If this is your first time here ...Welcome …and after the jump there are links to all of all of my ALA 2007 related posts. Read away and let me know if you enjoyed them.
First two tips o’ the cap to folks who noticed my continuing experiment of blogging conferences and my job.
At Libraryola, Chris Zammarelli extended a warm shout-out to these Chronicles during ALA. Thanks a bunch for that. And thanks for leading the American Library Association!!! to my blog where they quoted me not once but twice in AL Direct June 27th, 2007 . I am there just over half -way down under Other Events talking about a workshop I attended and my visits to the vendor floor. I am overwhelmed and thankful for the notices.
Now to for Lessons Learned and Wrap Up of tidbits about ALA 2007.
I learned about big conferences. Well, I thought I knew big conferences. I have been to PC Expo in New York City (under one big roof) but have never experienced something quite this darn big.
It was so big, that DC Metro Police had to use a more mobile way to get around.
I learned that ALA in Southern California in 2008 would be a cool thing to attend!! (Thank you for participating in the third in a series of subtle hints to my HR director and supervisor laying the ground work to attend next year’s annual.) Look I would fit right into the SoCal style.
I learned that many vendors are very nice folks. And the vendor showcase is Big. Really Really Big. Wear comfortable shoes.
I remembered that you will see strange sights at these conferences.
I learned that there is a website (http://www.vark-learn.com) to help you identify your learning style.
I learned that even though it is cheaper to commute to these conferences, you miss the really good early morning programs and early and late evening networking and socializing.
I learned that I love being around scads of smart, dedicated and just plain nice folks from around the world.
I remembered not to pick up too much swag from the vendors.
I learned that my library system, even though we may feel behind, is right there or ahead of the curve when it comes to implementing and integrating new and older technologies for staff and patrons.
I learned that I love to blog at big conferences and to appreciate blog salons, outlets and free wifi.
And finally, I learned that even though the MARC train (our local bare bones commuter railroad) has its downfalls, the view coming home to Harford County from the train CANNOT be beat.
So, who wants to sponsor an (almost) Bald Technology Trainer at ALA 2008? Hey, I will blog from your booth…go along on golf outings or Disneyland or San Diego or Tijuana… I am open to talking about details…
Click below for links to all of my ALA 2007 posts.
These links are in chronological order from the earliest on Saturday, June 23rd to The Post about Open Source Software. I kind of figure that you don’t need a link to this article since you are still reading it.
Saturday at ALA
Presented by: LITA- Library & Infromation Technology Association of ALA
Open Source Software Interest Group
10:30 am to Noon
Saturday June 23rd, 2007
Presented by: CLENE. Continuing Education and Networking Exchange Roundtable
1:30 pm to 3:30 pm
Saturday, June 23rd
Monday at ALA
Tuesday and Beyond…..