UPDATE: The Video Roundtable released the notable videos list! More info here.
I attended my first ALA Midwinter Meeting in Chicago this week.
It was a great experience attending the conference and meeting many people I have communicated with in the various committees I participate in. One of the great things about ALA is putting faces to names and connecting IRL.
This past Friday, I had the opportunity to meet Patrick Hogan, the editor of my recent book, Rachel Borchardt who wrote a Library Technology Report on altmetrics, and Amanda Goodman, who wrote a LTR on Digital Media Labs. She also wrote a LITA Guide on WordPress. Over dinner, we had a great discussion about technology in both public and academic libraries. Patrick also gave some insights on what to do in Chicago and recommended Dusty Grooves to fulfil my vinyl record passion.
The next day, I attended the LITA joint chairs meeting and met the other co-chair of the LITA Code Year Interest Group (IG), Emily King. We also presented on decoding tech jargon for our IG meeting that day. I also had the opportunity to meet Andromeda Yelton and Abigail Goben. I also learned some of the ropes of being a LITA IG co-chair. I also met Dana Miller who is the ALCTS co-chair of our joint IG.
I also had a chance to catch an interview with film star and writer Jason Seigel on his new book Nightmares. I’ll have to pick it up when it comes out.
That night, I also met the other members of the ALA Notable Videos Committee where we dined on deep dish pizza and talked movies. On Sunday, we had a riveting discussion about the 60+ films we watched for our committee during our 9-5 meeting. The blizzard also hit that day, and Chicago had over 19″ of snow. My flight back to New York was cancelled, but it also provided the opportunity to write this blog post today!
ALA is a great opportunity to meet other librarians, and to discover the ins and outs of committee work.