I'm back from Orlando and trying to catch up before I go on vacation. However, I plan to add some comments about the AALL Convention over the next week. Please be patient. I do have some general comments, though.
I never heard any official numbers, but I'm pretty sure the number of attendees were down. Since this is only my third Convention, I can't report from my own knowledge, but most folks felt the number of exhibitors was down as well. It was an interesting mix. There seemed to be more foreign exhibitors and lots of knowledge management/competitive intelligence companies represented. The Lexis-Nexis bag was sturdy and the Thomson/West bag great for hauling dirty clothes, but the conference bag was a little too plastic. The best gimme I got was from the Liberty Fund booth: a hand-crafted tile coaster with the "earliest-known written appearance of the word 'freedom' or 'liberty'." It's a keeper. Most of the rest of the stuff will go to the law library's "prize closet" to be given out as prizes in our intermediate research bootcamp next spring.
One other comment: although this was just my third convention, I thought the presentations that I saw were among the best I've attended. I particularly liked the diversity symposium on Islam and the presentation on Electronic Surveillance. More on both of these later.