Excited for ALA?

The ALA 2009 conference is officially underway, so be sure to stop by Booth 1848 if you’re in Chicago.  We’re throwing a Block Party, showing off our new Learning Suite, and giving one lucky library a Nintendo Wii.  We look forward to seeing you.  In the meantime, here are a few links to whet your appetite:

  • However you feel about Windows Vista, give Bill Gates a hand—his charitable foundation donated $2 million to the ALA’s Public Library Funding & Technology Access Study, which measures public access to the internet and helps library directors advocate for more resources.  The study began in 1994 and will continue for another three years, thanks to this donation.
  • David Lee King, Digital Branch & Services Manager at the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library, posted a helpful video on his blog for librarians using Facebook to connect with their patrons.  He’s at ALA too, so we look forward to hearing more about social media in the library world.
  • We love gaming almost as much as we love libraries here at Tutor.com, so we’re excited to hear that the ALA exhibit floor will once again include a Gaming Pavilion.  Library Journal reports that Demco, Gen Con, Screenlife Games and Wizards of the Coast (the people behind Dungeons & Dragons and Magic: The Gathering) will be there, among others.  Don’t forget your d20!