Archive for July, 2009

Hello from Chicago!

I’m in Chicago attending the annual ALA conference.  This is actually the second time I’ve attended ALA.  The first time was in 2005 (which was also in Chicago..ironically).  I was just a first year grad student at the time,  completely overwhelmed with the field, not to mention the conference itself.  Here’s a picture of me with Ed Greenwood.  I was playing a lot of D&D at the time so meeting him was kind of a big deal for me.

Ed Greenwood

2005 was a rather magical year for librarianship.  It was before the term “Library 2.0” had been coined.  Librarian blogging had just taken off.  I can remember attending a small social event put together by OCLC for librarian bloggers.   I can remember feeling rather small and awkward amongst all the other budding librarians.   I can also remember feeling extremely lost in the exhibit hall.  But it didn’t matter at the time.  I knew I was a newbie and I was there to just soak in as much as I could.

Things are a little different now.  Rather than getting lost in the exhibit hall, I have specific vendors I want to visit.  I’ve also actually made out a schedule of the events I want to go to.  Last conference I kind of just went to things on the fly…whatever felt interesting at the time.

Saturday is by far going to be my busiest day.  So busy, in fact, I still haven’t decided precisely which sessions I’m going to.  I’ll probably focus on anything pertaining to community college libraries.  Of course, this all depends on where all the different sessions are located and how far away they are from each other.  Here’s my schedule so far:

Friday

8:30am Readiness for the 21st Century

5:00pm YALSA Fashion Show

Saturday

8:00am Technology and the Developing World

10:30am Academic Libraries and International Librarianship OR Connecting First Year College Students with Libraries

1:30 Diversity Currents: Freedom of Expression, the Danish Experience OR The Ultimate Debate: Has Library 2.0 filled its promise

2:00 – 3:00 EXHIBITS

3:30 Open Access Initiatives in the Humanities OR Hot Topics in Community College Libraries

Sunday

9:00 – 10:00  EXHIBITS

10:30 Author – Wanda Urbanska – Green Living

1:30 The Management Mix – mentoring librarians for the reality of managment

3:30 You got me, do you like me? Evaluating next generationg catalogs

8:00 Feminist Night at the Movies

Monday

1:30 Presidents Program: Advocacy in Today’s Environment

I took a really early flight out of Syracuse this morning, so early in fact that I got to my hotel way before the official check-in time.  I dropped my bags off at the front desk and wondered around the city for awhile.  I was determined not to spend any money other than what was needed for some cheap lunch, coffee and a ticket to the Art Institute, however, I accidently bumped into an H&M store and subsequently failed at my noble endeavor to keep close check on my wallet.  I splurged a little.  On a t-shirt.  With tomatoes! I mean, who could pass that up, right?

For dinner I met up with my good friend, Chrissy (and her wonderful coworker Susan) who are set to present a poster session on their digital library project, Tides on Saturday.   In a addition to being a wonderful librarian (and super sweet person), Chrissy is a creative writer, stout beer lover and avid vegan eater/cook.  Where ever she goes she scopes for the best vegan eats and managed to find us a super delicious vegan diner to have our dinner at.  It was delightful!  I could really get used to this vegan thing.

So, tomorrow I start my day at 8:30, with the Readiness for the 21st Century preconference.  This will take up most of my day.   I’ll probably come home for a quick nap before attending the YALSA Fashion Show.  I’ll report on my learnings later tomorrow night.  What I hope to get out of tomorrow? A better understanding of what kind of librarian I need to prepare to be….and a more librarian-like fashion sense?  One can only hope.

July 10, 2009 at 4:09 am 1 comment


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