A short breakdown of my day:
-Went to four panels:
- One was about creating a digital archive or collection, which I studied quite a lot/wrote papers on in graduate school but haven't gotten to do in a hands-on fashion, since that would fall more into Special Collections' purview at my library (where I work in Collection Development). It was interesting even to hear about the collections the panelists were working on, let alone gain knowledge that could be applied to future projects of my own.
- One was about digital literacy, and everything sort of went awry. The panelist had some sort of last-minute emergency, there wasn't time to cancel the event, and then members of the relevant committee tried valiantly to ad lib their way through something meaningful. I did learn about a few useful tools that I want to investigate, but given there were about 6 sessions I would have been interested in for this time slot, I'm a bit disappointed by my choice.
- One was about ebooks and ebook readers, which is a perpetual hot topic in libraries. Pretty interesting discussions here.
- The last one was a fun discussion of perceptions of librarians, mostly related to fashion. One of the comments was that, as a profession, we probably worry more than any other about stereotypes and how people perceive us. This is true. CAT SWEATERS.
-Wandered the exhibits hall and got about 75% of it conquered before it closed. I wish I'd had more time for this! Talked with several vendors and content creators about forthcoming products, saw a few demonstrations, and, of course, perused the publishers' tables.
-I only took four free books! This is a huge accomplishment for me. I managed to thin my print collection considerably, but it's creeping back up again, and the amount of books on my "unread" shelf is a bit daunting already (and that's only a fraction of my "want to read" list). Interesting covers and passionate reps tempted me, OK?
-Also, there was a really cute "Reading is Mind-Bending!" poster with Aang, Katara, and Momo from Avatar: The Last Airbender. (Katara probably shouldn't waterbend books off shelves, though.)
So yup, had fun and learned a lot. Next year!