We are @VConnecting at AMICAL 2019!

Virtually Connecting will be at AMICAL 2019 at the American University in Cairo! Join us for conversation at the conference for libraries, technology & learning at international American universities. On Sunday, March 31st, at 15:15 Cairo time, Robin DeRosa, Anita Walz and Cheryl Hodgkinson-Williams will meet onsite buddies Maha Bali and Nadinne Aboulmagd and virtual buddy Joe Murphy.

If you’re interested in joining, tweet us @vconnecting or leave a comment below. We’ll ask for your email address so we can send you a link to the session just before it goes live. Times are local to the conference site, scroll below to find the times adjusted to your timezone and the links to watch the session live or recorded if you can’t make it into the session itself.

Time converter at worldtimebuddy.com

Also, many sessions at AMICAL will be livestreamed; check the schedule for those opportunities!

If you’re new to Virtually Connecting, read more about us here.

You can participate virtually in any of the following ways:

  1. Active session participation: be a participant in the session and talk to the guests and other participants. To do so, you need to register by tweeting us @vconnecting or leaving a comment below. One of us will contact you to get your email address, and then you will get a confirmation email a day or so before the event, and a link to participate in the Google hangout around half an hour before the event. All you need in order to do this is to have working audio on your computer (update your hangouts plugin) or phone/tablet (update your Hangouts app).
  2. Be a participant in the session and communicate via text chat (this will be seen by people inside the session but not those outside the session; but the virtual buddy will occasionally read out what you wrote or invite you to say it out loud)
  3. Watch and tweet: watch the session live (see the embedded videos above or go to our YouTube channel www.youtube.com/virtuallyconnecting). If you choose to Tweet along, please tag @vconnecting and add the conference hashtag. One of our buddies is likely to pick up on your questions on Twitter and relay them to the participants in the live session.
  4. Watch the recording: watch the session recorded (again, same embedded videos above, or our YouTube channel).
  5. Become a buddy: If you’d like to join our team and help organize future events, talk to the onsite or virtual buddy.

Please note that even though we have events scheduled ahead of time, sometimes we start a little earlier than planned for various reasons; while we plan to spend around 30 minutes with those onsite, sometimes they may have to leave earlier, and sometimes they may be willing to stay longer. We embrace imperfection and spontaneity and we hope you will too, understanding the nature of hybrid connections.


    • Hi Zane – no need to comment if you are only interested in watching. The blog post has the YouTube player embedded – just come back at the time of the session and hit play. If you come back after the time of the session then it will be a recording rather than a live stream. Hope this helps.

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