Just something abit different

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When we knew that we would be organising a large conference in quick time (the main only committee formed 14 months ago) we also wanted to take the opportunity to make sure that it was something abit different.

Yesterday was our first day of ALIA Access and the vibe seemed great.  There were a few new things to get used to, like ensuring that you attended the session that you had booked in for, and abit of lining up (like at the airport) to get ‘checked in’ via the ALIA Volunteer hosties.   By the end of the day there was a little bit more room in the sessions to flick between the conference streams. Many of the papers are available already http://conferences.alia.org.au/access2010/program.html and podcasts will be ready in a few days for ALIA members.

Our streams for Thursday though were packed out.  Information Literacy, Acquisitions and New Graduates looked like the most popular.  Many people around the country also packed out other venues to experience the conference via webstreaming for the first time.  We look forward to hearing how it was for you all out there in ‘ALIA webcast land’.  The stream convenors and their hard working committees have all contributed to creating a real variety and quality in the program – thanks to all of them.

We also have a little bit of a different trade show configuration with it being more distributed around the top floor of the Convention Centre that is our ALIA Access space this week.  Glad delegates are loving the free wireless access, which extends outside into the lovely courtyard to be able to enjoy the fabulous Brisbane weather this week.  Our delegates also got to play with our ‘on loan’ iPads from Apple at the tweet perch in the middle of the exhibition.  Photos from the conference are at Flickr – another way to feel like you are able to experience the conference from wherever you are.

We also held a “Dine around Brisbane” night last night and a long-standing ALIA member commented to me how nice it was to go to a restaurant for a conference dinner,  rather than a standard convention centre meal just for something different.     I was able to be at one of my favourite restaurants in Australia – Alchemy – which has the best view and the most spectacular good food. We were also treated to their new experience of liquid nitrogen honeycomb.

But on to our last day today.  Try to get to the trade exhibits by the end of lunchtime, and remember to pick up something for your library colleagues that have been ‘left behind’ to take home for them too, as you report on your ALIA Access experience.   Catch up on other news via #ALIAAccess  including our learner delegate tweeters at http://twitter.com/aliatweeps 

Sue Hutley, ALIA Executive Director

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