Are you attending LibLearnX?

LibLearnX is the future.

One of my favorite library conferences in my 20-plus years in the industry has been the ALA midwinter conference. But according to a December 2021 Publisher Weekly article, “The ALA Midwinter Meeting is history, LibLearnX is the future.” Unfortunately, last year’s first-ever LibLearnX event was completely virtual due to the Covid19 pandemic.

Did I mention it’s my favorite conference?

The highlight of the conference and the reason it has always been my favorite was the live announcement of the Youth Media Awards. Of course, any year I could not make it in person, I would watch the stream, and before streaming was the norm, I closely followed Twitter posts to see which books and authors had earned the prize. The atmosphere at the awards is thrilling. So many times, the committees will dress alike, and there is such camaraderie. I recall one year when Walter the Giant Storyteller leaped up at the announcement of his committee and ran around the auditorium. To my delight, this year, there will be an in-person Youth Media Awards at LibLearnX, and I plan to attend!

Youth Media Awards

Youth Media Awards 2017 in Atlanta

What is LibLearnX

I am still trying to understand the format changes from Midwinter to LLX, but I have registered and am planning my schedule. Unfortunately, as with any conference, I have bookmarked far more sessions than I can attend.
Here are some tracks or categories if you are on the fence:
And if you cannot attend in person, there is a virtual option. The LLX Digital Experience has several on-demand sessions available through the end of February. But I hope you can attend in person because I hope to see other school librarians in New Orleans.

2018 Youth Media Awards Pajama Party we were streaming 2 years before it was a thing!


Author: Hannah Byrd Little

I’m a dedicated Library Director at The Webb School of Bell Buckle, leveraging my background in higher education libraries to guide students through the crucial transition from school to college and beyond.

I am honored to have served as the AASL Chair for the Independent School Section in 2023 and am excited to begin my upcoming role as Director-At-Large for the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) later this year, following my previous experience as a Member Guide in the AASL Emerging Leaders program. These appointments reflect my commitment to advancing library education and professional development on a national scale.

With experience in state-level leadership through the Tennessee Association of School Librarians (TASL), including serving as TASL President in 2012, I bring a wealth of knowledge to my role. My educational background includes certifications as a Library Information Specialist for PreK-12th grade, a Bachelor of Science in Communications (Advertising & Public Relations), a Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies (Education & Information Systems), and a Master’s in Library and Information Science.

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