This morning's first session for me was the one on audiobooks conducted by Sharon Grover (who will be the next chair of the Odyssey Committee) and featuring Jerene Battisti (who is running for president elect of YALSA) and Mary Burkey (Best. Chair. Ever.). A panel with Tim Ditlow (Brilliance audio and formerly Listening Library), Alfred Martino (Listen and Live audio) and Robin Whitten (Audiofile). WOW, wow, wow. I took copious notes and just enjoyed this so much. Special feature here was Katie Kellgrenn, narrator of the BLOODY JACK audiobooks who spoke eloquently of audio and its importance and then read a scene from the novel. It was incredible.
YALSA listened to its members and put together this incredible first institute. Members responded by coming in droves to attend and learn more about books and reading in all its different forms. How much fun is it to be a member of an organization that recognizes the importance of books and reading?