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Calling All Volunteers for the 2011 Medical Library Association Conference in Minneapolis!

This is a recruitment call for volunteers to help staff and participate in various volunteer activities for the up-coming 2011 Medical Library Association annual conference. The conference will be held in Minneapolis, MN from Friday, May 13th through Wednesday, May 18th at the Convention Center in downtown Minneapolis.

Why volunteer and if so, what types of volunteer jobs are there, you may ask?
For MLA members, this is a way to give back to your profession, opportunity to network with colleagues and an activity to add to your CV or annual performance appraisal (you also get to add a volunteer ribbon to your conference badge).

For non-MLA members (non-professional staff included), if you have never been to a national conference, or to a Medical Library Association Conference or it has just been awhile since you have attended a large conference, this is an excellent opportunity to do so with very little cost. For every four hours of volunteering, a non-MLA member receives a free one-day registration pass to the conference. This includes entry to keynote speakers, paper and poster sessions and the exhibit hall (get your fill of pens, pencils, notepads and other freebies!), but does not include lunches or receptions. The more hours you volunteer, the more days you can attend -- you get pick which days you go. Also, for those who elect to do their volunteering by being part of the conference bag stuffing brigade, a free lunch is included.

Potential volunteer activities include a 3-5 hour stretch stuffing conference bags on the Thursday afternoon before the official opening of the conference; manning the hospitality booth (show off your home town!) and monitoring the members resource room and placement center (good place to catch up on some reading or lap-top work).

Below is a link to a form for you to fill out. Later this spring you will get greater details about actual volunteer schedules, times, places and dates.

Click here to fill out the MLA Volunteer Form.

Thanks in advance to all who elect to participate in this exciting opportunity,

Katherine Chew
Chair
Volunteer Assistance Subcommittee for the 2011 Medical Library Association Annual Conference

chewx002@umn.edu
612-626-3017

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