Spending the week at ALA is not unlike spring break week, only there’s an intense amount of learning, sharing, networking and planning. There is also a lot of staying up late, the corollary to that being that there is also a lot of coffee. So if you plan on attending a professional conference (and there are hundreds to choose from in the field of library and information science) be prepared to go hard and absorb as much as possible.
As a recent graduate of the SJSU iSchool MLIS program, I knew I needed to start connecting, or connecting further, with a professional organization. Last November I attended my state library chapter of the ALA, driving a couple of hours to attend CLA in Sacramento. To attend ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, I had to hop a plane and stay for a week. And what a week it was!