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October 2013 Snapshot for the ALA Board

Friday, November 8th, 2013

In addition to meeting at the Midwinter and Annual conferences, the ALA Board meets twice a year at ALA Headquarters in Chicago, once in October after the final budget close (ALA’s fiscal year ends on August 31st) and again in April. Senior Associate Executive Director Mary Ghikas put together the following numbers for the Board’s meeting this past October. I know a lot of ALA members don’t normally see this kind of aggregated information, so I thought I’d share it here.

Final attendance AC 2013 compared to AC2012:

  • 2013 Chicago:     20,237 attendees ; 6,126 exhibitor personnel = 26,362
  • 2012 Anaheim:  14,746 attendees: 5,388 exhibitor personnel = 20,134

Number of exhibitors:

  • 2013 – 793
  • 2012 — 757

Financials (as of the October 8, 2013 3rd close):

  • Total Revenues: $6,290,048
  • Total Expenses (before Overhead/Taxes/Allocations): $3,496,263
  • Overhead Contribution:  $1,603,673
  • Net Revenue:  $1,094,977

Number of separate-scheduled events/sessions in Chicago, AC2013:  2,792

Number of meeting rooms used in Chicago, AC2013:

  • All spaces, including off-site, exhibit floor, stages and booths: 403
  • Rooms only (without off-site spaces): 372
  • Rooms only (without off-site or exhibit floor spaces):  292

Number of individuals who used Conference Scheduler (ALA Connect), compared to AC2012:

  • Number of people who saved an Annual 2013 schedule:  6578
  • Number of people who saved an Annual 2012 schedule: 4079
  • This is a 62% increase.

Number of individual ALA units/external groups creating “sessions” for 2013 ALA Annual:

  • ALA groups: 141
  • UNO (Unaffiliated Organizations): 115

Number of individuals entering session data/space requests into the conference planning system: 497 users

In addition, ALA’s Executive Director assembles a summary report for the Board before each of its meetings, so here’s Keith Fiels’ report for October 2013 (269 KB PDF). Additional information about ALA’s budget can be found on the Treasurer’s page on the ALA website.

Anti-harassment Policies and ALA Conferences

Friday, September 13th, 2013

Three days before this year’s Annual Conference, I fielded a question Lisa Rabey tweeted to the Annual account asking if ALA has a code of conduct for its conferences. I verified with other staff that we didn’t have one, but knowing that this has come up a couple of times in the past, I connected Lisa with the current and incoming chairs of the ALA Conference Committee to discuss implementing one.

Then the topic exploded online in multiple discussions on a variety of channels (blogs, Facebook, Twitter, etc.), all of which I did my best to capture in a Storify. It’s available publicly for anyone who wants the background (please email me at jlevine [at] ala.org or tweet me @shifted if you know of a discussion I missed and I’ll add it).

We already knew we needed to formalize something, so discussions began after the Annual Conference, and that process continues. Staff (ALA Conference Services and Senior AED Mary Ghikas) and members (the ALA Conference Committee plus individuals who participated in the discussions online) are continuing to work on crafting a document. The intent is to have the Board approve the final language at its October meeting so that we can post it on both the Midwinter and Annual websites.

Why are we doing this? Although it’s true there’s concern that not having a code of conduct will hurt our ability to book potential speakers, the most important reason is that we want our attendees and speakers to know that our conferences are a safe place for them. Diversity and respect for others are core values of the Association and of our members, values we take very seriously. Now we’ll be noting that publicly and making the information readily available for anyone attending our conferences (note that any code ALA implements will also apply to division conferences).

I’ll post an update when there’s more to report, but you can also track announcements directly from the Conference Committee and the ALA Executive Board on ALA Connect. Just log in to the site, go to a group’s home page, and click on the “Follow this group” link underneath the group’s name. This will subscribe you to email notifications whenever the committee posts something new and marks it as “public.” You can even comment on any public content if you’re logged in to Connect in order to give feedback.

As I noted, this issue has come up before, but I want to thank Lisa Rabey and Andromeda Yelton for going the extra mile and volunteering to help with actual implementation this time. It’s when members step up and come together around an issue that good things happen.

Update:  The draft “Statement of Appropriate Conduct” was approved by the ALA Board at its October 2013 meeting and it now appears on ALA conference websites (see the Midwinter 2014 site for an example). Thank you again to everyone who helped make this happen!

