2013 Midwinter Preview

At Midwinter Meeting this year, ALCTS interest groups will provide invigorating programs and discussions that are guaranteed to return you to your library with new ideas for meeting challenges in your department, both present and future. As expected, RDA is a big topic, with interest groups such as the Copy Cataloging Interest Group and the Authority Control Interest Group planning presentations on RDA training and implementation.

Newer members attending Midwinter should definitely stop in the New Members Interest Group meeting at 10:30 Saturday morning; this is a great place to meet other new members and find your niche in ALCTS.

The Midwinter ALCTS Forum is likely to be a big hit, as it is designed to help you develop your skills in leadership, publishing, or teaching—all with ALCTS. Consider it an extension of ALCTS 101, as we provide examples and ideas for areas where you might publish, or committee appointments that might further your professional goals. Be sure to make room for the Forum on your calendar—10:30 a.m. Monday morning. That gives you plenty of time for a nice breakfast beforehand.

And, while you’re on the exhibit floor, take a break at the Preservation Week booth, where staffers will be on hand and ready to talk about how you can bring Preservation Week to your public, large or small.

Finally, those who can should definitely take a look at the ALCTS Midwinter Symposium, particularly if you’re interested in online learning at your institution. From local public libraries to national and transnational digital public libraries, from primary schools to research universities, libraries increasingly provide for learners' virtual educational experiences. In this symposium, attendees will learn to foster the strategic relationships possible between libraries and online learners. Learn more.