The Most Important Events at ALA Midwinter

A smaller number of us than usual will be going to ALA Midwinter this week, as we are cutting back on expenses just as is everyone else. But we will be there, if in fewer numbers, so I thought it would be good to highlight the most important events for you. Not to put too fine a point on it, but I clearly mean those events at which food, drink, and informal conversation are paramount. What did you think I meant? So here goes:

Saturday, January 16

5:30 – 7:30 – RLG Meet and Greet, Westin Waterfront, OCLC Red Suite (ask at the hotel desk for the room number)

This is a good opportunity to not only have informal conversation with myself, Dennis Massie, and Karen Smith-Yoshimura, but also other colleagues from the RLG Partnership. As usual, we will have some drinks and nibbles.

Sunday, January 17

7:00 – 8:00 – OCLC Update Breakfast, Westin Waterfront, Grand Ballroom (please sign up for this event)

This well-attended event is where you can have a great start to the day with plenty of food and coffee and a rundown of what we’ve accomplished recently.

12:00 – 1:30 – Developer’s Network Luncheon, Westin Waterfront, Webster Room (please sign up for this event)

This is where you will get to see what people are doing with OCLC Web Services and what’s up with the OCLC Developer Network. If you speak Perl, Python, Ruby, PHP, or any programming language, or manage those who do, this is the place for you.

5:30 – 8:00 – OCLC Blog Salon, Westin Waterfront, Stone Room

Always a good time, with plenty of cool people showing up, this is not just for bloggers but for anyone interested in the use of the latest technologies in libraries. Be there or be…well, you know.

Of course OCLC has many more events at Midwinter, including several other important RLG Partnership events, but need I repeat my criteria? I hope to see you at one or more of these in the upcoming days, hopefully in a situation and a time when we can have an informal chat.

Roy Tennant works on projects related to improving the technological infrastructure of libraries, museums, and archives.