The Elusive ALA Event Management System (and Why We Have to Make This Process Better)

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

ALA’s Conference Services and ITTS staff have been working together to implement a new Event Management System that would handle everything from taking program proposals for ALA conferences to handling committee reviews of proposals to placing accepted sessions in specific rooms and producing setup reports for each venue. It’s an ambitious project, in part because it would finally give us one place where someone could go to submit a program idea to any ALA unit or ALA itself.

The plan was to implement the new system this summer and be ready to open the form for meeting room requests for the 2014 Midwinter Meeting this month. One month later, the new Annual 2014 meeting room request form would open in October, and then a new public proposal process would begin in spring 2014 for the 2015 Annual Conference.

That was the plan.

After a lengthy RFP process that began in August 2012, ALA chose a new vendor in March 2013 and we began working with them this past June to implement the first forms. However, by August it became clear that the system wasn’t going to meet ALA’s needs after all. So for ALA’s 2014 conferences, we’ll be reverting back to using the previous system that was in place.

What couldn’t the new system do? Unfortunately, quite a few things because ALA does conferences differently than almost every other organization out there. An internal discussion has started about the need to simplify ALA’s processes, especially in light of our budget issues. One of those discussions will center on how we do conference planning. It costs too much money and takes too many resources to maintain our status quo.

The way things work now, every unit designates a meeting planner who submits that unit’s sessions. Sometimes it’s a staff person (in the case of divisions), sometimes it’s a member (often for a round table). That part’s fine because only that unit knows what committee meetings and programs it’s going to offer.

What has to change is how units can submit requests that deviate from a standard setup. It’s those exceptions that have to be pre-programmed into the system that take so much staff time (not to mention money) to accommodate. There’s no Event Management System out there that handles AV and room setup requests from 60+ meeting planners out of the box. It requires a lot of customization just to handle room requests from 60+ units, let alone produce the AV and catering reports for 2000+ sessions. Other organizations don’t  allow this many people to decide room and AV setup at the meeting-by-meeting level, a fact that became painfully clear when we began to explore alternative systems last year.

Before we can [again] begin investigating our alternatives for future conferences, we need to talk about how to simplify and streamline our processes so that units can still submit their meeting information, while ALA Conference Services handles planning the room setup and AV for each session. Changing this part of the process is a first step towards expanding the software options available to us and reducing the complexity that hangs around our neck like an albatross. Reducing the footprint of the conference is working, and we need to figure out what else we can simplify in the planning process.

That’s what we’re going to do this fall, and we’ll be posting updates and soliciting feedback here. Watch this blog to learn how you can make your voice heard and share your ideas. Good ideas are what will make things better and help us build a better process, and we need yours.

What’s with the Long Conference Planning Timeline?

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

Jenny Levine: Conference planning is a BHD (Big Hairy Deal) at ALA, with an emphasis on Big. Last year, I literally diagrammed out the whole process to try to get a handle on it in order to create a new conference scheduler in ALA Connect. Every time I think I understand the full scope of it, I find another piece I didn’t know about or fully comprehend. I’m not convinced any one person within ALA truly knows every detail of every step of every process, although a few folks know a lot more than me.

And yet I’m still going to try to explain this behemoth, so here goes. There are exceptions to every rule, but here’s my take on how it works in general, most of the time.

Right now it’s May 2011, and we’re about a month away from the 2011 Annual Conference. If you want to submit a program for Annual 2012, you may have already missed the deadline.

Wait, what?

Yes, you read that correctly – the deadline may have passed. How can that be?

If you read my previous post that takes a snapshot look at Annual, you know there are more than 1,600 sessions this year. Granted, most of those are committee meetings that already have traditional time slots they use year after year, but that still leaves almost 350 presentations/sessions and almost 200 discussion group get-togethers. How do you schedule more than 500 new sessions over a three-day period in a way that makes any sense at all?

You plan carefully, and each session goes through an approval and placement process. By an overwhelming margin, most sessions are scheduled by the 11 divisions and 18 round tables. The others come from ALA committees, ALA affiliates (like CALA or REFORMA), and ALA exhibitors. In order to mesh their own sessions together so that the unit’s Big Name Speaker or Big Session doesn’t conflict with the unit’s board meeting, membership meeting, etc., many divisions cut off their program submission process just over a year in advance of a conference. The unit’s “program planning committee” also tries to make sure sessions on similar topics aren’t in the same time slot. They usually do this work at Annual, where they spend their meeting planning for the next Annual.

