Your Unofficial Guide to Socializing at ALA Midwinter Meeting 2015

by Holly Boyer, former INALJ Senior Editor

Your Unofficial Guide to Socializing at ALA Midwinter Meeting 2015

holly boyerGoing to Chicago later this month? Great! I bet you’ve got a pretty good idea which sessions you’ll be attending. You’re going to learn so much and bring all that Midwinter energy and enthusiasm back to work with you. You are going to make amazing things happen for your library of place of work. But while you’re in Chicago, take some time to hang out and socialize.

Social events are an excellent way to meet your special tribe within libraryland. Are you interested in leadership? Social responsibility? Storytelling? Whatever it is, there’s probably some kind of social event going on at Midwinter.

The Networking Uncommons at the Convention Center is a great place to meet other people, charge your devices, and participate in impromptu sessions.

You can find Erica Findlay’s excellent #partyhard map here.

And if all else fails, come find me! I’ll be wandering around the conference center talking to strangers.


Thursday, January 29

Time Event Location
9pm – 12am #ALAMW15 “All-Conference” (pre)party! TBA


Friday, January 30

Time Event Location
1:00 – 2:00pm Leadership Council Networking Session Sheraton Ballroom 3
3:00 – 4:00pm IRRT Welcome Session McCormick Place West W177
6:00 – 8:00pm ALCTSFest Swissotel Chicago Vevey Room
7:00 – 8:00pm ASCLA Networking and Social Event Renaissance Blackstone Bar Lower Lounge
7:00 – 9:00pm PLA Happy Hour Howells & Hood, 435 N. Michigan Ave.
7:00 – 9:30pm ANSS Social Ming Hin Dim Sum, 2168 S. Archer Ave.


Saturday, January 31

Time Event Location
5:30 – 7:00pm RUSA Membership Social Hilton Chicago Williford B
5:30 – 7:00pm ULS Social (ACRL ULS) Elephant & Castle, 185 North Wabash Ave.
5:30 – 7:30pm NMRT Midwinter Social Flemings, 25 East Ohio St.
6:00 – 7:00pm Presidential Candidates Reception Hyatt Regency Chicago Columbus AB
6:00 – 7:30pm LLAMA Happy Hour Bull and Bear, 431 N. Wells
6:00 – 8:00pm The Networking Reception ($50) Hyatt Regency Chicago Plaza B
8:00 – 10:00pm REFORMA Noche de Cuentos Hyatt Regency Chicago Grand D North


Sunday, February 1

Time Event Location
3:00 – 4:00pm Sustainability Round Table Social Hyatt Regency McCormick Clark/CC 22C
6:00 – 8:00pm LITA Happy Hour TBA check website for location
6:00 – 8:00pm GLBTRT Social TBA
8:00 – 10:00pm BCALA Membership Meeting Reception Hyatt Regency Chicago Columbus CD


Monday, February 2

Time Event Location
6:00 – 7:30pm ALSC and YALSA Joint Member Social Renaissance Blackstone Crystal Ballroom


Holly Boyer is a former INALJ Senior Editor who loves meeting new people, especially librarians! She lives in Northern Virginia and is very, very excited about the Silver Line on the DC Metro. She loves to read and knit and watch her children do amazing things on the field/mats/stage. You can learn more about her at A Girl Walks Into a Library or follow her on Twitter @hollyanneboyer.