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!
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
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.
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!
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!
Monday and Tuesday I was in Boston at the New England Journal of Medicine Library Advisory Board Meeting. This was my final board meeting, my three year term has come to an end. It was a very wonderful and illuminating experience and I feel honored and lucky to serve. While on the board I got to work with other librarians and with the fine folks at NEJM discussing issues, trends, technologies, etc. that both librarians and publishers face.
Unfortunately, I have now been playing catch up at home and work since my return and have had little time to blog. Next week I am off to Seattle as a co-chair of the 2012 NPC to visit the hotel, conference center and to discuss things. This will be a turn and burn kind of trip. I get in Tuesday afternoon and leave Wednesday afternoon. Since I will be there only a very short time, I want to know from you what you want to see at the Seattle meeting.
What should we do that you have been dying for MLA to do? Is there something that you keep writing on the feedback forms for MLA to do and we haven’t done it yet? Let me know. I can’t promise you anything but I can look into it.
What sort of fun activities would you like to see us do at the meeting? I firmly believe that we get the most from these meetings by socializing and networking with other librarians. Discovering that so and so at such and such library is doing exactly what you have been trying to do in your library. Even though I think librarians in general are a pretty nice lot, willing to share their success and oops stories it can still be intimidating to approach somebody out of the blue. That is why I think some fun icebreaker mingle type events are great at getting the networking mojo going. So in keeping with the Growing Opportunities: Changing Our Game baseball type theme, what do you type of social events do think might be fun?
What did you like at the last meeting that you think we should repeat again at this meeting? Same question in reverse, what do you think we shouldn’t do?
Finally, for those of you who attend the e-conference and those who are plugged in at the conference… What would you like to see on the MLA Conference home page during the meeting. In the past we have had a Conference Community web page but it has kind of been buried and a little difficult to access during the conference while the main conference page remained static with information that was necessary prior to the conference but unnecessary during the actual conference days. What do you think needs to be featured prominently and what would help your overall experience and increase your connectivity for both e-conference participants and wired in person participants?
Comment back, I look forward to reading them.
A special edition of MLA Grants and Scholarships was sent out and I want to remind people of the possible things they could apply for to get money.
But first I want to remind people that there is still time to try and win $400 toward the 2012 Annual Meeting.
You must submit your story online by November 1, 2011. Winners will be notified by November 25, 2011 and will be listed in the January 2012 MLA News. All submissions will be displayed online at http://mla2012contest.wikispaces.com/ and will be available 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.
Other Grants and Scholarships you might interested in are:
- Continuing Education Awards
- Cunningham Memorial International Fellowship and Grants
- EBSCO/MLA Annual Meeting Grant
- Hospital Libraries Section/MLA Professional Development Grants
- David A. Kronick Traveling Fellowship
- Donald A. B. Lindberg Research Fellowship
- Medical Informatics Section/MLA Career Development Grant
- MLA Scholarship
- MLA Scholarship for Minority Students
- MLA/NLM Spectrum Scholarship
- Thomson Reuters/MLA Doctoral Fellowship
For application deadline dates, more information, applications, and a list of past winners go to: http://www.mlanet.org/awards/grants/
The 2011 Internet Librarian Conference will be held October 17-19 in Monterey, California. Uusally the cost for the 3 day event is usually $499 but you can get a group discounted admission of $299 (a savings of $200) if you register through Marty Magee, NNLM MidContinental Region. You must register no later than September 1, 2011. For more information on how to register for the conference at a discount and contact information go to the MidContinental Region News blog post, Internet Librarian 2011 – Conference discount available at $299.
Even at a discounted registration price, you may want your institution to help fund some of the conference. Check out the, “Why I Must Go To Monterey” document on the Internet Librarian 2011 site. As they say, “Sometimes all it takes to get permission is using the right words.” They have created a draft memo for you to use to try and sell your administration on paying for you to attend. (I am sure also explaining how you are able to secure a $200 registration discount can’t hurt either.) The draft memo is a bit long for memo to your boss, it is definitely a draft. You will need to edit it so that it takes on the proper tone of your administration yet still convey the importance of attending the meeting. Personally, I would also edit it so that it is no more than 1 page. In my experience, memos longer than 1 page don’t get read. But I applaud the Internet Librarian conference for providing a sample memo, and I would rather that sample be longer with as much information so that potential attendees can edit it as necessary. Better to have more information and cut down than not enough information.
