Library Communications Learning – January 2014

ALA MidWinter 2014 Philadelphia Convention Center

More Library Learning Time This Winter!

I’m happy I get to spend time surrounded by librarians and learning more on what’s hot – or no – this winter. Participating in ASCLA workshop at ALA Midwinter (January 23-24 , Philadelphia) Going to sessions, exhibits, interest group meetings to learn, as I listen to librarians working on marketing, communications, PR issues, design in the library and more. I spent a whole day networking with other library consultants and picking their brains on how they handle various library client projects.

ALA Midwinter 14 Leia Read PosterI joined ASCLA (Association of Specialized & Cooperative Library Agencies) during my ALA renewal period – odd, but hey that’s where library consultants live within ALA!

There was a lunch and learn with the consultants SIG of ASCLA on Sat of ALA Mindwinter.  I picked up some good speaking skills tips from consultant and entrepreneur Jamie Hollier. [Follow Jaime on Twitter.]


  • Relax your body and mind, then get focused.
  • Think like an actor or improv artist. Be expansive and open up your body before speaking.
  • We practiced power poses and being big and open as we walked and talked.

ALA MW14 Penguin Books TruckI sat in on the Marketing Discussion Group forum from ACRL –  listening to tips and sample work on design for non-designers in the library world. The Library Communicators Network had their inaugural gathering at ALA-MW14.


I plan on transitioning full-time to library consulting, with a marketing/communications focus, here at IntelliCraft Research. This is the best way to combine all my years of experience in two worlds!

ALA Midwinter 2014 Unwall Notes

Can’t take credit for Tardis – just hoagie notes