Mary Ghikas: But, you say, isn’t that too far in advance? In some cases, yes. Some divisions, like LITA, tend to work on a tighter schedule. Some, like ALCTS, may set up “placeholders” for a day/time but decide on content much closer to the actual event. Most “president’s programs” – both for the ALA and for the divisions – are initially entered as “placeholders,” with final content determined much later. So this isn’t really as rigid as it may seem at first.

 

Jenny: Diving back into the planning process, the unit program planning committee comes out of Annual 2011 with a plan for 2012, and a representative takes that plan to the Conference Program Coordinating Team (CPCT) meeting in the Fall (a meeting that will become virtual starting this year). This is where representatives of the ALA Conference Committee, the divisions and the round tables try to mesh all of their sessions together to come up with the basic program. They negotiate time slots, look for patterns in like sessions, etc. And even though it seems like every session you want to go to is at the same time on the same day, the CPCT does try to keep similar sessions from being scheduled against each other. Remember, though, that there are really only three days and 4-5 time slots per day in which to pack in those 500+ sessions, in addition to the committee meetings, big name speakers (a.k.a., the Auditorium Series), and other happenings.

After the CPCT has finished its work in the Fall for Annual 2012, around 75% of the program is now set. The ALA units now enter all of their sessions into a form for ALA’s Conference Services staff so that they can start all of the preliminary work. Don’t forget that these staff members are also negotiating with the big name speakers, implementing the details of the contracts with the venues, helping prepare catering orders, finalizing the opening of registration, and more. It’s amazing how much behind-the-scenes action there is to pull together a conference the size of ALA Annual.

Then in March 2012, the program submission form closes so that ALA staff can begin placing those 1600+ sessions. Because as you might imagine, that takes a little while since we have to take into account the unit’s request for A/V, internet access, location, room size, and other options for every single meeting request. Once all of the sessions are placed, a draft schedule goes out to ALA units for proofreading, and after any requested changes are made, the preliminary program is formalized. In May 2012, the online Scheduler becomes available, and now all of the groundwork has been laid for Annual 2012. Don’t forget that by June 2012, the process for Annual 2013 is already in full swing.

Recognizing that this laborious process presents some issues to having timely content at Annual, and also that many members and other potential speakers or presenters do not have an existing “route” through a division, round table or committee, Jim Rettig instituted the “Grassroots Program” during his presidential year in 2008-2009. This program let anyone submit a session proposal outside of the above-outlined steps without having to go through a division or committee approval process.  Until that point, it had never been possible to submit a program proposal directly to ALA itself.

The response to this was so positive that we kept the grassroots program and it runs every year. For Annual 2011, the grassroots submission form didn’t close until February 2011.

Mary: In addition to the formal program proposal process, there are other, perhaps less well-known ways for members to propose more current content for the upcoming conference.

  1. Most of the division discussion groups submit placeholder programs and then call for presenters in the spring. We’re still adding speaker names and descriptions to discussion group meetings at Annual 2011 when we receive them. Look for the discussion groups in your division that match your interests to see if you can get on a panel or submit an idea to them.
  2. The deadline for submitting a poster is much later in the process, usually at the beginning of January. See http://www.lib.jmu.edu/org/ala/ for more information about poster sessions.
  3. ALA provides the “Networking Uncommons” at both Midwinter and Annual. This open space can be used for impromptu programs and discussions that don’t have to go through any submission or approval process at all. Any attendee can reserve a projector by adding their name to the schedule, even during the conference itself.
  4. Members can submit a program for the Annual Virtual Conference as late as February for the upcoming event.

Jenny: So there are more ways than most folks realize to get on a conference program, although we probably don’t market them all as well as we could. The question is, are there other things we can do to mitigate the need for a long planning process? Are there other ways we can help you submit more timely programs later in the process? Is there a different way to do some of this?

What do you think? Do you have other questions about the conference planning process?

A Snapshot of Annual Before Annual

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

Annual is big. Really big. I knew this when I took on the task of improving the “Event Planner” folks use to plan their conference schedules, but until I had to work on standardizing all of the data, I didn’t really understand HOW BIG.

