It’s hard to believe that the 32nd Annual Textbook & Academic Authoring Conference – #TAAConf2019 – has come and gone. If you were with us in Old City, Philadelphia, I’m sure you heard the sentiment expressed more than once – “this might be the best TAA conference yet.” Having been in attendance for the last five, I can certainly say, for me, that it’s been the best of those. When a day at work hardly feel like work, it’s a good day. Add to that day more than 100 passionate and encouraging colleagues, and it’s a great day! That’s what my two days of “work” this weekend felt like. For those of you in attendance, please feel free to add your experiences to the comments below. For those of you who weren’t able to join us this year, here’s a little of what you missed at #TAAConf2019.
Reflecting on #TAAConf2019
Networking from start to finishThursday night, the conference unofficially started with a wonderful crowd for the networking reception. Long after the drinks and food service ended, members gathered in the ballrooms sharing ideas with colleagues new and old. The same held true on Friday night when the celebration of the award recipients moved down the hall following the official ceremony. Throughout the days and evenings, especially at mealtimes, conference-goers shared conversation and laughs on the streets of Philadelphia. Open-air seating at many of the area restaurants and beautiful weather made Market Street a great place to extend the conference beyond the session rooms.
Relevant and timely topics of discussionInside the session rooms, however, there was plenty of great topics for discussion and presenters that masterfully led them with relevant and timely information on legal issues, writing strategies, collaboration, marketing, scholarly productivity, OER, and more. Full of enthusiastic learners, the most difficult thing was often choosing which session to attend.
A celebration of award-winning authorsDuring the Friday night Textbook Awards Ceremony, we celebrated the accomplishments of the authors and publishing teams for 31 award-winning textbooks. In attendance were representatives of twenty-five of those titles, including Massimo Guiggiani, author of The Science of Vehicle Dynamics: Handling, Braking, and Ride of Road and Race Cars, 2nd ed. who joined us from Pisa, Italy and David Ming, first author of Attainable Region Theory: An Introduction to Choosing an Optimal Reactor, 1st ed. attending from Melbourne, Australia for the event.
During the final breakout session of the event, Al Trujillo and Dave Dillon hosted a panel of award-winning authors to share some of the features of their winning titles, including Frank Carrano and Timothy Henry, authors of Data Structures and Abstractions with Java, 5th ed.
Ended day 1 of #TAAConf2019! Congratulations to all the textbook awardees–an interdisciplinary showcase of excellent work based on pedagogy, content, scholarship, writing, and appearance & design! #thescholarmentor pic.twitter.com/8sa5C9EdIV— Felicia Moore Mensah (@docmensah) June 14, 2019
Conference extrasOnce again, Bekky Murphy brought her photography skills to the conference providing free professional headshots to the attendees. Dressed to impress, many of the conferencegoers lined up for this special TAA conference exclusive.