...and aren't you glad it doesn't involve getting to the East Coast! By now, you've packed--or at least considered what to pack. Are you taking physical business cards? Some library folks have given those up for virtual ones, but if you fumble over keyboards as much as I do, you can appreciate being able to type in the relevant info from physical cards you collect when nobody's watching the fingers fumble.
You've made your list of must see's and must meet's--the latter being the networking part and the former being the specific programs you feel the most magnetic attraction pulling on you. This year has a particularly well honed field representing best practices and innovative ideas for academic and public libraries, from Eureka! folks and old timers, and about LSTA funded efforts that have touched library communities working with ZIP Books, a Staff Innovation Fun(d), and much more. This is a schedule that has been tightened up but includes a whole lot of valuable programming to explore.
And then there are the exhibitors, the folks who make a conference of this caliber possible while still keeping registration pricing modest. This year, as you've probably heard, the Eureka! folks have conceived and will be staffing the Infopeople booth. First person to tweet the theme that set up shows (after the exhibit hall opens to conference attendees!) gets a prize. Be sure to use the conference Twitter hashtag (#cla2012, as it stands now).
So start humming and get ready for a busy, fulfilling weekend!