Hank Phillippi Ryan
- 2:15-3:00 Don’t Fence Me In: Mysteries set in foreign countries Cara Black, Deborah Crombie, Martin Limon, Charles (Caroline) Todd, moderator Maria Hudgins
- 3:15-4:00 Big Roundup: How to find out more about what’s happening in the mystery genre, blogs, websites, conferences Joanna Slan, Robin Allen, Harry Hunsicker, Denise Hamilton, Bill Crider, moderator Hank Phillippi Ryan
Before we go back to the irregularly scheduled metadata/cataloging stuff (and I have been working on another RDA post, still thinking/debating on it), I have a little Holiday Gift Post for you!!! Or at least, for those of you lucky enough to be heading to San Diego next month. I stumbled on the PopTop stage at ALA last summer and so wish I could go again but alas, alack, I shan’t be there. Honestly, I’d have a hard time leaving the exhibit hall on Mystery Day!
The PopTop Stage will focus on popular librarian favorites including: Mystery, Romance and New Products for Libraries. The PopTop Stage will feature readings, discussions and presentations. The PopTop Stage will be located in Exhibit Hall H at the 900 aisle in the San Diego Convention.
Saturday January 8 – Mystery Day
10-10:45am Traditional Mysteries: Who are the new Jane Marples? Featuring: Harley Jane Kozak, Hank Phillippi Ryan, Rosemary Harris, Kate Carlisle, Moderated by: Naomi Hirahara
11-11:45am California Girls Featuring: Naomi Hirahara, Jeri Westerson, Dianne Emley , Sue Ann Jaffarian, Moderated by: Hank Phillippi Ryan
12-12:45pm Interview with T. Jefferson Parker, with Naomi Hirahara
1-1:45pm BrownBag Lunchtime Interview with Joanne Fluke, with Rosemary Harris
2-2:45pm – Tough Guys Featuring: T. Jefferson Parker, Ken Kuhlken, Tim Hallinan, Gary Phillips
Moderated by: Kelli Stanley
3-3:45pm Laugh or I’ll Kill You Featuring: Vicki Doudera, Jeri Westerson, Dianne Emley, Rosemary Harris Moderated by: Sue Ann Jaffarian
4-4:45pm S is for Series: Why Readers Love Them Featuring: Kate Carlisle, Tim Hallinan, Vickie Doudera, Sophie Littlefield
Moderated by: Hank Phillippi Ryan
Sunday January 9 – Romance
Stop by the ALA PopTop Stage for a morning of romance fiction! Each session will feature complimentary autographed copies of romance novels by the featured authors, plus other fun giveaways.
9:00–9:45 AM Romantic Suspense: Crossover Appeal Join romantic suspense authors as they discuss the strong women and men who feature in these popular novels, the authors who write them, and the crossover appeal for readers. Featuring: Jill Sorenson, HelenKay Dimon, and Wendy Corsi Staub. Moderated by: Hank Phillipi Ryan
10:00–10:45 AM Romance Heroines Romance authors discuss romance heroines: who they are, their favorites, what they love about them, and what they hate. We might talk about heroes, too! Featuring: Christie Ridgway, Judy Duarte, and Sylvia Day Moderated by: Hank Phillipi Ryan
11:00–11:45 AM Roundtable Chat: What’s Hot and What’s Upcoming in Romance Fiction? From small-town romance series to the ever-growing young-adult romance market, find out what’s trending with the writers and readers of romance fiction. Featuring: Sylvia Day, HelenKay Dimon, Christie Ridgway, Jill Sorenson, and Judy Duarte Moderated by: Hank Phillipi Ryan
The end of June found me in Washington DC with thousands of other librarians attending the annual American Library Association meeting. I went early to attend the RDA 101 pre-conference session and stayed on to Sunday. I shan’t bore you with details on each and every session attended, just some highlights.
