Celebrity Meets Library

Halfway through Day 2 of ALA Annual and I’m noticing an interesting … mm, what to call it… clash? conflict? dual interest? … in the programming here.  Things seem divided between the Celebrity events and the Real Library Work events.  For example, this morning I was fortunate enough to see Ken Burns speak and present a preview of his newest documentary.  But later today and tomorrow I would be missing pretty valuable-sounding library sessions if I went to see Susan Wise Bauer in the Exhibit Hall or Julie Andrews at the Author Series.   I will, however, be happy to see Garrison Keillor on Tuesday since there won’t be any conflicts with that.

But it makes me wonder — why is there such a strong presence of celebrity at – of all things – a library conference?  Who would ever make such a connection?

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2 thoughts on “Celebrity Meets Library

  1. Book Sellers! Publishers are also at the ALA. And they want their books ordered by every library represented.
    Have fun! Take more Pics.
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  2. I’ve wondered about this connection as well. Although I’m sure the argument is that these are the people who public library patrons want to read/view/etc., so having them at the conference makes librarians aware of them, it *is* very very odd.

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