From the Chair Greetings – The balmy air of Denver turned back into wintry gusts at the Midwinter Conference. The combined RUSA Social at Baur’s Ristorante was held at the same time as our usual MARS Happy Hour. It was a crush! It was a welcome sight to see members of other RUSA sections at the same event. The big issue talked about at all levels of ALA, RUSA and MARS was virtual meetings/conferences. Financial hardships make attendance at all ALA meetings too difficult for many. RUSA prepared a report on Electronic Membership. The report attempted to define electronic membership, as well as what currently is the practice for virtual members. While it did not tackle the question of a virtual midwinter conference, the report called for experimentation by the membership before major changes in policies and procedures. Our meetings were full, and I believe we made progress. The MARS 2009 Chair’s Program Committee is pleased to announce that it has engaged two speakers
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