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December, 2009:

Tweet-Up for Newbies at ALA MW?

Update – Time & Place:

The ALA MW Newbies (& Veterans) Tweet-up will take place at Green Dragon Tavern on 1/16 Saturday 8pm.

RSVP: http://twtvite.com/73m5bt

Green Dragon Tavern is in North End/Faneuil Hall and a short walk from three different T-stops in Green/Orange/Blue line: Government Center, Haymarket, State Street.
Address:  11 Marshall Street, Boston, MA‎ - (800) 543-9002‎
Menu: http://www.somerspubs.com/blogcategory/green-dragon-menus/

Also for newbies’ interests, Green Dragon Tavern is also very close to both NMRT social (Bell-in-Hand Tavern; 5:30-7:30pm) and After Hours Social (Black Rose, 10pm) on the same day.  Hope to see lots of newbies there. Cheers!

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Update:

Interested folks, please go to http://www.doodle.com/pzzbxi6ehakhp9y9 and check all times that you are available for a tweet-up.
Once time and place are determined, it will be tweeted and posted here as well. Thanks!

Also, a MW Wiki page for ALA MW first-timers  have events for first-timers:
http://www.alamw.ala.org/2010/index.php?title=Events_for_First-Timers

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It is unbelievable that ALA midwinter at Boston is just around the corner. I can hardly wait for snow and slush of Boston and to revisit all the used bookstores that I used to frequent. But the business first, I haven’t still had time for creating a schedule for the midwinter. It is tough for me because I am going to be at the Midwinter first-time. As a newbie librarian, I have no committee commitments, and the midwinter program listing lots of meetings of lots of groups to which I don’t really belong to (yet!) – instead of programs with explicit topics unlike ALA annual – is somewhat baffling to me. I am sure I will figure it out just in time.

But in the meantime, I wonder, if any other librarians are going to ALA Midwinter as a first-timer and are interested in a tweet-up at Boston?

I attended my first ALA in the summer. I crammed all the interesting programs into my schedule, and I had barely time for lunch and passed out sometimes even before dinner. (I was so serious!)  So this time, I am focusing some efforts in socializing and networking. For newbies like me, however, networking and socializing are a more daunting task than attending some programs. I don’t know many people and am not sure where I fit in or can be fitted in. But I know I can most certainly fit in the newbie group.

I know that there are many social hours for already defined groups and sections. (I am going to try a few this time.) I know that there are lots of free breakfasts and luncheons that are sponsored by vendors to which so far I had no success in obtaining any RSVP. But a tweet-up would consist of totally random group of people. And there would be no pressure!

I have already received some responses via Twitter. So we newbies should meet up!

[ Thanks to @memclaughlin; @artficlinanity; @mojo_girl ; @lejwa; @library_chan; @wawoodworth; @jenniferwaller; @heidisteiner) ]

Leave a comment below to express your interests or holler at me on Twitter (@bohyunkim). Time and place will be determined in a democratic but ruthlessly efficient manner later on. (Veterans with newbie spirit are quite welcome too!)

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