I attended my 6th ALA Midwinter Conference last weekend in Philly, and it was a jam-packed weekend with an ACRL Science & Technology Section (STS) business meeting, an ACRL STS Executive Committee meeting, a Hot Topics Discussion Group on research metrics, meetings with science publishers, and two networking events that I organized. Two candidates running for ACRL Vice President/President-Elect spoke at our ACRL STS business meeting. If you’re an ACRL member, I encourage you to vote in the 2020 ACRL election.
The ACRL STS Hot Topics Discussion Group on research metrics was led by Rachel Borchardt, Associate Director of Research & Instructional Services at American University and ACRL STS Vice Chair/Chair-Elect. Her popular publication, Meaningful Metrics: A 21st-Century Librarian’s Guide to Bibliometrics, Altmetrics and Research Impact, is available as an OA e-book. Rachel is a leading figure in the altmetrics field and is of the professional opinion that ‘no one size fits all’ with regards to research metrics.
After my hiatus from ALA Midwinter due to recovery from ankle injuries (my last ALA MW was during the great Chicago blizzard-fun times!), it was meaningful not only to return as Member-at-Large but much more so to enjoy 26.5 hours of camaraderie with fellow science librarians. As ALA Midwinter phases out, our section is looking towards more virtual programming, which will benefit more members with tight travel budgets. The Science & Technology Section is the largest subject-specific section of ACRL that welcomed me early in my career, and it has been gratifying to give back through encouraging other science librarians to connect with each other and with ACRL. On my last day of travel, I did have a little free time to venture outside of Center City Philly, so I went to an Asian stationary store and enjoyed my first Greek Cypriot dining experience. I returned on Sunday evening for an urgent personal research session on Monday. This photo is from the Loews Hotel – a lovely view of rainy Philly.