The Hawaiian Library Association isn’t a huge organization, but what it lacks in numbers it makes up for in enthusiasm. Especially the student members! They seemed very eager, willing, and able to make great contributions to the field.
The conference had many techie presentations, but what impressed me most was the evening session of the first day – the “Second Annual HLA Anime Fest.” With such a large Japanese population, I imagine that manga and anime is in really high demand over there, so this session was entertaining and educational on a practical level. During the session, it struck me that actually sitting down to watch some anime is so much more effective than listening someone talk about it. Plus, how can you beat freshly popped popcorn, candy, and drinks? The group watched Hikaru no Go (yes, a cartoon about Japanese chess), Bleach (not yet released in the US), and Azumanga Daioh (very cute and funny).
For reports on the tech stuff at the conference, check out Moving at the Speed of Creativity written by conference presenter Wes Fryer. He’s one sharp guy and there’s all sorts of great education stuff on his site.