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Midwest/MLA 2009: Seek, Explore, Discover

Submitted by Barbarie Hill, 2009 Conference Publicity Committee Chair
Pratt Library, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH

It's not too early to start thinking about attending the 2009 Midwest Chapter annual conference in Columbus, Ohio. While registration is not open yet, the website has been established with hotel and city information, and we will be adding more details about program, CEs, vendors, and social events as they become available. Check it out at http://midwestmla.org/conference2009/.


Two plenary speakers have been confirmed, and they will definitely inform and entertain us. Clifford Stoll, astronomer, computer expert, and author, spoke at the national MLA meeting a few years ago and enthralled the crowd. You might enjoy seeing a bit of his presentation style in a video clip linked from the conference website. Lorcan Dempsey, Vice President and Chief Strategist for OCLC, will share with us some of his perspectives on how changing patterns of research and learning affect libraries. Check out his influential blog, Orweblog On libraries, services and networks to get a flavor of some of the issues he may comment upon.

Since so many of us have to justify our requests for travel funds, here are some good reasons (adapted from the SLA blog) for attending the regional conference:

  • MLA is the premier organization for health science library professionals, and the Midwest Chapter is the regional conference of the year. It's your best chance to learn about best practices, network to find solutions to information service challenges, and get hands-on technology training.

  • The regional conference is by far the best value for your money, costing less than national conferences and offering the same MLA-approved CE instructors, panels, keynotes, papers, and posters,

  • Conference speakers are top industry experts. Pick the brains of the information professional community's foremost experts. Get answers to your specific questions and exclusive insight into the technologies you use every day.

  • Education helps professionals work smarter with today's smaller budgets, fewer resources, and looming deadlines. Attending the 2009 Midwest Chapter/MLA conference is the most cost-effective way to get the professional development you need.

  • Investing in employees' education is the best way to reward top employees, keep morale high, drive innovation, and show that the company is committed to the growth of its valuable team members.

The 2009 Midwest Chapter conference promises to be another great opportunity for learning and networking. Start planning now to be in Columbus, Ohio, October 3-6, 2009.


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