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2018 Annual Meeting Attendees: Know Before You Go!

Registration will be located in the Texas Ballroom Foyer on Level 4. Desk hours are:

  • Monday, May 28: 3:00pm – 6:00pm
  • Tuesday, May 29: 7:45am – 6:00pm
  • Wednesday, May 30: 7:45am – 6:00pm
  • Thursday, May 31: 7:45am – 4:30pm
  • Friday, June 1: 7:45am – 4:30pm
  • Saturday, June 2: 7:45am – 4:30pm
  1. Check that your registration is complete.
    Go to www.conservation-us.org/myevents. If you have not purchased your tickets to the Specialty Group Receptions on May 31, you can still make your purchase today.
  2. Familiarize yourself with the general schedule

    • May 29 & 30: Pre-meeting events such as tours, workshops, symposia, other pre-sessions, Exhibit Hall 6pm reception.
    • May 31: Opening general session, awards, Exhibit Hall, afternoon specialty sessions, specialty group receptions.
    • June 1: Morning specialty sessions, Exhibit Hall, afternoon concurrent general sessions, All-Attendee Reception.
    • June 2: Specialty sessions, closing event on Making Mistakes.

  3. Build our own personal schedule in in Sched.
    Check regularly as schedules change and new information is added.
  4. Download the App!

  5. The "AIC MTG 2018" Sched app is now available in the Apple and Google Play stores. Download and log in today, so you're prepared for next week!

  6. Post in the “46th Annual Meeting" Community
    Use your regular AIC login to access our new Online Community
  7. Purchase any additional tickets.
    Buy your tickets to the Specialty Group receptions (taking place on May 31st), any pre-session workshops, and tours. You can add ticketed events to your registration by going to the registration page. If you are experiencing trouble adding ticketed events, you can always use the PDF version of the registration form, write “already registered” on the first page and selected your ticketed events on the last page.
  8. New Tours!

    • Printing Museum
      We have just been able to arrange a special open-house style tour of the Printing Museum, from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., on May 29. The museum will be closed to the public during our visit and demonstrations of the different printing presses will be offered. This tour is being offered immediately after the Current Use of Leather in Book Conservation Symposium. Space is limited so register today.
    • Bat Colony Tour
      Any bat lovers out there? Due to popular demand, we have added another Bat Colony Tour starting at 6:15 p.m. on June 2. This tour includes some elements of the Houston History Boat Cruise. It is a relaxing and informative way to end your conference experience!
    • Heritage Society
      Before the ASG/OSG Reception at the Heritage Society, we have organized a tour of two additional historic houses that will NOT be open during the reception. This tour will run from 5:45 to 7:00 p.m. and costs $15. Purchase your ticket today.
    • Project Row House Walk
      There will be two walking tours/discussions at Project Row Houses prior to the RATS/TSG/WAG reception. The tours will start at 5:45 p.m. They are complimentary, but please sign up using this online form: https://faic.wufoo.com/forms/sy92wn31sgbsag.

  9. Book Hotel Room
    If you have not already done so, please book your hotel room as soon as possible. The host hotel, the Marriott Marquis Houston, is sold out and we are expecting very few cancellations at this hotel. Currently, we still have rooms available in 4 of our overflow hotels.
  10. Plan your visits to the Exhibit Hall.
    The complete exhibitor list is now available online. We are opening the Exhibit Hall with a special reception on Wednesday, May 30 from 6-7:30 p.m. The show will remain open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on May 31 and June 1. Learn about the latest in products and services for the conservation field by visiting the Exhibit Hall. Also, be sure to stop by the Health and Safety Committee booth. The H&S Committee will again have representatives of the OSHA Onsite Program joining them in their booth. This year we welcome Glenn Abdelnoor (Health and Safety Consultant) and Barb Fox (OSHCON Outreach Program Specialist), both are from the Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers' Compensation, please stop by and say hello.
  11. Reconnect with colleagues at these networking events:
    • Specialty Group Receptions on May 31
    • Graduate Program Reunions on May 31
    • ANAGPIC Graduate Program Reunion – from 9:00 to 11:00 p.m. on May 31 on the pool deck of the Marriott Marquis Houston. Enjoy cocktails and conversation as the night draws to a close. Be sure to pick up your school sticker on the way in. 
    • UK-based Graduate Program Reunions. West Dean College will have their reunion on May 30, from 9:00 to 11:00 p.m. Other UK and Overseas Graduate Schools will have their reunion from 8:00 to 11:00 p.m. Both are at Biggio’s Sports Bar at the Marriott Marquis Houston.
    • All-Attendee Reception on June 1 (no ticket required) at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston. Pre-reception gallery viewing starts at 5:45 p.m., and the reception starts at 7:00 p.m. with access to the exhibition “Peacock in the Desert: The Royal Arts of Jodhpur, India.” Seeing this rare exhibit is an opportunity that you don’t want to miss!
  12. Don't miss out on these free events.
    • "Scholarly Writing – from Abstract to Publication," from 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. This 90-minute pre-meeting session will be led by Julio M. del Hoyo-Meléndez, Editor-in-Chief JAIC, and is open to all with an interest in scholarly publications, including those with publishing experience that may wish to offer advice to others.
    • "Talking Grants – Hear from IMLS Grant Reviewers," from 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. Developing a competitive proposal for an IMLS collections stewardship grant takes considerable time and thought, but the rewards can be well worth the effort. With amounts ranging up to $250,000, an IMLS grant can help an institution make significant strides in improving collections care through conservation surveys, treatments, environmental improvements, and building capacity among its staff and volunteers through specialized consultations and training. In this session, three collections care professionals with deep experience as IMLS grant applicants, grantees, and reviewers will speak candidly about what makes a successful grant proposal. Speaking from their personal experiences and knowing first-hand what it takes to structure and carry out a successful collections care project, they will share their opinions about what to include, what to emphasize, what to ignore, and how to present it in order to get good scores on a proposal. Connie Bodner, IMLS Supervisory Grants Management Specialist, will also offer one-on-one appointments at 5:00 and 5:30 p.m. on May 30, and at 12:30, 1:00, and 1:30 p.m. on May 31. Please email rseyler@conservation-us.org to request an appointment.
    • "A failure shared is not a failure: learning from our mistakes.” Don't miss! There is still time to be part of this session on Saturday, June 2 from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m.

    Still have questions about the Annual Meeting?

    Let us know your thoughts and ask your questions by writing to annualmeeting@conservation-us.org.

    See you in Houston!

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