I’m just returned from the biannual PLA conference, held in Portland. There were dozens of great sessions on every reading topic imaginable. It was the rare chance to mix with the other Book Group Buzz bloggers–Kaite, Gary, Rebecca, and Mary Ellen were all there–as were Booklist’s other regulars.
If you’re a librarian and don’t go to PLA, put Philadelphia on your calendar in 2012. PLA is simply the best conference for public librarians. Although I noticed a lot more of us paying our own way to the conference this year, I don’t think anyone went home unhappy at the expenditure. It’s just a great place to recharge the batteries. There are still places at the table for any librarian who wants to contribute on the national level. If you’re willing to share your best practices, contribute writing, or otherwise participate, there is a community that will listen.
Unless I’m mistaken, however, one topic that went missing from all of those great sessions was any discussion or panel that centered on book groups. Given that there are few public libraries without book groups, this seems like an odd oversight. So, dear readers, I’d like your input: Are there any topics related to book groups which you think merit extra discussion? Please post comments! We’ll use your input both to inspire future conference proposals and to give us ideas for posts here on Book Group Buzz.