Jan 27

Twitter Dominated ALA Midwinter

The predominant player at ALA Midwinter Meeting, at least from my personal angle, was Twitter. Though I have been using Twitter for two years, I continue to find more useful applications for this free tool. It does seem that Twitter is reaching a more critical mass, based on the meeting tag (#alamw09) activity, and so there is more conversation on the feed. In fact, I picked up about 50 new followers just over the weekend. I see two positive outcomes from the heavy usage of Twitter at ALA.

First, it made for a more inclusive and broad environment for discussions to occur. On more than one occasion, meetings being held in person were enriched by tweets from afar. Bringing in those voices make ALA more open and accessible – especially for those who cannot attend. Secondly, since there are so many overlapping meetings The Twitter helped attendees to be at more than one meeting at once. So yes, you can be in two places at once. In the LITA Town Hall meeting I sat at a physical table with eight other folks. We decided to hold our conversation on Twitter so we could easily log the conversation. Two things happened: more people joined virtually and, when I had to leave, I could continue participating from the next location. This provided for rich content and open participation. Also, see LITA’s well known Top Technology Trends program as it unfolded on Twitter.  Continue reading

Jan 22

Is it cold in Denver? ALA Starts Friday.

denver_attendingHeading out to Denver first thing in the morning. The flight leaves from LAX at 6:00am and poor Leslie will have to drive me since I stopped riding. The weather may include snow, with temperatures in the 20s and 30s, so I’ll pack my jacket, gloves, and my touk. This is my 15th year as an ALA member and I’ve managed to pack my schedule with meetings, meetings, and more meetings. I keep telling Leslie that I’ll cut back on the ALA commitments, but haven’t managed to do so yet.

I’ll be staying at the Queen Anne Bed & Breakfast, a place keeping the environment in mind. Though it will cost me a bit more than the Holiday Inn, it does support the local business and green enterprises. Doing the right thing does cost more sometimes. The place isn’t super close to the convention center and other hotels, but I like to walk in cities and explore. Look for tweets or locations from Brightkite.

Here’s what my schedule looks like: Continue reading