NLM at MLA

If you are going to the annual meeting in Seattle you will want to check out the NLM exhibit booth to not only meet staff but also to see the demos and tutorials featured at NLM Theater at the booth.  NLM will also several meetings such as the NLM Online Users’ Meeting “Sunrise Seminar,” NLM Update, and the Docline Users Group Meeting. 

For more information including CE classes at MLA and the NLM Theater Schedule go to:

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/pubs/techbull/ma12/ma12_mla_invite.html

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.

MLA Value Survey: One Day Left

Medical librarians if you haven’t taken the MLA Professional Association Value & Planning Survey then please take a few minutes and do so NOW. Your participation will help shape MLA’s future!

The MLA Board invites your participation in a new survey to help shape MLA’s strategic directions going forward and to identify aspects of professional association membership that are particularly of value to MLA members –as well as potential members.  Here’s your chance to share your perspectives on membership benefits, program priorities, professional development, and other activities of the association.  Findings from the survey will be shared in an Open Forum at the upcoming MLA 2012 annual meeting in Seattle.  The survey can be accessed at http://umichlib.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_822PwXB5sqj9HJW and is open through March 30, 2012.

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 http://beardedpigs.net/thethicketsociety.html 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.)

mla12shirtfront

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!

More on MLA’s Advocacy Efforts

MLA President Jerry Perry wrote another blog post on MLA’s continuing advocacy efforts.  In his post Jerry describes MLA’s joint efforts with the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL). 

Often times we become focused on our local or personal situations or evironment so it is nice to read what MLA, AAHSL, GRC, and the Joint Legislative Task Force are doing on a national level.  As Jerry mentions, “each of us has a responsibility to be an advocate for our profession, there is also a need for coordinating our message of value to our nations leaders.”

So while we are personal advocates for our own situations, it is always a good idea to keep an eye open for the alerts from the GRC, MLA, etc. to see where our personal voice can be added to the collective when it is need.

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.

 

Volunteer and Go To MLA for Free

The Medical Library Association needs volunteers to help make a successful meeting.  If you are NOT a member of MLA but interested in attending the meeting for free, then sign up to volunteer.

In return for every four hours of service, non-MLA members receive a one day pass.  You can earn multiple days for multiple shifts.  This is a great opportunity for public librarians interested in consumer health, academic librarians who do some health science, library students interested in attending a library conference on the cheap, and anyone else interested in medical librarianship topics to get a chance to attend the conference.

Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Hospitality Information Booth – Answer questions about the conference, including schedule changes, transportation, restaurants, and other Seattle stuff.  You will have resources like Restaurant & Library Guides to assist you with any questions.
  • Perpare Annual Meeting Bags – FREE LUNCH provided.  One time event, on Thursday, May 17th (mid-day) where comfy clothes and shoes while you and other volunteers stuff the meeting bags.
  • Placement Center and Member Resource Room – Monitor computers, equipment and other resources available to members.  It is a quite meet and greet environment that if things are slow you might be able to sneak in some reading.

For more information contact Ann Whitney Gleason: [email protected] and we look forward to welcoming you on the team!

Video Submission Deadline for MLA Section Program Extended

Last week I blogged about the Leadership and Management’s Section Program, Smells Like Team Spirit: Partnerships to Move Your Library Forward.

The deadline was February 10th and it has been extended to Feb 20th? (trying to find my email to confirm).

So if you have a great team but haven’t recorded something, get recording NOW!  You don’t have to have a professional studio film, you can use a video from your smartphone or tablet device.  

 To submit a video complete the following form https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dFpXbHJSaUtlTTF6a0Q5QjFVNWVmcEE6MQ and email your video to MLA12.LMS@ gmail.com.  If the form is not completed, then it cannot be loaded to the MAL12LMS channel (due to legal issues.)  Videos must be sent to MLA12.LMS@ gmail.com and the Google Form must be completed.

Video Guidelines

Videos must be no longer than five minutes.  The MLA member submitting may want to introduce the context of the partnership or may have a conversation with someone from the partner organization about the impact of working with a health sciences librarian and his or her organization.  

Videos must be in Apple QuickTime Movie .mov, AVI Format .avi, Windows Media Format .wmv, or MPEG Format .mpg or .mpeg formats.  You can film your partner and comments with your iPhone or other mobile device.  Informal videos are fine but please ensure that there is adequate lighting and you and your partner are clearly heard on the video.  Videos over 5 minutes will NOT be reviewed for inclusion in either the Smells Like Team Spirit: Partnerships to Move Your Library Forward session or the MLA12LMSProgram’s YouTube Channel after MLA.

Participate in MLA’12: Submit Video for MLA Section Program

The deadline for video submission is Feb 10, 2012 which is two days BUT that is not impossible….
Because you can even film it using your iPhone or other mobile device.

Below is the original call for video submissions:

You can still participate in MLA 2012!  
Submit a video for: Smells Like Team Spirit: Partnerships to Move Your Library Forward
Sponsored by the Leadership & Management Section; Cosponsored by: Cancer Section, Corporate Information Services Section, Institutional Animal Care and Use SIG, Veterinary Medical Libraries Section

How does your library achieve collaboration nirvana?   Who does your team work with in and out of your organization?  Do you have librarians embedded in other departments?  Do you work with other departments, libraries, or organizations on grants or projects?  Who are your partners and how do they view your relationship?

For this session, we are seeking three to five minute video clips featuring staff from partner organizations talking about what partnering with a health sciences library means to them. Video clips featuring partner organizations must be submitted in collaboration with a MLA member.  The MLA member submitting the video will need to register attend MLA ’12 onsite or electronically.

Videos submission will be accepted until February 10, 2012.

A peer review panel will judge the videos.  The top seven videos submitted will be shown during the program session.  All submitted videos that meet the length requirement will be available after the conference on the Leadership & Management Section YouTube Channel.  

What will determine the top seven?
       
Video criteria 
Technical requirements (good lighting and sound, length requirements met) 
Content 
Originality

       
To submit a video complete the following form https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dFpXbHJSaUtlTTF6a0Q5QjFVNWVmcEE6MQ and email your video to MLA12.LMS@ gmail.com.  If the form is not completed, then it cannot be loaded to the MAL12LMS channel (due to legal issues.)  Videos must be sent to MLA12.LMS@ gmail.com and the Google Form completed by February 10, 2012.

Video Guidelines

Videos must be no longer than five minutes.  The MLA member submitting may want to introduce the context of the partnership or may have a conversation with someone from the partner organization about the impact of working with a health sciences librarian and his or her organization.  

Videos must be in Apple QuickTime Movie .mov, AVI Format .avi, Windows Media Format .wmv, or MPEG Format .mpg or .mpeg formats.  You can film your partner and comments with your iPhone or other mobile device.  Informal videos are fine but please ensure that there is adequate lighting and you and your partner are clearly heard on the video.  Videos over 5 minutes will NOT be reviewed for inclusion in either the Smells Like Team Spirit: Partnerships to Move Your Library Forward session or the MLA12LMSProgram’s YouTube Channel after MLA.