Because it was in Toronto, I also served as a, well, not exactly bed and breakfast, as one of the guests doesn't eat it and the other brought her own, but perhaps we can call it a bed and snackfest, so that the North of Steelesers could sleep an extra while and take the subway, rather than battling the snowstorm to drive. So it was a three day librarian PJ party!
Some things learned at SuperConference:
- Lugging around really heavy and ancient laptops all day hurts your back, and it is really nice to have people around who are willing to act as pack mules!
- Never ever believe the blurb explaining what a session is going to be about. It is sure to be about something entirely different, and likely a lot less interesting.
- 93% of customers will approach an information desk where the person is standing, making eye contact, and smiling, while only 10% of customers will approach a desk where someone is sitting, making eye contact, and smiling.
- For every 1 customer who complains there are 26 others who remain silent.
- There are now at least 48 countries in which the government is actively censoring the Internet.
- In order to be successful it is important not to involve the community - you must engage the community.
- 1 in 5 people would interrupt sex to answer an email or take a call.
- There is actually such thing as a drive-through funeral, at which, people take less than 90 seconds to bid farewell to their loved one.
- In order to appear professional in making your presentation at SuperConference, all you have to do is have spoken with your co-presenter about which order you will be talking in, and maybe have looked at your slides before reading directly from them.
- Nigeria has the world's third largest film production system - after Hollywood and Bollywood.
- And, perhaps most importantly, homophily makes you stupid. Baaaaaa!
How did my presentation go? Quite well thank you! It was the second year for the Best Bets for Teen list, and our audience size almost doubled (despite presenting early in the morning on the snow day). I was quite pleased with our list this year, and I'm looking forward to next year as well. Though I must admit, I plan to take the rest of February at the very least to catch up on some non-Canadian Teen lit reading - maybe some American teen lit. Maybe some adult books. Who knows? I feel like the reading world is my oyster and I don't know where to begin.
The list hasn't been published on the OLA site, but it will eventually appear here. In the meantime, here is the teen list:
Aker, Don - The Space Between - Harper Collins
Bennett, Holly - Warrior's Daughter - Orca
Brooks, Martha - Mistik Lake - Groundwood Books/ House of Anansi
Friesen, Gayle - For Now - Kids Can Press
Heneghan, James - Payback - Groundwood Books/ House of Anansi
Jocelyn, Marthe - How It Happened in Peach Hill - Tundra
Juby, Susan - Another Kind of Cowboy - Harper Trophy
MacIntyre, R.P. & Wendy - Apart - Groundwood Books/ House of Anansi
Ravel, Edeet - Secret Journey of Pauline Siddhartha - Raincoast
Toten, Teresa - Better than Blonde - Penguin
And some honourable mentions:
Aubin, Henry, T. - Rise of Golden Cobra - Annick
Choyce, Lesley - The End of the World as We Know It - Red Deer Press
Ellis, Deborah, and Eric Walters - Bifocal - Fitzhenry and Whiteside
Denman, K.L. - Rebel's Tag - Orca (Currents Series)
Fergus, Maureen - Exploits of a Reluctant (But Extremely Good Looking) Hero - Kids Can
Kay, Guy Gavriel - Ysabel - Penguin
McCann, James - Pyre - Simply Read Books
Stevenson, Robin - Out of Order - Orca