ProCon.org at the 2012 American Library Association (ALA) Conference
ProCon.org had an exhibitor booth at the American Library Association (ALA) 2012 Annual Conference in Anaheim, CA June 22 - June 25.
Senior Researcher Jeff Hendricks manned the ProCon.org booth on Saturday, handing out bookmarks, brochures, hats, and mouse pads while telling librarians about ProCon.org.
ProCon.org researcher Jeremy Ziskind posed with Oscar the Robot in front of our booth. We spoke to over 400 librarians during our four days at the conference.
Senior Researchers Jeff Hendricks and Tracey DeFrancesco showed librarians how to use ProCon.org in their schools. The banner on the front of our table has a testimonial from Tom Torlakson, the California State Superintendent of Public Instruction.
Jeremy Ziskind manned the ProCon.org booth for two days. Overall we gained nearly 200 new email subscribers and we gave away Amazon.com giftcards to four lucky librarians!
The Library of Congress (LOC) had a booth at the conference as well. On May 30, 2012, we learned that the LOC is going to archive ProCon.org for having "materials of historical importance to the Congress and the American people to foster education and scholarship." ProCon.org had been partially archived by the LOC on April 20, 2008, and this time they opted to archive all of our content.
Henry Winkler, aka "The Fonz" from Happy Days, was one of the conference presenters.
An estimated 25,000 people attended the 2012 ALA Conference. This photo of librarians exiting the Anaheim Convention Center was posted on Twitter by Chad F. Boeninger.
Feedback from Librarians We Met at the ALA Conference
"Our librarians viewed the site, confirmed its indepentent status and added a link to it to our Library Guides Homepage under Controversial Issues."
"When a patron asks for books on a subject, I also offer to show them how to access ProCon.org for timely, easy to download information."
"We are adding it to our panoply of electronic resources. I was impressed at ALA in Anaheim. We shall see how useful and used it is."
"ProCon.org is listed on many of our subject guide internet resources as a complementary resource to Opposing Viewpoints database (Gale), because they tend to prefer the internet to databases. This site gives them an introduction to the critical/evaluative core competency skill that is later developed by using databases."