So today’s big fun was the complete deluge that fell from the skies for about an hour… right as all of us were getting back to the hotels on the shuttles. It was coming down so hard that the air shaft outside my window had about two and one half inches of water on it. As we walked to dinner, we had to stop at the Sheraton after the rain picked up again. The guy that we talked to there said that at one point the water was gushing out of the manhole across the street to a height of two or three feet! We saw it spewing to a high of about one foot. It really was quite something!
But enough about the rain… Day one at SLA was a productive day for me. I started with a division (DMIL) networking breakfast, where it was great to catch up with colleagues whom I have not seen since last year. Unfortunately, I overslept so I missed the Career Connections session that I wanted to go to… when you have to make choices, you go with what works best for you. After the breakfast, I attended an excellent session put on buy the International librarians. It was about information specialists around the world. The two speakers were both academic librarians from schools in England and India. It was very interesting to hear what both of them thought. I was disappointed at the number of librarians that only stayed for the first of the two speakers; however, I do understand that sometimes you have to session jump to get all of the information that you want.
I was very disappointed by the networking lunch… it really was not vegetarian friendly, but then much of the food down here is animal proteins. After lunch, I caught up with Board candidate and Syracuse professor Jill Hurst-Wahl as well as some others whom I know. I went to an excellent session on Open Source software in libraries. This was an awesome session! My final session of the day was one on competitive intelligence. I don’t know if it was the presentation (I doubt it) or the fact that I was exhausted (likely) but it was not as enthralling as the other two sessions I attended.
I still have an Open House to get to… in fact I should rush off now, but it will be hard to top the excellent meal at Acme Oyster House. Kudos to Hollywood who shucks a mean oyster and was great to talk to during dinner!