Improve Annual Community
I found myself frustrated with the locations of various meetings/programs/committees. I attended 7 different functions and only 2 were in the actual conference center. Several were not listed in the printed program, either, rendering the huge thing pretty useless. The hotel locations did not allow unfettered internet access, so this was a big problem. If we are going to have to have lots of meetings shipped out to local hotels, can we not coordinate wireless access with them for the duration? Surely it would be good pr on the hotels' part to accommodate us.
Also, I attended one program in the conference center that was not just standing room only, but sitting room only with people crowded in the back. Now, I know that it is difficult to judge the popularity of sessions a year or two in advance but the Texas Library Association does a good job with this. They send out a link to a planner in advance of TLA annual and attendees just check off all the sessions they want to, or are likely to attend. They then count them and plan space accordingly.
Based on the suggestions and comments in Buffy's post, what are our options? What do folks want to see from Annual?
Some starter ideas:
- Find "big name" speakers who will present for free and let us simulcast and archive their talks. Any suggestions for names at this point?
- We can't stream or record every session because there are so many. How can we work with members to assist those who want to do this for their own sessions?
- How can we build in planning for virtual participation or sharing into the program submission and approval process?
- Other ideas?
The biggest complaint I've heard about ala10's uncommons space is that it was uninviting and hidden behind the curtains. The funny thing is that we did that deliberately based on complaints from Midwinter that there was too much outside noise in the open space and it was difficult to hear the person speaking.
Is it possible to accommodate both positions? One idea we received after Midwinter suggested we put the Uncommons in an actual room, which would make it more like an ongoing unconference. That would solve the noise, space, and "lounge" issues, but would itill be hidden and considered "uninviting? Sessions like the "Set Sail for Fail" one wouldn't draw in additional people who were walking by.
We could go back to the open space, but that probably means it will be too noisy for sessions like the "T Is for Training" podcast.
What do you think? Do you have a preference? Is there a middle ground?