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MLA 2012 Keep Informed

As 2011 comes to a close, it makes sense to start highlighting 2012 events.  One major event in 2012 is the Annual Meeting in Seattle.  The NPC has been hard at work trying to make it a great meeting.  In the upcomming months there will be more and more updates about the meeting and you if you want to be in loop of what is going on then you will want to check out the Official MLA ’12 Blog and use #mlanet12 as the meeting’s hashtag on Twitter.

So go to http://npc.mlanet.org/mla12/ and bookmark it or add it to your RSS feed reader because there will be some posts in the near future on our speakers, the Opening Reception (aka Opening Day), and the call for bloggers and much more.  Once we have selected our bloggers, things will really take off with posts about the meeting.

Do you have a question about logistics, programming, or anything else about the meeting?  Want to pick some of the NPC people’s brains?  Or do you just want to chat in general about the meeting?  Try posting on Twitter.  Use the hashtag #mlanet12 and type away, we will see it an respond.  Not only are the two NPC co-chairs on Twitter but so are many other NPC and LAC members.  Are you new to Twitter?  That is ok.  We plan on having another online MLA Twitter tutorial available for people.  It is still a little early and it isn’t quite ready to go live, but if you want to join in on the #mlanet12 discussion and just want a little refresher check out A Beginner’s Guide to Twitter

Keep in touch!

 

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MLA 2012 Sponsorship Opportunities

The Medical Library Association’s National Program Committee has been calling and contacting  companies to see if they would like to be a sponsor for the 2012 meeting in Seattle.  These meetings are valuable to librarians and many who attend either make crucial decisions or help make decisions regarding resources for their libraries. Our members realize it is important to stay in personal contact with exhibitors, and they value the time they spend in the exhibit area at our meeting. In the words of one attendee: “MLA is the one time I can meet face to face with vendors I currently purchase goods and services from, as well as meet face to face with vendors with whom I am interested in purchasing goods and services from.” MLA members also value and appreciate the support exhibitors bring to the meeting.

In today’s world, organizations face increasing changes to our game and ever growing accountability. MLA hopes you will grow your opportunities by supporting our meeting and maximizing your company’s exposure with our members. Your support enhances our meeting’s quality and depth  You will find numerous opportunities for contributing to the success of our meeting on the accompanying pledge form, http://www.mlanet.org/am/am2012/pdf/mla12_sponsor_form.pdf

If you have been a sponsor of the Medical Library Association’s annual meeting in the past or you are company that wants to reach out to medical librarians and participate in the meeting, you should consider sponsoring the meeting in 2012. 

Now is the time to act if you want your company’s name or logo in the program. 
Next week, the Medical Library Association’s Preliminary Program for the 2012 annual meeting goes to the printers.  For any sponsorship pledge over $12,000 received by Friday, December 9, 2011, it is still possible to add your corporate logo to the cover of the MLA ’12 preliminary program.  The preliminary program goes out to approximately 5,000 potential attendees.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the MLA NPC co-chairs before Friday to get in the program.

Other opportunities are available to be a sponsor.
We understand that the timing might not work out and you might not know how much you can sponsor before Friday.  But that doesn’t mean there aren’t other opportunities.  Check out MLA’s sponsorship form for a list of other items you can sponsor such as WiFi for the meeting (would be greatly appreciated by attendees), meals, meetings, and other events.

What do you get in return for your support?

  • Sponsors receive many benefits. MLA will link your company to your chosen items and highlight your generous support among our 4,500 members. Benefits include:
  • A posting on the MLA’12 meeting website at www.mlanet.org/am/am2012/
  • Inclusion in the Prelminary Program and Official Program (MUST act before Friday 12/9/11 to be included in Preliminary Program)
  • Speical “Sponsor” ribbons for exhibit staff and
  • Acknoledgement at the designated event, MLA plenary session, in press releases, in the MLA News, and the Journal of the Medical Library Association.

