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Positive impressions from SLA 2009, despite economy

Wanted to take a minute to reflect on SLA, as we get busy posting our multimedia coverage. All in all, I think it was a good conference for us this year. Traffic at our booth was steady for most of the show, which is always great to see.

We had a range of people come visit us, from those simply wanting us to stamp their passports for a chance to win the Smart Car (I want one ... very cool), to those looking to win one of the four Kindle 2's we were giving away. And of course, there were way cool magic tricks by our magician, Josh Norris (video to come).

Our many long-time customers stopped by, wanting to take a checkpoint and learn about our new products, or just simply say hello and catch up. And then there were people wanting to learn and hear more about Presto and social knowledge networks.

We haven't counted all the cards and scanned badges yet, but it looks like we’ll easily top last year’s record interest. I think Paula Hane from Information Today did a great job summarizing in her blog why we’ve fared well in this very challenging economic climate, and I left SLA feeling bullish about our prospects for the remainder of the year.

Although it seemed like everyone we spoke to was tightening their belts, or in some cases, worried about maintaining continued funding for their library or info center, there was also an upbeat feeling at the conference and among our customers. It was great to be a part of SLA’s 100th anniversary celebration, and exciting to see the future of social media in our market looks very promising.

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