Yesterday was my first day at ALA and it was strange to go to a convention at the Anaheim convention center that wasn’t the REC. I was reassured by fellow conference goers that Friday is a slower day for meetings and updates from vendors and that I would see the conference hall packed to the gills again for the remainder of the conference.
For what is supposed to be one of the slower days at conference I still saw a lot, was re-introduced to some familiar faces I’d met at CARL and learned new things about programs I use every day. I attended the OCLC updates and learned more about OCLC than I was exposed to just using it for work. I loved talking to the other people at my table who use this program so differently than I am used to. Some of the new RDA options for OCLC seem like they are useful but I do not catalog on a regular basis so I won’t be able to say for sure until I do, but for those of you waiting, better RDA defaults are coming!
From there I went to a NMRT Conference 101 session that provided some wonderful tips and lightning round type networking. At the end of the session I had the chance to chat with the representative from EBSS who gave me some tips on improving my tutorials when I get back to work! When that finished up early I was able to squeeze in a visit to the RUSA 101 and am very excited to get involved with them as well. I love the publications coming out of ACRL but I am particularly excited to hear about STARS and to meet some ILL people from different institutions, as well as to make a connection to one of the ILL staff from UC Berkley.
I caught the tail end of the emerging leaders poster session and was very impressed with everything I saw there, though I’d missed a bit since I was in other meetings. I was able to make my way to the exhibit hall and pick up some freebies. I will make it a point to cover the ARCs I picked up in this blog so I did not take the publisher’s books for naught, though I have little opportunity for reading advisory currently but perhaps in the future this will be good practice.
I finished up the night at the NMRT mentoring social. My mentor had some great tips about the conference and how to start working towards giving presentations. I met some great people I hope to see again after this conference. For a slow day I got a lot done. I will be back tomorrow to tell you of Saturday’s adventures!