Since I didn’t take notes at the conference, I am going to attempt to recap the week’s events. I trekked to Washington, D.C. with six other SLIS grad student from USC(that’s University of South Carolina to all of you foreigners!). We drove up in two cars which actually was pretty fun but it took forever. We got to Catholic U where we were staying pretty late in the day. Not enough time to really do anything. Because of this, we hit the ground running on Friday.
After registering, I made it to the Smithsonian Museum of American History. It was great to see it again as it had been many years since the last time I had been to D.C. After this, I met up with the rest of the SLISers and we toured the Library of Congress, which had a special open house. The LOC is like the Holy Grail for librarians so we were all in seventh heaven. (Is that enough religious references for you?). They had both their rare books and a collection of rare children’s literature on display. We were also able to go into the reading room and of course went through many of the other rooms. I mostly stuck to the Jefferson building but did go over to the Madison and got my very own LOC Reader’s Card.
Of course this was the day that I wore sandals and got massive blisters which plagued me the rest of the week. Lesson learned, wear tennis shoes the entire time.