In my early years as a librarian I didn’t have the chance to attend ALA’s Midwinter Meeting or Annual Conference. During those years I wished that there was a way that I could attend without actually going to the city where the event took place. In those days that wasn’t possible. But now there are opportunities to participate in ALA meetings without leaving your house or office. Some of the ways you can participate this year, even if you can’t travel to Philadelphia for the Midwinter Meeting, include:

  • The YALSA blog – YALSA bloggers will post regularly during the meeting in Philadelphia. Check the blog out to learn what people said and what people learned during various programs and events.
  • YALSA podcasts – once again YALSA will produce a series of podcasts as a way to inform listeners of doings in Philadelphia.
  • The webcast of the Joint Youth Media Awards. Login early for one of the spots to watch the Youth Media Awards on Monday, January 14. There’s only a limited number of virtual seats for the webcast. You can login starting at 7:45 AM EST.
  • Visiting the YALSA web site. Award information, for those who miss the webcast, will be available on the site by 9:15 AM EST on January 14. Also, YALSA will post selected lists, completed during the Midwinter Meeting, by Tuesday, January 15.
  • Track YALSA on Twitter. Twitter users can track YALSA and automatically receive any posts from the Midwinter Meeting that are about YALSA programs and events. To track YALSA, when logged into your Twitter account post a message with the text “track YALSA” and you will automatically receive any postings that include that acronym.

I am fortunate enough to be able to attend ALA’s Midwinter Meeting. But, if I weren’t, I’d be glad to know that I could keep up virtually.

About Linda W Braun

Linda W Braun is a YALSA Past President, the YALSA CE Consultant, and a learning consultant/project management coordinator at LEO: Librarians & Educators Online.

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