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Conference Scheduler - ALAMW11

The new Scheduler at http://connect.ala.org/conference/alamw11 offers a number of new features for attendees:

• The use of existing [Connect] logins rather than new ones
• Personalized recommendations for sessions and exhibitors based on your ALA groups/affiliations, profile interests, and types of libraries you noted you’re interested in
• Real-time data for both sessions and exhibitors
• The ability to prioritize multiple sessions in the same time slot
• The ability to link to sessions from external sites
• Commenting on sessions
• Links on session pages to the group’s Connect page
• The ability to mark a session as “attended” and produce a list of everything you went to
• Logos for and links to sponsoring units
• Expanded options for searching by meeting type and location

Get started right away through the Browse/Search option or login with your ALA Connect profile for personal reccomendations. A Quick Start guide as well as a more extensive Help section are also linked from http://connect.ala.org/conference/alamw11

Boopsie Mobile Scheduler

The ALAMW11 Mobile from Boopsie is designed for smart phones to help you find what you want from Midwinter right from your phone. Just go to your mobile phone's Web browser and type in alamw.boopsie.com to install ALA Midwinter Mobile. Boopsie is compatible with all web-enabled phones. High-speed downloadable clients are available for Android, BlackBerry, J2ME, Palm OS, Symbian S60, Windows Mobile and iPhone.

Get Midwinter meeting schedules, maps, hotel, resturant and taxi info. Download or visit http://alamw.boopsie.com/ to try it yourself.

About Boopsie and ALA Mobile

BoopsieTM has partnered with ALA to bring you ALA Mobile...the fastest, easiest way to access important and useful information about the Midwinter Meeting in San Diego, directly from your cell phone.

ALA Mobile requires access to the data network on your phone (make sure you monitor your data use if you do not have an unlimited data plan). To get ALA Mobile on your cell phone, go to http://ala.boopsie.com from your mobile phone’s browser; or, simply text the word “alamw” to 41411. You will receive a text message back with a link to download and install the small application to your phone.

Just follow the simple steps. It only takes a few seconds. Then click on the ALA Logo and select “Exhibitors”, “Sessions”, etc. There is help available from the menu of the application. To find an exhibitor, select the “Exhibitors” channel and start typing an exhibitor name. ALA Mobile is powered by Boopsie’s SmartPrefix search, so you only have to type the first few letters of each word of the company name — that should save you some time. To view a list of the sessions at the show, select the “Sessions” channel. You will see a list of sessions. If you want to see all sessions on Friday, just type ‘fri’ and the list of all sessions on Friday will appear. Clicking on a session will show you more details about the session. Be sure to check out the “add to plan” feature that allows you to keep a personal schedule the show. You can also find local restaurants, hotels and even taxi services through the ALA Mobile. Just click on one of the other channels, and search the same way you did for “Exhibitors” or “Sessions”. It’s easy and fun. Enjoy! Feel free to send feedback to support@ boopsie.com.

Boopsie also provides a world-class mobile library application with complete integration with your existing ILS — visit them at http://www.boopsie.com.