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Probably the most entertaining "star" speaker at ALA this year was Jamie Lee Curtis. Certainly at ease with just being herself, she showed us several sides of her personality: compulsive about neatness; self-deprecating; wildly expressive; casual; and just plain funny. If I get time I'll pull together a mosaic of some the expressions my camera caught.


Yes, she's best known as an actor, but she has become a successful children's book author, too. She gave her thoughts about how inspire kids and approach life.

look at woman in back with hands up

wii girl is crouching down for ski jump

At the end of her talk, Jamie Lee Curtis wanted to read her new book (Big Words for Little People -- due out in September) but expressed regret that we wouldn't be able to see the illustrations from way out in the audience. Then someone shouted that we could see them on the big screens (which she hadn't noticed because they were behind her). That thrilled her to no end. [See the picture below.] She seemed absolutely giddy and proceeded to read the ENTIRE book to us with a wonderfully expressive delivery.

Why is this thing angled down? The roll wouldn't stay on!


Hotel Menage

Sally Ride, the first American woman in space, spoke at the conference regarding the importance of science education in general and, more specifically, keeping girls involved in science. Boys AND girls are interested in science at an early age, but whole list of factors cause girls to drift away from the field.

Elizabeth Rodriguez from the University of Pittsburgh, a Spectrum Doctoral Fellow

Jamie Lee Curtis was wildly expressive during her talk. Here are 15 samples. I could have taken twice as many shots and still no two faces would have been the same.


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Actress/childrens author Jamie Lee Curtis gives librarians the thumbs up.

Brian Searles, Mary Mackay, Patrick Hogan in the Booklist booth

that woman in blue got in the way of a good shot! Darn!

"Women want romance, not Mr Toad's Wild Ride."


"Be fair. Everyone wants Mr Toad's Wild Ride."

Andrew Pace, Michael Schrage, David Lee King, Mary Beth Sancomb-Moran, and Susan Gibbons


Andrew Pace moderated the symposium. Michael Schrage gave an interesting talk about how libraries need to think about innovation, interoperability, and competition. We need to: learn from our lead users; identify who we collaborate with to create value; invite users into our conversations about our biggest internal disagreements; and build "libratories" to develop talent and inspire R&D that can be formalized into a product.


The remaining three panelists shared examples of how their libraries have used mashed ups.


Better blog post will eventually follow on library+instruction+technology after ALA.

Deborah Sanchez, Dr. Joseph Medicine Crow, Sherman Alexie, Tim Tingle, Joseph John Moreno

I stumbled into this line accidentally, and probably would have rather been in the expert traveler line. However, I was pleased to find that this one was moving faster anyway.


This program might help people if they actually knew it existed. The single sign for each line is located only at the beginning of the line where you have to show your ID and boarding pass to the TSA rep, and were blocked by people standing in the line. And, these lines did not extend to the actual security checkpoint (aka the place with the X-ray machines) where the real bottlenecks occur.

Delaware person, Linda Williams, Marie Barron

Librarians look at e-book readers like Kindle and a competing Sony reader. There were advantages and disadvantages to either model.

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