AALL in Seattle 2013

The weather for the 106th annual meeting was perfect -- sunny and cool! It seemed a bit ironic that the rain fatigued folks from the east coast had to find sunshine on the west coast ... but no one was complaining! And some were even heard to remark that this was the best AALL weather they've had in a very long time.

The weather was perfect, the beauty of Seattle was at its best and the programs I attended met and even exceeded my expectations (with the exception of one that fell flat on its face). All in all, a very good meeting.

The grand old man, Mt. Rainier, is almost visible ... peeping through the mists.
Here is another view of Mt. Rainier from the water.

An iconic symbol of Seattle ... the Space Needle ... as seen from the water.

Cathy Lemann and Terry Long found Gelatiamo (photo from Terry Long)

Yes, I found the Gelato shop too ... delicious scoop of mango and strawberry gelato.
But no place was as popular as the Wild Ginger for law librarian foodies. Here's a Malaysian laksa dish ... ok it was pretty good but still nothing like the original.
The coconut ice cream at the Wild Ginger was seriously good ... no doubt about it!

We did come for the conference and here is AALL President, Jean Wenger, at the Opening General Session bright and early on Sunday, July 14, 2013.

Chief Justice Barbara Madsen of the Washington State Supreme Court welcomed AALL to Seattle and spoke briefly about how the Seattle community rallied around and saved the King County law library from being closed.
Keynote speaker Dr. David Weinberger from the Harvard Library Innovation Lab talked about libraries as platforms and how they are under-represented on the web.

VALL President Amy Wharton at the VALL luncheon on Monday, July 15. The fall meeting will be at Washington & Lee in Lexington, and the spring meeting will be at South University in Glen Allen. Information will be coming soon!
Cathy Palombi and Victoria Kahn having a discussion at the VALL luncheon.

New VALL member Jennifer Gonzalez, and Anthony Brown Ikwueme deciding on what to order for lunch.
Patty Petroccione

Donna Bausch, Rae Ellen Best, Jim Heller ... choices, choices and in the end the most popular dish was the salmon burger.
Joyce Manna Janto at the VALL table in the exhibit hall.
My favorite program -- Finding the Veronica Mars Within: Using Social Media for Investigatice Purposes in Legal Practice. Years ago when I was writing about how to find people, I knew this day would come -- that we would someday be using social media to locate people.
The Marian Gould Gallagher Distinguished Service Award recipient, Carolyn P. Ahern
The Marian Gould Gallagher Distinguished Service Award recipient, Judy Meadows.
The changing of the guard, incoming AALL President Steve Anderson and outgoing president Jean Wenger.
AALL President Steve Anderson. On to San Antonio in 2014!

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