I don't know why I feel so surprised every time ALA creeps up on me. It's not like we hold it at the same times every year or anything. This one is proving to be another hectic one, as usual. I'm not really sure what I would do with myself if ALA weren't hectic.
Here's where you're likely to find me at OCLC events, either at the podium or lurking in the back of the room.
On Friday, I'm finally headed back to the LITA/ALCTS Electronic Resource Management Interest Group. I've spent almost 2 dog years talking about and building ERM, and I'm finally glad to be presenting some of the stuff we have been working on at OCLC. I'm pretty hopeful that License Manager will bring real utility to a market full of functionality
End-to-End E-Resource Management: How OCLC Makes it Easier
8:00 am - 10:00 am, Morial Convention Center, Room 244
Join the Revolution: Library Management at Web Scale
Includes panelists from Harrison College, Davidson College, and Norwich University
10:30 am - 12:00 pm, Morial Convention Center, Room 269
Jazzing Up Your Library Systems with the OCLC Platform
4:00 - 5:30 pm, Morial Convention Center, Room 284
On Sunday, we'll be having our first face-to-face WMS Community meeting! Pretty exciting, given that a year ago we were just getting out of the gate with our very first early adopters.
Here's a complete list of OCLC events in New Orleans.
Of course, I'll be hanging with LITA folks wherever possible. I un-humbly state that LITA programming is among the best at ALA. Check out their happenings.
If Identity Management is your game, I encourage you to catch my OCLC colleague Don Hamparian and others at the LITA sponsored event on Monday, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm in Room 288 of the Convention Center. It's a common problem without a whole lot of shared solutions in our world of libraries, but I'm encouraged when I see the number of good folks trying to tackle this problem.
I am looking forward to everything but the heat. It's been unusually cool (and wet) here in central Ohio, but I'm afraid my southern climate blood has thinned considerably in the last three years. Try as I might, though, I have no plans to slow down.