Logically, you kind of get the numbers. Legend has it that at their height, Midwinter had approximately 2,000 distinct sessions, while Annual had around 2,200 (I’ve also heard 2,500 but can’t fathom that so I’m sticking with 2,200). It’s no wonder it’s impossible to make sense of the program and participants feel like it’s raining sessions.

I have some better numbers to report this around, though. The first version of the Conference Scheduler that was integrated into ALA Connect was for Midwinter 2011, and there were just over 1,100 sessions. That’s still a lot, but it’s a far cry from 2,000. Most of those were committee meetings because Midwinter is generally considered the “business meeting,” although that’s changing and we’re seeing a lot more discussion group activity there.

Having just launched the second iteration of the Conference Scheduler in Connect for Annual 2011, I can tell you that we’re down to just over 1,600 sessions. Some of that decrease comes from committees holding virtual meetings outside of conference, and some is from sections and round tables holding “all committee” meetings where several groups meet in a big room at once instead of each requesting a separate room and time.

Just for comparison as the Association moves forward, though, here are some specific numbers for Annual 2011:

  • 693 committee meetings
  • 348 presentations/sessions
  • 196 discussion groups
  • 46 forums/updates

Keep in mind that there’s some overlap between these categories, so the numbers are kind of fluid, And while there are just over 1,600 sessions in the Scheduler right now, that number will grow as we add all of the author signings and more informal social events (have one of those to announce? send it to me!).

That also doesn’t take into account all of your meetings with vendors and friends, and every presentation you want to go to will still be scheduled at the same time on the same day. But I”m intrigued to see where these numbers go.

I also wonder how to quantify hallway discussions, which are usually the best part of a conference. In case you haven’t walked an ALA conference lately, we have a lot of hallways. In fact, I think a vendor should give away pedometers so we can have a contest for most steps walked on the Annual campus. I’m not sure who would win – some staff members, Executive Board members, or those of us who constantly get lost.

Having manhandled every one of those 1,600+ session records, I can definitively say that there is something for everyone at Annual. Next I want to think about how we get a better snapshot of Annual After Annual, especially to figure out how we can help facilitate all of the stuff that happens but doesn’t show up in the official categories (ie, committee meeting, presentations, etc.).

All of which is a roundabout way of announcing that the 2011 Annual Conference Scheduler is officially open. Let us know what you think about it!

Event Planner Redux

Friday, May 28th, 2010

The event planner for the ALA Annual Conference in Washington, D.C., June 24-29 is now available.  Using feedback from a survey conducted last summer, comments heard from some of our active members, and some just plain testing, several of us have worked to improve its performance.

The first big change was to impose naming conventions to the unit – subunit field for each meeting.  Divisions were simple.  A division like ACRL has the unit field of ACRL and the subunit field for each of its sections; a division without sections, like YALSA, has just the unit field.  Then we pulled all of the round tables out from under ALA, so that NMRT, GLBTRT, and SRRT will be found directly.  We sorted the Affliates by adding subfields for each of them BCALA, REFORMA, THEATER LA, etc. are now AFL – BCALA, AFL – REFORMA, etc.  Finally, we reworked all the ALA-level committees so that they stand on their own, for the most part, and are not listed under the headquarters unit providing staff support.  Thus, the Intellectual Freedom Committee is under ALA – IFC, not ALA – OIF, the office that provides the support.  This is because OIF also supports the Committee on Professional Ethics, the Freedom to Read Foundation, and the Merritt Fund.  So, if you are looking for everything sponsored by a committee of interest, start with a search of the unit – subunit.

Next we regularized how meetings are titled, so that when there are committees with the same name, like Membership Committee, we added the acronym.  This makes for more text on the print out of your schedule, but if you’re representing your division to another, you’ll know if the meeting is to get input or to present input depending on your role.  We hope it will also help with searching.

Then we tackled the on-screen messaging.  In our training room, we watched a first-time user of the planner try to complete basic tasks, discussed the missteps, and wrote up new language we hope will be beneficial to all.

Lastly, we tested, and questioned, worked with the vendor, and tested some more.

It should be better than in the past, though there are limitations.  The planner runs on a database that does not have authority control as we know it built in.  We were also working with a data file that had been prepared weeks earlier by a number of meeting planners and volunteers.  All we could do was work on vocabulary control to try to ensure greater consistency of search results.

