A while back ago MLA sent out its meeting survey asking attendees their opinions about the meeting. Lots of questions are asked so that MLA staff and future NPC (National Programming Committees) can learn from the responses.
I noticed one question needed a little bit of updating. The question is regarding the exhibit hall and what types of information or products you (the librarian) is looking for.
(Question from the survey)
Check the types of information or products you were looking for: (Check all that apply)
- Integrated information systems
- Subscription services
- Computer hardware & software
- Online services
- Binding services
- Photocopying equipment
- Security systems
- Films & videotapes
- AV equipment
- Data-retrieval systems
- Library furniture
- Other health organizations
- Other (has a text box to specify)
So my first thought is this question, specifically its answers, is dated. Who is looking for films and videotapes in 2015. Online image bank collections yes, but films and videotapes?
My second thought is, how many people are clicking publications and subscription services and can/should those answers be more specific? For example aren’t a lot of our services subscription services? Do we need something like journal subscription services, ebook subscription services, database subscription services? Or, does journal and ebook subscription services handled with the publications answer?
There are probably two reasons for the existence of this question.
- MLA wants to find more vendors that are relevant to librarian needs.
- MLA wants vendors to share what librarians are looking for/need.
So dropping the question is not a good idea, MLA staff and NPC’s still need that type of information. However, we it needs to be revised. This is where I am asking for your help. Please either comment here on the blog, Twitter (@Krafty) or on my Facebook page with a few things of what you are looking for when you visit the exhibit hall.