Meetup at ARCL 2019
posted March 11, 2019 12:46 PM   RSS | iCal | +googleCal

Wed April 10 at 7:00 PM, Ontario Street Cafe
2053 Ontario St, Cleveland, OH, USA (Map & Directions)
Librarians of MF who are going to ACRL, we should get together. [Cleveland April 10-13]
Yes, non-librarians are also welcome.
posted by kbuxton to Meetup (35 comments total) 4 users marked this as a favorite

Are there any locals who know of a good venue near the convention center?

I'm free every night except Thurs. (when I'll be going to drink beer and see Australian swamp rock godfathers The Scientists play at Now That's Class, if anyone is up for that).
posted by ryanshepard at 12:51 PM on March 11


I'll be joining ryanshepard!
posted by montbrarian at 1:09 PM on March 11 [1 favorite]



I'm not going to ACRL but I work at the city library a couple blocks from where the ACRL will be held.

I also don't live far from NTC.
posted by fizzix at 6:49 AM on March 12


Former librarian with limited availability but I'm into it.
posted by chesty_a_arthur at 7:10 AM on March 12



As for good venues near the convention center:

within a 10 minute walk; there's a variety of options if you're looking to eat or drink: particularly by East 4th and Euclid; unfortunately, there's nothing worth going (eating, drinking) lakeside (both on the street or and the actual lake itself for that matter).

If you're really into beer, there's several breweries that are 10-15 minute bus/private car in Ohio City. (On 2nd thought, there are 2 breweries also a 10 minute walk from the convention center).

BTW, if you're a coffee snob, skip starbucks, and walk a block south to Rising star on superior between E 6th and 3rd.

Night-wise, I'd be able available (for now) on Saturday, and possibly after 7 or 8 on Friday.
posted by fizzix at 11:08 AM on March 12 [3 favorites]


While Now That's Class is in weather-dependent walking distance from my pad, $20 is a little steep for me for an act that's not really my cup of tea. But if you're in the mood for a grungy punk rock bar, NTC has you covered. Plus the daily cocktail specials are usually quite good - pretty sure the individual bartenders for each night pick the drinks they make best. (Practical note if anyone is considering driving to this show - there's really nothing but street parking here, and it's on the edge of a pretty rough area, so the normal big-city "Do Not Leave Valuables In Plain Sight" warnings apply.)

But I'm down for a meetup if I can clear my schedule & non-librarians are welcome . . .

If any of the suggestions in ryanshepard's Ask look good to the out-of-towners, pipe up and maybe we can start from there.
posted by soundguy99 at 11:47 AM on March 12


Wednesday night would be the best for me, as far as I know. I'm flying in Tuesday, leaving Saturday and have tentative plans Friday evening (though might be able to meet up before I head to check out the swing dance)
posted by kbuxton at 3:10 PM on March 17


Okay, what about Wednesday night at Ontario Street Cafe?
posted by unknowncommand at 6:54 PM on March 23


Okay, what about Wednesday night at Ontario Street Cafe?

That sounds good to me - does anyone know how we get this nailed down and move it from "Proposed" to "happening"?
posted by ryanshepard at 11:59 AM on March 26


I'll switch it to happening, but need to nail down a time first. I'm entirely free. 6pm?
posted by kbuxton at 8:36 AM on March 27


I randomly picked the time, but we can change if there's a consensus that later would be better
posted by kbuxton at 8:46 AM on March 27


6pm is great. Later is also great. Also, 6pm is great.
posted by unknowncommand at 6:39 PM on March 27


Oh hey, the date is wrong? It should be the 10th.
posted by unknowncommand at 6:42 PM on March 27


Date fixed. Thanks for letting me know!
posted by kbuxton at 6:59 PM on March 27


Looks like a fine idea to me, I should be able to swing by barring some last-minute thing popping up, although I'm likely to roll in closer to 6:30.
posted by soundguy99 at 5:30 AM on March 28


I had my schedule mixed up previously; I should tentatively be there at 6 on the 10th.
posted by fizzix at 5:58 AM on March 28


My flight doesn't get in until 5:50 - any way we can push back a bit? Anyone know how long it takes to get from the airport to the area near the bar on public transit?
posted by ryanshepard at 7:32 AM on March 28


Figure about half an hour. You'd take the Red Line light rail from the airport to Tower City/Public Square, which is reasonable walking distance from the Ontario and the Convention Center/ Hilton.

Regional Transit Authority
posted by soundguy99 at 8:37 AM on March 28 [1 favorite]


I'm totally fine with moving it later. Would 7 work for folks? Those who can be there earlier could snag a table as well.
posted by kbuxton at 3:48 PM on March 29


Fine by me.
posted by unknowncommand at 4:52 PM on March 30


I may or may not be able to make it--I'm supposed to be doing something official at the First-timers' orientation which starts at 6:30--but I'll give it a shot.

I'll also be back in Cleveland for the other librarians' conference going there (that one's in June) and would love to say hello if I miss y'all next week.
posted by librarylis at 10:15 AM on April 1


7 would definitely work better for me - I am going to try and come straight over from the airport.
posted by ryanshepard at 5:26 PM on April 1



7 is ok with me.
posted by fizzix at 1:17 PM on April 2


7 is cool.
posted by soundguy99 at 9:38 AM on April 3


I’m a maybe — my mom is having eye surgery the day before and it depends on how she’s doing.
posted by chesty_a_arthur at 6:23 AM on April 7


I made a hasty little table tent that says Metafilter so we can find each other. See you Wednesday
posted by kbuxton at 8:01 PM on April 8 [1 favorite]


I'll be there!
posted by montbrarian at 9:16 AM on April 9 [1 favorite]



I totally forget, unless something changed recently; ONTARIO STREET IS CA$H ONLY!!
posted by fizzix at 3:39 PM on April 10 [1 favorite]



there's a few atms (legit) between the ontario street and convention center
posted by fizzix at 3:43 PM on April 10


Also, I'm on the back side of the bar.
posted by fizzix at 3:51 PM on April 10


Nice to meet you all. I'm glad this worked out :)
posted by kbuxton at 8:01 PM on April 10 [1 favorite]


Sheer delight. Thanks for organizing!
posted by unknowncommand at 6:59 PM on April 11


Yeah, that was great! I'll happily do a meetup with librarians anytime.
posted by soundguy99 at 4:09 AM on April 12 [3 favorites]


Thanks very much to kbuxton for making it happen - I remain stunned that, not two hours off the plane, I found myself having beers with someone who works with Pere Ubu - a perfect introduction to Cleveland.

We ended up closing down the Ontario last night after the Scientists show, which was outstanding.
posted by ryanshepard at 7:39 AM on April 12 [1 favorite]


Yes, thanks for organizing. I had a great time!
posted by montbrarian at 7:53 AM on April 12



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