Submitted by Barbara Platts, Chair, 2008 Publicity Committee
Munson Healthcare, Traverse City, Michigan
Troy, Michigan, was the host site for the Midwest MLA/MHSLA 2008 joint conference. Three years of planning resulted in a dynamic conference for 169 attendees and 25 vendors. Conference highlights included 9 CE programs, 7 Concurrent Sessions, 19 Posters, 15 Contributed Papers, a Technology Forum, NLM/MLA/GMR Updates, Exhibitors, Sunrise Seminars, an Opening Reception, Special Event, Dine-Arounds, Keynote Speaker, Plenary Session, Internet Café, Business Meetings, and Workshops.
Conference content had a broad scope and provided many networking opportunities for the seasoned professional as well as the new graduate. MLA President Mary Ryan hosted a well-attended breakfast for library science students. The hotel facilities were wonderful, and the food was fabulous. Many attendees were very impressed with the educational opportunities, networking sessions, posters, and speakers.
What we heard...
- The conference was excellent! It was well organized and included many special opportunities.
- I had a very rewarding experience.
- The staff at the Marriott was exceptional.
- The CE class selection was great. I truly enjoyed my experience.
On behalf of the 2008 Planning Committee, we hope you enjoyed the conference, found the educational offerings stimulating, had an opportunity to network, catch up with friends and colleagues, revel in Motown nostalgia, enjoy fine cuisine, shop at nearby Somerset, and take in fine art at the Detroit Institute of Arts.
Thank you to all of the countless people who helped coordinate the conference. It truly took the tireless effort of so many of our members to make this happen. We hope to see you next year in Columbus, Ohio!
To see more photos from the meeting, visit the Midwest MLA 2008 Flickr photostream.