Programs and Meetings
â€¢Â Â Â Don’t be overwhelmed by the program guide! Use it to revise your schedule as needed.
â€¢Â Â Â Don’t schedule things too tightly.
â€¢Â Â Â Meetings and programs are held at many different hotels in the city. Use the program map to help locate them and plan your days.
â€¢Â Â Â Itâ€™s okay if you arrive late or have to leave early from a program.
â€¢Â Â Â Take advantage of the free shuttles.
â€¢Â Â Â Meet people. Introduce yourself and exchange business cards or contact information.
â€¢Â Â Â Make notes during or just after meetings while the content is still fresh in your mind.
â€¢Â Â Â If you want to get involved, attend committee meetings and introduce yourself to the chairperson.
â€¢Â Â Â Allocate plenty of time for the Exhibits. Don’t try to see them all at once.
â€¢Â Â Â Use the program guide to help select and find exhibitors you want to visit.
â€¢Â Â Â Check your Expocard, make sure it has your correct information.
â€¢Â Â Â Use your Expocard â€“ exhibitors can scan it to send you information later.
â€¢Â Â Â Visit the Exhibits early, especially to enter vendor giveaways.
â€¢Â Â Â Don’t pick up everything. Ask exhibitors to send you information after the conference.
â€¢Â Â Â Use the Post Office in the exhibits hall to send home what you do pick up.
Other Conference Tips
â€¢Â Â Â Bring business cards with you.
â€¢Â Â Â Check Cognotes, the daily conference newspaper, for last-minute additions and changes.
â€¢Â Â Â Wear your badge to meetings and social events, but NOT on the street.
â€¢Â Â Â Attend vendor receptions, talk to people in meetings, on the shuttle buses or at events.
â€¢Â Â Â Avoid listening to your MP3 player or reading when you could be meeting people.
After the Conference
â€¢Â Â Â Keep connections! Follow up with new colleagues and presenters via email, Facebook, or ALA Connect.
â€¢Â Â Â Apply your experiences. Discuss new ideas you learned with your co-workers.
Based on â€œTips for a Successful Annualâ€ on the Annual 2009 conference wiki.
Also check out Camila Alire – Making the most of conferences.