As a first time attendee to any ALA meeting, I’m pretty sure that Midwinter 2021 will spoil me for future in-person events. Sitting in my apartment in front of my laptop, wrapped up in blankets with my nice warm mug of coffee as I magically click from panel to panel is not how I expected my first library conference to go, so I’m definitely enjoying the coziness of it all while I can!
Sneak peak into my virtual conference world: some storytime planning templates and a mitten meme. This, plus! More notable audio recordings.
Conference begins early by watching Notable Children’s Recordings Committee in webinar format on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. Meditations on the virtual conference format and predictions for the future.
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…