IASSIST 2014 begins today!

Welcome to Toronto! If you are attending a workshop or meeting at Robarts Library today, you will get your registration badge there; the rest of us will get our badges at the reception this evening at the Mattamy Athletic Centre, starting at 17:30 (5:30pm); walking directions from the conference hotel are available at https://www.library.yorku.ca/cms/iassist/program/social-events

one week to IASSIST 2014!

It’s a week to go until IASSIST 2014 begins! (If you haven’t registered yet, better get to it!) Here are a few things you might like to know before you get here:

  • If you haven’t looked at them yet, please peruse the “How to get here” and “Local information” pages on the conference website
  • under ‘Visitors’ on the top menu (where you can find a map-based guide to Toronto attractions);
    • How to get here” lists ways to get to the downtown core from the airport;
    • Local information” has links to maps, information on how to get around Toronto, links to weather information from Environment Canada, plus links to guides to restaurants and drinking establishments in and around town.
    • If you’re a baseball fan, the Toronto Blue Jays are playing home games on June 1, 6, and 7; see the June schedule for details.
    • if, at any point, you want to pick up some groceries, there’s a huge grocery store — right next to the Mattamy Centre (site of the Tuesday reception) — known as Loblaws at Maple Leaf Gardens; check out the ‘Wall of Cheese”!
    • if your taste runs to reading, there’s an Indigo store (Canada’s major bookstore chain) about 10 min from the conference hotel by foot, on Yonge St.

As far as food and drink go, the variety you’ll find in the city, even restricted to the downtown area, is nothing short of remarkable; there’s even a multicultural food court just down the street from the conference venue. Later this week we’ll be adding to the above links a personal guide to eating and drinking establishments prepared by one of our volunteers.

Your Local Arrangements Committee and volunteers will do our best to ensure you have a pleasant and productive stay in Toronto. Please let us now if you have any specific questions. We look forward to greeting you next week for IASSIST 2014!

eduroam and wifi

Both Ryerson University and University of Toronto support the use of eduroam (https://www.eduroam.org/) in providing Internet connectivity on their campuses. Check the eduroam website to see if your institution uses it; if so, make sure you get setup for it at your home institution before coming to IASSIST 2014.

website changes

Some changes and additions:

  • the links to ‘Call for papers’ and ‘Call for workshops’ have been moved to be under the main menu item “Conference”
  • under “Visitors”, we’ve added pages with information on how to get here, the beginnings of a page on local information, plus some useful information for our international delegates

(NOTE: for those arriving by air, Air Canada is offering a 10% discount for bookings made via their website using the special promotion code given)