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What happened at #ALAAC19...doesn't have to stay in D.C.!

By: Briá Woods   

If you were an #ALAleftbehind or unable to visit our booth, we have the scoop for you. Here’s what you missed: appearances from Uncle Sam and Abraham Lincoln; the debut of iCurate, our new collection development service; Carla Hayden made an appearance (!!!); and four days of voting for #TheLibraryLife funding. 
The announcement that #ALAAC19 was heading to Washington, D.C., intrigued us to plan a fun and interactive experience. Before we could bring this idea to life, we started with the basics:
  •  What would excite over 18,000 librarians to stop by and visit us among the other exhibits?
  •  Who should be there?
  •  What would continue to showcase #TheLibraryLife?
Here are some highlights of the outcome:  Uncle Sam was there to encourage you to vote for #TheLibraryLife. And of course, he was there for selfie opportunities for you to document your advocacy. (Uncle Sam and our #ALAAC19 Scholarship Winner, Cassandra Arnold from Carlsbad Public Library.)  


"We Want You to Vote for #TheLibraryLife" was the core message of our booth. We brought this to life with an onsite polling location for libraries to nominate their library for #TheLibraryLife funding - $500 for your chosen collection.   


What’s a voting a poll without a sticker to prove you voted? 


Abraham Lincoln was the life of the party at our #TheLibraryLife reception on Saturday, June 22, 2019, at the Spire. Guests enjoyed his honesty, the cocktails, and great hor 'd oeuvres. 


Not only did we mix and mingle with libraries far and near, but we had the opportunity to fangirl over the Librarian of Congress, Carla Hayden.  


Check out our post-show video for a glimpse of our entire experience at #ALAAC19!