From the GMR: Connect with your collagues before and during MLA '10
Can you believe the conference is about 1.5 weeks away!? Many attendees have already begun to explore the MLA '10 Conference Community (http://bit.ly/mla2010). Through the Conference Community, you can even make a note of people you want to meet, not necessarily just those people you already know. Why not join in the fun and camaraderie?
In the spirit of this year's theme of "Reflect and Connect," the annual meeting web site is featuring the Conference Community. The Conference Community is an online portal which aggregates multiple communication "channels" and "backchannels," providing opportunities for attendees to explore and play with various emerging technologies before, during and after of the meeting. The intent of the Conference Community is to enable connections and communication among in-person and virtual attendees. It is also primary location for meeting content, such as the live broadcast of 2010 Joseph Leiter NLM/MLA Lecture, given by John D. Halamka, MD, MS.
Conference Community Tools
A simple and powerful social network customized for MLA '10 that helps participants to interact before, during, and after the meeting. Participants set up a profile that consists of a photograph, affiliations, hobbies, and librarianship topics that interest them. Use Crowdvine to identify others that share common interests. Then arrange to meet them in person in D.C., or any other event.
Twitter, Friendfeed & Flickr
Conference hashtag #mla2010
Twitter updates containing the hashtag #mla2010 and items added to the Flickr photo sharing group are being aggregated and streamed via FriendFeed.
MLA 2010 Blog: http://npc.mlanet.org/mla10
Follow official conference events, learn about more about things to do in Washington DC, or leave a comment and connect with other members. Our official MLA bloggers will be bringing you coverage throughout the conference. The blog is also optimized for your mobile device.
Technology Free For All
Everyone, including those who are going to D.C., can use the Conference Community to connect to meeting-related social networking sites and blogs. In addition, Conference Package D: e-Conference offers full access to the Conference Community content of streaming video, continuing education, and more! All paid registrants will have full access to the online content on the Conference Community site.
Hope to see you there AND see you online!
Max C Anderson, MLIS
National Network of Libraries of Medicine
Greater Midwest Region
1750 W. Polk St. M/C 763
Chicago, IL 60612-4330