After MLA 2007, my only real suggestion to the MLA 2008 planners was to provide wireless. It was frankly ridiculous to have no wireless available in the conference rooms. And, now, I see that the registration packages are up on the web site, and lo and behold, wireless is available. For an extra $75.
Yes, it’s $505 to register for the super inclusive plus internet package. Now, since my organization pays for internet access for me, this isn’t really an issue for me financially. But what about for those people whose organizations aren’t quite as generous? For a “connection”-themed conference, it seems bizarre. Of course, I realize that MLA was going to be charged a fortune by the hotel and apparently, it was going to be enough that they’d have to pass that on to recoup costs. But I really have to wonder, why choose this hotel, then? Why not go for a hotel where wireless is considered a basic amenity? Maybe conference hotels just don’t do anything for free.
I have issues with the idea of paying for wireless up front when all it says is “Internet access in the Hyatt Regency Chicago public areas.” What are public areas? Does that include all the conference rooms and the ballrooms and etc.? I guess I will go scour the hotel web site for more information. Until then, my only conciliation is that at least it’s not Internet Librarian.