I have mixed feelings about attending the conference virtually. After registering for the conference through limited professional development funds at my library, I learned that the sessions I most wanted to attend are freely available by zoom pre-registration.
Also, sitting in front of a staff computer in the back workroom or tuning into a zoom room from my mobile device is not the same as roaming the conference hall – encountering librarians from all over the world, vendors and a new city.
But like so much of the past year, I’m trying to refocus on the positive – and let that pave over a subtle sense of loss toward brighter future days.
I wonder if ALA may decide to host Midwinter virtually from now on depending on the outcome of this virtual conference event. This will enable the organization to focus their in-person conference planning on the Annual event.
Please note that as a guest post, the views expressed here do not represent the official position of ALA or ALSC.