Andrea, one of my librarian heroes, has come up with this genius idea for a Librarians and Wesleyan Connection Meetup during ALA. Here is the announcement from the wiki:
Librarians & Wesleyan Connection Meet Up at the PLA President’s Reception, Hyatt Regency Chicago
McCormick Room/Regency Ballroom, 7:30pm.
If you went to Wesleyan, or are somehow associated with Wesleyan, and you happen to be a librarian, meet others like you at the PLA President’s Reception (the reception itself runs from 6:45pm-8pm). I might be wearing a Wes baseball cap, or, alternately, my Library Raid Gear, we’ll see. Email Andrea Mercado for more information.
Wesleyan has the most amazing library for a University of its size and I spent much time wandering through (and sleeping in) the stacks. Old libraries like that have such a magical quality. My decision to become an academic librarian is definitely related to those fond memories I have of Olin Library. I wonder how many other Wes alums were equally inspired by Olin. I graduated from Wes in ’99 and would love to share Wesleyan-related stories with other alums/librarians. I know there are a few of us out there! Otherwise, I’ll just have fun hanging with Andrea. 🙂
Wish I could be there! If there’s anyone from the NYC area, feel free to pass along my name.
Sorry I missed the meet up, I left on Monday afternoon. I was inspired to become a librarian by Olin; I worked in the Reserve Book Room in the basement for four years. I have fond memories of the entire library, but I liked my coworkers the best. Many pizzas and shakes were smuggled in, and we played lots of gin rummy. Ah, the days before ereserves and automation.
Well, the only other Wesleyan grad I found at ALA was Andrea, but we still managed to have fun at our own little reunion reminiscing about the Athenian Diner, MoCon, and O’Rourke’s (funny how so many of our memories centered around food…). 😉 I hope some day I’ll have the chance to meet both of you, Keri and Stephen!