Today was primarily a travel day. Since my flight was late arriving, I missed the First Timers Reception and a chance to meet my mentor, so I sat through the opening session in the back with some other late comers feeling completely out of place because it's not only my first time here and I'm the only one from my library, but I'm also one of the few people from a public library here.
The opening speaker works at an architecture museum here in DC and gave a lecture on the history of the city's architecture. It was pretty interesting, but also highlighted just how different a type of library conference I'm at. PLA has fun popular presenters. ALA makes bold political choices. NASIG goes for academic detail.
During the meal I got to know my tablemates, two of whom bonded over ASL. Since my boss has been taking a library ASL class, I sort of wish she'd been there to contribute to the conversation. The other two at our table were a married couple from Pennsylvania. Other small talk was made. Then everyone agreed it was time to hit the hay early (one of the side benefits to a library conference is that most of us or introverts, so we don't need to explain the need to recharge in solitude). I texted my mentor and we're going to try meeting up again tomorrow at breakfast.
Hopefully I'll have more library substance to report tomorrow.
Posted via Blogaway