I have been back from Access 2008 for a few days and have now fully recovered. It was a little intimidating, very exciting, a little exhausting…and lots of fun! I met a lot of great people and absorbed a lot of interesting information.
More than anything, Access was energizing. It’s great to hear what others are doing for their libraries, to learn about the tools they’re using (or developing and sharing!), and to see what they have accomplished. For me, I was happy that there was a lot of talk about Evergreen (including a sneak peak of the upcoming 1.4 release), a talk about Project Conifer, and two Birds-of-a-Feather sessions. Even the pre-conference Hackfest leaned heavily towards Evergreen development, with some impressive results (including properly integrating Zotero with Evergreen’s new dynamic interface). I understand that all of the talks will be made available in some sort of audio format, too.
Now, it’s back to work. Currently, this involves me relentlessly beating some SIRSI-exported MARC records into something resembling the standard (“Duplicate 001 fields? Really?”). However, as I seek solutions to some problems by scanning through list archives and asking questions on IRC channels, it’s nice to now be able to associate the faces of the people I met to their online names and nicks.
Next year’s conference will be held in PEI. See you there.