Many thanks to all of you who posted your thoughts about virtual participation in Midwinter 2010. Due to your overwhelming support for virtual meetings I’m pleased to announce that we are now planning for our first virtual Midwinter! Nearly all of the Section business and activities that we normally conduct at Midwinter will be conducted virtually (with one exception as you’ll see below). Here’s a preliminary schedule:
- Each committee will meet virtually and synchronously prior to the beginning of Midwinter. Committee chairs will be in touch with their committees to arrange meeting times and places.
- The Dance Librarians Discussion Group will meet face-to-face in Boston on Saturday, January 16 from 1:30-3:30, location TBA.
- The Arts Discussion Forum and the meeting of the Film & Broadcast Studies Librarians Discussion Group will also be virtual. Details will be announced later.
- The Executive Committee/General Membership Meeting will be held virtually on Sunday, January 17, from 1:00-2:30 (Eastern time). We will hold our meeting in The Arts Section space in ALA Connect.
This is a terrific opportunity for our Section, and I hope that you will take advantage of it. If Arts members show strong support for virtual conference participation this could seriously affect the way we conduct business at future Midwinter Meetings. If you’ve been reluctant to become active in Arts because of travel restrictions, now is the time. Come to the virtual General Membership meeting and see how we operate (and what a fun group we are to work with). Introduce yourself. We will have openings on all of our committees for 2010/2011, and physical attendance at conferences need not be a requirement. And if you haven’t yet, check out ALA Connect (http://connect.ala.org/). If you’re an Arts member you’ve already got access to the Section’s space; just log on.
Stay tuned to this blog, the Arts-lib listserv and our Facebook page for additional information about Midwinter. One way or another, I hope to “see” you there.