Whether you are new to ALA, the Midwinter Meeting or neither all are invited to the Conference Orientation hosted by NMRT. The session will be held Saturday morning from 8:30-10 a.m. in the Pennsylvania Convention Center, room 307B. A panel of experts will answer questions about how to navigate the exhibits, decipher the conference program, things to do while you’re in Philadelphia, how ALA really works and ways to get involved. The panelists will be Kay Cassell from the ALA Membership Committee, ALA Membership Development Director Ron Jankowski, Alice Knapp of the Exhibits Round Table, NMRT President Emily Prather-Rodgers, Director of the Free Library of Philadelphia Siobhan Reardon and Jan Sanders from the ALA Conference Committee. Pick up tips from these pros on how best to spend your time at Midwinter, secrets to getting your share of free food, books, tote bags and other swag and how to make the most of your time in the city of brotherly love.
The Conference Orientation is also a great place to network with other new conference attendees and seasoned veterans alike, swap stories and share strategies. You may make a connection that leads to deeper involvement in ALA or influences the direction of your career, or perhaps you will just get to know some fun new people.The Conference Orientation is a great way to learn more about the Midwinter meeting, a prime opportunity for conference newcomers to network with each other and make connections with representatives from divisions and round tables, a good introduction to the city of Philadelphia, and an encouraging conference launch for first-time attendees and new members. So come hear from conference, ALA and library pros and get your Midwinter questions answered. We hope you will join us! http://alamw14.ala.org/node/12332