I really enjoyed my visit to the ALA Conference. It gave me an opportunity to see the bigger library picture and all the products and services that libraries have to choose from . Vendors spoke about and demonstrated many products incluing adhesive protector covers for paperbacks,specialized library furniture and a variety of RFID systems. There was even a 3-D copying machine that was creating a foam copy of the Stanly Cup.
I spoke with a childrens' book author who explained to me that although she writes the story, she has no input into the illustrations used to tell her story. The publisher matches up the illustrator once they recieve the story. It was interesting to hear authors speak about their process. A cookbook author signing his BBQ cookbook also gave out samples of his food. Giada DeLaurentis spoke about her inspiration for writing her upcoming young adult series on travel and food. She was very personable and equally passionate about her subject matter.