My Sunday Afternoon at Midwinter

A photo essay

January 27, 2014


Heading down the Pennsylvania Convention Center hall of the 200s









After attending the update on the Digital Public Library of America, I made my way through the Pennsylvania Convention Center to facilitate a discussion at the ALCTS Creative Ideas in Technical Services Interest Group about successful collaboration between public services and technical services.


Chatting with Anne Langley and Teddy Gray










Along the way I ran into my counterpart at Duke University, Teddy Gray, who has recently succeeded Nancy Gibbs as head of the Acquisitions Department. While we were catching up, Teddy’s mentor and friend Anne Langley, the head librarian of the Science and Technology Libraries at Princeton University, came by and joined us in conversation. 


Escalator down to hall of the 100s













A painting in the hall of the 100s









Where my table talk was









I found Room 105B easily enough—and very early—and settled in way in advance of the discussion I was to facilitate.


Breaking the ice









We had close to 20 participants talking about successful public services/ technical services collaborations.



Reporting back from table talks








After about 45 minutes of discussion, all three tables reported back to the large group about their discussions. 


Thumbs up












My Sunday was a great day at Midwinter.


STEPHEN M. BROOKS is head, monographic services, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Email him at stephen_brooks[at]


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