I’m having a hard time believing that in just about 10 days I’ll get on a plane to head to Denver for the 2009 ALA Midwinter Meeting. Even though it’s hard to believe that the Meeting is coming up so quickly, I am looking forward to seeing people that I only get to see twice a year and to taking part in some YALSA planning and decision-making during the time that I’m in Denver.

As I plan for what I’m going to do in Denver (and for who I’m going to see), I’m also thinking about all of the ways that YALSA is going to connect with members who attend the Meeting, as well as with those who aren’t going to be there in person. Just over the past week YALSA blog readers learned about two virtual opportunities for participation – in Second Life as a part of the Mixer & Tech Playground and via CoverItLive as a way to take part in meetings and events via a blog and chat interface.

Along with Second Life and CoverItLive, YALSA is going to provide a variety of other ways for keeping up with what goes on at the Midwinter Meeting. These include blog posts right here on this blog, podcasts and vodcasts that will be made available on the blog, and regular Twitter posts. YALSA will use #yalsamw09 in order to tag and keep track of Twitter posts that go out during the Midwinter Meeting. You’ll be able to find all of these posts in one place on Twemes.

If you are going to be in Denver I hope to see you at one of the YALSA events or meetings. Come say “hi” if you are there. If you aren’t in Denver, don’t forget that you can be an active YALSA member by participating virtually. Second Life, CoverItLive, this blog, audio and video, and Twitter will help you stay in the know and get involved.

You can find out about what YALSA has going on at the Midwinter Meeting on the YALSA Midwinter wiki page.

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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