This may be the last run for this particular planner software, though what we have learned will be helpful as we build a planner into ALA Connect.  We’ll still be working with the same meeting planning software, but we have learned a lot about configuring it and writing instructions for the meeting planners.

Do let us know what you think.  As indicated on the planner login page, contact Karee Williams, kwilliams@ala.org, with login and technical questions.  I am happy to field the search questions; use library@ala.org.

What Does Virtual Annual Look Like to You?

Friday, November 6th, 2009

For the first time this year,  “big ALA” experimented with offering a virtual conference component of its Annual Conference. While some of the divisions have done this in the past (ACRL, PLA) and AASL is currently running a parallel virtual event, this was the first time we’d tried this for the monster, “big kahuna” Annual Conference.

While you may be thinking about MidWinter because it’s just around the corner, we’re thinking about Annual, so the Conference Planning Committee has already started talking about how to improve next year’s virtual Annual. We have a three-year contract with Learning Times, so that will be the platform, but many of the other pieces are up in the air at this point, which makes it a good time to ask for some input.

We can’t promise anything at this point, but what’s your wishlist? There are already some “givens,” but building a structure around them, what would you like to see? Here are just a few of the questions we have, but feel free to give us feedback around other issues, too.

  • We can’t do this for free, not if we want to offer a quality, stable video feed. Keep in mind, though, that our members do tend to stream some of the more popular sessions, such as Top Tech Trends, and that will continue. Which sessions are you okay with as volunteer streams versus quality feeds?
  • We can’t stream the keynotes because the speakers don’t give us permission, and in fact, they usually forbid it. Otherwise, though, what types of sessions do you want to participate in remotely?
  • What does “participate in remotely” mean to you?
  • Where are the price points that fit? Are there tiers or does one-size-fits-all work in this type of situation?
  • Where can we add value to improve your virtual conference experience? Are you more interested in just sessions, or do you want virtual hallways, networking opportunities, and other comparable experiences, too? If it’s the latter, what do they look like?
  • If you’ve seen this done well somewhere else, we’d love to hear about it. Just give us a URL and a description of what you liked about it.

This is your chance to give us input to help shape the future of virtual ALA conferences, so please share your thoughts!

Green Report on 2009 Annual Conference

Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

ALA’s Conference Services director Deidre Ross has shared a report from McCormick Place, venue for the 2009 ALA Annual Conference exhibits and many meetings.  During the meeting we diverted 65% of waste from landfills.

Deidre explains, “The report was provided by Allied Waste which shows the total tonnage of a variety of recyclable materials that were reclaimed during our event, along with the percentage of waste which was diverted from landfills (diversion rate) and the environmental impact of these efforts.  The report tries to focus on two main statistics which evaluate overall performance:  the diversion rate and the total tonnage.  The diversion rate is a great indicator of successful capture of recyclable or reusable materials.  The year to year changes in total tonnage may indicate changing habits by exhibitors and attendees which include the reuse of materials or bringing fewer materials which may go to waste.”

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She continued, “We also sent out a green questionnaire to exhibitors and if they answered the questions correctly as to their recycling efforts, they received a “Green Exhibitor” sign for their booth. If we all partner together we can continue to improve and save the environment.”

Deidre is optimistic about diverting 70% … or more … at the ALA Annual Conference is Washington, D.C., June 24-29, 2010.

Karen

(I think if you right click on the image you can view it with type large enough to read … still learning to embed images.)

Summary of Online ALA2009

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

Everyone knew there would be a lot of online activity during the 2009 Annual Conference, but I think even we were surprised at just how much people came together on social media sites around the event and the sessions. Clearly there’s going to be parallel event online for all future ALA conferences, one driven completely by people and not by planners.

So here’s a benchmark for future measurements, because for the first time, we’ll have an archive we can refer back to, at least for Twitter, which was the most heavily used site during the conference. Here’s a summary I wrote for Keith Michael Fiels, ALA’s Executive Director.

