My day began before the sun came up, in frigid, windy New York. The first leg of the journey involved walking onto the tarmac at LaGuardia airport to board one of those terrifyingly tiny propeller planes. I looked around me and tried to determine who amongst my fellow passengers could be en route to Dallas. I ventured a guess that the lady boarding in front of me (pictured right) was not a fellow librarian on her way to Midwinter. By the time we landed in Philly and began boarding the next (mercifully normal-sized) plane to Dallas, I began seeing be-speckled folk, tote bags and smart phones in hand. There was no need for words- one glance and knowing nod between fellow comfy-shoe-wearers was all the confirmation necessary. I was among my people. And it was good.
On the Super Shuttle to downtown Dallas (‘Alright Shuttle’ or ‘Meh Shuttle’ would be a more accurate name) I met one academic librarian who works in the Maps and Geography divisions at Kent State, a library director from Philly, and a rep from Tantor Audio. When I come to ALA conferences, I’m often so focused on ALSC and other youth-services-oriented events that I forget there are so many other fascinating divisions and such a diverse array of librarians. That’s one of my favorite parts of Midwinter- meeting amazingly smart and interesting librarians. And the best part is, they’re usually pretty easy to spot in a crowd.