I had every intention of blogging during my SLA Conference tenure, but the nightly offerings of free house wine and lukewarm canapés were too seductive to resist, so I’ll recap as well relive lessons learned:
Lesson #1: Read the conference schedule very carefully, otherwise you might wind up doing something stupid like landing at the airport the same time a well-sought after keynote speaker begins his speech. And it doesn’t help to hear from every attendee that it was an amazing talk.
“Duh” Moment of the Conference: We love to give awards. Lots and lots of awards.
Lesson #2: And one I seem to need to relearn at every conference, even when they’re two months apart: never, ever wear heels. I’m sure the folks strolling down Denver’s 16th Street Mall have seen a librarian crawl back to hotel on her knees before, right? Just not during the midday and sober.
Lesson #3: Every conference must feature the ubiquitous What-The-Future-of Librarianship-Holds session. And usually it’s men who are the designated pontificators, but not this time. Kudos for SLA for having Eugenie Prime as one of their visionaries during their SYNERGY General session.
Ruth Kneale did a very entertaining review of some of the latest happenings in the world o’ librarian stereotypes and I’m not saying that just because she features a link to my site. No siree, Bob.
“Duh” Moment That Should Have Happened: The award goes to Google, or more accurately, their rep, whose Google tips ‘n tricks presentation was, to put it bluntly, a painful example of a presenter underestimating their audience. “Click on the advance search link to refine your search”? Who would have guessed?
Lesson #4: I don’t care how cool you think a Segway may be, the driver always looks like Gob on Arrested Development, even when they’re in an exhibition hall rolling circles around librarians trolling for free chocolate.
Elsevier Rep Hotness Report: Sad to say, but the reps in Denver pale in comparison to their ACRL counterparts. Maybe they were demoralized by news their employer agreed to drop the arms trade fairs, or maybe it’s the fact they kept blocking my way to the freebie ice-cream bars.
Disappointing Answer to a Much Anticipated Question Award: This one goes to Scott Adams, who during his closing session talk gave an enigmatic (i.e., “what the f*&k?”) response as to why he blogged on libraries having an “expiration date”. Something about everything “going away” sometime? Not the smartest thing to publish a week before you’re going to speak in front of thousands of librarians.
Most Coveted Exhibit Goodie: SLA Marketplace’s fake conference ribbons. They were a buck each, but it was well worth wearing ones that read “Nobody” and “whatever”.