When I got to the Baltimore Aquarium on Saturday night it was so crowded that a bunch of us got directed into the cafe before we could go to into the exhibits. But eventually things thinned out and we got to move into the Aquarium. Photos I took are here, and here and here.
It’s the morning of the last day of the conference (well, more like half-day – it ends at noon). I sometimes have heard the complaint that not enough people stick around for the Sunday events – and I do feel for the presenters who have worked just as hard as the Friday and Saturday folks, but get just a fraction of the attendees. But does ACRL contribute to the feeling that the conference is already over on Saturday night? When I got to the convention center this morning the difference between Sunday and the other days is visibly noticeable. All of the booths are gone in the lobby. It looks like a ghost town. The exhibit hall is boarded up. There are more moving company workers than employees. Is it any wonder people kind of get a feeling that it’s over before it’s over.
How about coming up with some ideas for making the conference center look more alive when we come in on Sunday morning. How about an early risers’ brunch (yeah, I’d pay if it was reasonable)? How about at least with booth with something going on – you could pack it up during the final keynote? ALA provides incentives, through prize drawings on the last day, to encourage folks to hang aound. There are other ideas we could come up with. I’m going to leave it up to the next Innovations Committee to work on this.