Monday, March 27, 2006

Texas Wildflowers

Texas is famous for its spring wildflowers, and early April is a prime time to see them. The Austin/Travis county area has some good places to see wildflowers, including (I am told) Route 290, Interstate 35, and Route 360. Wildflower tourism has become so popular that the Texas Department of Transportation maintains a wildflower hotspots information web page and wildflower hotline (800-452-9292, option 2). Private listings of wildflower sightings are also available.

In addition, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, which is in Austin, has sixteen gardens (including a garden designed to attract and support butterflies), which are seeded with Texas wildflowers such as the famous Texas bluebonnet. SWALL's annual meeting coincides with the Center's annual wildflower days festival and spring plant sale. During this time, the Center also offers a reduced admission fee and extended operating hours.

As a newcomer to Texas and amateur photographer, I am definitely planning to get out and take a look.

SWALL Welcome Reception

If you are arriving on Wednesday evening, April 5th for the SWALL annual meeting, you are invited to the "Early Arriver's Welcome Reception" at the Driskill Hotel in the Governor's Suite (SWALL President's Suite) from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. This reception is sponsed by the University of North Texas School of Library and Information Science.

Please RSVP by April 3rd to Charlotte Thomas at 877-ASK-SLIS or via email at or

Come by the President's Suite to pickup your registration materials for the SWALL conference and to visit with friends, classmates, and colleagues!

Guess the identity of this person

There is a certain person who will be attending next week's SWALL annual meeting. And sad to say, this librarian is retiring! But what makes this individual so unique is that he/she attended their first SWALL meeting 30 years ago in Austin, TX and his/her last SWALL meeting before retirement will be this one in Austin!

Who is this person? Find out at SWALL!