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February 25, 2008

Getting ready for MLA'08

As most of you know, I've been chairing the National Program Committee (NPC) for the upcoming Medical Library Association national meeting with my colleague, Lora Thompson of Dartmouth. It's hard to believe that we're now less than three months from the first session, as I've been living and breathing this event for more than two years. From the start of the first meeting, when we discovered that the NPC's ideas about the meeting meshed very closely with the theme and ideas of MLA's then president-elect Mark Funk, the entire committee has gone into the planning process with the idea that we wanted to try some new things at this meeting. Being more green, offering value to members who couldn't attend in person, harnessing social networking, and presenting the best, most dynamic content possible were foremost in our thinking. The meeting blog and MLA News have both shared information about content, events, and being green that represent results from some of our efforts in these areas.

MLA has just announced Web 2.0 101: Introduction to Second Generation Web Tools, a free online course for MLA members on using social networking tools. I like that this course bridges between the upcoming CE webcast in March and the closing plenary session and webcast in May, and that it's a cooperative effort between multiple units within MLA.

We'll have a few more announcements between now and the opening events on Saturday, May 17. I'm looking forward to watching the meeting continue to unfold, and look forward to seeing you in Chicago.

Posted by janeblum at February 25, 2008 12:49 PM

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