Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Social Networking on the Walkway

Well it is the second to last day of the conference and I just now discovered wifi access within the exhibitor's hall. I happened to be using one of the email computers that were within the hall and I noted a little white piece of paper sitting next the computer stations which gave instructions on how to access the wifi.

Ok I admit I am probably have a reserved spot on the short bus some days, but I completely missed this tid bit of networking knowledge. However, I am not the only one who was unaware of wifi access in the exhibitor's hall. In my quest to find free hot spots I met many other librarians in the process. At one point and time while I was sitting on the walkway from the hotel to Pennsylvania Convention Center uploading my blog posts (because it was free hot spot AND it had a power outlet nearby) four librarians stopped in their tracks and asked me if I was able to get online. Two people ran to their rooms and immediately joined me on the walkway.

Perhaps the little white pieces of papers listing the wifi instructions could have been a little bigger and bolder. Perhaps it could have been added to our registration packets. However, if it was then I wouldn't have made two more friends on the walkway.


The Krafty Librarian said...

(note this was emailed to me and I have posted it as a comment with the author's permission)

I couldn’t agree with you more about the wireless. I saw the announcement in the program, and still couldn’t find the information on how to connect/use it. I also accidentally stumbled over the instructions in the Internet CafĂ©. I’m glad this first step to broadly available wireless at MLA happened, and I’m sure it will not be the last. Hopefully, we’ll have more wireless and do a better job of letting people know about it next year in Chicago.


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