Attend the ALA Conference without leaving your computer

The American Library Association says you can attend their 2009 Annual Conference via your computer this July, using the new Virtual Conference.  Registration costs less than the onsite conference, plus you won't spend money to travel and stay in Chicago.

ALA is offering 10 interactive web-based sessions on Monday July 13th and Tuesday July 14th, at the closing of the 2009 Annual Conference in Chicago.

Some of the featured programs are:
  • “Conversants”— explore a new way of looking at librarianship as centered on learning and enhancing the conversation of communities.
  • “Be My Guest: Customer Service from the Best,” presented by ASCLA—learn ways to make library patrons feel welcome and have a positive experience.
  • “You Got Me, Do You Like Me? Evaluating Next Generation Catalogs,” presented by RUSA—hear from a panel of academic and public information professionals who have been evaluating their open source and off-the-shelf next generation catalogs.
  • “Overview of the Broadband Deployment and Infrastructure Development: How Libraries Can Access the $7.2 Billion,” featuring John Windhausen, Jr., president of Telepoly Consulting.
  • “Small Scale Green”—learn how to “green” existing library facilities without having to start anew.
Interact with speakers and other attendees during each of these hour-long sessions on a variety of exciting topics.
Topics will include accessing stimulus money for broadband deployment, greening your library and best customer service.

Register for the Virtual Conference at http://ala.org/ala/conferencesevents/reg/index.cfm.  The cost is $215 for ALA members, $210 for division members, $120 for student members, $145 for retired members, $298 for non-members and $215 for institutional members.

[Source: http://www.ala.org/ala/newspresscenter/news/pressreleases2009/june2009/virtualconference_confsvcs.cfm]

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