ALA Annual is this week!!!

Holy cow, where did the time go? I’ve been reading advice for weeks, but now it’s actually time to start packing! I’ll be driving down to New Orleans — I’m not a fan of flying if I can help it, and by driving, my husband can come along and we can tack on a bit of vacation to the trip.

I don’t know any librarians in person that will be going, so the whole experience will be new to me. If you are attending any of the events that I will be at, please say “hi”!

I plan to arrive Thurs. afternoon/evening. We’ll check into the hotel and hopefully be there early enough to rest for a bit then go out for dinner and check out some of the sights. I’ll do a whirlwind conference overload on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday morning, then we’ll be back on the road sometime on Sunday. I really wish we could stay longer, but my funding was only enough to cover registration and 3 nights at NOLA hotel rates!

So here’s the list of sessions & socials that I’m hoping to attend. Realistically, I probably won’t make it to all of them, especially since several of the ones on Saturday overlap. If you’re planning to attend any of these, let me know so I can keep an eye out for your friendly face!

Friday, June 24

Professional Socialization and Trendspotting
9:00am – 12:00pm, Convention Center, Rm 276

Popular Culture and Libraries Disscussion Group
10:00am – 11:00am, Marriott New Orleans, La Galerie 1
~ I’m not sure about this one. It depends on how the session above is going and on the location (I’ll map things out once I get there).

*Conference 101 (NMRT)
1:00pm – 3:30pm, Convention Center, Rm 293-296

Emerging Leaders Poster Session (ALA)
3:00pm – 4:00pm, Convention Center, Rm 271-273 Tbl 1
Poster session

*ANSS (Anthropology and Sociology Section) & EBSS Social
6:00pm – 8:00pm, Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar and Restaurant, 701 Tchoupitoulas Street

Mentoring Social (NMRT)
7:30pm – 8:30pm, Doubletree Hotel, Rosedown A
~ I haven’t signed up for the mentoring program yet, but hopefully they won’t mind if I stop by to check it out!

Saturday, June 25

Emerging Trends Discussion Group
8:00am – 10:00am, Convention Center, Rm 245
Discussion/Interest group

10:30am – 11:30am, Convention Center, Auditorium B
~ This is a maybe. Lunch may win out!

*NMRT Resume Review Service booth
12:00 – 1:00pm, Convention Center, Hall J (ALA Placement Center)
~ I’ll be volunteering to work the welcome booth for an hour.

The Educators: Posters on Distance Learning, Continuing Education, Library Education, Literacy, and Research Methodology
1:00pm – 2:30pm, Convention Center, Booth 2556
Poster session

How to be Successful When Searching for Academic Library Positions – An Insider’s Perspective
1:30 – 3:00pm, ALA Placement Center

Why Didn’t Anyone Tell Me That! Reflections from Librarians in the Trenches
1:30pm – 3:30pm, Doubletree Hotel, Rosedown A

Outreach: Posters on Interlibrary Cooperation, Library Services to Special Groups, and Reference and Information Services
3:00pm – 4:30pm, Convention Center, Booth 2556
Poster session

SPEAKER SERIES – Siva Vaidhyanathan
3:30pm – 4:30pm, Convention Center, Auditorium B

Research Forum Poster Session (ACRL EBSS)
3:30pm – 5:00pm, Convention Center, Rm 395

Cultural Competencies: From Development to Action! (ACRL)
4:00pm – 5:30pm, Convention Center, Rm 338

Current Topics Discussion I (ACRL IS)
4:00pm – 5:30pm, Convention Center, Rm 245

*ALA 2011 Newbie & Veteran Tweet-Up
7:00pm – 9:00pm, Bar Uncommon, 817 Common Street

Sunday, June 26

Lost in Translation: the Emerging Technology Librarian and the New Technology
8:00am – 10:00am, Convention Center, Rm 274

The Big (and not so) Easy: Missing voices on the student transition to college
10:30am – 12:00pm, Doubletree Hotel, International BR

Connections: Posters on Cooperation with Non-Library Institutions and Agencies, Interlibrary Loan, Library Use Instruction, and Public Awareness
1:00pm – 2:30pm, Convention Center, Booth 2556
Poster session

Making Information Literacy Instruction Meaningful through Creativity (ACRL IS)
1:30pm – 3:30pm, Convention Center, Rm 278-282
Poster session

* = Sessions that I definitely will be at, even if I don’t make it to the others!

3 thoughts on “ALA Annual is this week!!!

  1. Don’t forget to leave time for the exhibit hall! I went to ALA in Chicago in 2009, and my co-worker and I basically filled my trunk with free books and assorted swag. I’m probably a little pickier about what I pick up now, but still…you need to at least go in there for a little while!

  2. Hi Angela,

    I came across your blog while doing Thing 2 for cpd23. I’m excited for you about going to ALA. That is something I hope to be able to do someday (its quite far for me this year…) – have a great time! I’m sure you will have some interesting things to blog about after attending all those sessions, discussions and speaches. Also, good luck on your job search 🙂


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