Since I was only in town for the day on Saturday, I just stuck to the exhibits, but that was enough for me. Luckily, I've been to similar types of conferences before so it wasn't too surprising, but it was still a little surreal to see so many librarians in one place at the same time.
The part that was overwhelming to me is that I've now been a librarian long enough that I actually found most of the exhibitors relevant to my work life, but I haven't been a librarian long enough to know how to make the most of that relevance.
There were giveaways and prize drawings to enter all over the place. I signed up for a few free book drawings. I got a few free children's books that I know will go over swimmingly and grabbed a few advance copies of books in my selection areas.
But the rest of the time I walked around the exhibitor floor a little dazed and overwhelmed and the sheer size of the place. So I guess I'm glad I only planned to check out the exhibits and didn't try to do more on my first, planned at the last minute, trip to ALA.