CONFERENCE

ER&L Conference

Electronic Resources & Libraries is March 16–19, 2014 and back at the AT&T Conference Center in Austin, Texas. ER&L is pleased to offer the Online Conference again for the 2014 conference. Read on for Official Hotels, Conference Highlights, Arrival and Departure Recommendations and tips for ER&L Travelers.

OFFicial Hotels – SOLD OUT

ER&L has 2 official hotel blocks. ER&L takes place at a very busy time in Austin just prior to our arrival with the SXSW Festival and Interactive Conference. A Saturday stay is not recommended as rates will be extremely high and rooms will be scarce. When these blocks sell out, we suggest several options listed below the official hotels.

AT&T Conference Center | University of Texas at Austin
1900 University Ave
Austin, TX 78705
AT&T Reservation Phone: 512.404.3600 or 877.744.8822
ER&L’s block status: SOLD OUT

DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Austin
303 West 15th St
Austin, TX 78701
DoubleTree Reservation Phone: 800-222-8733, mention Group Code ERL
ER&L’s block status: SOLD OUT

Alternatives to official hotels

–Use Travelocity, orbitz or hotels.com for rooms at varying price points. Rooms are released on a regular basis, and rates vary from the low $130′s up.

–For the adventurous, airbnb.com offers an enormous number of options at varying price points near campus. Austin has a very rich tradition of private home rentals due to the many years of the SXSW festival.

Please avoid a 3/15 arrival date. Saturday night stay rates will be very high due to SXSW.

er&l highlights/ schedule

ARRIVAL/ DEPARTURE RECOMMENDATIONS: Book flights for arrival on Sunday early evening. Book departing flights for Wednesday afternoon. Read on for details by day.

Sunday: Plan to arrive on Sunday evening for a casual, easy start to the conference at the UT-hosted ER&L Welcome reception. On Sunday, collect your badge from registration, get the lay of the land and join your colleagues at the Perry Casteneda Library at UT. You’ll want to be well rested for a packed Monday schedule.

Monday: ER&L kicks off on Monday morning with an early, full breakfast and sessions bright and early through the evening’s Vendor Reception & Tabletop Exhibit. If you attend breakfast, take in sessions all day and the welcome reception, your day runs from 7am-8pm.

Tuesday: Much like Monday, ER&L starts with an early breakfast and Sessions all day.

Wednesday: Breakfast is once again early and sessions go for a half day. The closing session ends around 12noon. Most registrants take a few hours to check out the city before an afternoon/ early evening departure. (If you registered for a workshop, your ER&L Conference day ends at 5pm and you can plan for a Wednesday night flight or Thursday morning departure. If you are staying on for the LTG Summit, check out their website for the schedule. )

What about downtime/Snacks/Meet up space? Snacks, hot food and drinks are served every few hours (no exaggeration!) If you need downtime or a place to plant to check in with the office, use the hotel lobby or lovely hotel courtyard with strong wifi. If you have a large group organizing a meet up (larger than 8 people) contact ER&L to find an official meeting spot for your group. ER&L is able to support regional, consortial or other themed meet-ups in ER&L meeting rooms. Email Sandy Tijerina at erl.sponsor@gmail.com with meet-up questions.

–> Local Austin Info

Registration Information

Registration for the conference + workshops is open. Email erl.sponsor@gmail.com with questions.

PAST Blog posts for the prospective Attendee

–> Getting the most out of ER&L

–> Making the best use of your time with ER&L Online

–> Networking Tips for the ER&L Conference

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