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Page 6 • Cognotes 2010 D.C. Preview E-dition • WASHINGTON Visiting The Exhibits — A “Must Do” for a Complete Conference Experience by Exhibits Round Table (ERT) et’s face it—many attendees to ALA conferences feel uncomfortable visiting the exhibit hall. Bright lights, noise, and all of those “pushy sales types” can make the exhibit experience seem downright daunting. In fact, the exhibits can be an important part of your conference experience. Give it a try — it’s a great place to learn about new products and technologies, network (hey, it’s great to run into folks in the aisles) and grab some nice SWAG to boot! Most vendors on the exhibit floor set up a booth for demonstrating products and staff them with folks ready to answer questions. Companies from across the country (and some from around the world) prepare for these events months in advance hoping to meet with their clients face-to-face, to introduce new ideas and solicit feedback. In fact, these companies run the gamut of library needs, from consulting services to outdoor sculptures. L and try. Booths in the exhibit hall are filled with pre-press editions, prototypes and “sneak peeks” at technology products: all kinds of attractions that can make a tangible improvement in the life of your library. Along with established vendors in the areas of technology and publishing, new pavilions are popping up that highlight graphic novels and, most recently, electronic games. The show truly provides a “glimpse into the future” of libraries by revealing new products and ideas years before they are embraced by the community and become essential. (Remember the unbelievable introduction of “wireless” networks?) If you want to be well informed and leave with firsthand new product knowledge, you’ve come to the right place. Newseum on Pennsylvania Avenue is the venue for the ALA/ProQuest Scholarship Bash on Saturday, June 26. (photo by James P. Blair/Newseum) Ask questions and provide product feedback. Breaking News... he ALA/ProQuest Scholarship Bash will make headlines in Washington D.C. at the new Newseum. The Newseum will offer attendees an experience that blends five centuries of news history with up-to-the-second technology and hands-on exhibits. Don’t delay, get your tickets early!! Remember, tickets are tax-deductible, as applicable by law, and proceeds go toward ALA MLS scholarships…including Spectrum! The big event will be Saturday, June 26, from 7:00 – 11:00 p.m. Buy tickets at the Conference Registration web site. Click here! Evaluate new products and materials. The exhibit floor highlights a wonderful variety of new things to see, hear Feedback is critically important to exhibitors so they can meet the needs of libraries more effectively. The dialog that occurs between the customer and supplier at a conference leads to new product development and existing » see page 14 T For girls with style and substance ALA Blogs Check in, contribute and read about upcoming events at the conference in D.C. Visit http://wikis.ala. org/readwriteconnect/ index.php/AL A_blogs for a complete list of AL A blogs. Award-winning magazine and creativity journal for girls ages 8 and older Booth 2956, ALA Annual! Pick up a free sampler! Drop off a business card for a chance at a FREE one-year subscription! Cognotes Editor Frederick J. Augustyn, Jr. The Library of Congress Publisher Deidre Irwin Ross, ALA Assistant Publisher Karee Williams, ALA Managing Editor Deb Nerud Vernon Photography Curtis Compton Production Tim Mercer Jenn Hess CustomNEWS, Inc. Girls read, write, design, draw, plan, and create—all on the pages of Kiki!

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of ALA Cognotes D.C. Preview Issue 2010

ALA Cognotes D.C. Preview Issue 2010
See the Latest on the Floor: ALA's Exhibits Pavilions Return
Washington D.C. Conference to Feature More Sessions, Opportunity than Ever Before
Toni Morrison to be Featured at Opening General Session
Audirorium Speaker Series Features Great Names, Great Titles
Exhibitor List and Floor Plan
Visiting the Exhibits - A "Must-Do" for a Complete Conference Experience
ALA President's Program Features Eppo van Nispen Tot Sevenaer
Child Care and Camp ALA
Sixth Annual Book Cart Drill Team World Championship
2010 Descriptions of Tracks and Subtracks
Exhibits Closing Reception

ALA Cognotes D.C. Preview Issue 2010