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Jul 06

Forgo the Status Quo: Preparing for the AALL Annual Meeting and Conference

By Michael Feit | Associations , Events

The 110th American Association of Law Libraries’ (AALL) Annual Meeting and Conference is scheduled for July 15-18, 2017 in Austin, TX. The theme of this year’s conference, “Forgo the Status Quo”, seems perfect for such an eclectic and vibrant city such as Austin! According to recent attendee surveys, 22% of attendees are from law firm libraries. For that reason, we are excited to attend this year’s conference.

We want to know what our clients want to know.

Below, we offer some suggestions and tips on how best to prepare for the upcoming conference and optimize your time there:

Plan in advance what you want to attend. Prior to the conference, study the conference schedule and decide what programs interest you the most. You have the option of downloading the conference app to your device, making it a handy option for planning on the go and managing your conference schedule (https://eventmobi.com/aall2017/). While you will receive a program upon arrival, come prepared and have the program and the programs you are most interested in attending already highlighted if you prefer paper. As some programs are bound to be more popular than others, try to arrive early to ensure that you can get a seat. Check out the events and meetings scheduled, and map out what events interest you the most.

Schedule time for the vendor hall. Be sure to leave ample time to explore the exhibitor hall and find out what is new and exciting with vendors and databases. You probably won’t be able to do it one day, so plan on popping in once or twice during the conference to connect with vendors and see the greatest and latest offerings. And this is a great time to collect literature on new vendors and databases to share with your colleagues back at your firm.

Bring an extra sweater or long-sleeved shirt, and dress comfortably. Summertime in Austin is HOT, but the Austin Convention Center will be cool. Some conference rooms might be chilly, so come prepared!

Network, network, network! If you attend the conference with colleagues, it might tempting to stick close to them. It’s best to divide and conquer and meet new librarians! And if you go to different programs, you can present what you’ve learned to your colleagues after the conference.

Get Social! If you are on Twitter or Facebook, find the conference hashtag #AALL2017 and follow along for conference news, events, photographs, tips, and commentary. Use #AALL2017 in all of your social media conversations and posts! If you don’t have a chance to attend the conference, this is a great way to follow along.

Bring business cards! Be sure to update your LinkedIn profile before heading to the conference. You may exchange business cards with new folks you meet, but they will likely add you soon after on LinkedIn.

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Jul 06

The Austin Food Scene

By Michael Feit | Events

One of the best parts of attending the AALL Conference is experiencing the food in a new city!
Not only does Austin have a thriving music scene, but they are quickly becoming one of America’s best foodie towns. Barbecue is huge here, and the food truck scene is quickly growing. The hip and funky capital of Texas is now ranked in nearly every best food city list. While you may be tempted to stay close to the convention center, don’t be afraid to go further afield and explore different areas of Austin. Both UBER and Lyft have recently returned to the city after a year-long absence, so affordable ride options abound! Since your schedule is likely to be tight, make restaurant reservations in advance on OpenTable or by calling the restaurants.

Franklin is Aaron Franklin’s renowned barbeque spot that has folks waiting in line for hours–it is that good! Try to get there by 7:00 am!
900 E 11th St

La Barbecue is a food trailer serving up Central Texas barbecue and offers shorter lines than Franklin’s (AND you can pre-order 5 days in advance). Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.
1906 E Cesar Chavez St

Uchi is Tyson Cole’s original “house” that started it all and serves up amazing sushi and Japanese cuisine.
801 South Lamar Boulevard

Uchiko is the offshoot of the famed Uchi restaurant and offers upscale sushi & small plates in a farmhouse-chic space.
4200 N Lamar Blvd

Odd Duck offers farm-to-table cuisine with communal seating make this a great choice for a large group for a meal or happy hour! And they offer a separate gluten-free dining menu!

Home Slice Pizza serves authentic NY-style pizza.
1415 S Congress Ave

Stanley’s Farmhouse Pizza, set in a barn on Ceres Park Ranch offers handcrafted, artisan pizza. Located on the outskirts of the city, this weekend-only joint is worth the drive!

Voodoo Donuts is a cash-only joint that offers quirky and delicious donuts. Go early!
212 East 6th Street

Mother’s Cafe is a vegetarian and vegan cafe in Hyde Park that has been open since 1980!
4215 Duval Street
and E 43rd Street

Arlo’s is a food truck that offers plant-based comfort food in a bistro-style setting. There are multiple locations, and diners rave about their Bac’n Cheeze Burger!
900 Red River at Cheerup Charlie’s
1700 E. 6th at The Grackle
2908 Fruth at Spider House Cafe

True Food Kitchen is always a healthy and safe bet when you are looking for a tasty and reliable gluten-free or vegetarian dining option! Try the local kombucha! Also check out Odd Duck’s gluten-free menu.
222 West Ave

For after-dinner drinks, head to Small Victory for an intimate, classic cocktail experience or the Roosevelt Room for inventive craft cocktails and a gorgeous upstairs lounge. Or head to the fabulous garden courtyard lounge at the Hotel San Jose, a South Congress Hotel. If you are a beer lover, check out Easy Tiger, which is a bakery by day and creekside beer garden by night, or Craft Pride, which has a ton of Texas craft beers on tap.

And for a killer view reminiscent of Italy, we recommend The Oasis on Lake Travis, which is the largest outdoor restaurant in Texas and is known as the Sunset Capital of Texas! Go for the view and a margarita or cocktail to drink in the Texas sunset!

And, if you are staying a few extra days in Austin to explore and enjoy the city, schedule a food tour with Austin Eats!