Wednesday, June 23, 2010

ALA 2010!

I'm heading down to D.C. tomorrow for my very first ALA National Conference.  And, I'm really, really, really, excited.  I have scheduled and double-scheduled and triple-scheduled myself into sessions and happy-hours, and poster-sessions and lectures, and can't wait to meet and hear and just be inundated with the library masses.  

Here are some of the things that look especially appealing to me:

The Unconference / Town Hall Meeting on Diversity (Same time, different   places -decisions!)
Opening Exhibits
Resident Happy Hour in Dupont Circle (Come if you can - we're meeting at the ALA store at 7pm and then taking the metro.)

LIS Doctoral Program Options Fair
Salmon Rushdie / Pecha Kucha Presentations of Marketing Ideas / BCALA     International Filmmakers in the DC Area  (All at the same time! What a cruel world.)
What to do Before you Digitize
Toni Morrison / University Libraries Happy Hour (ugh! same time!)

Residency Interest Group Meeting
Digitization: Preserving African American Collections & Dave Isay
Teaching AAME Resources by Using Primary Source Materials
 Bookcart Drill Team World Championship (YESSSSSS!!)

Fundraising 101 / Graphic Novel Panel
President's Program: For the love of reference
Exhibits Closing (free swag!)
Battledecks: ALA Rumble Royal (I want to do this next year!!)

Amy Sedaris!!!

I have even more on my schedule and lunches and dinners, but this is an idea of what I'd LIKE to attend at ALA.  I know I'm going to miss some stuff or end up at something unplanned, but I'm sure the whole thing will be a big fat great tiring time.  

I'd love to hear from anyone attending and find out what you're most excited about seeing, hearing or attending.  Maybe I'll see you there!

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