After some false starts (hello Old Man Winter!), I finally arrived in Philadelphia about two hours before I had concrete places that I needed to be. After walking to the Pennsylvania Convention Center, I was joined by a colleague from a local library in my adopted city of Baltimore, and we had a lively chat about what we could expect at the conference.
After an extremely easy registration process, I dashed to meet my group for my ALA-Dine Around Philly at El Vez, a Mexican eatery. The event was successful by all accounts. I met new friends and had an opportunity to catch up with old ones. Surrounded by beautiful scenery (and between bites of delicious guacamole), we shared information on critical issues in our profession and what we found most beneficial from our graduate programs and job experiences. Joined by people from as far away as Alberta and Seattle, I can honestly say that it was a pleasure to meet people who share the same interests and who could offer different perspectives about the profession.
TA-SHIRÉ D. TRIBBETT is acquisitions, reference, and marketing librarian at the US Census Bureau.
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