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WLA 2007: Library Conference Planning 101: Backs to the WAAL

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on Thursday, October 18, 2007 in WLA Blog Archive
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As a newbie to the WAAL 2008 planning committee, I couldn't believe my luck. An entire session on planning the WAAL conference, by members of last year's committee!I was so impressed by these folks - they put a lot of good energy and work into coordinating a successful conference, and they clearly had fun doing it. Oh, and not only that, but they put that same amount of energy and fun into this session. They even brought a basket of candy for attendees, and gave out door prizes! Wow.They had tons of practical tips and words of wisdom to share:Committee member pins and t-shirts ("It will be okay... I promise") helped establish team camaraderieGet to know your conference site staff, and show appreciationIn-house program booklet is a lot of work and versioning can be difficult, but saves moneyConference headquarters room for committee members is helpfulMost program applications will come within...

WLA 2007: David Maraniss keynote

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on Wednesday, October 17, 2007 in WLA Blog Archive
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I discovered as I was about to blog my first event of the conference that a) my laptop battery is dead, so I need to keep it plugged in to type; and b) wireless access is password-protected in the conference rooms. I couldn't do anything about the former situation, but was happily able to get the login info from conference center staff later in the day.----------------------------------------I've missed all of David Maraniss' speaking engagements in Madison since *They Marched into Sunlight* was published, so I was pleased to see that he'd be the keynote speaker at this year's WLA conference. He didn't disappoint!On libraries and his family... "My dad always said his church was the public library."On a writer's life... "50% is boring - you have to sit in a chair and write. The other half is exciting!"Maraniss recounted his visits to about a dozen formal libraries and archives, plus informal collections...

WLA 2007: Green Bay Press Gazette

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on Wednesday, October 17, 2007 in WLA Blog Archive
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Library conference draws 1,000 to KI Convention CenterThe Green Bay Press GazetteComments are enabled for this article... leave a message!...