ALA Annual Conference Roundup

ALA Annual is upon us in just a few days! Here are a few meetings, programs and services that ARLIS members – and especially those who are new to ALA conferences – may be interested in.

Job Hunting
ALA Job Placement Center: located at Grand Ballroom of McCormick Place, South
Resume Review Services are available at the Job Placement Center on Saturday, July 11 – 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Sunday, July 12 – 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Professional librarians will be available to provide feedback on your resume – drop by the Center to make an appointment. This service is provided by the New Members Round Table (NMRT).
NMRT’s meeting about Job Hunting in A Recession will be held Saturday, July 11, 1:30 – 3:30 PM, Hyatt, Grand D North

Connecting with other ALA Members
Parties and Receptions are an excellent way to meet new and seasoned ALA members in an informal and pressure-free setting (often with free food!).

Art-Oriented Events and Meetings
ACRL-ARTS All Committees Meeting: Saturday, July 11, 8:00-10:00 am, Sheraton Chicago BR 1
“If you’re not a member of a Section committee but you’d like to find out how to get involved, come to the All Committees meeting and jump right in.  Newcomers are always welcome!”
ACRL-ARTS Arts Discussion Forum: Saturday, July 11, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm, Intercontinental Hotel, Toledo Room
“In lieu of our usual presentations by Section members, we are holding a special open discussion: Arts: The Next 50 Years.  Where are we headed as a section?  As arts librarians?  Where should we focus our energies in uncertain times?  Any issues from the current (the future of BHA?) to the more remote (virtual conferences?) are fair game, but this discussion is for you.  Please come and tell us what’s on your mind.”
Check out more ACRL-ARTS events, and don’t forget the Annual Artsguide (thanks for sharing, Meredith!)

Orientation
ALA 101 lists events for new conference-goers. Highlights include:
Conference 101: Friday, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. McCormick Place West (convention center), Room W-179, 2301 S. Lake Shore Drive
“New to the Annual Conference, or ALA? Get a fun and informative introduction to the Annual Conference and Chicago, IL. Learn to navigate the exhibits, decipher the conference program, how ALA really works, and ways for you to get involved. NMRT provides tips from the pros and an orientation, which is full of information.”
Conference Orientation: Saturday, 8:00 – 10:00 a.m. Palmer House Hilton, Red Lacquer Room, 17 E. Monroe Street
“New to the Annual Conference or ALA? Get a fun and informative introduction to the Annual Conference and Chicago, IL. Learn to navigate the exhibits, decipher the conference program, how ALA really works, and ways for you to get involved. NMRT provides tips from the pros and an orientation, which is full of information”
And if you’re in need of on-the-spot information, try the Text an Ambassador service. Answers to your conference questions are just a text message away!

Other useful links:

ALA Annual Wiki: All things Annual are collected here.
ALA Acronyms: Essential for deciphering the conference schedule.
ALA Annual Google Map
Follow ALA Annual on Twitter: @alaannual. Check updates from across the Twittersphere: #ala2009

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