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Some numbers:

  • Flickr: 4,011 pictures
  • A Google Blogsearch says there are about 14,000 posts using the tag ala2009, but that’s not really right  because it includes the Flickr pictures, comments on blogs, etc. Unfortunately, it’s impossible to get an exact count. If I had to guess, I’d say that most of the posts are recaps of someone’s conference experience, followed closely by summaries of sessions, and links to presentation materials (in that order). Some samples:
  • Twitter: 10,362 tweets using the #ala2009 tag by 1,321 authors (including the ALA Annual account and other ALA units)
    • tweets before: 765
    • tweets thu: 680
    • tweets fri: 1380
    • tweets sat: 2390
    • tweets sun: 2250
    • tweets mon: 1725
    • tweets tue: 589
    • tweets after: 583 (7/15-24/2009, although tweets continue to appear so this number will still increase a little)
    • by tag:
      • #ala2009 – 8517 (this was the main hashtag that we asked people to use)
      • #ala09 – 415
      • #alacouncil – 82
      • #membership – 39
      • #totebag – 265 (an unofficial snark channel)
      • #unala2009 – 450 (the unconference)
      • #acrl101 – 22
      • #ala09_is – 8 (ACRL Instruction Section)
      • #ala2prom – 26 (Library 2.0 session)
      • #lib2.0 – 118 (Library 2.0 session)
      • #ttt2009 – 35 (LITA’s Top Tech Trends)
      • #toptech – 43 (LITA’s Top Tech Trends)
      • #bigwig2009 – 13
      • #clene09 – 10
      • #clenets09 – 6
      • #godort09 – 3
      • #mobile_lib – 50 (WO panel)
      • #rusaht – 6 (RUSA Hot Topics session)
    • The reason I can give you such specific stats about the tweets is that ALA member Heather Devine offered to create an online Flickr/Twitter tracker for the conference a couple of weeks before the event. She finished it just a couple of days before Annual started, having done most of the work while she was on vacation. You can see it still running, and she’s going to give us the code and database so that we can 1) archive it, and 2) implement this for other conferences in the future. I can’t begin to describe how lucky we are that Heather did this, because there’s no good way to archive tweets right now, and we don’t have the resources to create this ourselves. The site got a lot of notice and a lot of hits during Annual, with Roy Tennant in particular noting it. I’d like to request that ALA to send Heather a letter of thanks if possible for this herculean and incredibly valuable effort.
  • LJ very smartly did a daily recap of what they considered to be the “best” tweets of the day. Reading through them gives an excellent overview of the conference.
  • According to Boopsie, more than 1500 people downloaded their ALA2009 application. I’m unclear if this figure includes people like me who accessed it on the web. It garnered a lot of praise online, with a couple of people tweeting that it helped them find a session when they didn’t know where it was.
  • There are also a ton of great videos on YouTube from the conference, including several of the book cart drill teams and a wonderful fake fight between Neil Gaiman and James Kennedy for the Newbery Award.
  • The staff of American Libraries did their usual, wonderful job covering the conference. See their blog posts on Inside Scoop, videos on AL Focus, and the Post-Conference issue of AL Direct for a full overview of everything that happened at #ala2009.

I know my conference experience was better because of these online components. What was your experience?

Use the Conference Materials Archive

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

Last year we inaugurated the ALA Conference Materials Archive, on a wiki at http://presentations.ala.org/. The wiki already includes links to materials from earlier conferences, along with links to similar material from some of ALA’s units. The goal is for all collateral conference material to be linked in some way from this wiki.

So, if you are a speaker at the ALA 2009 Annual Conference in Chicago, this is *the* place for you to upload your handouts, or to publish links to your material, if it is resident on another site. Posting materials prior to conference ensures immediate access by attendees — waiting until after the conference means missing a valuable opportunity to share their knowledge and insights.

Go green! Post your handouts to the wiki before the conference–and you don’t have to make paper copies!  Just  note their availability during your presentation (add “view or download more information at http://presentations.ala.org/” to your last .ppt slide, for example).  This does work–the SLA conference has been largely paper-less for two years now.

Unlike last year, the wiki is not pre-loaded with program titles, but it is organized by day/time. When you add your program, please be sure to include the full text of the listing as in the final program, especially including unit acronyms(!). Full instructions on using the wiki, including the attribution license, and a suggested convention for organizing materials and links, appears on the wiki.

If you will not be with us in Chicago (still time to change your mind!) or if you have one of those inevitable conflicts, know that there is now a place to find the conference material, this year and into the future.

Please also know that you can always contact the ALA Library (library@ala.org) for assistance with locating more about a particular program.

Karen Muller, ALA Librarian