In light of the reformatting of the ALA's Midwinter meeting, we're being asked if our committee needs to meet in person at Midwinter 2020 in Philadelphia. If we decide that an in person meeting is not necessary, then we will be able to schedule a virtual meeting for February 2020.
Please let the group know your preference – to meet virtually or in person – by next Thursday, August 29, so that I can respond to the ALCTS survey.
From: Julie Reese <firstname.lastname@example.org> Sent: Wednesday, August 21, 2019 2:20 PM Subject: Meeting rooms for Midwinter: please respond by Sept. 1st!
Dear ALCTS Cataloging and Metadata Management Section Committee Chairs:
As ALA as a whole plans substantial changes to the format of Midwinter meetings beginning in 2021, ALA divisions are approaching Midwinter 2020 in a variety of ways (likely the "last Midwinter as we know it"!). (LITA, for example, is not actively encouraging its members to attend Midwinter 2020).
At the Annual Conference last month, the ALCTS Board affirmed that it will meet in person at Midwinter 2020. We encourage each ALCTS division or section committee to consider whether they feel the need to meet in person at Midwinter. We anticipate that standards development committees (such as CC:DA) may want to meet in person at Midwinter 2020, but other committees may be able to carry out their activities online. Likewise, some Interest Group programs or discussions could be held virtually throughout the year.
ALA is likely to be moving into new office space in January 2020 as well and will be juggling competing priorities. Having accurate information regarding room scheduling will allow ALCTS staff to focus on supporting only those groups who want to meet in-person at Midwinter, As an ALCTS Chair, please discuss with your group members whether or not the group needs to meet in person in Philadelphia, and please fill out this survey by September 1st.
Once Midwinter 2020 has concluded and ALA staff is settled into their new offices, ALCTS staff will be available to schedule virtual events beginning in February 2020. Additional guidance in chairing or hosting virtual events will also be available to ALCTS and Section Chairs, and will be included in the upcoming virtual ALCTS Leaders Orientation to be scheduled this Fall.
Please contact Julie Reese at email@example.com, the CaMMS Chair, Sandy Roe firstname.lastname@example.org or me if you have questions about this decision.
I personally prefer to meet in person, especially with new members coming on board. However, I am not opposed to a virtual meeting, and will happily participate in such. The advantage of in person is that we are all in one place at one time for the purpose of ALA meetings. It is difficult to schedule virtual meetings with our membership having so many different demands on our time during our normal workweeks.
Thanks for asking!
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I also appreciate seeing everyone, and I find in-person discussions to be more organic. Like Cynthia said however, I'm not opposed to meeting virtually.
I should note that even if we do decide on an in-person meeting, we can also set up a call-in feature, as we've done in the past, for those not able to attend.
I am fine with either one, although I'm not sure that I will be able to receive funding for Midwinter (the response from the head of my department was not positive on that). I do prefer to meet in person, but perhaps if we schedule a virtual meeting well enough in advance attendance won't be a problem.
Thank you for providing the option.
Hello all! For the upcoming 2020 mid-winter, I am fine with either in-person or virtual CC:AAM meeting. It would be nice to have an option of attending virtual CC:AAM meeting, in addition to attending in-person meeting. With my current role, I also need to attend CC:DA meeting; I am not sure if CC:DA is also considering virtual meeting as an option. Thank you. Jia
Jia Xu 徐佳
Chinese Technical Services Librarian
Yale University Library Technical Services
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New Haven, CT 06511-1918
I have not made my decision on whether to attend the Midwinter in person. For your polling purpose, please consider me to attend the meeting virtually if there is such option.
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