Additional rewards you can receive are based on your sponsorship level:

  • $22,000+ “Grand Slam” Sponsor
  • $12,000-$21,999 “Home Run” Sponsor
  • $3,000-$11,999 “Double” Sponsor

We look forward to seeing you at MLA ’12 and thank you in advance for your remarkable support and hopefully, helping us hit a grand slam home run at the annual meeting!

Remember if you want to sponsor a specific program or activity it is first come first serve so you you will want to ensure your first choice by faxing the pledge form to MLA headquarters at (312) 419-8950. Don’t forget if you want to get into the Preliminary Program we need your pledge form before Friday!

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Last Chance, Vote NOW for MLA 2012-2013

You snooze you will lose because today is the absolute last day that you can vote on the 2012-2013 MLA President Elect, MLA Board Members and MLA Nominating Committee.

You must vote by tonight, December 6, 11:59 central time. Make your voice and vote count! View the official candidate information.  The President Elect candidate Q&A and Board Member candidate Q&A are available on the Connections blog. Go to https://www.directvote.net/MLA/ and use the login information provided via email. For technical support (available Monday–Friday 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. central time) call 952.974.2339 or email. If you have other questions, please contact Carla J. Funk, CAE, at MLA headquarters.

If you haven’t voted, please vote.  Take some time to look through the candidates and select the person that you feel will move MLA in the direction you think it should go.  Even though the Nominating Committee candidates don’t have a Q&A that you can view, look at the people and do a little digging to find out a little bit about them.  I think the Nominating Committee is one of the most important elected positions because they are the people who look through the entire MLA membership to find the candidates for President and the Board that you will vote on next year. They are helping to shape MLA in the candidates they choose for next year.

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Vote Now!

Yesterday was voting day for many Americans.  Hopefully those of you who had issues on the ballot were able to get out and have your voice heard through your vote.

MLA members also have a chance to have their voice heard through their vote.  All members with emails on file at MLA should have received an email with information on voting for a new MLA incoming President, 2 new Board Members, and 9 Nominating Committee Members. 

Obviously voting for the incomming MLA President is a way to help choose the direction and priorities of the organization, but the Board and the Nominating Committee are just as important too.  The MLA President does not operate in a vaccuum, as liasions the Board Members work with sections, committees, and other groups and help the MLA President.  The Nominating Committee is a crucial group of people who look at the MLA membership and recommend and debate over who to nominate for each year’s election. 

So MLA members get out there and vote.  It is easy, you don’t even have to find your polling place, present your ID, or even provide a signature.  (One draw back, to online voting, you don’t get an I Voted sticker.)   All you just have to click on the link that MLA sent you in the email.   Voting is one of the easiest but important ways you can get involved with MLA.

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Last Chance to Try and Win $400 Towards MLA 2012

Tick Tock, Tick Tock….. You hear that?  That is time running out for you to try and win $400 toward the annual meeting in Seattle.

The National Program Committee for the 2012 meeting in Seattle, WA are looking for the best methods people used to justify their attendance at a meeting to receive funding from their institution. There will be two $400 prizes to be used toward either registration or travel expenses to the 2012 meeting. The two prizes will be awarded to one hospital librarian and one academic medical librarian for the most original, funny, interesting, and best method for acquiring funding from their institution.

You must submit your story online by 11:59pm November 1, 2011. Winners will be notified by November 25, 2011 and there stories will be listed in the January 2012 MLA News. All submissions will be displayed online and available at http://mla2012contest.wikispaces.com/ for your fellow librarians to read and learn from. By participating in this contest, not only do you have the chance to win money to help pay for next year’s meeting, but you are sharing your successful funding strategies which can serve as a resource to other librarians who may need a little help getting institutional support.

To enter the contest go to: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2T8K9LJ
You must be an MLA member to win.
Nervous about seeing your name in lights about how you got your institution to support your attendance? That is fine. We have set it up so that you can participate in the contest but your name will be withheld from the online public site and will only be known to contest judges.

