Library Journal has posted a succinct overview of last weekend's ALA Midwinter Meeting in San Diego. The word in the exhibit hall was that traffic was slow -- this stemming from the fact that the conference "has been a shrinking affair for several years now." One indicator is the number of preregistered attendees, which has fallen 25% from what it was only two years ago in Denver.
Despite the numbers, there was quite a bit a buzz in the vendor hall around big announcements from ebrary, ProQuest, JSTOR and others. Meetings and sessions also featured a number of "energized attendees and presenters who tackled major issues, including funding, patron-driven acquisition, ebook (and device) distribution, the move to mobile services, and government funding for broadband connectivity."