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Heading to Code4Lib, Prepping for Evergreen 2009

Sunday, February 22, I leave for Code4Lib, and will be in Providence til midday Friday. I keynoted in 2007, didn’t get there in 2008, and am back as a free-floating attendee (one of the developers is attending, so that we’ll have someone there who actually understands what’s being presented), though I am taking my video camera to help with the recordings.  As for My Place of Work, they not only are a sponsor, when Code4Lib lost a sponsor they stepped in and increased their contribution. MPOW is careful with money, but knows when it’s right to open the purse again.

I am thinking of renting a car Thursday after the last talk and driving around the Cape that afternoon, then returning it to the airport the next day. I had a great haircut last June in Provincetown and I’m wondering if I can remember where Danny works (somewhere on Commercial Street) and if he’s available, and yes I’d drive up 6 and back for an exceptional haircut.  Oh wait — I bet I put that purchase on a credit card. *lightbulb over head*

Meanwhile, working on the upcoming Evergreen conference (May 20-22 in Athens, Georgia) has made me very aware of what it takes to pull together an effort — details as big as hotel contracts and as small as badge-holders, and skill sets from sponsorship machers to the person what does the website — and that would be Laura at SOLINET and we would all be so grateful!

In fact, SOLINET has been generous with their expertise, and I am forever indebted to them (and promise to stop teasing them about their new name, LYRASIS… hey, if they want to sound like a mouthwash, that’s cool). All three organizations involved in the planning have been workin’ it, but it is really invaluable to have someone on board who has Been There.

Speaking of Being There, as a conference speaker I am sometimes not expeditious about returning email with questions or filling out forms. I am truly sorry and I humbly repent (Alane is grinning at that, I’m sure). Our two keynoters for Evergreen, Joe Lucia and Jessamyn West, have been so prompt and good. I grovel before them.

I have a feeling this first conference planning experience is like a first pregnancy — that there are even more details ahead of me that I’m blissfully unaware of until they happen.  But it will All Be Good!

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  1. Tim wrote:

    Oh, joy. I’ll see you there.

    Wednesday, February 18, 2009 at 3:36 pm | Permalink
  2. Tim wrote:

    Oh, joy. I’ll see you there.

    Wednesday, February 18, 2009 at 3:36 pm | Permalink
  3. Jessica wrote:

    If you find yourself on RT 28 on the Cape, stop in to the Dennis Public Library and say hi!

    Thursday, February 19, 2009 at 2:02 am | Permalink
  4. Jessica, I will be on RT 28 next Thursday and I will do that!

    Friday, February 20, 2009 at 5:22 pm | Permalink
  5. Shawn wrote:

    Probably not an issue in Athens, GA in May, but my first and last conference planning experience could have been better if I’d provided better directional signage from the carpark to the venue (GG! It was only two blocks, people!); a few extra umbrellas for walking between mtg. venues for those who forgot them, and more coatracks to store sodden raincoats & ‘brellas. Seems no one wanted to sit in a puddle of their own making due to drippy coats slumped over chairbacks…

    Wednesday, February 25, 2009 at 4:24 pm | Permalink
  6. Jenna wrote:

    shoot I wish I had seen this post earlier! , I live in pvd, and, though code4lib was closed by the time I heard about it, I could have recommended a great Providence salon!

    Friday, February 27, 2009 at 12:24 am | Permalink
  7. jessamyn wrote:

    No grovelling necessary, you’ve been a pleasure to work with as well.

    Friday, March 6, 2009 at 3:06 pm | Permalink

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