I forgot about my thoughts on the FGS 2010 syllabus when I wrote up my assessment of the conference.
First, I love being able to download the syllabus materials online before I left for the conference. The syllabus can persuade or dissuade me from attending a particular session. It is really helpful when you can't decide between two sessions. I liked how the FGS syllabus put each session into it's own PDF file. This made it very easy to find the session you want and not have to page through the entire thing. But I do wish they had made a zip file of all the PDFs so that I could just download one file instead of 100.
Second, I think that the CD syllabus given out at the conference is so much better than the printed edition. I only noticed a few people using the printed version. (Unlike when I went to the Ohio Genealogical Society's conference and everyone but me had the printed syllabus.) But I do have a problem with the CD syllabus. How many people bring a CD drive to the conference with them? I personally brought my netbook which does not have a CD drive. So if I had needed to look at the syllabus on CD, I would not have been able to. I had already planned for this and put all the syllabus files on my netbook in case I made a last minute schedule change.
So here is my question/idea: Would it be better to put the syllabus on a flash drive instead of a CD? Of course the CD is cheaper. But why not get a sponsor for the flash drive. Instead of FamilySearch sponsoring the conference bag (because how many people really need another bag and wouldn't it be better to have your own bag that you can tell apart from everyone else's?), have them sponsor a flash drive. After the conference, you can delete the syllabus materials from the drive (and back them up on your computer) and have a flash drive to use. Plus every time you use it you see the sponsor's logo.
What do you think about having the syllabus on a flash drive instead of a CD?