ALA Virtual Midwinter 2021

Rapidly Changing Libraries for the Better

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!

ALA Virtual Midwinter 2021

Putting the “v” in #alamw21 / ALA Virtual Midwinter 2021

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…