I attended the TLA2009 at Houston last week .Somebody in the conference rightly said it was a conference full of heart and enthusiasm. It was just a great opportunity to get to know what other libraries were doing and where the profession is going…
Day 1:Arriving at Houston was good but checking in was painfully long since we had to wait 2 hours in line to get the room. The Welcome party was in the park with good food and music. After a dinner walked around the Discovery Park visited the Houston Public Express library and the mobile library .
You can view all the pictures of the Houston visit on
Day 2: It was day to attend sessions. We had the Mayor of Houston-Bill White supporting the libraries in his speech followed by Paula Poundstone’s comedy routine.
Attended the first session by Libraries Facilitating Conversations and Communities by Dave Lankes. He has uploaded the presentation he gave at TLA so go ahead look at it and listen to it . If all the presentations where available in this format I could have just stayed home.
I went around the exhibit hall till it was time for the afternoon session . I checked out the Wii fit, RFID and the Brodart interface for ordering books. Skipped lunch because of long lines and attended Michael Stephens sessions
The last session of that was about Be a Leader, No Matter What Your Job Title. They showed the coolest You tube video which made everyone in the room smile .
I will blog about the day 3 in the my next blog post .