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ALA Annual Conference: Online Orientation May 8, 2007

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ALA Annual Conference 2007

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Today ALA sent out the first of a series of weekly e-mails to conference attendees. If have yet to sign up, here is this week’s installment of the online orientation:

ALA Annual Conference is just six weeks away.  We want to provide you with email orientations between now
and then that will help you get the most out of your conference experience.  Today's email will focus on
navigating the program tracks and the city, plus a few "don't miss" activities.  As always, if you have
questions about conference, you can visit the website at www.ala.org/annual, and the conference wiki at 
http://wikis.ala.org/annual2007, or you can email registration@ala.org.


Preliminary Program and Track Descriptions

     Nine tracks feature almost 200 specialized programs from leaders in the field, providing you with
rich and interesting content for building your skills and enhancing library services.  The preliminary
program descriptions are organized by track and by day.  Programs in a track are generally located in
nearby rooms or hotels, making it easy to move between sessions quickly.

Travel to and from Area Airports

     Taxi, shuttle service and public transportation serve all major D.C. area airports.  Contact
information and pricing (when available) is provided for pre-arrival and departure planning.

Traveling Around DC

     Information about driving and parking, or using the Metro to/from the Washington Convention Center
is on the wiki. The closest METRO stop to the Convention Center is Mt. Vernon Square - 7th St.
The Convention Center is on the Yellow and Green Lines:
http://www.wmata.com/default.cfm.  Thompson Gale will again sponsor shuttle bus services within
the ALA Hotel Block. The shuttle schedule will be available soon.

Restaurants - Affordable to High End

     The D.C. Local Arrangements Committee has put together a list of restaurants for the
budget conscious attendee. The Convention Center offers a list of 'walkable' restaurants
(with price guide) at http://www.dcconvention.com/attendees/restaurants.asp.
And more info on nightlife and cultural attractions is linked from the Wiki homepage.

Maps - Convention Center, Hotels and the City

     A map of ALA Hotels with major landmarks and the Convention Center is available in .pdf format.
Metro system maps are online at http://www.wmata.com/maps/maps.cfm?fromMenu=MapsAndStations.0 

Accessibility Services
     We ask that if you have a physical or communications need which affects your ability to
partricipate in confernce that you contact Laura Gallegos in ALA Conference Services by
May 18th at 800-545-2433 ext 3220 or lgallegos@ala.org to arrange for services.  In addition,
the Washington Convention Center site has a comprehensive overview of access and accomodations
provided to all guests with disabilities at http://www.dcconvention.com/attendees/disabilities.asp
World Premiere of "The Hollywood Librarian: A Look at Librarians Through Film"

     Friday, June 22, 2007, 8:00 pm Doors open at 7:30 pm with a red-carpet walk.
The film premiere will begin at 8:00 pm. This is a no-charge event, however attendees must have
a conference or exhibits badge, or be the guest of a person with a badge. Black Tie optional.
ALA/ProQuest CSA Scholarship Event
     Business Tomorrow... Comedy Tonight!!!  Featuring: Mark Russell and The Capitol Steps,
Saturday, June 23, 2007 at 8:00 pm.  Have a great time and support future librarians.
Tickets are only $35.00 and available through ALA registration.
Bring your friends and family. It's fun for all.
Third Annual Bookcart Drill Team World Championship
Sunday, June 24, 2007, 4:00 - 5:30 pm at the Convention Center
The Third Annual Bookcart Drill Team World Championship will take place during the ALA Annual
Conference in Washington, D.C. This event is always a great time....

Meetings of the Membership

     As a member organization, ALA is responsive to the needs and interests of the membership.
Plan to attend at least one Meeting of the Membership and take part in the discussions about the
future of the association, our place in society and have your voice heard.   ALA Membership
Meeting I, Saturday, June 23 , 3:30-5:00 pm  and ALA Membership Meeting II, Monday, June 25,
11:30am-1pm.

The Annual Conference Wiki is your space to ask, find, comment, and promote.
Visit http://wikis.ala.org/annual2007 to read, write and connect with other attendees,
exhibitors and the city of Washington D.C.
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