January 15, 2008

Philly.com Covers the ALA Midwinter Meeting

Filed under: precat — jenny @ 12:27 pm

The “Gaming, Learning, and Libraries Spotlight” area at ALA’s Midwinter Meeting was very successful. We had a pretty steady stream of folks watching and playing videogames. I’d be a rich woman if I sold gaming equipment on commission at these things (hint, Nintendo, hint).
This year, the setup was in the registration hall, rather than in a booth on the exhibit floor, so we got a couple of members to help cover the area. Big thanks to Chad Haefele and Matt Roach for doing such a great job.
So great, in fact, that Chad scored a starring role in Philly.com’s coverage of the Meeting on their website (although they did spell his last name incorrectly – sorry, Chad).
Thanks to everyone who stopped by the spotlight and helped us have so much fun. We’ll see you at Annual in Anaheim when we do it again (along with the big game!). :)
Bonus: The paper also included an editorial about videogames in libraries by ALA President Loriene Roy.


  1. Nice coverage! And man, were those ddr dancers good! :-)

    Comment by pollyalid — January 15, 2008 @ 2:01 pm

  2. I was very glad to help! It all went so well.
    I cringe seeing myself on video though!

    Comment by Chad — January 15, 2008 @ 5:53 pm

  3. I do not know if your location was planned in order to try something new, but I think you end up in a prime spot. I do not know how many trips I made through there. I think the fun spread to the conversations throughout the room as you looked over there on saw people giving it a try. It was addictive in nature.

    Comment by Brian Gray — January 19, 2008 @ 8:31 pm

  4. Actually, the new location is the result of 1) the “booth” becoming bigger than just TechSource so needing more generic space, and 2) complaints from nearby vendors on the exhibit floor that we were being too loud and stealing their traffic. ;-)
    I was thrilled with the new location, and I hope we get to stay in the registration hall.

    Comment by Jenny Levine — January 20, 2008 @ 7:25 pm

  5. Will we see Rock Band in Anaheim? :-)

    Comment by Mike Visser — January 23, 2008 @ 3:29 pm

  6. I hope so, yes!

    Comment by jenny — January 23, 2008 @ 9:24 pm

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