Saturday, January 26, 2013

ALA Midwinter Meeting is happening right now and I’m not there

"The conversation starts here" logo for American Library Association Midwinter Meeting 2013 with #alamw13 hashtag

The American Library Association (ALA)’s Midwinter Meeting is happening right now in Seattle, Wash. In its Inside Scoop blog, American Libraries magazine highlights Friday’s top posts on Twitter with the #alamw13 hashtag.

One of the things I hope for when seeking work in Ashland, Ore., is that my employer will send me to ALA conferences.

The focus of my studies through the Cuesta College online program is to prepare for a support job in a library: perhaps an associate, assistant or technician. Beyond being in a library, the ideal job would offer tuition-share to help me pursue my MLIS degree.

And yes, the ideal library employer would send me to Midwinter Meeting.

Midwinter Meeting is an annual winter gathering hosted by the ALA . In the words of Stephanie Kuenn writing for American Libraries (Jan./Feb. 2013):
“ALA Midwinter Meeting offers opportunities to have crucial conversations with other librarians, thought leaders, vendors, publishers, authors, and others to support an active role in the big ideas that affect our field.”
One of the highlights of last year’s meeting was a presentation by Susan Cain, author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking (Random House, 2012). This year I am intrigued by an emphasis on makerspaces, specifically Maker Monday programming for ALA Midwinter Meeting.

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