Visiting the #aliaaccess Exhibition stands, searching for prizes

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There are heaps of great information, new products, special deals and giveaways and prizes on exhibition stands, both in the exhibition hall and out on the Plaza level floor. Here’s selection for you to start you exploring:

  • ALIA has Rock Star Backstage Passes, free inCite mags, Love Libraries stickers and a very special deal on ALIA membership
  • EBSCO has the brightest blue table you’ve ever seen (just to sit at, not a prize to win…), fridge magnets with pens and some pretty good e-books to tell you about
  • Altarama has the latest version of Reftracker to demo, which can send and receive questions and answers with customers via SMS, Instant Messaging and widgets
  • Marcom has an amazing box of goodies to be won, an amazing DVD collection to talk to you about, and amazingly groovy notepads to giveaway. Also ask about their digital rights streaming of ABC TV content
  • FE Technologies is giving away an iPod shuffle. While you’re at the stand entering, ask for a demo of their customer self service products
  • Envisionware is the place to go to win a Nintendo Wii! They can also make your job easier with self service products and PC Booking systems
  • The fine folks at the Book House stand have a video camera you can win, frisbees to give away (ultimate frisbee match at lunch anyone?) and some great advice about all aspects of shelf ready library materials
  • Feeling thirsty? Trek right to the back corner of the exhibition hall and you will be rewarded with a super cool Mango slushy from Digital Education Services. While sipping and slurping, check out ‘Mango’, their new online literacy resource
  • Apple iPad anyone? Stop by the mega-stand of Proquest / Thorpe-Bowker / Serials Solutions to be in the running to win an iPad. Ask about ‘Summons’ by Serial Solutions, the Historical Newspapers products and Librarything for Libraries
  • Compare tweeting notes with BEAR Solutions, before asking them about networked printing solutions, and PC reservation products
  • The University of South Australia has a book voucher to win. Ask about the courses in the School of Computer and Info Sciences
  • OK, I admit it, yellow highlighters are my favourite colour highlighters, and the folks at OCLC have groovy retractable yellow highlighters to give away. Be sure to  check out WorldCat Local. Sigh, you had me at ‘yellow highlighter’
  • Swets has mousepads and notepads and all the info you need to know about SwetsWise. What’s SwetsWise? Stop by the stand and ask the friendly folks
  • What do Softlink do when they’re not busy trying to give away a bottle, no, a magnum of Shiraz? They provide a Library Management System that may just be the solution you’re looking for
  • Alexander Street Press knows QR codes. You don’t know QR codes? Stop by the stand and ask about QR codes, and you’ll find your way to a free online playlist of music
  • Feel the need to win a video camera? Libero is the place to go. Ask about the new web-based version of the Libero library management system, and grab a mousepad while you’re there
  • Stomp has showbags to giveaway! They’re filled with movies, music, chocolates and other fun stuff. Ask them about AV supplies for your library
  • World Book would like to tell you about the new online product Science Power, which apparently can turn anyone into a science expert! Also checkout the Early World of Learning, a children’s literacy resource
  • Who’s got the ‘Gecko in the Box’? The same place where you can win a hamper worth $150? That must be the Raeco stand
  • Where do I get one of those famous library cat bags that I see everywhere? Head to the James Bennett stand and ask about the recent merger with Blackwell into the Baker and Taylor group
  • Britannica have a new amazing online resource to tell you about – New Image Quest, which has over 2 million images you can use to bring your work to life
  • Gale – Cengage Learning. What’s with the smiley faces everywhere? I’m not sure, you’ll have to visit their stand and ask…
  • The National Library of Australia stand are giving away some very nice notepad/pen sets, plus lots of news from the NLA, and some great info about Trove
  • 3M is the place to go to learn about RFID, self-service and online fines and fees payment systems
  • Bibliotheca  are right near the entrance to the exhibition hall, and are ready to tell you about their next generation of RFID software
  • Moet and Chandon Champagne to give away at the Elsevier stand! Drawn at Friday’s morning tea! Be present to win! Ask about medical e-books while you’re there! Why all the exclamation marks?! It’s Moet and Chandon Champagne!
  • Ingram at stand 44 can help you create on-demand print collections, stop by and find out more
  • Taylor and Francis are offering a year subscription to one of their online products as a prize, and it’s worth US$9,200. Plus they have French Champagne, plus they have chocolates to give away. Checkout the new TAFE collections and archive packages too
  • Springer have some beut e-book offers for those into the e-books
  • First Software Solutions is the place to head to hear about a new approach to library management systems
  • Out in the Plaza level area, stop by and say g’day to Wavesound, who would love you to win two prizes of audio books and large print books. Ask about Clipper e-audio books too
  • Charles Sturt University have wine and books you can win. They are also keen to talk about their Bachelor and Masters courses in Information Studies
  • Peter Pal has all the info you need to help with supplier-aided selection
  • LexisNexis are giving away some very generous subscriptions to their news and business online resources. Stop by and get the details of a free trial
  • So you know all about QR codes, and want to print your own? Brother has all the gear you’ll need, plus heaps of labelling solutions for your library needs.
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