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News For You: #2018VLA Conference Update

September 20, 2018

2018/Conference Special

In the Issue

  1. Registration and Packet Pick Up
  2. Wednesday in Williamsburg
  3. #2018VLA
  4. Jump In, Get Involved
  5. Thursday Dine-Arounds
  6. Scholarship Tickets In Advance
  7. Conference Documents and Slideshows
  8. REMINDER: Bring Your Own Tote
  9. Pro Tip: Bring a Refillable Water Bottle


Conference Location: Colonial Williamsburg Lodge, 310 S. England Street, Williamsburg, VA. Please note hotel check-in time is 4:00 pm and is on the Main Level.

Parking: Parking at the Colonial Williamsburg Lodge is complimentary for self-parking, $15 per day for valet. Parking maps have been added to the VLA Conference Portal.

Volunteer: The VLA conference can't succeed without volunteers! Browse our volunteer opportunities and sign up to help today!

Conference App: Download it today from your App Store! Search Virginia Library Association or 2018VLA!

Wednesday Tours and Activites: There is still time to sign up!

Our Final Conference Program is now available!

Registration and Packet Pick Up

Early Registration: Wednesday, September 26, 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm, Main Level, outside the Colony Room at the Colonial Williamsburg Lodge.

Thursday Registration: Begins at 9:00 am, outside the Virginia Room on the lower level of the Conference Center. Coffee and light breakfast will be served in the rear of the Exhibit Hall.

Friday Registration: The Exhibit Hall will open at 8:30 am and closes at 3. Registration is in the rear of the Exhibit Hall.

Wednesday in Williamsburg

So many options to choose from! Join Cycling for Libraries (just $35 for bike rental, helmet and lock!) or choose from one (or more) of the free, amazing tours our Local Arrangements Committee has organized! We've also got a New Members Round Table Pub Crawl Wednesday evening. Sign up now to secure your spot!


Join the fun on social media with #2018VLA. All public posts from Facebook, Instagram and Twitter will be available on our Tagboard at the Lodge. Be sure to follow us on Facebook if you aren't already! Our Social Media Team has been having a lot of fun posting this year...

Jump In, Get Involved!

As the 2018 VLA Conference approaches, we are already looking forward to 2019! Following the Conference, there will be opportunities for VLA members to serve on various committees and forums. We are currently working on revising our Committee Interest Application, but in the meantime, if you have questions about serving on a committee or a forum let VLA 2nd Vice President Adrian Whicker ([email protected]) know of your interest and he will be in touch. There will be vacancies on each of the following committees: Continuing Education, Intellectual Freedom, Awards and Recognition, Scholarship, Conference, Jefferson Cup, Legislative, and Website Content.

Thursday Dine-Arounds

Thursday night Dine-Around sign ups are still open! We've made reservations for Thursday evening dinner for you! Dine arounds are a great way to network and meet new people. Please sign up for the dine around you would like to attend. Each participant is responsible for the cost of their meal and for travel to and from the restaurant

Save Time, Support VLA Scholarships

The Annual VLA Scholarship Basket Raffle is one of our biggest fundraisers for VLA Scholarships. Save time by buying your tickets in advance and pick them up at your leisure in the Scholarship Booth outside the exhibit hall in the Virginia Foyer, lower level. Tickets are $2 each or 3 for $5.

Want to donate a basket? Please contact 2018 VLA Scholarship Chair Michael Hibben.

Conference Documents and Slideshows

As we receive them, documents from VLA presenters will be posted on our Annual Conference Portal. Are you a VLA Presenter? Submit your documents through this form. Attendees: thank you for your patience as we load these. Many schedules were affected by the weather in VA last week and early this week; presenter safety was paramount and many were not able to finish their presentations yet.

REMINDER: VLA is a Bring-Your-Own-Tote Conference

PRO TIP: Bring a refillable bottle for non-stop access to hydration stations in the back of each session room.

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