Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Another Boston Conference Draws Record Attendance

I just saw a press release about the Public Library Association’s (PLA) March 2006 conference in Boston. Quoting from that release: " . . . the largest-ever Public Library Association Conference. More than 11,000 library staff, exhibitors, authors and guests packed the Hynes Convention Center."

I realize that genealogical conferences don’t draw that kind of attendance, but PLA's total shows what a draw Boston is. Read More

Another draw that I witnessed that same week was the New England Historic Genealogical Society where I saw quite a few researchers wearing PLA name tags. The NEHGS is just one of many research places in the Boston area. I talked to one librarian who said that doing some family history research was one of her reasons for coming to the conference.

The Hynes Convention Center is such a great place for a conference. With multiple elevators and escalators, it is easy to get around. The facility is handicapped accessible. The aisles in the building are wide -- registrants can easily get between the lecture rooms and to and from the Exhibit Hall.

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