Finally, since I am talking about discounted registration and justifying your presence at the Internet Librarian Conference, I am going to make a shameless plug promoting MLA 2012 Fund Your Meeting Contest. Two $400 awards will be given out to help pay for registration or travel expenses to the 2012 meeting in Seattle. All you have to do to win is submit the most original, funny, interesting, or beth method you used to get funding from your institution to attend a meeting. Go to http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2T8K9LJ to enter before November 1, 2011. To read other people’s submissions to get ideas as to how you can try and convince your administration to pay or help pay for you to go to MLA, go to http://mla2012contest.wikispaces.com/.
As co-chair of the 2012 NPC I know there are a lot of people working hard to create great programs for the 2012 meeting. Teresa and I and the rest of the NPC have compiled a great pool of potential speakers and the meeting is shaping up nicely. It would be a real shame if you won’t be there to enjoy and learn with us. But every year I hear more and more people on Medlib-l, other listservs, and in person complaining they don’t have the money to attend an MLA meeting because their institution won’t fund them.
Well, I can’t force your institution to pay for you to go. However, I can give you some great ideas to try to persuade your administration to help pay for your meeting attendance and also provide an opportunity for you to win $400 towards the Seattle meeting.
The National Program Committee for the 2012 meeting in Seattle, WA has created a contest looking for the best methods librarians used to justify their attendance at a meeting and 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, or best method for acquiring funding from their institution.
You’ve heard the slogan, “You’ve got to be in it to win it!” Well that is true for this contest. You must submit online your story of how you got funded by November 1, 2011. Winners will be notified by November 25, 2011 and will be listed in the January 2012 MLA News. To enter the contest go to: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2T8K9LJ, you must be an MLA member to win.
This contest serves two purposes. First, it helps two people attend the meeting. Second, it provides a space to share successful stories so that all librarians can learn from them and use them to help secure institutional money to attend a meeting. All submissions will be displayed online at http://mla2012contest.wikispaces.com/. Want to participate but nervous about seeing your name in lights on how you got your institution to support your attendance? Don’t worry. 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.
Hurry up, go to the wiki to read some of the entries or to the contest and submit an entry. The wiki is up-to-date (as of 7/14/11) so the entries you see are the ones submitted so far. Right now odds are good if you want to enter to win. You can’t win if you don’t enter!
Jane Blumenthal wrote a very thought provoking post on the future of associations. In the past people usually belonged to an association so that they could meet other people with a common interest, make contacts, share information, and learn from each other. These associations helped their members achieve this by holding conferences, producing publications of the profession, and creating networking opportunities. Before the Internet that was an effective method to get like minded professionals connected and communicating.
With the rise of social networking tools and society’s acceptance of alternative communication tools, the question some are asking is, “What is the future of an association?” For Jane, the question is more specific, “What is the future of MLA?”
The MLA Board has had many conversations around this issue. As a result of those discussions, the Emerging Leaders Task Force and its Rising Stars program were created. However, the work of the Task Force raised additional questions. We were mentoring future leaders for the association, but where would they be leading us? The Board has asked the Leadership and Management Section to gather information from our members about where they would like to see the association in 5 years. A task force within the section is currently conducting a survey and focused interviews to gather this information.
Where would you like to see MLA in five years? What do you anticipate your future professional needs will be, and what services can the association provide to meet those needs?
What are your thoughts on the MLA of the future? What is the role of our library association as we are able to connect virtually? Will the Annual Meeting become a giant week long webinar? Will people still write articles for publication in JMLA? What do you think your needs will be in 5 or 10 years from now? Will MLA be able to help you with those future issues? Whether they can or can’t help, what are the ways the association needs to adapt so that it can still remain important in the lives of librarians and address those future needs?
Please feel free to comment and post your thoughts on Janes post. I know lots of us are interested in your thoughts.