It’s that time of year again, when we’re all gathering in a cold place during the North American winter. If you’re heading to Midwinter this week, you naturally want to know about everything that’s happening there. To make sure you don’t miss any of the big stuff, check out Mary Ghikas’ biannual “What’s Happening” list. Here’s your Midwinter 2009 version (169kb, PDF).
Here are some interesting numbers that kick off the document.
“As of January 16, 2009, advance registration for the 2009 Midwinter Meeting was 5,840 â€“ compared to 5,833 at the same point for the 2008 Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia. This included 671 first-time Midwinter Meeting attendees, compared to 371 in Philadelphia on January 4, 2008. (Note: In 2006-2007, ALA began asking conference participants to self-identify as first-time attendees.)
Ever wonder what that number includes? As of January 8, the total included 4204 regular
members registered, 231 student members, 60 trustees, 61 retired members 144 nonmembers, 78 former members, among others. California was most heavily represented, with 452 registrations, followed by Colorado (359), Illinois (352), New York (336) and Texas (268). There are registrants from all 50 states, from 9 Canadian provinces (a total of 53 registrants), from Puerto Rico, and from the Virgin Islands.
As of January 9, 2009, there are 96 international librarians from 17 countries attending the Midwinter Meeting in Denver. For the second year in a row, there will be an orientation for international colleagues. International attendees are coming from all across the globe â€“ from Australia to Qatar to Nigeria to Denmark.”