2008 Midwinter Meeting

The American Library Association (ALA), the oldest and largest library association in the world, holds its Midwinter Meeting each January.  It is convened for the primary purpose of expediting the business of the Association through sessions of its governing and administrative delegates serving on board, committees, and Council. Programs designed for the continuing education and development of the fields of library service arereserved for Annual Conference except by the specific authorization of the Executive Board acting under the provisions of the ALA Constitution. Hearings seeking membership reactions and provisions for observers and petitioners at meetings of Council, committees, and boards are to be publicized; programs of orientation or leadership development to Association business are encouraged; assemblies of groups of individuals for information sharing vital to the development of Association business shall be accepted as appropriate to the purposes of the Midwinter Meeting.


Philadelphia, Pa., January 11-16, 2008, at at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, located at 1101 Arch Street. The Exhibits Opening Ribbon-Cutting will be held Friday, January 11, at 5.15 pm preceeding the All-Conference Opening Reception on the Exhibit Floor.

History Section Dinner

Going to ALA Midwinter? Consider joining the History Section for our traditional Sunday night dinner. You don’t have to be an “active” member of the Section or even a member at all. Attending the History Section dinner is a good way to introduce yourself to the section, for the Section to introduce itself to you, and a way to get a feel for our activities. All are welcome. Don’t hesitate to bring a guest.

In Philadelphia we will be meeting on Sunday, January 13, at 6.30 pm at the City Tavern Restaurant, 138 South 2nd Street.

If you plan to attend, please e-mail Agnes Widder at widder@mail.lib.msu.edu. If you forget to RSVP or suddenly find yourself dateless on Sunday night don’t hesitate to come on down. The reservation is under ALA, History Section. Hope to see many of you there.

Meetings in Philadelphia

Friday, January 11, 2008

8.30 am - 4.30 pm
Genealogy Pre-Conference “Behind the Genealogy Reference Desk: From Birth of a Nation to the Digital Age”
Historical Society of Pennsylvania, 1300 Locust Street

Saturday, January 12, 2008

8 am - 10 am
Executive Committee I
Courtyard Downtown, Salon III

10.30 am - 12 noon
Genealogy & Local History Discussion Group
Marriott Philadelphia, Franklin 11

10.30 am - 12 noon
Historical Materials Committee
Four Seasons Philadelphia, Adams Room

12 noon - 1 pm
Genealogy Preconference Planning
Ritz Carlton Philadelphia, John Adams

1.30 pm - 3.30 pm
Local History Committee
Marriott Philadelphia, Franklin 12

Sunday, January 13, 2008

10.30 am - 12 noon
Genealogy Committee
Sheraton Phladelphia, Philadelphia BR South

10.30 am - 12 noon
Instruction and Research Services Committee
Sheraton Phladelphia, Salon 9

Monday, January 14, 2008

4 pm - 6 pm
History Librarians Discussion Group
Loews Philadelphia, Lescaze

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

8 am - 10 am
Executive Committee II
Marriott Philadelphia, Room 501