I'm sitting at O'Hare, waiting for my flight. I didn't want to take a chance with Hurricane Irene and in case my flight gets cancelled, I'm here to pester them to get on another flight. I'm among many east coast archivists waiting... Anyway...
This morning I attended two sessions before I had to leave for the airport. If I waited any later, I could have been late. I attended sessions 503 and 601. 503 was great because I got to hear in person some of the information that I've been researching for the DPC concerning archival collaborations and consortiums. I now realized why there are two versions of the California Digital Library (OAL and Calisphere), and why NCEcho has very basic metadata for their projects (they're a separate institution working with many smaller institutions, some of which have no full-time staff, and they needed a very simple schema to make their program feasible across their community).
I'm glad I ended with session 601, Rappin' with a Fiddle. The session focused on music collections, unfortunately, not much audio, but the manuscript collections (including awesome avant garde music manuscripts) were very interesting! Most impressive was the Tupac Shakur Collection at the Atlanta University Center.
I can't wait until I get home so I can do some further research into all of these collections!
Also, for all the great archivists I met this week, please stay in touch, especially if you need any a/v advice!