Welcome to Your First AACRAO Annual Meeting

We are excited to have you join us in Orlando for our 104th Annual Meeting! This is a great opportunity for you to further your personal and professional growth. Take advantage of all that is offered: 

Attend the Orientation and Welcome
Don’t miss the AACRAO First-Time Attendees’ Orientation and Welcome, on Sunday, March 25, from 3:15 – 4:45 p.m.  This is an opportunity for you to meet other first-time attendees, enjoy light refreshments, and learn more about AACRAO.  Many say the best part of the orientation is the small group discussions led by long-time AACRAO members. An invitation will be sent to all first-time attendees prior to the meeting. 
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Stay Connected and Be "Social"
Need on-the-go access to the week’s sessions and events? A digital version of our program book (eProgram) will be made available online prior to the meeting. You will also be able to download the AACRAO Engage app to access the most up-to-date information about the meeting. Follow @AACRAO on Twitter to get meeting updates, and share your conference experiences on Twitter or Facebook by tagging them with #aacrao18.

Seek Out the Orlando Booth
Orlando-based colleagues staff the hospitality booth and can give you recommendations for sightseeing, restaurants, and shopping. They are experts on all that the city has to offer!  Pick up some local swag and maybe win a prize or two!  

Don’t Be Shy
AACRAO is a friendly group. All AACRAO members, officers, past presidents, regional hosts, and committee members will welcome your questions. If they don’t know an answer, they will find out for you. Just ask!

Be Visible
Attend your state or regional reception on Tuesday evening. Times, days, and locations will be posted on the meeting app and in the eProgram...so join in! You will meet some great new people and see some familiar faces as well.

Visit the Exhibitors
Vendor exhibits are an integral part of the Annual Meeting, and the very latest in equipment, software, and other ‘tools of the trade’ are displayed in the Exhibit Hall. Pick up some free samples, see equipment and software demonstrations, learn how vendor products can work for you, and take some great ideas back to the office.

Read the Daily Update
The Daily Update provides last-minute reminders and information on changes/cancellations/additions to the overall program. The first update is available at the registration area. Subsequent flyers are printed daily and distributed at registration and other locations throughout the convention center. 

Attend as Many Sessions as You Can
The workshops and sessions at the annual meeting cover a range of topics, with something to suit every professional interest!  With the exception of workshops and ticketed events, you are free to attend whichever sessions you choose. If you signed up for a workshop/reception/luncheon requiring pre-registration and/or an additional fee, a ticket is included in your registration packet. The AACRAO Engage mobile app is a great tool to help you plan your days!

Offer Your Suggestions
Be sure to complete an evaluation for every session you attend. Evaluations are submitted through the AACRAO Engage mobile app. Also, shortly after the conference, AACRAO will e-mail attendees a brief electronic survey for you to provide feedback on all aspects of the Annual Meeting. Please be candid in your responses--your suggestions are taken into consideration when planning future meetings. 

Be Creative and Have Fun
Make the Annual Meeting work for you! Seek out and attend sessions, but save some time for enjoyment and relaxation. Make time to see the city. Visit some local sights, catch a show, or try some restaurants with your new friends. You will find that you return to the office refreshed and energized!

Get Involved in AACRAO!

Your engagement with AACRAO doesn't end once you leave the Annual Meeting. Be sure to stay in touch with people you met at the conference. Volunteer your talents to an AACRAO committee. Share your expertise and experiences by presenting a session at other AACRAO meetings. Attend local, state, and regional conferences and workshops. We have created a First-Time Attendee Handbook that outlines the “who and what” of AACRAO, things to know about, and how to get involved. You are a valuable part of the AACRAO network!

We hope you will make the most out of your time in Orlando and that you will return to the 2019 Annual Meeting in Los Angeles as a seasoned expert!