ALA Day #1: Setting Up the Booth

setting up the booth

Entrance to ALA’s Tradeshow Floor

Wow. There is A LOT that goes into getting ready for the ALA Annual Conference.  We’ve been exhibiting at the show for years, but I didn’t truly appreciate how much work went into setting up until this year as a member of the set-up crew. There’s lots to think about: Is the electricity working? Did all of the boxes arrive? Does the new furniture we bought look okay arranged this way? Where’s the closest Best  Buy to purchase a new computer monitor? (You never know what can happen during shipping.) Luckily, we have an in-house tradeshow ace, Gary Yip, who keeps everything organized and running smoothly.

Every exhibitor—from the smaller ones to the biggies like Scholastic—is working hard to transform a sparse-looking area of carpet into an impressive interactive area. I’m looking forward to the big unveil at the McCormick Place  in Chicago on Saturday morning when the tradeshow floor opens.

We’ll be throwing a Community Block Party at our booth—#1848—to celebrate the launch of our new Learning Suite. Stop by to check out what’s new, meet the team and enjoy a snack with us.

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