This inaugural edition of the PLA blog will cover the ALA Midwinter Meeting which takes place in Boston, January 14-19, 2005. The PLA blog effort was begun by librarian, consultant, and blogger Steven M. Cohen, who is best known as the proprietor of LibraryStuff.net and also serves as the Internet Spotlight columnist for "Public Libraries" magazine. Many other persons have signed up to serve as bloggers, and they will provide accounts of activities taking place during Midwinter, that are related to public librarianship. I'd like to thank Steven Cohen as well as the coterie of bloggers who've signed up to help out. As with many PLA events, we couldn't do it without the hard work and dedication of our member volunteers.
The mission of the PLA blog in general, and the Midwinter effort in particular, is twofold: First is to get national library associations (like PLA) excited about blogging, second, and equally, if not more important, is to use the blog to make the conference more immediate and accessible to those unable to attend but who want to "play along at home." We hope you find it both entertaining and educational and we encourage you to let us know what you think about the blog.