Friday, June 29, 2007


I just got back from the American Library Association annual conference in Washington, D.C. , with 27,000 librarians in attendance. Quite frankly, I wasn't very enthusiastic about going, but once I got there, it proved to be a very interesting week, with many Hye (Armenian) connections (including my roommate and colleague).

Day 1 (June 22): International Relations Round Table orientation -- one of the attendees turned out to be an Armenian woman from Rostov, Russia; also, my colleague from Armenia, who is the director of the Information Resource Center at the American Embassy in Yerevan.

Day 2 (June 23): Opening session -- keynote speakers, Bill Bradley and Vartan Gregorian (the latter has been an inspiration for me, especially for his "Vartanization" of libraries); presentation of the Sara Jaffarian School Library award.

Day 3 (June 24): EMIERT program, "Immigrants, Libraries, and the American Experience," at which I was one of 3 panelists. I spoke about Armenian immigrants , incorporating my own experience with American libraries.

Day 4 (June 25): Even at the exhibits, many of my contacts had a Hye lining, including one of the vendors from Madison, WI, who, when she saw my last name, connected it to my brother-in-law at the University. She had attended a number of his performances, knows his wife and son! I also managed to pique the interest of several publishers of language programs and geographic series that Armenian/Armenia should be considered for future publication. At the International Librarians reception that evening, of the 600 guests there were 5 Armenians, one from Armenia, one from Russia, and three from Los Angeles.

Day 5 (June 26): On the bus I met two librarians from Fresno, who work directly with the Armenian Studies program at Fresno State University. They know some of the people I know and attend many Armenian community functions. This makes them ABC's (Armenians by Choice).

Day 6 (June 27): Many of my taxi drivers were from Ethiopia and were familiar with the Armenian community in Addis Ababa. The cancellation of my flight home meant I had to fly in to LAX instead of Burbank. Who was my shuttle driver? Vartan the Armenian!

Now, back to L.A. reality and the writing of the dissertation...



Blogger Karine said...

One of my best friends was at the conference. She's filming a documentary. Love your blog. I'm adding it to my links list.

August 19, 2007 9:37 AM  
Blogger snm said...

Thanks, Karine. I've added you to my links list as well.


August 19, 2007 11:30 PM  

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