Day 1 of #AASL11: Making Connections (And Enjoying the City)

Today was my first full day of the AASL (American Association of School Librarians) Conference in Minneapolis. It was a FUN day, full of connections!

I signed up for the all-day pre-conference workshop "Books, E-ink, and Databases, Oh My! Collection Development in the 21st Century". This might sound a little (okay, maybe a lot) geeky to non-librarians. But electronic resources is a hot topic among librarians as we deal with the coming of new technologies to the information field. It was great to connect with (and be inspired by) other school librarians around the country (and the world), and to pick their brains about what they're doing in their schools.

It was also a day of connecting and reconnecting on a personal level.

Deb and I finally got to meet library leader Buffy Hamilton face-to-face.
She's just as nice in person as she is online!

Janet and I went to graduate school together
at UH Manoa a couple of decades ago.

It was great to watch Cathy and Deb's reconnection unfold.
They were sitting across each other at a table (with me in the middle)
and slowly began to recognize each other. (It had been decades.)
So much fun!
Met and dined with Audrey, Jenny, and Debbie at Masa's. They're first-time attendees.
Met and dined with Marilyn, who has been to a couple more
AASL conferences than me. This is her tenth!
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Typically, I immerse myself at these conferences. I don't allow much time for exploring.

But I haven't needed to look far to be taken in by Minneapolis' charm. The Nicollet mall is a delight, the crispy and cool air smells soooo good, and the fall colors are striking.

Brilliant red maple and me.
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 Can't wait until tomorrow! 

(Maybe I'll check out the statue of Mary Tyler Moore tossing her hat in the air. It's just a couple of blocks down Nicollet...)