Suggested Improvements to the Conference Scheduler
Kudos to ITTS and the ALA Connect team. The Conference Scheduler performed admirably -- no, superbly -- during this year's annual conference. Whether it was the intention of ALA or not, I very comfortably declined to pick up the program book at the registration desk and I didn't miss it one bit. Hot-linking to the venues -- with a map -- from the event page? Extremely useful. A bonus link on the venue page to the Gale-sponsored bus schedule? Unexpected and helpful. I found just four bothersome things that I would like to submit for consideration to the development roadmap.
- Add the URL back to the Connect node as a note in iCal-exported entries. I often found that I wanted to get back to the event node to check a program description or see if information had been added, so I had to manually copy and paste the URLs into the iCal-exported entries in my work calendar.
- Ability to export single events as an iCal file. About two weeks before the meeting, I used the (awesome) recommendation engine to build a schedule in Connect and then export that schedule as an iCal file to add to my work calendar. After that entire-schedule export, though, I found other meetings that I wanted to attend but not a way to get them into my work calendar without re-exporting the entire schedule. (That would be a bummer because I modified the work calendar entries -- see above.)
- Sorting 'my exhibitors' by booth number doesn't work. That would have been handy so I could go through them in numerical row order. There is a UI hint that clicking on the row column header would sort by booth number, but the order seemed to be random.
- Create a mobile theme. I looked at the planner a lot from a smartphone and tablet device. Having a theme tuned to those screen sizes would be very nice.
These issues aside, the Conference Scheduler is the best meeting planning tool I can remember using. Congratulations!