I wrote the first post on the train, but now I’m here and settled in at the hotel. Apparently, there are about 400 people here for the conference. Lots of them were checking in at about 8:00 p.m. as I was coming back from dinner. I registered early, since I was here at around 4:00 to check in, and the woman in the registration booth told me that the line in the morning would be awful. There is a keynote speaker at 9:00 a.m. tomorrow and they are providing coffee and pastries from 8:00-9:00. I knew it was a bad sign when a woman asked me on the elevator, “Do you think we should get to the keynote speech at 7:30 or 8:00?”
I plan to do the “Communities and Collaboration” track tomorrow, which includes “Going local in the library: Web 2.0, Library 2.0, Local 2.0”, “Collaborating with customers”, “The Global Librarian: Online social networks”, “Learning Commons: the ‘IN’ in CIL”, and “User generated content.” There are a lot of great sessions offered in the next few days so it should be interesting!
P.S. Had dinner at the Tortoise and Hare Pub and Grill. A little disappointed–they didn’t have any pub-type food and the food and the atmosphere were pretty bland. Service was good but I do not recommend this particular restaurant in Crystal City, VA.