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Research @ ALA

The main objective or result from my last minute decision to go to the ALA Conference in DC this June was basically getting back into the research mode.

My ill-advised decision to buy Greyhound tickets would be the bane of my overnight trip’s existence. But, I got a great bargain for a hotel through Expedia. I recommend the Churchill Hotel in Dupont Circle, very nice!

I was scheduled to leave Port Authority at 8 am, and arrive in DC at 12:30 pm on Saturday, 6/26. Unfortunately, I didn’t arrive until 2:30 pm, and had to rush to the National Archives tour with Asian Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA) that started at 3 pm. (special thanks to Nick and Elizabeth for picking up Louie and the luggage!)

The National Archives tour was great, this was my first time to the National Archives, and it definitely will not be my last! It prompted me to start research on my long-neglected master’s thesis, click for the abstract here. I haven’t done much with my thesis since I received my MA in 2007. It’s been over three years now, and it’s time to get back into the groove.

The humidity in DC was extreme — took solace at the movies in Chinatown. Saw Grownups with Louie, the movie had some good laughs. Then it was off to the meetup of librarians at RFD. I was happy that there was Strongbow cider on tap… I’m obsessed with ciders lately! I really enjoy the social events at ALA, it’s always fun and interesting to see those that you follow on Twitter/Facebook in flesh (for lack of a better word!)

Before getting back on the dreaded Greyhound bus, I conquered the exhibits 🙂 I had a free exhibit pass only — but I looked at the poster sessions. I feel that the poster sessions are just thrown in the back. I believe I said this before, but I’d like to see more prominence for the poster sessions. I always find interesting research being done, and always get inspired to tackle more.

I definitely needed more than a few hours to truly conquer the exhibits hall, I realized that I neglected to visit a few vendors I wanted to see, and my bus was leaving at 4 pm — so I needed to hustle. I tried to get a cab, but apparently, in DC, not all the cabs accept credit cards, and if they do, they can deny you service based on if they deem your trip a worth while one. Who knew? At that moment, I was really missing my beloved NYC. We ran to the nearest metro station, and got on the Red Line, and made it to the Greyhound bus depot at 4:15 pm. I truly doubt the bus was on time, and in fact, I don’t think the 4 pm bus was ever there. It wasn’t until 6 pm until I finally boarded a bus to NYC, and it was having issues with the air conditioning on the bus. Needless to say, I’ll never take Greyhound again. Thanks to my Twitter and Facebook friends, I am now equipped with a list of alternative bus companies to choose from. 🙂

On that note, let me start researching!

2 thoughts on “Research @ ALA

  1. I got to go on Monday & visit the exhibits very fun. Of course for someone who lives here, it was a lot less stressful, though perhaps also less exciting (no RFD for me, though I do go with friends sometimes). Sucks about the bus but I’m glad you were able to come. 🙂

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