Day 2 of ALA had some great presentations. I was only able to attend two morning sessions before I had to leave for a wedding but I was happy with both sessions I sat through.
I attended the Grown ups just want to have fun! panel on play programming for college students. I was surprised at some of the suggestions. I feel particularly drawn to the idea of a scavenger hunt to highlight important parts of the library or to do the History Mystery game (I will link to the slides after the conference). I downloaded the SCVNGR ap to do the ALA play scavenger hunt and I do not have strong feelings for it yet since there was only one clue up yesterday that I could find. Perhaps there’s going to be one clue or task a day? I think I’d have to have a couple on a given day to keep interested. Does this ap do anything if a hunt is not planned? It seems to have a check in and a few other options but nothing that is getting me too excited yet, maybe after I play with it for a little while.
My first choice for the second session was crowded and I was not getting inspired by the discussion so I left and I’m so glad I found my way into Addressing Global Diversity: meeting the needs of international students in Academic Libraries. I thought all of the speakers had great things to say about tailoring their existing programming to meet the needs of international students. I particularly liked the recommendation to get some idea of how these students would view the library in their home country so you can highlight the differences in ways that will help them understand how to navigate libraries in the US. I also liked the reminder to not use jargon in encounters with international students (though I think that adding in some jargon with explanations gradually will help them in the long run, but that’s a stance I have on any encounters with patrons). I appreciated the tip on asking the students where they would think to look for library program offerings, since it may not match up with where the staff think students would look for help.
All of the information in these sessions will help me when I find my first librarian position. I hope to contact some of the education and outreach librarians when I return to work on Tuesday to see if they’d like a copy of my notes for the gaming session and to offer myself up as free labor for implementing some of them. I need to find a way to be in more than one place at once since I’m sorry I missed I can do it by myself, The e-book elephant in the room, and Linked data & next generation catalogs. If anyone went to one of these sessions would you share your notes? I would be happy to reciprocate if you want notes from either of the two sessions above.