Library cataloging, classification, metadata, subject access and related topics.
Personally, I prefer Midwinter to Annual, but you need to be aware of what it is: It's a meeting, not a conference. That is, while there are loads of discussion groups, you won't find many formal programs (legally, you won't find any except for one or two ALA exceptions--this is supposed to be a business meeting).Exhibits are smaller, with (typically) fewer publishers and a lot fewer book signings, free posters, and people there primarily to collect freebies.As a chance to see what's happening with technology vendors (and quite a few others), to try out new ALA units, and--if you can find out the topics--to sit in on some topical discussions, it's great, and I find it better for catching up with colleagues. As a pure listen-and-learn experience, well, it's not Annual Conference: Figure maybe a dozen real programs (if that), rather than a few hundred.
I find ALA (both Midwinter and Annual) to be both useful and enjoyable. Since I left academic libraries and moved into a position where there are no tenure/professional development activities, I've considered cutting back my ALA attendance, but I can't quite bring myself to do that. It's a good way to maintain professional contacts and keep current. As Walt says, Midwinter is primarily a business meeting for ALA committees, but there are loads of discussion groups that usually have interesting topics-- several of which are cataloging-related. If San Antonio is reasonably local to you, I'd say go for it.
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