Did I mention this was my first ALA Conference? And that I was a presenter? Not once but twice? When I do things, I tend to dive right in!
I did take a little leisure time ahead of ALA. I flew into Chicago the Monday before and drove to Indiana to visit a dear friend, which is always wonderful to do. Then I headed back up to Chicago on Thursday and stayed with my friend Carolyn (@papersquared on Twitter), who was one of my co-presenters for my second presentation. We also picked up Katie Fortney (@kfortney) from the airport after a bit of a delay.
|My swanky hotel room!|
|We even had a balcony. It was a long way down.|
Friday was registration day! But first the all-important coffee and then breakfast at Xoco, where I met Cory (@helenstwin), Erika (@librarianearp), and Julie (@himissjulie). Xoco is a fabulous place to eat, and their spiced hot chocolate is yummy. The conference was held at the McCormick Center, which is this expansive behomoth of a conference center. However registration was quick, and since the exhibits were not open yet it was still kind of quiet in the center.
|The ribbons, they were starting.|
You know what I forgot to do? Take a lot of pictures. No, I am not kidding. Yes, I took a bunch, but it seems that reviewing them now I don't have many general ones that really take in the space itself. The McCormick wasn't horrible, but it was so huge that trying to find rooms, especially with the North & South designations, weren't always easy.
|RUSA 101 was hopping|
One thing I did attend on Friday was RUSA 101. I am not currently a member, but since collection development is a big part of my job, and one of my passions, it was an easy choice. I didn't have a chance to talk to anyone from CODES (the collection development and services subcommittee) but I am pretty sure this will be one group I am joining.
|I see @stevelibrarian! And @popcullibrarian!|
However, Friday was the Circulating Ideas Dinner - which was more of a get-together than a dinner, but there were drinks, and food, and fabulousness. SO many fabulous people were there, ones that I feel I knew already because we all talk on Twitter. From there we traveled down to the Stacked/KidLit Party, where I met MORE fabulous librarians, including Kelly (@catagator), who was another one of my co-presenters.
Did I mention that this week was the first time I met all of my co-presenters in person? The wonders of technology...
So Friday was a great start to the conference, but Saturday was the big day - my presentations!
And that is a whole other post...