I got to attend ACA 2010 in Halifax last week. I’ve for years strongly believed ACA to be the best conference ever, and I was not disappointed. It’s got a perfect combination of sessions, workshops, and social events both scheduled and casual. I was in good company last week.
Session summaries will be showing up on this site over the next little while.
As part of the Outreach Committee, I was involved in the ACA 35th Anniversary Oral History project — which meant that I spent most of the refreshment breaks and several session periods out on the balcony, talking with some of the people who have made archives in Canada what they are. (Missed some sessions, sure, but probably learned far more than I would have otherwise.)
This was my third ACA, but the first I attended as a fully-graduated, working professional. The first (2006) I was a student, the second (2007) I was months out of school, working a tenuous contract barely related to my skill set. So the thing at the back of my brain ~constantly~ was: will I be getting a job out of this?
(Answer: no, but not for lack of trying.)
So it was much, much better to be there as a normal, working delegate, to approach strangers are a colleague rather than as a supplicant, to be able to relax and hang out with the people I wanted to be with rather than worrying about where I should be at any given time.
A great conference, and once again demonstrated that I get more out of things when I stop trying so hard and just enjoy the experience.