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California welcomes American Library Association!
ALA 2008 great fun at 
“Happiest Place on Earth” 

Monique le Conge, Director of the Richmond Public Library and California Library Association President, John Ziesenhenne and Susan Hildreth at the CSL/CLA reception at the 2008 ALA convention in Anaheim.
[Photo courtesy Ira Bray]

Cheryl Gould, Monique le Conge, Lori Ayre and Paul Signorelli at the CSL/CLA reception at the 2008 ALA convention in Anaheim
[Photo courtesy Ira Bray]

For California State Library (CSL) staff, as for thousands of other library professionals from around the country, learning, networking and information sharing was particularly fun at this year's American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference. Anaheim, the location of the national 2008 event, is home to Disneyland and the upbeat energy of the “Happiest Place on Earth” permeated the conference.

  Though whimsy was in the air, CSL staff enjoyed absorbing the high-level of expertise and best-practices exchanging they discovered at the General Sessions and exhibits. In addition to participating in 5 panels, the CSL's ALA attendees or “scouts” reported on a total of over 50 individual programs via a CSL wiki.

One highlight of the conference for most CSL staff was the specially arranged behind-the-scenes tour of the Disney parks. Bruce Kimbrell of the Disney Institute lead the tour and provided a mini-seminar in customer service, with insights into Disney's secrets of exceeding customers' expectations.

CSL Staff Programs at ALA 2008

Sat., June 28 Digital Storytelling: 
Where Outreach, 
Local History, Programming 
and Technology Collide 
Kathy Low
Sat., June 28  P(l)anning for Gold: Preservation 
Models in California and the West 
Susan Hildreth
Gary Kurutz
Sat., June 28 Diversity Fair: California Indian 
Historical Resources Project 
Susan Hanks
Sun., June 29   Let Me Ask You This: Constructing 
& Using Effective Surveys 
Cindy Mediavilla
Sun., June 29   Adult Learners: Helping Libraries 
[LOCATION: Disneyland Hotel, 
Magic Kingdom]
Susan Hildreth
Jacquie Brinkley

California State Library staff at the CSL/CLA reception at the 2008 ALA convention in Anaheim. Left to right: Susan Hildreth, Gary Kurutz, Colleen Ward, Darla Gunning, Ira Bray 
[Photo courtesy Ira Bray]

  The World Of Disney
[Photo courtesy Ira Bray]

California State Library staff and colleagues under the "C" at Disney's California Adventure [Photo courtesy Ira Bray]

ALA attendees listen to Bruce Kimbrell, Program Facilitator with the Disney Institute, at the Disneyland Behind the Scenes Tour 
[Photo courtesy Ira Bray]





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