February 6-9, 2012

Seattle is home to brewpubs, local music, and coffee shops (with free wifi) on almost every corner.  It is ranked one of America's most livable, green cities, with hiking, biking, and kayaking year-round.

Conference venue:

The Renaissance Seattle has a large ballroom that seats 300 and several small conference rooms that hold 50-75 people with WiFi included.

The hotel is located near the waterfront, which is in close walking distance to Pike's Place market as well as many restaurants, bars, stores and is easily accessible to public transportation. The Renaissance Seattle has a Walk Score of 95 out of 100 or "Walker's Paradise".  View the WalkScore.com page for the Renaissance Seattle to see what other nifty amenities are nearby.

Aside from being well located, the conference hotel will include a hospitality suite which is an excellent place to hang out with other c4l attendees.


Conference rates:

Conference rates are $159 for single or double occupancy.

Accommodations and amenities:

Seattle offers practically anything you'd want in terms of amenities. We have electricity, indoor plumbing, Honey Buckets, sliding doors, bears, coyotes, geese, rabbits, chickens (you are allowed to keep 6 within the city limits), Zip Cars, Bicycle rentals, convenient bus lines, waterways (so if you cover yourself with bearfat you can swim from Lake Washington, through the Montlake Cut, across Lake Union, down the Locks and into Puget Sound or you could rent a kayak, canoe, sailboat, or take a water-taxi)

Wifi: For the sad nerd with no 3G/4G, the city is littered with free wifi in coffeeshops, bars, restaurants and even several grocery stores.


Transportation
To and from Seattle
1 hour [or so] from SeaTac Airport to the conference hotel via Light Rail and Metro Transit. ($2.75 with ORCA card, $4.25 cash)
30 minutes by car from SeaTac Airport to the University District.


In and around Seattle
ORCA cards allow travel on most public transit in Seattle.
King County Metro Transit $2.25 - $3.00. Ride Free area in Downtown Seattle.
King County Water-taxis -- $3.00 - $3.50. Routes from Downtown to Vashon Island or West Seattle.
Sound Transit -- $2.25 - $4.75.  Light Rail to SeaTac, South Seattle, Downtown.


Weather:

No harsh sunlight.

Social Activities:

Beer, chocolate, wine, movies, knitting, outdoor activities, numerous theater and music venues.
Many restaurants that offer a wide range of ethnic foods, vegetarian, vegan, 7th level vegan with pocket mulching.
Numerous homemade ice cream shops, many dessert shops -- a few of which are gluten-free, vegan or both.
Bars that allow kids and dogs.

Food and drink:
  • Beer: More beer brewed in the city of Seattle than you could possibly taste in 4 days, but you could try. Bottled gluten-free beer is available at a few restaurants and pizza joints. 
  • Wine: Wine Bars, for the other fermentation. Smash (Wallingford), Purple (Downtown), Vermillion (Capitol Hill), and many more with names that are not colors or verbs.
  • Coffee: In addition to Starbucks and Tully's, Seattle has many small roasters. Lighthouse, Fuel, Stumptown, Fremont Coffee, Victrola, Cafe Vita, Zoka, Cafe Umbria and so on.
  • Tea: Seattle also has a growing tea scene: Tea houses, retail, the smell of Morning Glory Chai...in the morning. The Teacup and the Tea House Kuan Yin are highly recommended.

Exertion:
  • Kayak Rentals: Northwest Outdoor Center (NWOC), Agua Verde (good fish tacos and margaritas).
  • Sailboat/historic boat rentals: Center for Wooden Boats. Travel the Inside Passage to Alaska for a season of hard labor in the timber and fishing industries.
  • Curling - The Granite Curling Club of Seattle takes group reservations and has a bar with reasonably priced shots of Jameson's.
  • Bike Rentals: Recycled Cycles on the Burke Gilman trail on the south edge of campus

Entertainment:

Seattle Organizing Committee:

Kyle Banerjee, Digital Services Program Manager, Orbis Cascade Alliance
Elizabeth Duell, Administrative Assistant, Orbis Cascade Alliance
Karen Estlund, Digital Collections Coordinator, University of Oregon Libraries.
Anjanette Young, Systems Librarian, University of Washington Libraries.
Ann Lally, Head of Digital Initiatives, University of Washington Libraries.
Jennifer Ward, Head of Web Services, University of Washington Libraries.
Corey Murata, Business Computer-Based Services Librarian, University of Washington Libraries.
Ann Gleason, Systems Head, Health Sciences Library, University of Washington Libraries.