The ACRL Blog has a piece about new members attending ALA’s Midwinter conference by Josh Petrusa titled “Attempt at Midwinter.”
In youthful naiveté, I assumed being a new member of the profession (and ALA) that I would just go to Midwinter, attend some stuff, get involved, etc.
There’s been some really good feedback in the Comments about whether section meetings are open to non-members, attending as many discussion groups as you want, and interacting with vendors.
See previous comments on ArLiSNAP about volunteering for ARLIS/NA committees, volunteering for Chapter committees, and volunteering at the conference registration desk. If you have additional ideas, please add a comment below!