Live from Chase Auditorium in downtown Chicago…

Okay, so unless you’ve heard the NPR news quiz, “Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me,” you won’t get that. But I am indeed in downtown Chicago at the 2009 ALA Annual Conference! I’m representing UNCG as an intern in the Student to Staff Program – which means I work in exchange for conference registration and lodging (and a few other small perks). I’ll be working with Cognotes, the conference’s daily newspaper (but more about that tomorrow).

So, today has already been both exciting and exhausting. I finally got to my hotel, the Holiday Inn Mart Plaza, after an hour and a half plane flight from Raleigh-Durham and an hour and a half shuttle ride on a van full of NYC policemen. I met up with a MLS student from ECU and her roommate, and we had the brilliant idea to try to walk to McCormick Place, where the convention is being held. For the most part, it was an enjoyable walk- we saw the Chicago Public Library building, Millennium Park, Grant Park, Soldier Field, the Art Institute, Lake Shore Drive…but the walk was much longer than expected. Much longer. Once we finally got there, and I met up with another Student to Staffer  from Florida State. The two of us had the great privilege to get tickets to Wait Wait! The wonderful staff at the information desk kindly gave us directions as to which bus to take so that our poor feet didn’t have to suffer anymore, and we headed on our way to the Chase Auditorium. We had a quick dinner at Chipotle, then to Chase. The Wait Wait audience was entirely composed of librarians – this was the first time any group had ever bought out the entire auditorium for a show, and it was incredible! The guest was Neko Case, and indie rocker who, honestly, I had never heard of – but she’s hilarious! If you’ve never heard the show before, I highly recommend going to iTunes and downloading the free podcast – especially the one that will air this Saturday. Peter Sagal mentions using Wikipedia for finding facts…and chaos ensues…

That’s all for now! More to come tomorrow!

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