I hope you all are staying safe and warm this week as many of you struggle with the frigid temperatures! Maybe it will help to start thinking about visiting Phoenix in early May, when it averages around 90 degrees.
Don't just think about it, though -- go register!
Go to the IUG website
, log in, then follow the link to register. If you have any difficulties, let me know. You can view the preliminary program draft and in a few weeks we'll have a draft of the full conference schedule.
Pre-conferences have limited availability, so don't delay. And, the early bird rates are only available through March 15
Extra bonus information:
I'm excited to announce that the IUG Steering Committee has selected Minneapolis, Minnesota as our city for IUG 2020. We'll be meeting at the Hilton Minneapolis, April 15-18
, and the hotel room rate will be $179 a night (plus tax). For those of you who have been around a few years, IUG 2015 was held at this venue and we had rave reviews. Many more details will come later this year, but it's not too early to start planning.
In case you're interested or you have questions about the site selection process, I want to share a little with you about what goes into that decision. About 2 years out, the steering committee starts discussing ideas for geographic region for the conference -- we try to have some variety and we consider the location of IUG member libraries. Then we work with Pia Jones at ICM, our conference management partner, to narrow down to a few cities with appropriate venues and then send out an RFP.
After evaluating the responses, the Chair and Vice Chair narrow down to two cities (typically) and visit the proposed venues. For 2020, the two cities were Louisville, Kentucky, and Minneapolis. There were multiple venues in both cities and while all would have been acceptable, we selected the Hilton Minneapolis as the best choice for our conference. We considered available dates, costs (for both overall conferences costs as well as attendee travel and room costs), and the venue (how well does it fit conference needs, and what it can offer attendees).
I'm confident Phoenix and Minneapolis will provide the setting for successful conferences, and I hope to see you at both! Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.
IUG Chair 2018-19