I think I say this every time. The great thing about an ACRL conference is that there are no committee meetings or business sessions, just tons of interesting presentations about academic libraries. What a luxury to be free to learn new things! OK, the other good thing about ACRL is that they give ZSR national awards…ohmigosh, as I type, the “holding-the-trophy” picture from our award celebration just flashed across the slideshow preceding the keynote address!!
It was announced there are 3,000 people in attendance and 1,000 are attending for the first time. Amazing.
The keynote address was by Tiffany Shlain, self-proclaimed film-maker, artist, Internet pioneer and activist. It started well with a quote from Sophocles, “nothing vast enters the life of mortals without a curse,” (Antigone) and continued with an interesting story about Barbie being created by a Jewish woman, and reached a high point with the explanation of an “infinite dopamine loop” being the cause of addictive email reading (ahem) and the insatiable craving for new knowledge. Beyond that, I think Lauren P does a better job with her all-image slide show as backdrop to her talk.
After the session, I met up with the intrepid ZSR Four after their 9 hour drive from Winston. They all looked and sounded great!
We met up with Bill at the Alibris booth and then split up to visit the exhibits. More later!