I had nothing scheduled for Thursday morning as I wasn’t doing any preconferences, and nothing else really began until just before lunchtime. I decided to sleep in and make up for the day before‘s long day that had begun at 4AM. I arrived at the convention center around 10AM, catching the bus from the hotel this time. Walking is great, but I needed to understand the bus system, and yay, my backpack was LIGHT, as I only had a water bottle, notepad, my iPad Mini, and assorted sundries.
Meeting with Friends; Ebscohost Luncheon
I first went to the convention center, where I briefly met and hung out with members of my PLN. I talked briefly with Gwyneth about the almost 18 mos away scheduled visit to SC, and reconnected with my “Minnesota” peeps, Dawn Nelson and Sally Mays. I didn’t stay long though, as I had a meet-up with Jean Thompson, a Follett contact over at the Hilton, and that was where the Ebscohost Luncheon I was attending was being held. I decided despite the cool weather I would walk, and SCORE, I found a CVS and bought myself a Diet Mountain Dew, my one vice in this world. (Note to self: Time for a caffeine detox!) The meeting with Jean was informative and awesome, and finally had a face to go with someone I have interacted with only online or on a phone! The Ebscohost Luncheon was delicious. After the informative luncheon where Ebscohost had reps from some of the database offerings talk to us about what’s new, I shared with the Novelist rep how I’d recently successfully used their product with a collaborative project at school.
IdeaXchange; Learning Commons
I returned to the convention center via the DASH bus to attend the IdeaXchange, which was CRAZY but filled with great ideas. I think I’d like to do one of these at the next AASL Conference, so I’ll have to research that. I met up with fellow SCASL past president Ida Thompson. From there I dropped in on the AASL Learning Commons to hear Michelle Cooper show us Aurasma, an app for virtual reality. I’m interested in learning more about that one! Here I saw friends galore, including Barbara Schlidt (Horry County Media Coordinator), Wendy Stephens of YALSA fame and from ALabama, Sally Mays and Dawn Nelson, my Minneapolis friends, and Carolyn Foote, Texas librarian (who by the way coordinated the AASL Learning Commons expertly, I might add!) Actually I migrated back to the commons every time I had downtime after this, as it seemed to be the happening place for informal learning or connecting with friends!
Tony Wagner, Opening Keynote and Supper with friends
I then went to the Opening General Session that featured Tony Wagner, and his session was all about the Seven Survival Skills kids need today. After the Opening General Session, Anne, Diana and I cruised through the Grand Opening of the Exhibit Hall, and then walked to dinner at the City Steam Brewery Cafe. Funny aside, we were able to see a little of the Clemson/GA Tech game while there. I had a FANTASTIC Buffalo Chicken Quesadilla for supper for $10, which was good since as I shared earlier, I was on a tight budget until payday Friday! It was an appetizer but plenty to eat since I’d had the huge Ebscohost lunch. We walked back to the hotels again, and I was able to get myself back to my hotel all alone when I parted ways with Anne and Diana (though Diane wasn’t happy about me walking alone–so I texted as soon as I was safe inside!)
Highlight of the Day / Lowlight of the Day
- Highlight of day: tie–EbscoLuncheon without a doubt, followed by great connections in the Learning Commons
- Lowlight of the day: The AASL App did not synch with my phone and my Ipad. Boo-hiss. No way to add things like the Ebsco-Luncheon or my meeting with a friend. No way to add Learning Commons stuff either. Hmmph.
All pictures in this post are from my own picture feed in Flickr.
I am appending to this post a special thanks to the South Carolina State Libraryand Kathy Sheppard, who tuned me in to and accepted my application for a funding source for travel and attendance at this conference, the American Association of School Librarians 16th Annual Conference and Exhibition. My funding is directly attributed to the Library Services and Technical Services Act and the U.S. Institute of Museums and Library Services. I am deeply appreciative of the opportunity these entities have afforded me.