Top ten reasons to attend the 2012 Annual Meeting in Rochester, MN!

The early registration deadline for the Midwest Chapter/MLA Annual Meeting is September 7th – ONE WEEK AWAY! This is going to be an AMAZING conference, with topics of interest to many audiences beyond health sciences libraries. Don’t wait! Register today!

Why should I go, you say? Here are the top ten reasons to attend the Midwest Chapter/MLA Annual Meeting in Rochester, MN:

  1. Keynote Speaker E-Patient Dave, an internationally-recognized speaker on participatory medicine and personal health data rights. Pose a question to Dave before the conference to help shape his talk.
  2. Keynote Speakers Jennifer K. Nelson, M.S., R.D., L.D. (co-editor of several Mayo Clinic cookbooks), and Tim Cockram (Executive Chef, Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center, Mayo Clinic) will do a cooking demonstration and talk about how food supports healthy living and how we can support these information needs.
  3. Technology Forum on E-Licensing: get a plain English overview from a panel of three licensing experts from across the region – invaluable for staff from smaller libraries!
  4. CE courses: Think Like a Doctor, Information Outreach in Minority Communities, Mobile Technologies, and more. CEs start at only $65!
  5. Papers: From community disaster preparedness to disambiguated authors to strategies for distance education, come learn what your colleagues are up to and take ideas back to your organization.
  6. Posters: Find out why a cake pan has a call number and where the hidden treasures are.
  7. Exhibits: Talk with representatives from more than 18 vendors about how their products can help you stay on the cutting edge.
  8. Networking: Take advantage of a smaller conference to make meaningful new connections and renew old ones with health information professionals across the region.
  9. Sample Minnesota: Get a taste of Minnesota beer at the exhibitors’ reception, see historic Rochester by trolley, and tour the Mayo Clinic and St. Marys Hospital Libraries.
  10. Reasonable costs: $250 for conference registration (includes almost all meals!) and $119/night for the conference hotel. Make your reservations through the conference site to get the discounted rate, and reserve your rooms early before the block fills up!

Dates To Remember:

  • September 7th – Early registration deadline for the conference; prices increase $50 after this date.
  • September 13th – Deadline to make hotel reservations. Space is limited so register ASAP!
  • October 6th – Conference!

See you in Rochester!

Only two weeks until registration prices go up!

We have only a little over two weeks until the registration prices go up for the 2012 Midwest Chapter Annual Meeting! The conference is October 6th-9th, and you must register by September 7th to receive the best rate.

Plan to stay in the conference hotel, the Doubletree by Hilton. The hotel is a block and a half from the Mayo Civic Center where the conference activities will take place, and it is just a few blocks from the Mayo Clinic, the Shops at University Square, the Peace Plaza, the University of Minnesota Rochester, and MUCH more! The hotel is $119 a night, and there will be a warm chocolate chip cookie waiting for you when you check in! YUM! See the hotel page on the conference website for more information, and be sure to make your hotel reservation through the link on the conference site to get our discounted rate.

Remember that our Sunday keynote speaker, E-Patient Dave, is soliciting questions in advance to help shape his talk. Take advantage of this amazing opportunity by submitting a question on the Featured Speakers page.

See the conference site for more details.  We can’t wait to see you in Rochester!

Ask a question to help shape E-Patient Dave’s keynote address!

Are you getting excited for this year’s Midwest Chapter conference?   We are! Our Sunday keynote speaker is E-Patient Dave (David deBronkart, Jr.), an internationally recognized, engaging speaker on Participatory Medicine and personal health data rights. Read more about E-Patient Dave on his website:

An even bigger reason to be excited: As a friend to medical librarians everywhere, Dave has proposed a unique opportunity for this conference. He hopes to solicit your questions in advance so he can tailor his talk to our meeting! You can submit your questions via the link on the speakers page of the conference site.

Check out the conference site to learn about the other exciting things happening at this year’s conference, and make your plans to attend! The deadline for early registration is September 7th. Hope to see you in Rochester in October!