What are you waiting for? Get online and submit your story! 

The wiki listing the stories is current as of 10/28/11 6:30pm est, so look through them and submit your story at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2T8K9LJ.  If you are looking for ideas on how to get money to attend MLA ’12 read the stories, maybe one of them will work for you!

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Time is Running Out To Get FREE Money!

I thought briefly about changing the title of this blog post because it sounds like one of those spam messages you get, but it isn’t spam.  It is real!  If you are a member of MLA you have a chance to win $400 toward the Annual Meeting in Seattle and TIME IS RUNNING OUT!

The National Program Committee for the 2012 meeting in Seattle, WA are looking for the best methods people used to justify their attendance at a meeting to receive funding from their institution. There will be two $400 prizes to be used toward either registration or travel expenses to the 2012 meeting. The two prizes will be awarded to one hospital librarian and one academic medical librarian for the most original, funny, interesting, and best method for acquiring funding from their institution.

You must submit your story online by 11:59pm November 1, 2011. Winners will be notified by November 25, 2011 and there stories will be listed in the January 2012 MLA News. All submissions will be displayed online and available at http://mla2012contest.wikispaces.com/ for your fellow librarians to read and learn from. By participating in this contest, not only do you have the chance to win money to help pay for next year’s meeting, but you are sharing your successful funding strategies which can serve as a resource to other librarians who may need a little help getting institutional support.

To enter the contest go to: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2T8K9LJ
You must be an MLA member to win.
Nervous about seeing your name in lights about how you got your institution to support your attendance? That is fine. We have set it up so that you can participate in the contest but your name will be withheld from the online public site and will only be known to contest judges.

So hurry up time is running out.  The wiki listing the stories is current as of 10/20/11 10:30 est, so look through them and submit your story at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2T8K9LJ.  If you are looking for ideas on how to get money to attend MLA ’12 read the stories, maybe one of them will work for you! 

It is $400 people!  Get typing!

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MLA 2012/2013 Election Candidates Announced

The candidates for the upcoming 2012/2013 MLA election have been announced.  MLA members will be able to cast their vote online from November 2–December 6, 2011. Members without email addresses on file at MLA headquarters will receive paper ballots in the mail during the first week in November. Election results will be announced in December.

Not a member of MLA because the organization isn’t relevant to you and what you are facing in the profession?  Well if you aren’t a member, you can’t vote for MLA to change to become more relevant to you and others in the future.  Become a member so that you have a voice in the organization to see that it changes and evolves in the future to be relevant to you and other librarians.

Congratulations candidates and good luck!

MLA President Elect

  • Dixie A. Jones, AHIP, Medical Library, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center–Shreveport
  • Cynthia L. Henderson, AHIP, Louis Stokes Health Sciences Library, Howard University, Washington, DC

MLA Board of Directors (two open positions)

  • Debra Rand, AHIP, Health Sciences Libraries, Hofstra University North Shore-Long Island Jewish School of Medicine, Hempstead, NY
  • Chris Shaffer, AHIP, OHSU Library, Oregon Health & Science University–Portland
  • Brian P. Bunnett, AHIP, Health Sciences Library and Informatics Center, University of New Mexico–Albuquerque
  • Julia M. Esparza, AHIP, Medical Library, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center–Shreveport

MLA Nominating Committee (nine open positions)

  • Neville D. Prendergast
  • Priscilla L. Stephenson
  • Max Anderson
  • Jane Bridges, AHIP
  • Sherrilynne S. Fuller, FMLA
  • Mindy Robinson-Paquette
  • Keith W. Cogdill, AHIP
  • Patricia E. Gallagher, AHIP
  • Paula G. Raimondo, AHIP
  • Melissa L. Just, AHIP
  • Lynne M. Fox, AHIP
  • Ana D. Cleveland, AHIP
  • Brenda Faye Green
  • Diana J. Cunningham, AHIP
  • Jo Dorsch, AHIP
  • Joy C. Kennedy
  • Lisa K. Traditi, AHIP
  • Heidi Heilemann, AHIP
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MLA 2012 Website During the Meeting?

