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Everything ready for ALA

I am very fortunate to have this awesome grant that not only helps for my library school tuition, but has some perks that allow me to attend professional conferences for free.  Last fall, I went to the Georgia Library Association COMO conference in Columbus, and that was fun.  It was lively, but not too overwhelming. But in June, I will be attending ALA’s annual conference, in Washington, DC.  ALA – American Library Association – is the big kahuna. It is going to be craaa-zyyy.

I am really excited about it. First off, I get to stay in a nice hotel near the convention center. Plus, my dad and a couple of good friends live in the area, so I hope I will get a chance to visit with them (in between attending conferences). I plan on going to a few panels, as well as “trick-or-treating”  – I mean- browsing  in the exhibit halls.  While networking and learning about the new technologies in the field is nice, so is picking up a few pens, notepads, pieces of candy, etc.  Mainly, I hope to visit with some recruiters. Thus, I will come armed with many copies of my resume….something to dump in their trick-or-treat bags :).

Since it is a large conference, I will have to be choosy about what I can attend. Luckily, ALA has some stuff specifically for new members, so I may go to a couple of those meetings. I am particularly interested in those that have to do with digital libraries, and how libraries utilize technology (such as Web 2.0, databases, etc).  I have been learning a lot about technology in my concentration, but when I finish my MLIS, I would like to pursue some programming courses.  It can never hurt to know more about computing and technology!

Be careful what you tweet…it really will end up in the annuls of history

According to this article by Slate Magazine, the Library of Congress is on a mission to archive all Twitter posts…it will be “mind-numbingly complete”, it reports.  So, everything you post will indeed be encapsulated in our complex human history.

Now, many years ago, we sent out the space craft Voyager in attempts to contact extraterrestrial life. But what if, one day, aliens visit the earth, and they find such gems as these from the top tweets:

“MJMcKean Calling Green Day a “punk band” is like calling Madonna a teenager.”

“RT @OMGFacts: Make a fist with your left hand, squeeze your left thumb, then put your right index finger down your throat. NO GAG REFLEX

…and pretty much anything on S*** My Dad Says

The latter, of course, is one of the only times I ever visit Twitter, by the way. A while back, I created an account on Twitter out of curiosity, but never really got into the whole culture of “tweeting.” I tend to be more of a Facebook user, updating my status every 3 days or so. But I never thought that whatever I was doing at any moment of the day merited continuous “tweeting.” However,  I would like to leave my mark in history, and for the vast majority of people who may never see their 15 minutes of fame, the fact that their cat peed on the carpet, or that the Yankees won the World Series (again), will live on forever is indeed pretty interesting.