ALA Midwinter 2019

by John Brunswick, Business Development Representative

Well, another new year has barely started, and already another ALA Midwinter Meeting is behind us. Many Atlas staff made the trek across the country to Seattle, including yours truly.  As always, we were busy from the moment we touched down at Sea-Tac Airport, attending meetings, talking to customers, and keeping current with developments in the field of librarianship.  

Friday evening was for walking the exhibits and seeing old friends and colleagues.  Saturday morning got off to an early start with the RUSA STARS All Committee Meeting, followed closely by the RUSA STARS ILL discussion Group. Then it was off to our “Office Hours” at the Tap House Grill. 

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For the past several Midwinter Meetings we escaped the booth and invited our customers and friends to visit with us offsite. At Midwinter, no booth equals more quality time with our customers, and we weren’t disappointed.  It didn’t hurt that there were great appetizers and 160 beers on tap! Lots of folks came and went from noon till five as we discussed ILLiad, Aeon, Ares and, in many cases, life in general. It was indeed an enjoyable time and we look forward to repeating it soon.

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Sunday started somewhat slower, with various meetings and visits to the exhibits.  However, things picked up at 4:30 in the afternoon with the OCLC Resource Sharing Users Group.  Those attending were given an update on recent and upcoming changes to OCLC Delivery Services and related products, including an ILLiad update by Stephanie Spires, Chief Operations and Service Officer here at Atlas Systems.

Next up was the RUSA STARS Midwinter Meetup at the Mexican-themed restaurant Cactus.  Good conversation, food, and drink – who could ask for more?  But our time in Seattle was quickly winding down.

Up way before dawn (at least it was West Coast time) on Monday, out the door, and on the plane home. Another Midwinter Meeting, another satisfying and productive trip.  So, what’s up next?  ALA Annual in Washington of course.  Look for us there in the exhibit hall. Details will be forthcoming.  Until then we look forward to hearing from you and perhaps seeing you at one of the other events we will be attending throughout the Spring.