Calling all Shutterbugs

Some of us are camera people and take pictures no matter the event, some of us snap a shot or two with our cellphones if the mood or subject strikes us.  Whether you are a budding photo journalist or just an occasional cell phone snapper the NPC would like you to post your MLA’12 photos online for all to see.

Simply join the mlanet group on flickr and upload your photos.  More details about the flickr group can be found on the MLA’12 blog.  Don’t forget to tag your photos with the year!

Bearded Pigs: Get Your Concert Shirt Now

Time is running out to joing the Thicket Society to support the Bearded Pigs, the World’s First (Only?) Open Access International Librarian Rock Band.  Putting on a Rock show isn’t free, so for those of you who want to help the Pigs cover their expenses for doing the show please consider joining the Thicket Society.  It is $40 for a single membership, $75 for a couple AND you will get a cool limited edition Bearded Pigs MLA’12 concert t-shirt and pin.  May 1st, 2012 is the deadline. 

For more information on the Pigs and when they are playing, go to the MLA’12 Official Blog.

MLA’12 Videographers Needed

Is there a Steven Spielberg or Kevin Smith secretly hiding in your soul?  Do you harbor a desire to be the next Morgan Spurlock of MLA (minus the french fries and happy meals)?  Or do you just like to take videos?

If the answer is yes, then you will want to consider becoming an MLA’12 videographer.  Read the post from Medlib-l below and if it sounds like something you would want to do then apply.

(Reposted from Medlib-l)

Don’t remember what happened at MLA last year?  Want to relive the unfettered joy of seeing your library colleagues? Wish that when someone asked, “Have you seen the latest viral video on zombie medical librarians taking over Seattle,” that you could pipe up and say, “That was me! I shot that sweet footage!”

 Apply to join the MLA ’12 Official Videographer Team!

 Last year, videographers focused on casual conversations in and around the meeting. This year our intrepid videographer team will use their own smart phones to capture on the spot interviews and will focus on all aspects of the conference.  Videos will be contributed and vetted, then posted to the members-only MLANet conference site, and after the conference to YouTube. No editing of video will be required, so anybody who can take video on their phone can easily participate! Additionally, AHIP points will be awarded—1 AHIP point/video submitted up to maximum of 3 AHIP points per videographer.

 Applications will be accepted until 5 pm ET Friday, April 27, 2012. Official videographers will be announced Wednesday, May 2, 2012.  Apply here:

 Interested in seeing the videos from last year? Go to . After logging in (have that 2011 badge handy!), select “View Presentations”, then “Posters and Video Shorts”.   At the end of the electronic wall you will find the videos from MLA 2011 in Minneapolis.

Free WiFi at MLA Hotels

The 2012 National Program Committee is pleased to report that all attendees staying at the Seattle Sheraton and the Hyatt at Olive Eight will receive free Internet thanks to the hotels and MLA.   If you have not booked your room yet there is still time.  The deadline for reservations is extended to April 22nd.   To receive free hotel Internet access, save money with discounted rates, and support MLA, make your reservation at:   If the Hyatt does not have rooms, try the Sheridan

Get Your MLA Exhibit Floor Info

Rachel Walden will be blogging at the MLA Annual Meeting.  As the Exhibit Scout she will be posting things of interest in the exhibit hall.  Yesterday she tweeted she is collecting questions and interests about exhibitors and the exhibit all month. 

If you aren’t going to MLA but really want to ask a specfic exhibitor a question, tweet or email Rachel.  Even if you are going to MLA, you might want to consider contacting Rachel with your questions and thoughts.  I know I find myself a lot busier than I anticipated and I often don’t have time to ask exhibitors certain questions or I keep missing them because of my schedule.  She is our dedicated correspondent for that area of the meeting so lets make the most of it.

Free Drink Ticket to MLA’12 Tweet Up

Want a free drink ticket to the MLA’12 Tweet up?  Well all you have to do is be a MLA member and complete this Twitter tutorial.  If you aren’t going to MLA’12 you still can take the tutorial (just no drink ticket) so you can interact and exchange ideas with people at the meeting through Twitter.

(From MLA Focus)

“MLA members can hit a home run with Twitter by taking part in an online tutorial about the microblogging service Twitter. Join the Twitter tutorial April 13–22 to learn more about Twitter, get tips from experts, and be ready to tweet about MLA ’12. Members who successfully complete the tutorial will receive a free drink ticket for the annual tweet-up, 6:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m., Monday, May 21. Members who will not attend the annual meeting can share ideas and exchange information through Twitter.”

