OLAC 2017 Conference Sneak Peak

Newsletter Issue: 
Volume 37, Number 1. March 2017


Kay Johnson

The Conference Local Arrangements Committee has selected a venue for the 2017 OLAC Conference. A contract with the Omni Richmond Hotel in Virginia has been signed, where the conference will be held October 27-29. The Program Planning Committee has been formed with the goal of putting together an awesome program addressing the latest cataloging training and trends. Stacie Traill is chair of the program planning, and she welcomes your suggestions for programs!

The Omni is at an excellent location in downtown Richmond overlooking the James River. It is within view of the Capitol designed by Thomas Jefferson, and featured in Stephen Spielberg’s film, Lincoln. Within an easy stroll from the hotel are over thirty restaurants and great shopping on the gas-lit, cobblestone streets of Historic Shockoe Slip. In addition, the hotel is part of a complex that includes a mini-mall with restaurants, shops, and an upscale YMCA that is freely available to hotel guests.

Comfortable guest rooms will be available at the discounted group rate of $145 a night. The amenities are numerous, including robes in the rooms, and free Internet. The Richmond International Airport serves American Airlines, Delta, jetBlue, Southwest, United, and allegiant. The Omni is a short shuttle ride or a 9 minute walk from the Amtrak train station. The train is popular for commuters between Richmond and Washington, D.C.

The Conference Committee is a volunteer collaboration between librarians at Orange County Public Library, Radford University, and Virginia Commonwealth University:

• Kay Johnson (Chair) & Elizabeth McCormick, Radford University

• Ngoc-My Guidarelli and Barbara J. Anderson, Virginia Commonwealth University

• Tina Frick, Orange County Public Library

Stay tuned for further details to be shared on OLAC-L, at the ALA Annual Membership Meeting, and in the Newsletter. I’m looking forward to seeing you in Richmond in October 2017! For questions, contact Kay Johnson.

Meeting Room Lobby

James Center Mall from Omni Hotel

Photographs by Kay Johnson

Omni Richmond Hotel Virtual Tour