Linda, this sounds like an excellent idea. I have a lot on my plate right now, and researching the library policy, hunting down the people to talk with, selling them on the possible benefits of hosting the group, and then coordinating their space schedules with our group's schedule to make this a possibility for two members of a 250-plus-member group who prefer to meet in the UWS doesn’t seem like the best use of my time when I already have a space available to use.
You seem really committed to this. If you want to invest some time and energy into securing a space at those colleges, I’d be happy to hold meetings there. I do remember schools in other parts of the country being much more open and liberal with their space than New York City schools, but maybe that’s changed.
0 · September 8
You're making an assumption that may be generally true about libraries being for students and teachers. But at our group at Stanford, nobody was a Stanford student. They allowed us to use a space and Stanford students joined us because so many were Mac users. I suspect the same scenario could be accomplished at Columbia,TC since to my knowledge, they don't have a mac users group. You, as the organizer would simply have to approach any of the libraries-and I suggested Gottesman and Teachers College because I know they are not a traditional library but rather one that encourages groups to meet.
I'd point out the benefit to the TC or Columbia community. All they could say, is no. What've you got to lose?
0 · September 6
Does Apple support Mac groups? It's been a long time since being in the LAMUG in Los Angeles, but if memory (need more RAM) serves me, I thought Apple supported User Groups, which Meetup is a current version of. Did any of the NY stores support us in the past? Would they now and help invigorate us? Hmmm.
0 · March 14
@Todd. FWIW, I live in Astoria and would come. But how many NYC members would cross the bridge? I wonder what the breakdown by location is? Seems there's a lot to talk about Apple these days (stock manipulations, any really new products coming? Google developing for iOS, etc.). Having a Mac group sure would be a help in these days.
0 · March 14
I lived in Rochester for some years, altho very long time ago. There was a very enthusiastic and numerous group there which met each and every month. It was in the early days of Mac; I remember someone demoing a program that turned his Mac Plus' keyboard into any of several musical instruments. So, he lay down several tracks, guitar, keyboard, drum and made a song in front of us. It, and the other meetings, helped seal Mac as my primary platform.
0 · April 29, 2011