MLA ’11 Returns to Midwest Chapter Territory

Submitted by Eileen Stanley and Kolleen Olsen, Co-chairs LAC Publicity

The last time Midwest Chapter members may have visited Minneapolis was for our Chapter meeting in 2002.  It’s time for another visit. The MLA ’11 Annual Meeting theme is RETHINK. NPC Co-chairs Bart Ragon and Gabe Rios gave us these examples: RETHINK technology, RETHINK collections, RETHINK leadership, RETHINK research, RETHINK services, RETHINK space, RETHINK outcomes, RETHINK engagement, etc…

RETHINK well, everything.  Come to Minneapolis and see what that means!

We’ll be meeting at the Minneapolis Convention Center, connected to the skyway, the Hilton, our conference hotel and Nicollet Avenue pedestrian mall.  Remember too, our MLA president Ruth Holst is a chapter member and will give her presidential address on Sunday May 15 at 9 a.m. This year’s theme works well with Ruth’s priorities which include advocacy and emergency preparedness. Find out what progress has been made.

Our speakers for the meeting are set to RETHINK everything from technology/media (read INTERNET) to the great age of librarians, to tropical diseases, and IT research in scholarly technology.  Come hear Clay Shirky, Scott Plutchak, Peter Hotez, and Geoffrey Bilder  challenge us.

This year significant effort to include and expand virtual and social connecting avenues brings us the Tweet-up in the Bar on Tuesday May 17 at 6:00 p.m. and a set of e-Conference options for those who won’t be in Minneapolis.  Blogging and Tweeting during the meeting are set to exceed previous years’ efforts. Check out and the Twitter tag #mlanet11.  You can even subscribe to the Twitter feed, instructions are in the blog.

If you are looking for a once in a lifetime event there’s the NLM 175th anniversary celebration which will be our closing evening event on Tuesday May 17 from 7-10 p.m.  This meeting will be looking forward, celebrating our past and showcasing the beautiful city of Minneapolis.  See you there.

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