May 11, 2010

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 ( 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:
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
Technology Coordinator
National Network of Libraries of Medicine
Greater Midwest Region
1750 W. Polk St. M/C 763
Chicago, IL 60612-4330
312.996.2008 Phone
312.996.2226 FAX

April 14, 2010

Going to MLA?

Are you attending MLA next month? Are you presenting a paper or poster? Want to connect with other HSLM members while in DC?

Send a comment to this post or send me your MLA info and I'll create a list of HSLM members who will be at the meeting and post it below, keep checking back for more info!



HSLM Members @ MLA

Amy Donahue

  • Amy is presenting a paper on EthicsShare, sometime during this time block: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 from 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM (Left/Right Brain: What Have You Been Thinking About Lately? [Session C]). Amy will be at MLA from 5/22-27.

Samanthi Hewakapuge

  • Samanthi is going to be at the meeting to network.

Melissa Rethlefsen

  • Melissa will be presenting a paper: Teaching Web 2.0 beyond the Library: Adventures in Social Media, The Class (Melissa Rethlefsen, Ann Farrell, Susan Mayer) in: Beyond Cool: Reflecting on Web 2.0 Adventures and Misadventures, Tuesday, May 25, 2010 from 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM, presenting a poster: Connecting with Public Health Librarians: We're aTwitter about Social Networking (Melissa Rethlefsen, Emily Vardell) Monday, May 24 2010 from 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM, and be a open forum panelist at: Informal Publication Methods, Sunday, May 23 from 1:30-2:30.

Jennifer Feeken

  • Jennifer will be at MLA from 5/22-25.

Linda Watson

  • Linda Watson, Layne Johnson and Julie Jacko are presenting a paper entitled "Harnessing Health Information and Translating Knowledge Among Institutional and Community Partners: a case study at the University of Minnesota" in the Section Program Translational Science: How Libraries Are Working with Their Institutions' Clinical and Translational Science Awards Monday, May 24, 2010 2:30 - 4:00 PM. Linda will be at MLA from May 22-26.

Liz Fine

  • Liz is presenting a paper entitled "Developing Expert Subject-Specific Searchers with a Continuing Education Program For Staff" in the Section Program Building Subject Expertise: What, How, and/or Why?. The presentation is in group taking place Wednesday, May 26, 2010 from 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM. Liz will be at MLA from May 22-26.

Barbara Olson-Bullis

  • Barbara Olson-Bullis will be at MLA from May 20-25.