[Air-L] [AoIR 8] Message to delegates

Ray Land ray.land at strath.ac.uk
Thu Oct 11 17:26:35 PDT 2007

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From: air-l-bounces at listserv.aoir.org on behalf of Richard Smith
Sent: Thu 11/10/2007 23:11
To: ir8-l at sfu.ca
Cc: air-l at listserv.aoir.org
Subject: [Air-L] [AoIR 8] Message to delegates

Dear AoIR 8 ("Let's Play!) delegates,

The program is printed, the food is ordered, the extra security has 
been arranged. All is set for your edification and amusement next 
week in Vancouver. All we need now are the nerds (Ahem, Internet 
Researchers...), so get those suitcases packed and hop on a plane.

I have received a few inquiries about various logistical matters and 
hope to clear many of them up in this email. If you have other 
questions, however, don't hesitate to contact me.

0. Registration

        The registration will be open on a limited basis on Wednesday, 
October 17, to process folks who arrive early for the workshops. If 
you get into town during the day on Wednesday, drop in and pick up 
your bag, but after 9:30 when the workshop folks will be in their 
sessions, please. Registration is in the front hallway, just as you 
come into the building at 515 West Hastings Street. It will be open 
8-4 the rest of the conference.

1. Presentations

        There is a computer and LCD projector - with proper external 
speakers - in every room. No need to bring your own laptop, and in 
fact you will find it easier and simpler to just bring your 
presentation on a CD or USB stick/drive. There is an old fashioned 
overhead projector in every room, as well.

2. Coffee

        We will have coffee and *some* snacks before the event begins each 
morning, and then again at 10am and 3pm. Remember, the first session 
is at 8:30am... so don't sleep in!

3. Lunch

        Lunch is provided. You are welcome to use your lunch time - we 
scheduled 90 minutes for lunch - to go outside, but a modest lunch 
buffet will be available for all delegates.

4. Reception

        There is an opening reception on Wednesday, October 17, starting at 
7pm. The reception is sponsored by University of Washington's School 
of Communication. We've had a larger than expected number of people 
indicate that they were coming, so we've tried to lay on a bit more 
snacks and wine, but please be understanding if there is no more free 
booze when you get here. The bar will stay open, on a cash basis, 
until 9pm. Then you are on your own. Have fun, but be safe.

5. Banquet

        The banquet is an extra cost option, which many of you did select, 
but it is now sold out. Numerous other dining and entertainment 
options exist in Vancouver - a tourist guide will be in your 
conference pack - and our registration staff will be happy to make 
suggestions. Most downtown things are easily walkable from the 
conference site.

6. Internet

        Yes, we will have (wired and wireless) internet connections 
available for those of you with your own laptops. An instruction 
guide with user ID and password for the campus network is in the back 
of your badge holder. A limited number of workstations available in 
the computer labs for those of you who do not have a computer with 
you. Please give (anxious about midterms) students priority in those 
labs, however.

7. Crowds

        We have had a large response and it is possible that your 
presentation room or the keynote will be over full. Please be 
patient. In some cases we may be able to move to a larger room, but 
in other situations you might have to crowd in or go to another 
session. If that happens, look on the bright side: at least our 
research area is sufficiently popular to create a crowd!

8. Program

        The program is available through the AoIR wiki: http://wiki.aoir.org/
index.php?title=About_IR8.0  and you can also download the complete 
program from my personal web space, here: http://www.sfu.ca/~smith/
AoIR2007ProgramOct11.pdf You will find a "conference at a glance in 
the program and in the back of your badge-holder, or you can memorize 
this pattern: parallel sessions, coffee, keynote, lunch, parallel 
sessions, coffee, parallel sessions. That is the order of things on 
Thursday and Saturday. On Friday, our keynote is in the afternoon so 
the pattern is slightly altered: parallel sessions, coffee, parallel 
sessions, lunch, parallel sessions, coffee, keynote.

9. AGM

        The Annual General Meeting begins promptly at 5pm in room 1900, 
following Henry Jenkins' keynote address. If you don't wish to 
participate in the AGM, kindly exit to the lobby, where Dr Jenkins 
will be available for a few minutes following his talk.

10. Tags

        Internet researchers understand the value of ad-hoc networks, and I 
encourage you to create delicious tags, twitter tags, jaiku tags, 
flickr tags, irc channels, skype message groups, whatever... aoir8 is 
a distinctive and easily used "tag" and might suit your needs and 
help others find you. I don't have an official photographer for this 
event (yet) but I hope that a few of you might bring your cameras.

11. Weather

        Vancouver in the fall is cool (10-15 degrees celsius, or mid-50s for 
those in Farenheit) and a high probability of showers. Dress warmly, 
bring a waterproof jacket, and shoes that you can walk in the rain in 
and not have wet feet. You'll have more fun.

I can't think of anything more, so I will send this off now. I hope 
you have a safe and pleasant trip to Vancouver and that your hotel 
arrangements are comfortable, and I look forward to seeing you all 
here next week.


Richard Smith, Professor, School of Communication
Simon Fraser University, 515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, CANADA 
V6B 5K3
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Skype - callto://richard_k_smith
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