After that, we had the great fortune to see Ira Glass speak. But before, the organizers had set up a slideshow of pictures, tweets, blogs, etc, all tagged with the official acrl2009 tag. It was great fun! I saw a bunch of my friends on the big screen and my Flickr ACRL album page was up there for a few seconds!
But the real show was Ira Glass. He gave a beautiful talk. He discussed the research process for his show, how to use narrative to make a point, and he declared war on the Topic Sentence format of writing. He’s good at telling stories (as This American Life listeners/viewers know), and he’s good at it on stage. He started with the lights down, just talking. He used that to make a point about intimacy and attention, but then broguth up the lights. He talked about using suspense and drawing in your audience. He had me rethinking how I give presentations and try to make points. Great stuff all the way around.
Now, I have some work type stuff to do, and some friends from past lives to meet. I’m supposed to write up the first time experience for ACRL, so I’ll try to finish that. The flight leaves in nine and a half hours, so I’ll most likely see you all on Tuesday.
ACRL has been a great conference for me. It’s amazing to be at a conference without any meetings, where the entire focus is on learning and meeting people. I’m looking forward to trying out some of what I’ve learned, and getting in touch with some of the people I’ve met. Good times!