Many of you may have noticed a new event popping up on Twitter, in your Google Reader or possibly even in your email...
The American Library Association (ALA) has events that take place twice a year and is primarily for librarians. The event happening from the 21-26 is their Annual event occurring in Anaheim, CA this year. In many ways it's similar to BEA in that numerous publishers, authors and illustrators take part in a week long event aimed at sharing upcoming books. It also provides education related panels and classes as well as awards such as the Newbery, Printz and Caldecott Awards among many others. This is obviously an over-simplification of a huge event that is loved by librarians all over the country.
Armchair BEA's success at bringing the book-blogging community together during Book Expo week inspired one of our Armchair BEA guests, NetGalley, to start an "armchair" event/Twitter hashtag of their own for librarians and other interested folks who might be missing ALA.
NetGalley was a wonderful support to us here at Armchair BEA and we're pleased they would wish to duplicate even a small portion of the event in hopes of bringing the librarian community together. That being said, we do want to clarify that the organizers here at Armchair BEA have no affiliation with NetGalley's Armchair ALA. Anything you see online featuring the title Armchair ALA or hashtag with the same title is entirely administered by NetGalley.
If you have any questions about Armchair ALA we would suggest either contacting NetGalley directly at either their website and/or their Twitter account.
For those librarians and bloggers among us attending ALA this week we hope you have a fantastic time and we look forward to hearing all about it upon your return!