First, a bit of a whine. Why are the topics I’m most interested in scheduled at the same time in very different locations? I wanted to attend several things that not only overlapped but flatout conflicted. I couldn’t even split the difference as often one was at the convention center and the other was at a very distant hotel (BTW, thanks Gale for the buses!). And then sessions I would have dearly loved to attend (Thursday’s Linked Data: Making Library Data Converse with the World) announced AFTER I bought my airline ticket. Sure I saved $200 but I missed great things on Thursday and Monday.
Friday was taken up with the RDA 101 pre-conference but I so wish I had been able to attend the FRBR Interest Group meeting or the Cataloging & Description of Cartographic Resources: From Parchment to Pixels, Paper to Digital or, most of all, the Unconference. Le sigh.
The RDA 101 pre-conference was a low level, basic introduction to FRBR and RDA (thus the title I reckon). The morning started with Barbara Tillett giving an RDA overview (which was really more about FRBR and terminiology) and then a “Future of Cataloging and Metadata” session. Both are good and I love hearing Barbara Tillett talk but I had already seen much of this presented (via the Library of Congress RDA Webcasts, albeit with different titles). I’m not complaining, I think many in the room needed the very basic information provided here and the session was called “RDA 101” implying a basics approach. It just wasn’t what I needed particularly.
Next up in the RDA 101 morning were John Espley and Vinod Charchra from VTLS. You can get copies of their presentations too. Again, this was interesting (although it was nigh on impossible to see the screen shots in the slides and hard to read in the print versions handed out…perhaps a 2 per page of those particular slides would have been better?). I’m not crazy about the hard linking that is required but I see lots of possibilities here. I think other vendors are also implementing FRBR/RDA type systems. It would be nice to have representation from more than just one vendor. No offense to VTLS, I discussed a bit of what VTLS is doing in a previous blog post and I did enjoy seeing VTLS but I would have liked a balance.
The afternoon of the RDA 101 pre-conference was…interesting. Dr. Robert Ellett gave us plenty to think about and attempted to do some hands-on exercises. This is what I wanted – some hands-on, “way in AACR2” and “way in RDA”. I enjoyed the exercise although it made me really notice how very little is changing. The Dr. Shawne Miksa portion of the afternoon had a promising title “Hands on RDA and New MARC21 Fields: Non-book Resource Examples”. Unfortunately, the hands-on component was missing. Also, the handout provided was incorrect (pointed out at the end of the presentation by Barbara Tillett), Dr. Miksa explained to the room that her student assistant had created them and apparently got it wrong. This made me very sad.
Saturday was action packed! Again there were several I wish I could have attended (and some I regret choosing) but you makes your choices and takes your chances. I attended an OCLC session (Redesigning Technical Services) and another (Copy Cataloging Interest Group) in which the PCC program was lightly explained, I found both interesting but I wish I had know this before I went (oh we will explore this more, thanks J Rochkind @ Bibliographic Wilderness for a potentially terrifying post). I would have liked to attend more (esp. the Converging Metadata Standards for Cultural Institutions, Google books discussion and Developing a Digital Workflow) but times, they were conflictin’.
Sunday was yet more. There were some hours on Sunday that were empty (yes, I could have attended something but a girl deserve a break) so I went down to the exhibit hall and spent a blissful hour or two listening to mystery writers talk. The RDA Forum in the afternoon was smack dab up against the Authorized Genre, Forms and Facets in RDA. I chose the RDA Forum. The room was packed!
Here is something I found very intriguing. In the RDA 101 session, RDA was presented as complete and pretty much approved (just a few formalities left). In the RDA Forum, this was split. The RDA creators presented as fait accompli whereas the Library of Congress stressed the upcoming testing. Beacher Wiggins of the Library of Congress stated a decision would not be made on RDA until Spring 2011, after all the testing is done and the results analyzed. Mr. Wiggins further stated they hoped to make an announcement prior to the next ALA annual convention. I am going to explore this in a future post, please stay tuned.
Oh – and I did get out and see the quite moving and incredible World War II monument whilst in DC. And the Washington Monument. And the interiors of several Starbucks.