Greetings from the Atla Member Programs Team! While at conference, the registration table is our favorite place to be and we are sorely missing the chance to greet you, usually by name (which we know can be a little weird for some of you, but it is our job to know you!) and share a smile or a story. As you’ve registered and we’ve added you to Sched we’ve been remarking to each other… Oh, she hasn’t been to a conference in years! Oh, I remember talking to him on a member visit. Oh! They were in Vancouver last year! Or, oh, I haven’t seen this name before, I’m so excited to meet them!
This year, there is no registration table, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t here for you.
We love answering your questions — especially those of us who are thrilled with the opportunity to channel our reference librarian skills. Since we can’t do it in person this year we’ve created this Attendee’s Guide which we hope makes you laugh while sharing essential information. And if you’d like to update us on your professional and personal life, feel free to email us or sign up for a Member Interview!
Getting to the Conference
Turn on your computer or mobile device, sign in to Sched and click on a session. If you have not signed into Sched before, your can use this activation link. Your email address is the same address you used to register for the conference in My Atla.
There you’ll find the button, “Open Zoom.” Click on it and your Zoom application will open (we highly recommend downloading the latest version of Zoom BEFORE conference starts, you won’t want to miss a thing waiting for Zoom to update). Fill out your name and email and you’re in! No trains, planes, or automobiles necessary.
What to wear?
No need to worry about packing a sweater for the chilly hotel meeting rooms and sunblock for outdoor activities. Wear whatever you like! As an attendee, you can choose if you want to have your camera on during meeting-type sessions, and attendee video isn’t available during webinar-type sessions
What if I need tech support?
We are here to help as best as we can! If you are a presenter or host, an Atla staff member will be in your session the whole time to help with any technical issues. If you are an attendee, email us and we will find you an answer or use the Q&A function in Zoom to contact the staff member in a session.
Where is the closest bathroom?
Great question! We get this question a lot, but this year we don’t have that answer for you. We only hope you are close to one as our schedule is jam-packed with fantastic content.
What is the Atla Annual 2020 Online Wi-Fi code?
You’re already on it!
May I get an extra copy of the printed program?
Sure, download as many as you like! That’s right. We know some of our members love having a printed copy of the program, so we made one for you.
Is it too late to purchase tickets to the baseball game?
Sorry but the season has been postponed indefinitely. Here’s a fun recap of a Detroit Tigers game from last year about this time. Grab your peanuts and popcorn and enjoy!
Will coffee be served at the afternoon break with the Exhibitors?
Yes – just the way you like it when you make it! Be sure to have your beverage of choice for the Virtual Vendor Social on Thursday, June 18, at 12:30 pm Central Time.
What is the conference hashtag?
We know some of you like to Tweet, so we will be using #atla20 for this year’s conference. Share insights, resources, and your favorite quotes from this year’s online event.
I want to participate in the Passport Program, but I can’t find the form.
That’s okay! You can fill out your Passport here. Oh, you didn’t know that we are playing a virtual version of the Passport Program? We are! Learn how to play for your chance to win awesome prizes, including gift cards, subscriptions, books, and other fun items donated by our Sponsors and Exhibitors! Be sure to submit your completed form by June 21 to be entered in the drawing.
Where is a quiet place I can sit and read my program?
Go to the spot in your home where it’s quiet. Although, if you have a cat or a child, we wish you well in your endeavor!
When can I ask my question during the Business Meeting?
The Board will be answering questions as time permits during the Atla Business Meeting on Thursday, June 18, at 11:30 – 12:30 pm Central Time. You may submit your questions in advance to the Board, so if they run out of time during the meeting, they can follow up with you.
What Denominational Meeting should I attend – my institution’s or my own?
A question for the ages. This time you don’t have to choose! We are hosting meetings of denominational groups, interest groups, and other groups after the conference this year. View the schedule and register today! Even if you haven’t attended before; you are welcome to pop into any or all of their meetings.
What time does it start?
Where are the ribbons?
You can make your own this year! Download this PDF and create away! Be sure to tag @youratla and use #atla20 to share your creation with others.
Where’s the concierge?
Ana Cackley, Communications Assistant, Tawny Burgess, Marketing & Communications Manager, and Denise McFarlin, Meetings Specialist will be working the email inbox and on Twitter ready to answer your questions. While we may not be able to recommend a local spot to grab a bite or a coffee (since we don’t know where you’re located), we can help you with navigating the online conference.
Other staff will be in each session and you’ll probably see them in the Zoom chat or on your screen. Be sure to say hi, we love hearing from you!
I never attended an online conference before. Do you have any tips?
How do I provide feedback?
For some speakers, this is their first time presenting at an online conference and would love to hear your feedback! Every session page on Sched has a feedback form that goes directly to the presenter.
We will also email a post-conference survey to all attendees about your conference experience.
May I pick up my travel grant?
Yes, grant yourself any travel that you like. (Denise McFarlin wrote this one and we had to keep it in. It made us all laugh. We hope you laughed too.)