Registration for the 2012 Annual Meeting of the Midwest Chapter / Medical Library Association is now open!

Submitted by Liz Fine Weinfurter, Publicity Committee for the Midwest Chapter Meeting 2012Conference logo, Bio-Medical Library, University of Minnesota

Are you getting excited for this year’s Midwest Chapter conference? We are!

The Health Sciences Libraries of Minnesota are pleased to welcome you to the Mayo Civic Center in Rochester, Minnesota from Saturday, October 6th through Tuesday, October 9th. We call this event Growing Opportunities. We welcome you to grow your opportunities by engaging in discussion with colleagues, networking with other health sciences information professionals across the region, sharing ideas through paper and poster sessions, and learning from continuing education classes.

We are excited to welcome “E-Patient Dave” (David deBronkart), 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) as our featured speakers. Dr. Donald Lindberg will join us to deliver the NLM Update. As usual, the Greater Midwest Region will co-sponsor the annual Technology Forum.

Special events will include a Welcome and Exhibitors’ Reception, Historic Rochester Trolley Tour, and a Reception at the Rochester Art Center. We’ve even rolled back the registration rates to 2008 prices!

An even bigger reason to be excited: 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: 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:

Complete information on the conference is available at our website:

There you will find links to two ways to register: online using a credit card via Acteva or by downloading a form to pay by check.

Register by September 7th before prices go up!

Under Hotel and Travel Info, you will find a link to making your hotel registration as part of our conference room block. This is important for you to get the special rate and for us to have your room nights counted toward our use of the Civic Center. Travel into Rochester is easy – fly directly into Rochester, or fly into Minneapolis/St.Paul and take an hourly shuttle directly to the hotel. More information is available on the Hotel and Travel section of the website.

Check out the details and start making your plans to join us in Rochester in October!

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