Thursday, January 31, 2013

Seattle: American Library Association Midwinter, 2013

2013.01.11-IMG_7515 24 January 2013
Headed off to Seattle on Alaska Air 1 early in the morning. After boarding, things got pear shaped soon when we learned there were problems with the spare tire (spare tire?). After sitting on the plane a while, we were off-boarded and had another, oh, 4 hours or so at DCA. Luckily the plane was full of librarians, so we gathered and held an impromptu conference discussing digitization and related things (as well as having a belly-laughing stand up - or sit-down - routine from some Library of Congress colleagues).

After reboarding and de-icing, we were off about six hours late. Battling "excruciating headwinds" (as the pilot called them), we were eventually over Toledo (Ohio). Then, behind me, a passenger had a medical emergency. Without going into the details, she had one lung, a heart condition, and a huge list of medications. Luckily, there was a respiratory specialist and nurse on the plane; they, and the amazing cabin crew, took care of the passenger with contact to doctors on the ground. I had a vision of spending the night in Cleveland (or Chicago, or Pittsburgh) but the passenger stabilized and we eventually landed in SEA (where paramedics evacuated the woman from the plane).

Zipped into town and my hotel. Went out for a bite of sushi at the fabulous Fuji Sushi. Headed over the Uwajimaya grocery store and the Kinokunyia Bookstore and did a little shopping and then then to bed.

Spare tire for Alaska Air flight 1 arrived, 3 hrs late 2013.01.24-IMG_7680 2013.01.24-IMG_7629

25 January 2013
Checked in at the Biodiversity Heritage Library exhibition booth, got my conference credentials. Paid a visit to the market at Pike Place and did a little other sightseeing. For dinner, met up with a group of old friends for some very tasty oysters and mussels a Etta's in the Market.

2013.01.25-IMG_7689 Public Market 2013.01.25-IMG_7726

26 January 2013
Spent most of the day at the conference and in meetings. Some very good and productive one-on-ones. Also, attended a session on the DPLA given by Director of Content Emily Gore and caught up with some other colleagues.

We were also doing a video interview shoot for the Biodiversity Heritage Library, so myself and two colleagues were picked up by the film crew and went to the Marriott down by the water and spent a couple hours talking about BHL. And then it was time for a reception at the Space Needle. Took the Seattle Monorail (ah, tempus fugit! How the future can look so ragged and tattered 50 years on!).

Turns out the reception I was going to was on the mid-level area, not the top (which was having a party hosted by Elsevier!). Still, had a great time catching up with some other librarian friends and enjoying the view.

Headed out and back to the monorail; getting a bit late, so grabbed a quick bite to eat (more Washington state oysters, especially liked the Kusshi and Kumamoto) and then back to the hotel.

Space Needle at night 2013.01.26-IMG_7735 2013.01.27-IMG_7757

27 January 2013
Headed down to Pike Place for breakfast at the Crumpet Shop. Wow, quite amazing to get fresh crumpets and jam. An obligatory visit to the first Starbucks (number 301). Then, more one-on-one meetings. Some productive discussions about the DPLA.

Met up with a Smithsonian crowd for a Japanese/Spanish fusion spot (Japonnessa) that was a little too trendy for my tastes. Great service from a helpful server and fun conversation.

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28 January 2013
Productive hotel lounge meeting with DPLA, DLF and LC staff (over a nice pair of Sazeracs). Dinner at Urbane's comprised of PacNW treats and then a long discussion with colleagues about BHL Africa, the state of library science education, field notes, and, of course, the BHL.

BHL Button at the Public Market Alaska Building Salmon Bay Foundry

29 January 2013
Up and took care of some work, packed and then got a ride to the airport from an old friend (thanks Marta!). Hung out at SEA for a while waiting for AS 2: SEA to DCA. Left on time in a fairly empty flight (hello empty middle seat). And, with some nice tailwinds, landed at DCA a little early.

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