ALA Midwinter Wrap Up

ALA Midwinter 2009 has been over for just over a month now and as I’ve found with other conferences and travel, I get so far behind while I’m away, it gets hard to catch back up.

This was my second ALA event and first time at Midwinter. While ALA Annual is about the programs, ALA Midwinter is about the business of ALA. Although I attended several great programs about technology in libraries, the majority of my time was spent in board meetings. I’ve become more involved in the CLENE (Continuing Library Education Network Exchange) Round Table. I’m currently working on a PR and marketing plan for CLENE that fill fulfill a project requirement for school. I’ve learned from good friend and associate Paul Signorelli that it’s a great time saver when you can use one project for two purposes.

Some of the highlights from Midwinter:

Having a strawberry martini to celebrate the changes to the Emerging Leaders program:
Celebrating Emerging Leaders Improvements for 2009

Seeing what to me was the blizzard of 09:
Snowy Denver Convention Center

Coming home and seeing my son go crazy over the LIA schwag. Seriously if anyone has more of these necklaces please save them for me!
Future LITA Member LITA

My coach from my Master Trainer program also lives in Denver so I was able to meet her for dinner and brainstorm a bit on my program – which is due in a few days.

For a play-by-play of my trip to Midwinter you can view my ALAMW09 Tweets.

About Lori Reed

Lori Reed, coauthor of Workplace Learning & Leadership: A Handbook for Library and Non-Profit Trainers, is a learning and communication strategist with more than twenty years experience in learning and development. A 2009 Library Journal Mover & Shaker and a 2010 "One to Watch" for paralibrarians, Lori graduated cum laude from East Carolina University with a Bachelor of Science in Communication. Lori is a certified Synchronous Learning Expert and a North Carolina Master Trainer and has traveled across North America speaking about libraries and training.

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