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Seek, Explore, Discover at Midwest MLA 2009 in Ohio

Submitted by Barbarie Hill, Publicity Chair
Cincinnati Children's Hospital, Cincinnati, OH

We invite you to "Seek, Explore, Discover" at the Midwest Chapter's annual meeting in Columbus, OH, October 3-6 at the Hyatt on Capitol Square. Plans are well under way to provide you with a memorable event, including enlightening CE classes, thought-provoking speakers and lots of social time to network and meet new colleagues. The conference website has details and will be updated as plans are finalized.


Some early program details include the following:

  • Featured speaker Clifford Stoll, astronomer, computer expert, and author of Silicon Snake Oil, High Tech Heretic, and The Cuckoo's Egg (check out a video on YouTube, 18 Minutes with an Agile Mind)

  • Featured speaker Lorcan Dempsey, OCLC Vice President and Chief Strategist, a librarian who has worked for library and educational organizations in Ireland, England and the United States and has consulted for the EU and national policy and service organizations in several countries

  • Panel discussion, "What Administrators Want"

CE class topics will probably include:

  • Can You Hear Me Now: How to Make a Podcast

  • Super Searcher

  • Measuring Your Impact: Using Evaluation for Library Advocacy

  • Communicating with Physicians: For Librarians

  • Distance Education: Supporting Anywhere Anytime Learning

  • Understanding Health Care Literature: A Primer for Working with Evidence-based Health Care Principles

  • Understanding Health Care Literature: Advanced Critical Appraisal

  • Cheap, Fast and Decent Strategic Planning for Medical Libraries

  • Emerging Technologies for Librarians


We'll also have opportunities to enjoy some social time with friends and colleagues while sampling some of Columbus' cultural and historical venues. On Saturday night you'll be invited to have appetizers at the opening of the exhibits in the hotel and then to hop a taxi to visit the Short North Art District's restaurants and famous Gallery Hop on your own. On Sunday evening, the historic Statehouse right across the street from the hotel will host the Midwest Chapter for tours and a gala dinner event.

As always, the regional meeting is a real bargain, too. You'll get nationally known speakers and CE instructors at reasonable prices. Consider submitting an abstract for a paper or a poster session or plan to attend just to soak up new ideas and foster professional relationships. We hope to see you in Columbus.


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