Well, They’ve Gone from Baltimore

The SLA exhibit hall closed down Tuesday night, the last sessions were Wednesday, there were a few tours on Thursday (only four this year, I guess people just can’t spend an entire week at a library conference), and attendees started heading home Wednesday night or Thursday. We, the ITI bloggers, had a few more sessions to report on, but now it’s time to close up this year’s coverage of the Special Libraries Association annual conference in Baltimore.

It was an exceptionally good conference, I thought. The usual mix of practical, theoretical, business, and whimsical topics was evenly balanced. The attendee enthusiasm level was high, with most librarians feeling fairly upbeat about their work situations and/or job prospects. The exhibit hall was busy most of the time, even while sessions were going on. There were a few technical glitches, such as malfunctioning microphones and computer connection problems. And who was responsible for scheduling only half hour breaks for lunch?

We’ve been blogging SLA for several years now and every year it gets a bit easier. Thanks to the SLA staff for being so responsive to our needs. It’s wonderful to have partners like the SLA and we look forward to seeing them again in Denver for SLA 2007 and in other cities at other learning events.

Marydee Ojala
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