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ALA2009 Emerging Leaders

Mysteriously the heavens aligned so I had some free time Friday afternoon. After running into the ALA Bookstore to see Betsy Bird’s book (and then gushingly telling her this in the hallway), I slipped into the Emerging Leaders Poster Session to see what this talented group has done. 
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CIMG0051 by you.I took LOTS of photos (see Flickr stream) of their posters because they were dutifully accepting their certificates and applause while I dashed around snapping photos. Then as they were let loose to staff their booths and explain their projects, I asked them TONS of questions about their projects, their learning & leadership experiences during the process, and their plans for the future. I may have insisted that a few dozen of them immediately go to ALA Connect and begin using this tool. 

Then I leaped in front of one of the mentors and strongly suggested (okay, loudly & stridently demanded) that these projects be sent out to more people for viewing and linked better on the ALA web pages. Then I grabbed ALA’s Executive Director and asked for more follow-up and a simplified description of every project for the Executive Board. Once I’d caused enough madness and mayhem, I hopped onto the Shuttle Busses for a round of reception, AASL Affiliate Assembly, and more receptions.