We are so glad you’ve decided to join us in Long Beach for your first NAIS Annual Conference! We offer special programming for first-time attendees every year, so we hope you’ll take advantage of these opportunities to meet your fellow first-timers and network with each other. Attend the First-Time Attendee Welcome Reception Connect with other first-timers at a welcome reception on Wednesday, February 27, at 5:00 PM. We’ll provide drinks and light refreshments. Pre-registration is required for this event, so be sure to update your registration information or sign up when you arrive at the conference. Visit the NAIS Expo and Member Resource Center Networking breaks at the conference will be held in the NAIS Expo, our exhibit hall. You’ll find food and refreshments, as well as your fellow attendees all mingling. You can also use this dedicated time to visit the NAIS Member Resource Center to learn about NAIS resources that can help you in your role, and to meet friendly NAIS staff who are there to help you! The NAIS Expo is also home to the Bookstore, where you can take some quiet time to read and purchase books by NAIS and by our amazing conference speakers. Opt Online Throughout the conference, stay connected by downloading the free NAIS Events app. We hope you’ll also join our online community on NAIS Connect, and use #NAISAC on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. More Tips to Make the Most of Your Time Locate the NAIS Information Booth (near registration) or find a friendly NAIS staffer for assistance if you have any questions. Before the conference begins, identify some key goals to help you focus your time. Don’t forget to bring your phone/device and charger and business card. Take advantage of any free meals or snack breaks the conference provides–it is a great way to cut down on costs, and also an ideal place to network and make new friends.