Are you ready for the ALA conference?

Bags packed? Schedule highlighted? Are you ready for the 2013 ALA Conference?

Today, I’m offering up a collection of links to help you make the most of ALA 2013!

American Libraries direct has a great list of conference events and activities in Chicago.

ALA also offers a PDF you can print and take with you of making the most of your conference experience

Sara Dixon over at INALJ offers her thoughts on whether attending is worth it for those that have to pay themselves

Here’s Library Journal’s guide to attending the conference

PC Sweeney tells you how to be awesome at going to library conferences

John Scalzi and Cory Doctorow will both be there, among other fabulous authors

Open Access is a big deal for academic libraries! Check out Scholarly Communication events at ALA

While you’re there – take a tour of local Chicago libraries

Of course – attending a conference shouldn’t be all work. Take time to eat, drink, and do something fun!

Wear your walking shoes, hit the exhibit hall, and remember to bring back some swag for the rest of us!!

EDIT: And furthermore, here’s a list of free food opportunities at ALA to help you stretch your travel dollars

What events are YOU most looking forward to at ALA 2013?