Interesting display at McCormick Place
Day Four began with an early morning program on electronic resource management systems. Which lasted for two hours. That really felt like work.
Next I went on to a fun workshop on the topic "Tech Support is Reference Work" about the importance of answering technology questions at the information desk. As usual I had taken a seat near the front so I had to chuckle when one of the speakers proclaimed herself the "loudest librarian in Michigan" and her partner chimed in "or the world". I definitely had no problem hearing her. In my book a loud librarian makes an excellent conference speaker. The two speakers were coworkers and they had a great rapport. They actually had to encourage the audience to leave at the end of their session by saying "Really, we're not that fascinating. Go to lunch already."
Me and Library School Friend
I met a very good friend of mine since library school days for lunch. We scrimped and only paid $5 for a slice of pizza and $2 for pop. This "going to lunch" lifestyle gets expensive. I sure hope our expenses will be reimbursed. In the photo above, we visited the exhibits area briefly before our next workshop.
My final meeting of the day was a panel discussion on Library 2.0 [a buzzword to make librarians seem cool]. One of the speakers was someone I had heard when I went to the Computers in Libraries conference last year. What was most interesting to me was that the speakers commented on how they knew each other through their online activities, particularly their blogs. I know I feel blessed to have "met" many people through this blog.
Tomorrow's my last day at the ALA conference.