Where we got the blue cartoon shirts
For those who asked me on the floor today or saw others wearing the blue "She Blinded Me with Library Science" cartoon shirts, we got them from Questionable Content. A very funny webcomic with some very funny t-shirts.
QC Merchandise - it's about the third shirt down
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Tuesday, June 26, 2007
Where we got the blue cartoon shirts
Monday, June 25, 2007
ALA - Day Four Labels: ala2007
I know I haven't summarized yesterday for you, but I promise to do so by the end of the weekend. Today was the day my ALA wrapped up for the most part. I had the NMRT Executive Board meeting first thing this morning. While it was tough to get up so early, later I was glad to have it out of the way. I got back to the convention center in good time thanks to the Metro for the start of Wikiing the Blog and Walking the Dog. Unfortunately, the room was PACKED. I camped out by the dais on the floor for an hour before I decided to leave. I had to find a space in which to attend my online class. Thanks to ALA for providing wireless access, and thanks to LITA for providing the blog room.
Afterwards, I hit the exhibit hall. I needed to talk to a few vendors about a couple of programs we do out of our office. That took a little longer than I expected...partially because the vendors I needed to talk to were so spread out. I also visited with one of my former teachers who works for the Library of Congress now. It was good catching up with her. She had been at Seattle for Midwinter, which is where we met up again. I'm hoping she'll be at the other ALA conferences I'm attending for the foreseeable future as she was one of my favorite teachers. I also picked up a few advanced reader copies (ARCs) while I was wandering. I'm quite proud to say my bags, while a bit heavy, aren't completely full. I may end up in the exhibit hall tomorrow morning after breakfast with a few friends, but if I get any more stuff, it's going to be limited to a carry-on bag so I don't have to repack the suitcases. Honestly, I wouldn't have picked up all of these ARCs, except most of them are to look over for consideration for the awards committee I'm on. This is why I packed a mostly empty (and larger) second suitcase.
Saturday, June 23, 2007
ALA Annual - Day Two
Sleep is now direly needed, so I'm off to bed. One last comment though: some very nice bags are to be had at this conference. It's kind of funny when you're on one of the shuttle buses and you're comparing bags from the current conference with past conferences with other librarians.
Friday, June 22, 2007
ALA - Day One
Well, other than not wearing enough layers to keep me properly insulated in the room where my committee was meeting, today was a productive day. We managed to get our work done early enough for me to make it over to the convention center in time to check in and go to the NMRT 101 session. While I was making my way to the session, I stopped into the Emerging Leaders Poster Session. I wish I could have stayed longer than the five minutes I did, but I got to meet Jane! The NMRT 101 session was great. I got there too late to grab a seat, so I found a seat along one of the walls close to the podium. Reiterating something I said during the 101 session: just show up. If you want to be involved in ALA, show up to the programs and meetings you are interested in. You control your level of involvement, so don't be shy! Now, I'm off to the NMRT Meet & Greet.
Thursday, June 21, 2007
Made it in one piece Labels: ala2007
When your day starts out with a call saying "Um, we cancelled the flight you were supposed to be on, but we've put you on one at the same time but at the complete other side of the city. Call this number to confirm." Then you call the number, and you're pretty sure you confirm, but when they start trying to assign your seat, you get a recorded message saying "sorry, we've got too many calls and can't deal with you and you're puny problems, call back later." Well, you're not quite sure if it's an omen or a portent of things to com. The rest of my travels went fairly smoothly, though it did seem to take an inordinate amount of time for things to occur. I finally got into my hotel room about 6pm Eastern, about 9 hours after I'd left the house.
Tomorrow is my RUSA award committee meeting. Afterwards is some NMRT events. I'm looking forward to both as I'll get to see quite a few people I enjoy spending time with.
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
ALA Bound Labels: ala2007
Just a note that I'm working my way east to DC. Tomorrow is the flight first to Detroit and then on to DC. Expect somewhat daily updates. But seriously, the best conference investment: a backpack with a laptop sleeve. I have to carry my laptop around with me on Friday and Monday, and throwing my shoulder out is not in my plans.