Due to slashed budgets and rising travel costs, conference attendance across almost all industries has taken a hit–attendance was down 23% even at the very popular Consumer Electronics Show, and the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando is reporting a 26.5% year-to-date decrease in attendance. While we are excited to see lots of you at ALA, we know some of you won’t be there.
Have you found Twitter helpful in hearing what your colleagues are saying, or is your RSS reader bursting with blogs? Do you start every day with a listserv, or do you have local, face-to-face meetings with neighboring libraries?
There’s always something new, and it’s a lot to take in–even if you don’t leave your desk. If you aren’t attending a conference, consider keeping an eye on some of your favorite exhibitors and movers-and-shakers and ask them to send you copies of any demos/presentations, or their thoughts on what they learned.
If you will be at ALA – please come join our Block Party at Booth 1848. Meet our team, enter a contest to earn a Wii for your library, and take a tour of our NEW Tutor.com Learning Suite.