The MLA 2012 website is up and running.  Right now you can find information on Section Program Themes and paper and poster FAQs.  Soon you will be able to get registration, hotel and travel information as well much more. 

The site has always been good for the logistics leading up to the meeting, providing you with things you need to know.  Once you are at the meeting the site seems to become superfluous. You either are not at the meeting or you are and have already registered, have a hotel room and hopefully downloaded your schedule. 

What can we do with the meeting website so that it is more interactive more relevant to people participating in the meeting (on site and e-conference)?  On the day of the meeting should the front page change to focus on the current events like the blog, Twitter feed, CoverItLive, etc.?

How would you make the meeting site a more interactive and engaging online experience during the conference?

All suggestions are wanted and welcome.

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Keep Your Ideas Coming

Thursday I posted on my blog, Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ asking for suggestions about what you would like to see at MLA this year in Seattle.  Even though I am leaving tomorrow morning to view the facilities, please keep those ideas coming.  Much can be done via email.  The only suggestions I am discouraging are program session ideas.  Much of the meeting’s programs are done by the MLA Sections and SIGs very early in the planning process (2013 suggestions are already underway), so if you want to see better, different, more programs then you really need to communicate this with your Section or SIG! 

I thought I would share some (non program session) suggestions from people with the hope that it might jog some minds and generate more ideas. (Note: I am just listing ideas, I am not endorsing them or making any promises. This is just to get the brainstorming going.)

  • Bigger sessions rooms with more aisles so people can scoot in and out more easily.
  • Coffee breaks
  • Conference WiFi
  • Behind the scenes tour of Seattle Public Library
  • Wine tour/tasting
  • Space Needle excursions
  • Coupons/Discounts to restaurants in the restaurant guide
  • 7th Inning Stretch get together/meet and mingle with hot dogs, brats, beer, (stadium food).
  • Krafty catching a flying fish at Pike Place Market….ew…I would do it though if I knew how/what to do to do it.
  • More time to visit the exhibit hall

So do you have any other ideas?  What can make this meeting more informative, comfortable, enjoyable, fun for you?  Keep your comments coming! 

 

 

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Friday Fun: Get $400 To Go To Seattle, NOW!

Yesterday I posted asking people about what kind of things they want to see at the Seattle meeting.  PLEASE keep the suggestions coming!

In one of the comments Halyna mentioned that some librarians do not get any funding or partial funding so having discounts, coupons available for restaurants, attractions would be very helpful.  I am all about coupons and I like the idea…and I will pass it on to the LAC who would be in the best position to find coupons or discounts as the meeting draws near.  But Halyna’s comment also served as the perfect reminder that librarians facing travel money issues have various opportunities to help pay to attend the meeting. 

There is still time to enter to the contest sponsored by the NPC to win $400 toward the meeting.  How do you win?  Simply submit the best method you used to justify your attendance at an MLA annual meeting to receive funding from their institutions or employers.  Two people with the best stories will win $400 towards either travel expenses or registration for the Seattle meeting.  So far there aren’t a lot of submissions so your odds of winning are VERY good if you submit.  You must enter by November 1, 2011! So get to your computer and type something out and submit it!

You also might want to check out if the MLA Section you belong to is providing scholarships to attend the meeting.  As a member and current Chair of the Medical Informatics Section, I know that we have recently been offering a travel grant each year to an MIS member to help with traveling to the MLA annual meeting.  Perhaps your one of the sections you belong to is doing something similar.

As the dollar gets tighter we have to get more creative about finding ways to be able to attend the meeting.  The travel grants are out there for this meeting, it is up to you to try and get them.  If you don’t apply you certainly won’t get them.  If you do apply and for some unlucky reason you don’t get a travel grant and can’t afford to go, don’t forget about attending as an e-conference participant!

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