ALA Midwinter 2013

#alamw13 Speed Dating

Thanks, ALSC, for the speed dating session last night! I came off the plane kind of lonely and in need of some conference love. I walked into the room and surveyed the faces and recognized a few, but it wasn’t until I took a seat and joined in the fun that I began putting faces to names for people I know in the blog and twit-o-spheres. Those faces are now officially people in my network, and through discussion with my new network I now have a lead on a future project, some wild new ideas, emails to write and a stack of business cards in my handy-dandy new purple ALSC card wallet. This event alone reminded me of why I come to conferences; it can be easy to get stuck in our small little ponds and weighed down by the day to day. We need to attend events like these to…

ALA Midwinter 2013

#alamw13 Pleased to meet you. Let’s do lunch.

#alamw13 For me, conferences are about the hand shaking, making new friends, seeing old ones, hatching new plans, leveraging synergies, and going out for lunch at least three times each day. I’m not sure what’s going in my suitcase yet, but I know that I’ll have my stack of moo cards, MacBook, iPad and smart phone (all with the appropriate cords) in my carry-on. I like to leave my schedule open; I know I’m going to the Leadership and ALSC meeting on Saturday morning and the Children & Technology mini-meet up on Sunday morning, but for the rest of the time I’m going to follow the serendipity that usually ensues when you get a bunch of passionate, motivated and intelligent librarians together. This’ll be my first Midwinter, and I’m only going to be there for Saturday and Sunday because I had to strictly negotiate this “time off” with the hubby, who refers…