On Jun 29, 2013, at 7:16 AM, BWS Johnson wrote:
>> I am happy to announce that we have secured the venue and dates for
>> Code4Lib 2014! The conference will be held at the Sheraton Raleigh Hotel
>> in downtown Raleigh, NC on March 24 - 27, 2014. Preconferences will be
>> held Monday March 24, and the main conference on Tuesday March 25 - 27.
> Hooray, that's sort of close. Maybe I'll be able to pit fight my own place next year.
>> Finally, the hotel has the capacity to host all of the attendees, and we've
>> negotiated a rate of $159/night that includes wireless access in the hotel
>> rooms. Hotel reservations will be able to made after you register using
>> the information provided in your registration confirmation. We will be
>> publishing more details as become available.
> Ruh oh. This was rather shocking. Perhaps you might wish to show them a hotels.com search, which puts your $159 just over the Hilton and about double other places in the vicinity. I'm sure it's nice and all that, but uh, perhaps they would be willing to come down seeing as how we're sending a boatload of traffic their way.
Government per-diem rates for Raleigh is $91 per night :
I have no idea if that can be used for negotiations at all.
For some reason, they're not showing any federal government rates when I searched, but they're offering state government employees rooms at $64/night. (you might have to pay extra for the wifi, though) I highly suggest that people who work for public universities or libraries inquire about getting that rate.
(even though the state of maryland makes me pay into the state retirement system because I'm a municipal elected official, they won't issue me a state ID card, so I can't get the state rates when traveling, which are typically better than the federal rates ... I've actually debated about if it makes sense to work for 3 years in a real state job, then claim a pension based on my 'top 3 years' of pay times the number of years worked)