LOEX 2006: Travelling to and Opening Reception

LOEX 2006 was a great success. It was held May 4 through May 6 at the Marriott Inn & Conference Center on the campus of the University of Maryland University College. UMUC is located on the northwestern edge of the University of Maryland College Park campus.

I drove to the conference. (The only one from Ohio who did). It took me a little over 6 hours. The scenery was great. This was my first time driving I-68 in West Virginia and Maryland. It is a lot more scenic then the PA Turnpike.

I was surprised how quickly I left spring and entered late winter as I climbed out of West Virginia into Maryland.  It was kind of strange to see nothing but miles of trees with no leaves for about 60 miles. The other two impressive sights on I-68 was the city of Cumberland and Sideling Hill.

Traffic on I-270 south from Frederick wasn't too bad. I didn't run into bad traffic until I merged onto I-295 eastbound. I spent about 30 minutes traveling 20 miles on hour towards College Park. That slow speed gave me time to check out the LDS Washington D.C. Temple. I don't remember seeing it in the past when I've been on the beltway. I arrived at the Marriott around 4 p.m. and was able to quickly park and check in.

The opening reception was held in the lower level of the Marriott, which also serves as an art gallery. It was nice to meet new people and catch up with old friends. I had a nice chat with Margaret Fain from Coastal Carolina University. I think there were a total of 9 librarians from OhioLINK libraries in attendance this year.

After the reception, I ate dinner with Doris Ebbert from Otterbein College, Kim Leggett from Columbus State Community College, and Olga Hart from University of Cincinnati at R.J. Bentley's. Bentley's is located on the opposite side of UMD's campus, so we were able to check out the heart of campus on the walk over and back. It was good to catch up with Dorris and get to learn more about Kim and Olga and their work. 

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