Don’t forget to register for the MLA’11 Annual Meeting in Minneapolis, MN before April 13th to take advantage of the early registration discount.
As a one of the section programmers I can tell you that there are a lot of great programs on a fairly wide variety of topics. I always seem to come back from the annual meetings with several things that I can use at my work. Some things seeem to be tailor made and fit perfectly into my situation, while others are interesting ideas that with some creative tweeking could work well too.
While I would love to see you at the meeting, I know that getting the money to attend a meeting can be difficult. That is why I encourage everybody who is unable to attend the meeting in person to register to attend virtually through the e-Conference (Package D). Last year was the first time MLA offered e-Conference registration and at the time I was a little unsure of what an e-Conference attendee would get.
If you register as an e-Conference attendee you will have online access to audio recordings of most of the meeting sessions with related visuals, video of selected plenary sessions and posters.
To get an idea of what all that entails, I looked what things were/are available to e-Conference attendees (and other attendees) online.
If you phyically attended the conference or virtually attended you can access videos, MP3, PDF, or slides for the following things:
- Plenary Sessions I, II, III
- NLM Update
- NPC Program Session
- MLA Business Meeting I, II
- Open Forums: Informal Publication Methods, Interviewing Tips & Techniques/Branding, MLA Librarians without Borders Issues
- Section Programs: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday
- Lightning Poster Sessions
I counted it and there over 40 audio or video downloads available for the 2010 meeting. Based off of what is online from 2010, I am pretty sure if you spend $100 for the e-Conference package for 2011, you will get your money’s worth.
If you are attending the conference in person, stop and say hi to me at MLA 2012 booth. But if the 2011 meeting is not in the cards this year, consider attending virtually.