Last Call

Earlier this afternoon, Program Committee member Linda DeMuro sent out a “last call” on the chapter discussion list to remind us that the deadline for submitting proposals for contributed papers and posters for the 2009 Midwest Chapter/MLA Conference is Friday, July 31st. Hey, that’s just two weeks away! Please consider sharing the wealth of your professional experience with us at the conference this year. The conference theme is “Seek, Explore, Discover” in light of the fact that our host city is named in honor of Italian explorer Christopher Columbus.
Contributed papers will be presented on Sunday, October 4 from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. Posters will be on display on Monday, October 5 from 11:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Presenters should be available to discuss their posters from 11:00 a.m. to noon on October 5.
See the Call for Papers and Posters for submission details!

Summer Doldrums

It is REALLY quiet here in the Reference Office. Many of the other reference librarians are off to Chicago for the 2009 ALA Conference. We who are “left behind” got a kick out of yesterday’s posting on A Librarian’s Guide to Etiquette. We too are enjoying the “peace and tranquility” of a nearly empty office. There is a plenty on the ALA conference schedule of interest to me but I’m saving up this year’s travel funds for the 2009 Midwest ChapterMLA Conference in October, of course! And I am looking forward with great expectations to attending MLA ’10 in Washington, D.C. It has been 10 years since I’ve been to MLA, so it’s about time! As far as I can tell, there isn’t a web page on MLANET for the conference, just the Call for Participation. I’m all psyched to “Reflect & Connect.”
Speaking of MLA, yesterday’s MLA Focus included information on how MLA members can get FREE video of all the MLA ’09 plenary sessions. I tried this and it works swell. It takes a little time since one has to set up an account to “purchase” the videos from MLA. Links to download the videos are sent to you in your e-mail. So right now I’m listening to fellow Midwest Chapter member Michael Homan delivering his Janet Doe Lecture. Thanks MLA! This is one really great benefit of membership.