Tour the Gates Foundation

The NPC tried to get Melinda Gates to be a speaker and it didn’t work out, but a unique opportunity is available for MLA meeting attendees to tour the new campus of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.  The location of the new campus is adjacent to Seattle Center.  Join other MLA members on Monday May 21 at 7:30am for a one hour tour.  Registration is first come, first served and is capped at 25 people.  We must provide the Gates Foundation with a final number of tour attendees by the end of April!

Read more about the tour specifics and register by completing this very brief SurveyMonkey form

Join MIS and Come to Our Section Meeting at MLA

If you haven’t already paid your MLA dues this year I would like to strongly encourage you to do so and also encourage you to be a member of MIS.

 The section is 333 members strong and proud of our accomplishments:

  • Created a MIS LinkedIn group for members to discuss items of interest. 
  • Planned the Top Technology Trends for the 2012 meeting in its own time slot
  • MIS member MLA Zombie Hunt mixing both networking and fun
  • MLA travel scholarship to help support MIS member to attend MLA

If you are a MIS member and you are attending MLA in Seattle I want to invite you to join us at the MIS Business meeting Sunday 5/20 3:30-4:30. 

The business meeting is NOT just for MIS committee chair people, it is for ALL MIS MEMBERS

This year MIS paid members (as of April 2012) who attend the business meeting at MLA are eligible to win an iPad.  We will do the drawing at the conclusion of the meeting and you must be present to win. 

MIS is a great group to join and I hope you will either continue your membership or join us as a member.

Bearded Pigs at MLA’12

The Bearded Pigs is the World’s First (Only?) Open Access International Librarian Rock Band. They have been playing at MLA for the last 8-10 years (who’s counting when time flies and you are having fun).  This year the band will be playing both on Sunday and Monday.  A double header!

On Sunday May 20th all are invited to join them for a night of dancing and drinking (cash bar) in “Grand C” of the Seattle Sheraton Hotel.  They’ll start up around 8:00 and play until 11:00.  Now, putting on a rock show isn’t free, so for those of you who want to help the Pigs cover their expenses for putting on the show you might want to consider joining the Thicket Society.  It is $40 for a single membership, $75 for a couple AND you will get a cool limited edition Bearded Pigs MLA’12 concert t-shirt and pin (another piece of flare for your badge).  Just go to and you can pay by PayPal or snail mail.  Remember, you don’t have to join the Thicket Society to enjoy the fun on Sunday, all are welcome.

On Monday the Pigs will be playing at the Armadillo Ball.  What is the Armadillo Ball? It is  is a scholarship fundraiser for the Southern Central Chapter of the Medical Library Association (SCC/MLA). Because it is a fundraiser, the ball isn’t free, your ticket into the ball is an armadillo pin (usually costs around $10).  Armadillos can be bought at the door or from an SCC/MLA member.  Not only is the armadillo important to get you into the ball, but it is another crucial piece of flare for your meeting ID badge.  People have whole herds of ‘dillos on their badges. 

I hope to see you there!

MLA Welcome Reception

I posted on the Official MLA’12 Blog about the MLA Welcome Reception and how we are turning it into Opening Day at the ballpark.  It will be a fun environment with opportunities for people to mingle and enjoy the beginning of the conference.

Since it will be Opening Day, we are encouraging everyone to wear their favorite team jersey.  It doesn’t have to be an MLB jersey either. It can be a Triple-A team, your kid’s team, any team.  Heck, if you aren’t a baseball fan go ahead and where the jersey of another sport.  There is nothing wrong with a little mixing and matching of the sports. After all, football commentator, John Madden, brings his own bunting to hang from his booth during football games because he likes the way it looks at baseball games. 

If you aren’t into sports but you are into supporting MLA scholarships check out the MLA Scholarship Booth and buy the Official MLA ’12 t-shirt/jersey.  (Seen on me below.)


The idea is to have a good time and the jerseys and the theme make for an easy ice breaker to help people meet others they may never have met before or see only in name on the listserv.  One of the top reasons people give for attending MLA is to network and we at the NPC hope our theme and our Opening Day reception help foster that ability.

I mentioned on the Official MLA’12 Blog, I will be wearing my favorite baseball team (1982 St. Louis Cardinals) and player’s jersey (Ozzie Smith) during the Opening Day reception.  I will also be wearing my MLA jersey around the meeting and I am toying with the idea of totally getting into the theme and wearing different jerseys from other favorite teams through out the meeting. 

I have said it before, if you see me please come up and say hi.  Not only do I like meeting people but as a MLA Board member I value the thoughts, feedback, opinions, etc. from  and contrary to what I have told my children, I can’t read minds. 

We have a great program and we hope to see you there!