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!

How to Save at MLA

The MLA Seattle Blog has a post a I wrote, Thrifty MLA, which gives some ideas on ways you can save while attending MLA.  For some of us MLA is on our own dime while others have a limited amount of institutional money they need to stretch just to attend MLA.  Additionally some people may be able to attend MLA but if they tighten their belt a little they might be able to attend another meeting they want to go to. 

So I came up with a few tips for saving some money.  If you have other good tips that I missed, please share them on the NPC Seattle blog so others can benefit from them.