Our very own Judith Graves gives us a glimpse at her recent appearance, the PNLA 2014 Conference, where she was a keynote speaker during the Young Reader's Choice Awards (YRCA) program Author Luncheon.
Pacific Northwest Library Association Conference 2014
Last week I was honoured to speak at the Pacific Northwest
Library Association Annual Conference (PNLA) http://www.pnla.org/conference-headerin Helena, Montana as a keynote during the Young Reader’s
Choice Awards (YRCA) program Author Luncheon.
This particular event was special to me for several reasons.
In my day job, I work as a library technician in an elementary school library
in a rural community and any chance for professional development, networking
and talking shop with other library types is an opportunity I LEAP toward. (See
what I did there?) Plus, I’m a huge fan of the YRCA program and have actively
promoted it within my school for the eleven years I’ve been running the
Pacific Northwest Library Association's Young Reader's Choice Award is the
oldest children's choice award in the U.S. and Canada. The award was
established in 1940 by a Seattle bookseller, the late Harry Hartman, who
believed every student should have an opportunity to select a book that gives
him or her pleasure.”
1940. Wowza. Now that’s a long-standing award any author
would be thrilled to be associated with. Check out the full details and list of
2015 nominees here: http://www.pnla.org/yrca-2015
YRCA is all about bridging the gap between libraries,
readers and authors…which was basically the theme of my keynote - Author Visits
To DIE For.Complete with handy Prezi
and video clips of virtual author visits in action, I discussed ways in which
technology can provide free opportunities for libraries to link readers with
authors and thus enhance their readership programs. As both an author and a library technician, I
hope I was able to offer some unique insights into what authors are currently
doing that libraries can tap into to further their literacy / engagement /
The PNLA conference theme: Mining the Past was threaded throughout the sessions and I (along
with the other attendees) jotted down a ton of useful notes, lists of
resources, and libraries to follow that I will be sharing with my
district.Many thanks to the conference
organizers for inviting me and putting on one hell of a library conference!
You can tell my lab, Willow, enjoyed the sightseeing we did
during the drive south.