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Network with colleagues during FACRL Dine-Arounds in downtown Tampa

Join members of the FACRL Board for dinner with colleagues dine-arounds on Thursday, October 19th during the FACRL Annual Conference. What is a dine-around? They are informal dinners at local restaurants that provide an opportunity for networking, stimulating conversation, and peer learning.  Dine-arounds are a new feature at the FACRL Annual Conference allowing attendees to connect with colleagues on issues impacting academic libraries and to learn more about engagement opportunities with FACRL. Secure your seat at the table and sign up today!

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When will dine-arounds take place? Dinner dine-arounds will take place on Thursday, October 19th from 7:00 - 8:30 pm at local restaurants in the downtown Tampa area. A list of local restaurants is available below. Dine-around hosts and participants will meet in the lobby of the Tampa Sheraton Riverwalk at 6:45 p.m. to arrange for transportation and make their way to the selected restaurant.

Where will dine-arounds take place? Following a survey of FACRL members the following two restaurants were selected as locations for the conference dine-arounds.

  • Ulele - Rustic-chic site for native Floridian fare, with barbacoa grilling & house-brewed beers.

  • Columbia Restaurant - Founded in 1905 by Cuban immigrant Casimiro Hernandez, Sr., the Columbia Restaurant is Florida’s oldest restaurant℠, and the largest Spanish restaurant in the world.

How will conference participants sign-up for dinners? Participants will register via Sign Up Genius. If you know other conference attendees who would be interested in participating, please feel free to spread the word. Simply click the Sign Up Genius button above to register!

How many participants should I expect? To facilitate conversation, we plan for between six and ten guests.

Who pays for what? Attendees will pay for their own meal.

Questions? Please e-mail Alyssa Koclanes at to learn more about this new conference feature.
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