NMRT 2004 Annual Conference Orientation



Welcome to the New Members Round Table Orlando Orientation Page! Whether this is your first time at an ALA Conference or you are a seasoned pro, this page will provide you with all the information and links to information you might need to know about ALA Annual in Orlando.


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NMRT Conference Activities


Check out the NMRT Home Page for information on missions and goals, membership, joining committees and more. Below we have listed all of the NMRT sponsored activities, events and sessions to help you out with your planning.

FRIDAY – June 25, 2004

Resume Review Service Booth
1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: ALA Placement Center, Orange County Convention Center

Executive Board Meeting I - CANCELLED (replaced with an e-meeting prior to Annual)

Conference Planning Groups
3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: Hilton Garden Inn Seaworld - Key Biscayne Room

SATURDAY - June 26, 2004

NMRT Conference Orientation
8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Location:The Peabody Orlando - Plaza International BR E

New to ALA, the Annual Conference, or Orlando? Attending the ALA/NMRT Orientation is a worthwhile start to your day. Come get tips from pros and grab an orientation bag that's full of information. As Walt Crawford wrote, "It’s not an orientation to the New Members Round Table; it’s an orientation for new attendees by NMRT. I wish I’d paid attention 28 years ago!" from Cites & Insights: Crawford at Large, February 2004.

Resume Review Service Booth
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: ALA Placement Center, Orange County Convention Center

NMRT Membership Meeting
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Location: The Peabody Orlando - Plaza International BR E

This program will feature two guest speakers, offering practical advice on getting hired and on balancing life and work. The first presentation is entitled "Get Hired Soon! Maximizing Your Post-Graduation Employability," and the second is called, “Balance your life; balance your career.” Come join us!

1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Location: Orange County Convention Center - 308 C/D

Join us as our panelists discuss practical leadership tips, such as how to run a committee effectively, how to delegate and how to use email to communicate clearly.

SUNDAY - June 27, 2004

Resume Review Service Booth

9:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: ALA Placement Center, Orange County Convention Center

NMRT All-Committee Meeting
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: Sheraton World Resort - Arctic Room

3M/NMRT Social
flyer, NMRT social 2004
7:30 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Location: Rosen Centre Hotel - Grand Ballroom A-C

A social will be held at the Annual Conference to recognize recipients of the 3M Professional Development Grant and to provide an opportunity for NMRT members to network with one another. The Social will also include a dance.

NMRT Student Reception
8:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Location: Renaissance Orlando Resort - Palani Sailfish Room

The NMRT Student Reception is a great place for students and invited guests to network in a relaxed environment. Learn more about ALA units from their representatives and support the Student Chapter of the Year as that award is presented! Light refreshments served.

MONDAY - June 28, 2004

Highsmith Inc. & NMRT Leadership Development Workshop:
FISH! - Catch the Energy. Release the Potential.

8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Location: Sheraton World Resort - Mediterranean Room

Get hooked on the FISH! philosophy! Come watch the film that has inspired thousands of organizations worldwide to adopt its vital message. People watch FISH! once because it's fun, but they watch it again because it's fundamental to satisfying work and delighted to customers. This 90-minute interactive workshop will introduce you to the FISH! philosophy and help you see that every individual has the power to create a more interesting, playful, profitable, and energetic workplace. Speaker: Christine Ray, Manager, Learning & Development, Highsmith Inc.

Resume Review Service Booth
9:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: ALA Placement Center, Orange County Convention Center

Executive Board Meeting II
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Location: Embassy Suites Jamaican Court - Manatee/Pelican Room

New Board Orientation
12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Location: Embassy Suites Jamaican Court - Manatee/Pelican Room

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Conference Tips


The following are a few tips we have gathered over the years and conferences! Be sure to come to the New Members Round Table Orientation in Orlando on Saturday, June 26, 2004, 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. for more tips on surviving ALA Annual!

  • Wear comfortable shoes
  • Carry snacks and bottled water or juice in your bag
  • Have a pen and pad of paper in your bag for taking notes
  • Leave plenty of time to visit the exhibits
  • Dress appropriately for interviewing if you will be using the job center
  • Bring business cards to give to vendors and other librarians
  • Plan for walking time between your meetings if they are in different hotels

Helpful websites:

Orange County Convention Center
The official site of the Orange County Convention Center. Site contains maps, floor plans, services and amenities and more.

The Weather Channel - Orlando
Check out the weather ahead of time so you'll know what to pack and what to wear!

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Flying in?

Orlando Airports
Information on both Orlando International Airport (MCO) and Orlando Executive Airport (ORL)

Transportation available to and from the Orlando Airports

Buses, Taxis & Vans
Listing of hotels that offer free transportation to/from Orlando Intl Airport & approximate rates for travel for other methods of tranportation.

  • Taxi to International Drive for 1 person: Approximately $29 - $34
  • Shuttle to International Drive for 1 person: Approximately $14
  • Bus: $1.25, travel time is approximately 60 minutes to International Drive.

Car Rental

Transportation available around the city of Orlando

I-Ride Trolley
Travels exclusively throughout the International Drive Resort Area. Single fare 75 cents. Unlimited ride passes also available.

Central Florida Regional Transportation - Serves Orange, Seminole and Osceola Counties.

Yahoo! Directory Orlando Travel and Transportation

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Orlando Hot Spots

Orlando is a metropolitan area with enough activites to satisfy everyone. Visit museums, have a gourmet dinner, befriend a giant mouse, or just laze around and enjoy the fabulous Florida weather. Find what you are looking for from the sites below.

Arts and Culture

These sites provide information on cultural attractions in and around the Orlando area.

Orlando Museums

Orlando Theatre Listings


Follow the links below to find a great meal in Orlando. Choose by area, cuisine, or price.

Church Street Dining

Digital City: Orlando Dining

Downtown Dining

International Drive Dining

Lake Buena Vista Dining

Orlando Area Dining


Need a break from the hectic ALA schedule? Then take a break and explore the never dull world of Orlando nightlife. These sites cater to everything from bars to live shows.

Downtown Orlando Hightlife

Nightguide Orlando

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Orlando Activities

Don't know what to do in Orlando? These sites provide all sorts of places to visit and have a good time. More exists in Orlando than just Disney World.

Orlando/Orange County Convention Center

Sea World

Universal Studios

Walt Disney World

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Around Florida

Take some time and explore the rest of Florida. Some of the world's most beautiful beaches are only an hour away.

Daytona Beach

Florida's Offical Vacation Guide

John F Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral

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Last updated: April 13, 2004
Created by: Jessica Kopecky and Jason Martin , NMRT Orientation Committee