The 2019 ARLIS/NA Conference Planning Committee is excited to finally welcome everyone to Salt Lake City next week! As you prepare for your trip, here are a few reminders.
Make sure to check out the resources on the conference website and this blog. You’ll be able to find local guides, a handy guide for first-time attendees (and don’t forget to attend the First-Time and International Attendees reception!), and information on local transit options, climate, and more.
This is a GREEN conference! No tote bags, vendor swag, or printed programs will be distributed at registration (the program is all online via Sched). Instructions on how to print your own program at home can be found here. Feel free to bring your old tote bags to donate to other attendees who want one! Lanyards will be provided and members will have the option to return them after the conference. Don’t forget to bring your water bottle and travel coffee mug!
The Grand America is a stunning hotel in downtown Salt Lake City, and offers a fitness center, full service spa, and year-round indoor pool, amongst other amenities. Most conference activities will take place on floors 1 and 3; this floorplan will help you get to all of your sessions on time! The conference registration desk will be located directly outside of the ballrooms on Level 1.
For the coffee drinkers among us, if you would like a coffeepot in your hotel room, you must request one at the hotel check-in desk (they are not provided in the rooms). There are also several coffeeshops within walking distance of the hotel including: Millcreek Coffee Roasters, Raw Bean Coffee, and Coffee Garden on Main Street. Check out the Eating and Drinking Local Guide for more options.
Getting around Salt Lake City is easy, thanks to lots of options from light rail to bike sharing. Public transit will be used whenever possible for tours and workshops; make sure to check Sched if you are participating in an offsite session (note that transportation will be provided to and from the Welcome Reception at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts and the Convocation Reception at the Natural History Museum of Utah).
Just a reminder that once you’ve arrived at the Salt Lake City International Airport, hop on the Green TRAX line and take it to Courthouse Square (it generally departs the airport every fifteen minutes, with some exclusions); the Grand America Hotel (conference hotel) is one block south of this stop. A one-way adult fare is only $2.50.
Interested in saving money during your stay? Check out the Show Your Badge mobile pass program from the Salt Lake Visitor’s Bureau for exclusive local discounts for conference attendees.
On a final note, Wednesday in Salt Lake was sunny and 59°F but it’s been chilly, windy, and rainy since, a perfect example of the changing nature of spring weather here (although it does mean fresh powder in the mountains!). Remember to pack layers, and preferably one water-resistant layer, especially if are participating in the tours of Park City and Spiral Jetty. Check out our previous blog post on Salt Lake City’s climate and recreation for more about getting outdoors and weathering the high altitude.
Make sure to post and tweet about your conference experience using the hashtag #ARLISNA2019 and tagging @ARLIS_NA (Twitter) and @ARLISNA (Facebook).
We look forward to seeing you next week!