By Mary Boone
I’m pleased to be sharing with you the news that Sisters in Crime will host a booth in the Exhibit Hall at the 2012 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Anaheim CA.
The exhibit dates are Friday, June 22, through Monday, June 25. Author and librarian SinC members who live in or near Anaheim, or who may be traveling to the area during the conference dates, are invited to help represent SinC at this important conference.
The hours for the exhibits at ALA this summer will be:
• Friday, 6/22, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
• Saturday, 6/23 & Sunday 6/24, 9 am - 5 pm
• Sunday 6/25, 9 am - 2 pm
Volunteers for the SinC booth are needed during all of these times.
I coordinate and schedule all volunteers’ time in the booth. If you want to volunteer, please give me a couple of times that could work with your personal schedule. When setting up the booth schedule, I will do my best to accommodate your first preference for a time in the booth.
The time slots in the booth will be 1 to 1.5 hours in length. If a large number of members step forward to volunteer, I’ll pull back to a one-hour shift to give everyone who wants to volunteer the opportunity to do so.
I register all volunteers for the conference through SinC (that gets each volunteer a “conference pass.”
Author-volunteers may give away (we don’t sell books) and sign their books while in the booth. It’s a super networking opportunity. That said, I do ask that author-volunteers to be willing to wear two hats and to promote SinC while in the booth.
I am also looking for one local volunteer to help out by receiving SinC promotional materials from Beth Wasson, as well as donations of books sent to the conference by members (who can't come to the conference themselves) to be used for daily raffles in the booth. This volunteer also should be able to bring the boxes of materials and books to the convention center the day I'll be setting up the booth. I will provide more details to anyone interested in helping in this way.
Author members, if you are unable to attend ALA, would you consider sending one signed book to be given away in daily raffles held in the SinC booth during the convention? Librarians who win these raffles generally put the books into their library’s collections. It would be a crime to miss out on these opportunities to connect with librarians who put your books into readers’ hands every day.
I hope to see you in Anaheim! To volunteer, or for more information, contact Mary Boone, Library Liaison at macboone[at]me.com. Please use the subject heading SinC, ALA 2012 in your email to me.
Mary Boone, Library Liaison for Sisters in Crime, says she is happy to be a reader and lucky that, as a librarian, she gets paid to turn readers on to books. She encourages everyone to make sure their library or libraries have entered the Sisters in Crime "We Love Libraries" book grant lottery. Information and a registration form can be found on the SinC website page linked here.