Chicago, You’re My Kind of Town

I'm Tweeting @ ALA2013The American Library Association‘s Annual Conference and Exhibition heads back to Chicago, IL this year. I love Chicago, and I look forward to the years when the annual conference or midwinter meeting are in Chicago. There are many great programs, meetings, and presentations, and I had a hard time deciding between a plethora of choices. I hope to get in some exhibit hall time and meetups with friends and colleagues from around the country and the world.

I always strive to blog on programs and meetings I have attended during the conference, but often fall short. I’m trying to make a more concerted effort this year. I’ll also be live tweeting throughout the conference using the hashtag #ala2013. My schedule is listed below.

Friday June 28

Annual Unconference
09:00am – 12:00pm
McCormick Place Convention Center – S104a

Emerging Leaders Poster Session and Reception
03:00pm – 04:00pm
McCormick Place Convention Center – S405

Opening General Session featuring Steven D. Levitt
04:00pm – 05:15pm
McCormick Place Convention Center – Behind Registration, Hall B1

IFRT 40th Anniversary Reception
07:30pm – 10:00pm
Offsite Location – Chicago Cultural Ctr., 78 E. Washington

Saturday June 29

Auditorium Speaker Series featuring Jaron Lanier
08:30am – 09:30am
McCormick Place Convention Center – S100a

Leaders Wanted / LIS Doctoral Program Options Fair: Cultivating Diversity in LIS Education
10:30am – 12:00pm
McCormick Place Convention Center – Hall A, Meeting Room D

ALA Council/Executive Board/Membership Information Session
03:00pm – 04:30pm
McCormick Place Convention Center – S100c

ALA Membership Meeting
04:30pm – 05:30pm
McCormick Place Convention Center – S100c

ALA Diversity and Outreach Fair & Parade of Bookmobiles
03:00pm – 05:30pm
McCormick Place Convention Center – Hall A1, Special Events Area

8th ALA Annual 2013 Newbie & Veteran Librarian Tweet-up
07:30pm – 09:30pm
Offsite Location – Elephant & Castle 185 N. Wabash Ave, Chicago

ALA2013 After Hours Party
09:00pm – 02:00am
Offsite Location – Blue Frog’s Local 22, 22 E. Hubbard St, Chicago

Sunday June 30

ALA Council I
08:30am – 11:00am
McCormick Place Convention Center – S100c

ALA President’s Program
03:30pm – 05:30pm
McCormick Place Convention Center – S100a

ALA Award/President’s Reception
05:30pm – 07:00pm
McCormick Place Convention Center – S100/Grand Ballroom Lobby

GLBTRT Social
06:00pm – 08:00pm
Offsite Location – Ann Sather, 909 W Belmont Ave, Chicago

ALA Council Forum I
08:30pm – 10:00pm
Hilton Chicago – Astoria Room

Monday July 1

ALA Council II
08:30am – 11:30am
McCormick Place Convention Center – S100c

Book on Fire: Celebrating the 60th Anniversary of Fahrenheit 451
01:00pm – 02:30pm
McCormick Place Convention Center – S401

Conversation Starters: Altmetrics, the Decoupled Journal, and the future of scholarly publishing
04:00pm – 04:45pm
McCormick Place Convention Center – S102d

Chicago Showdown: ALA Battledecks IV
05:30pm – 07:00pm
McCormick Place Convention Center – N229

ALA Council Forum II
08:30pm – 10:00pm
Hilton Chicago – Astoria Room

Que(e)ry@ALA : Leather Bound : A dance party for queer librarians and those who love them
09:00pm – 12:00am
Offsite Location – Subterranean, 2011 W. North Ave., Chicago

Tuesday July 2

ALA Council III
07:45am – 09:15am
McCormick Place Convention Center – S100c

Inaugural Brunch
11:15am – 01:30pm
McCormick Place Convention Center – S105

Hitting the Reset Button, Again

Over the past few months, I have created a new blog chronicling my thoughts and reflections as I discern my call to ordained ministry in the Episcopal Church. The byproduct of that blog, is a renewed interest to restart blogging about my other passion, library and information science here. This renewed interest comes just in time for the ALA Annual Conference starting this week in Anaheim, California, and it is shaping up to be a busy conference for me. Here’s a preview of what I’ll be attending at the conference:

Friday 6/22

Town Hall Meeting on Diversity
08:00am – 12:00pm
Hilton Anaheim – California B

Opening General Session featuring Rebecca MacKinnon
04:00pm – 05:15pm
Anaheim Convention Center – Ballroom A-E

Exhibits Opening / All Conference Reception
05:30pm – 07:30pm
Anaheim Convention Center – Exhibit Hall

Saturday 6/23

Leaders Wanted / LIS Doctoral Program Options Fair: Cultivating Diversity in LIS Education
10:30am – 12:00pm
Anaheim Marriott – Marquis South

President’s Program (LLAMA)
01:30pm – 03:30pm
Anaheim Marriott – Elite Ballrooms

ALA Council / Executive Board / Membership Information Session (ALA)
03:30pm – 05:00pm
Anaheim Marriott – Platinum 1-6

ALA Membership Meeting
05:00pm – 06:00pm
Anaheim Marriott – Platinum 1-6

ALA / Proquest Scholarship Bash
08:00pm – 10:00pm
Anaheim Convention Center – Ballroom A-E

Sunday 6/24

ALA Council I
09:00am – 12:00pm
Anaheim Marriott – Platinum 1-6

ALA-APA Council
12:00pm – 12:30pm
Anaheim Marriott – Platinum 1-6

ALA President’s Program
04:00pm – 05:30pm
Anaheim Convention Center – Ballroom CDE

ALA Awards/President’s Reception
05:30pm – 07:00pm
Anaheim Convention Center – California Terrace

GLBT RT Social
06:00pm – 08:00pm
Offsite Location – Toritlla Jo’s, 1510 Disneyland Drive, Building A

ALA Council Forum I
08:30pm – 10:00pm
Anaheim Marriott – Newport Beach/Rancho Las Palmas

Monday 6/25

ALA Council II
09:00am – 12:30pm
Anaheim Marriott – Platinum 1-6

Coming Out in Print: The LGBT Literary Landscape Today
04:00pm – 05:30pm
Anaheim Convention Center – 202B

Battledecks 2012
05:30pm – 07:00pm
Anaheim Convention Center – 201D

ALA Council Forum II
08:30pm – 10:00pm
Anaheim Marriott – Gold Key I/II

Tuesday 6/26

ALA Council III
07:45am – 09:15am
Anaheim Marriott – Platinum 1-6

Closing General Session and Inaugural Event featuring J.R. Martinez
09:30am – 11:00am
Anaheim Convention Center – Ballroom DE

ALA Inaugural Brunch
11:15am – 01:00pm
Anaheim Convention Center – Ballroom AB

I’m really looking forward to the conference and hope to see many of you there.