The first in-person ALA in two years returns to the site of the last in-person ALA — Washington, D.C. To my mind, D.C. is one of the best places for a conference. I’m a sucker for museums and it’s even better when they are free! 

As usual, a handful of people from NoveList are going. Stop by the EBSCO booth and see if you can catch Danielle Borasky, Lauren Campbell, Halle Carlson, Angela Hursh, Sam Stover, and Amanda Winseck. We’d love to say hi, answer any questions you have about NoveList and talk about books. If you’re at the Carnegie Medals Ceremony and Reception on June 25th, come by and say hi to us there, too.  

What to ask us about?  

Learn with NoveList: In January, we announced an expansion of our professional development offerings. Now, with Learn with NoveList, you can not only hire a NoveList expert to run a live, virtual course on readers’ advisory, library marketing, or advocacy for your staff, but you can also take a self-paced course on your time, at your own pace. Read the product announcement here or tour around the site for yourself. We’re going to be adding more courses over the next year and value your input for what you’d like to learn from a NoveList expert.   

LibraryAware email editor changes: Looking for a faster, easier way to send beautiful, library-focused emails designed by a professional graphic designer? We’ve released a new email editor with features you’ve been asking for like video thumbnails, modules you can save and reuse in different emails, and image editing (in the email!). Our designers will be making the most of these new features in new templates. Let us show you some of the new designs that will engage your community in your library and save you time.   

Changes to the NoveList databases: Have you seen the new NoveList button in the database yet? It’s so pretty — fresh, modern, and fun. It’s also not the only change we’ve made. Looking for information about genres? Check out our new Genre Guides. Want to explore all the different ways NoveList can help you access book information? Check out our new Explore pages.    

Want to know about coming features? Make sure you’re signed up for NoveList News. We’ve got more exciting updates coming.   

Want to get a sense of what we’re checking out in D.C.? Read on! 

This is Angela’s first in-person ALA and she’s looking forward to all the Advanced Reader Copies! She has a bookshelf that looks a little bare and is fully prepared to collect as many as she can and ship them home. But truly she’s really hoping to spend most of her time talking one-on-one with library staff, especially anyone who works on marketing and promotions. She’ll be checking out the sessions focused on Marketing, so say hi if you’re in one of those, too. She confesses to be a huge fan of both Maria Hinojosa and Tiffany Haddish, and looks forward to hearing them speak on Saturday. With nice weather, she’ll be spending some time walking the National Mall and seeing the memorials. If she has time, she’ll head to the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, if only to get another glimpse of Julia Child’s kitchen

Amanda is old hat at conferences and has missed them in the past couple of years. She’s very excited to be heading to Washington, D.C. for ALA 2022. She’s most looking forward to seeing new and familiar faces after such a long absence. She recently started to travel back to libraries and has missed your communities, your libraries, your staff, the people in the buildings, etc. Please stop by and let her know all the great things you’re doing at your library.  

This will be Lauren's first in-person national conference and she's looking forward to all of it! She's excited to learn from the speakers and programs, especially those focused on collections, and equity, diversity, and inclusion, and bring back lots of new ideas. If you see her, please say hello as she'd love to meet people in person and hear about what's going on at your libraries. 

Halle won’t just be at ALA, she’ll be speaking as part of a RUSA-CODES presentation, Read Hard: Get the Most Out of Your Reading Life as a Library Professional on Monday, June 27 from 1 – 2 pm in the Washington Convention Center, 158A-B. As a seasoned book award judge, she knows a lot about being a professional reader, particularly with a foster dog at her feet. 

See you all in D.C.! 

Jennifer Lohmann is the Director of Sales and Marketing. She is currently reading Gulag: A History by Anne Applebaum.