Halfway through Day 2 of ALA Annual and I’m noticing an interesting … mm, what to call it… clash? conflict? dual interest? … in the programming here. Things seem divided between the Celebrity events and the Real Library Work events. For example, this morning I was fortunate enough to see Ken Burns speak and present a preview of his newest documentary. But later today and tomorrow I would be missing pretty valuable-sounding library sessions if I went to see Susan Wise Bauer in the Exhibit Hall or Julie Andrews at the Author Series. I will, however, be happy to see Garrison Keillor on Tuesday since there won’t be any conflicts with that.
But it makes me wonder — why is there such a strong presence of celebrity at – of all things – a library conference? Who would ever make such a connection?