I had to do a presentation at work about ACRL so I typed up some notes to organize my thoughts about what I attended. I didn't really use them so I thought I'd put them up here. Not sure how edifying they are, but I was amused by how much I apparently enjoyed the food. I didn't notice how often I mentioned eating until I read it over after the meeting.
ACRL 2005 Wrapup
Wednesday, Apr. 6: sculpture garden (cool!). Neat greenhouse.
Thursday Apr. 7:
Copyright preconferenceâ€”lots of useful practical advice on complying with copyright and informing others on campus about copyright regulations. Some examples shown were websites handouts and brochures. Worked in small groups on â€˜real lifeâ€™ copyright situations. Learned that the most common answer to questions on copyright is, â€œit depends!â€?
First time attendee orientationâ€”basically just told us to network like crazy and attend things that we may not have ordinarily picked out.
Keynote sessionâ€”interesting speech by William J. Mitchell, professor of Architecture and Media Arts and Sciences and head of the Media arts and Sciences at MIT. Former dean of the school of Architecture and Planning at MIT. Talked about intelligent design in buildings: incorporating computers in retirement homes to track health and welfare of residents, designing buildings so that every office was a corner office, the development of residential urban/business areas, the importance of functional windows (yes!) and open space.
Exhibit receptionâ€”entered raffles, won nothing.
Friday Apr. 8:
Scholarship breakfastâ€”informative roundtable of tips for new academic librarians. Good food. Big handout.
Poster sessionsâ€”massive crushing crowds!
Virtual reference collaboration sessionâ€”informative, more for groups just starting out. Got some useful info that I forwarded on to the MT VR consortium re: staffing and scheduling.
Luncheon w/women mystery writers: Got to sit up front since I was a scholarship winner! Very interesting discussion on fiction reading and writing. Neat to see what Liane Hansen looked like. Excellent food.
Wandered around exhibits for a while.
Panel on copyrightâ€”again, more on informing others on campus about rules, setting guidelines, etc.
Dinner with colleaguesâ€”new librarians. Interesting experience. Food not so good but still full from lunch so it was okay. Mostly from MN and from south.
Saturday Apr. 9:
Slept in (cold hit me!)
Poster sessions: still crushing mass of humanity. Free donuts.
A place to belong: the campus library as prototype for context diversityâ€”presented by Roberto Ibarra, UNM. Touched on curriculum and building design. Talked about â€˜context diversityâ€™ as it differs from structural diversity (like affirmative action programs) and multicultural diversity (sensitizing systems to differences, celebrating and increasing awareness of differences). Context=helping the system adjust to peopleâ€”reframing rather than reforming.
CSA demo lunch: Web of Knowledge demosâ€”interesting as itâ€™s a database I never used before I came here. Learned a bit more on how to manipulate it and what sort of new stuffâ€™s been added (although itâ€™s all new to me!)
Exhibits and poster sessionsâ€”ever crowded. Free ice cream.
Volunteer at session: Computer attitudes of a university community: directing library instruction and services. Basically talked about the increasing comfort (and frustration!) with computers with their users.
Library school reception. Meh.
All conference reception at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. Wonderful! Dessert buffet (chocolate fountain!!) Musicians on each floorâ€”jazz, bluegrass, African. Wonderful exhibits.
Sunday, Apr. 10:
Whatâ€™s next? Academic libraries in a Google environmentâ€”very interesting address from Google VP and a librarian from UMich. Discussed the mechanics of the Google Print program.
Closing keynote by Slyvia Hurtado, professor and director at Higher Research Institute at UCLA. Discussed post 9/11 changes in students and campuses, with an emphasis on diversity issues (remember specific mention of religious tolerance, ethnic tolerance, comfort zones)
Mall of America, Airport.