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1timspalding
May 19, 3:06pm Top

Is anyone going to ALA in Chicago this year? Abby (ablachly) and I will be going.

We aren't doing a booth this year--we'll be working out of ProQuest's booth, promoting our joint product, Syndetics Unbound.

Booth or not, we'd love to say hi to people in some way, and bring t-shirts for anyone who wants one.

What are you plans this year? What are you excited to see at ALA?

2lilithcat
May 19, 3:27pm Top

So, in past years, you've had "exhibits only" passes available. Any chance for this year?

Even if you don't, maybe you all could meet up with some Chicago Thingamabrarians while you're here. It would be fun to hang out over a beer/wine/whatever!

3BTRIPP
May 19, 3:53pm Top

What lilithcat said ...

4foggidawn
Edited: May 19, 3:58pm Top

I'll be there! I'll keep an eye on this thread in case a get-together develops. Otherwise, I'll look for you at the ProQuest booth.

5timspalding
May 19, 4:21pm Top

>2 lilithcat:

I just shot an email off to ProQuest, to find if we can snag some of theirs. I don't see why not, but they're a big company and may have some policy. (We have no policies!)

6PhaedraB
May 19, 5:45pm Top

>5 timspalding: But you do (or did) have a rhinoceros. Will they let you bring that?

7timspalding
May 19, 5:57pm Top

I have a whole menagerie of inflatable animals. Doesn't really go with the ProQuest brand, but we'll see what I can sneak in.

8Bookmarque
May 19, 6:10pm Top

Hmmmm
Chicago is a 6 hour drive...
What dates are we talking?

9waitingtoderail
May 19, 9:51pm Top

No, but I wish I was, Hillary Clinton is the featured speaker.

10Hope_H
May 20, 1:48pm Top

I'm checking into it - seeing if a friend and I can make a day trip of it.

11benitastrnad
May 20, 7:45pm Top

There is a group of the 75'ers that are going to be there on Sunday, June 25. We were going to start planning our meet-up as soon as I made contact with Tim or Abby. We were hoping for the free passes to the exhibit hall, but if that doesn't work out we will make do. We have met for lunch in the exhibit hall in the past, and this time were thinking of some kind of supper meeting as well. Perhaps in one of the conference hotels? I get to do that planning so suggestions are welcome

If you might be driving in from somewhere please note that there will be free shuttle buses to the conference hotels to and from the McCormick place conference center. These are sponsored by Gayle (another BIG library company) and are free to all attendees. That means if you stay in a conference hotel you can ride to and from the conference and haul all of those free ARC's (advanced reader's copies) of books ass well.

I will try to post the list of conference hotels to this thread as well as others in order to get the word around as much as possible. Since Chicago is such a hotbed of LT warbling and thread making it would be a good chance to see the people behind the posts you read - and get free books.

12lilithcat
May 20, 10:11pm Top

>11 benitastrnad:

What are "75'ers"?

If you might be driving in from somewhere please note that there will be free shuttle buses to the conference hotels to and from the McCormick place conference center.

Also note that there is a Metra stop right at McCormik Place.

13Petroglyph
May 21, 2:09am Top

>12 lilithcat:
People from the 75 books reading challenge group. (The most active group on Talk.)

14lilithcat
May 21, 8:45am Top

>13 Petroglyph:

Ah, one of the many groups that I have on "Ignore".

15benitastrnad
Yesterday, 12:37pm Top

Here is the URL for the list of the hotels that are conference hotels in Chicago.

http://2017.alaannual.org/hotels

I am not sure that you can register for a room there directly from that URL, but you most certainly can call the hotel to make a reservation and tell them that you will be there for the ALA conference. It is likely that negotiations on price for a room can begin at that point.

#12
I did not know there was a Metra stop at McCormick Center. That is good to know. Thank you.

16jnwelch
Yesterday, 1:14pm Top

>14 lilithcat: Take it off "ignore", and join in! Lots of smart readers in it.

We were among those 75ers planning to attend on Sunday, if passes are available. We = me, walklover, and seasonsoflove.

17compskibook
Yesterday, 8:21pm Top

I will be at ALA and look forward to meeting Tim and Abby! You are my heroes!

18lilithcat
Yesterday, 8:39pm Top

>16 jnwelch:

I'm not into challenges. The reason I put that group on "ignore" is because it's so active. I look at "Talk" via "all topics", so it really cluttered up the page. I generally put the challenge and game groups, as well as a couple of others, on "ignore" to avoid that problem.

19Jerhende
Yesterday, 11:18pm Top

I will be there!! :)

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