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.


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

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!



Interested folks, please go to 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:


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!)

About Bohyun (Library Hat)

Bohyun Kim is the Associate University Librarian for Library Information Technology at the University of Michigan Library. Formerly, she was the Chief Technology Officer and Professor at the University of Rhode Island Libraries.
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6 Responses to Tweet-Up for Newbies at ALA MW?

  1. John Chrastka says:

    Thanks for making the call on the tweet-up. I’ve posted to the MW wiki at that it’s being organized through you. If I can be of help, drop me a note.

    John @ ALA

  2. Library Hat says:

    Thanks so much for listing the tweet-up at the MW wiki! I discovered some events from the list on this page. Great resource!

  3. And, between these, stop by my campaign party for my ALA President candidacy. It will be Saturday night, 8-11pm, at theCharlesmark Hotel Lounge, 655 Boylston St., 617.247.1212, across from the Boston Public Library and less than 50 yards from the Copley MBTA station, 8-11pm, Saturday, Jan. 16th. I hope everyone who can stop by shows up!

    Sara Kelly Johns

  4. rachel says:

    do we need to RSVP?

  5. Library Hat says:

    Nope, but I would appreciate it if folks planning to be at the tweet-up lets me know. Helps to know how many will show up approximately. See you at the tweet up!

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