The Kislak Center for Special Collections of the Van Pelt Dietrich Library Center, University Pennsylvania, was a lovely setting for the first full day annual meeting and continuing education event, Systematic Reviews on the Schuylkill.
Members checked in and enjoyed a lovely continental breakfast with our exhibitors on the sixth floor’s Moelis Reading Terrace. It was a pleasant surprise that the Penn Relays were also taking place that day. The flags flying over Franklin Field, looked lovely in the morning sun.
Barbara Kuchan, 2013-2014 Chapter chair, welcomed members to the event in the Class of 1978 Pavilion by sharing a quick history of some of the unique items held at Kislak including the famous Rittenhouse Orrery.
Barbara Cavanaugh, Education Chair, introduced our keynote speaker, Craig Umscheid of the Penn Center for Evidence-Based Practice. His talk, Leveraging the Library to Improve Evidence-Based Practice Across an Academic Healthcare System gave us all an inside look at how one institute can influence clinical practice across the county.
After a short break, we heard from the Mid-Atlantic Regional NN/LM Library with a distance presentation by Missy Harvey, the Technology Coordinator. She gave a great overview of all the wonderful work of the MAR and all the educational opportunities.
Then the chapter was fortunate to have Dixie Jones, the MLA President for 2013-2014 present on her past year, and give us an update on her presidential priorities. Dixie’s talk was entitled Building Our Information Future: MLA 2014.
After that was Annual Meeting. Along with the treasurer’s report, the most exciting bit was the announcement of our newly elected board members: Dan Kipnis, Stephanie Ferretti, Gary Kaplan and Alex Short. Congratulations to all!
Once again, our chapter had members to honor. Anne Seymour who was visiting from Johns Hopkins, was honored with the Chapter Achievement Award. In accordance with our bylaws, Pru Dalrymple, having been made a fellow of the MLA, was given an Honorary Lifetime Membership.
After that, we enjoyed a break for box lunches and networking. The tables were abuzz with conversation.
Our last scheduled event was a good one. Susan Fowler, Coordinator of Systematic Reviews at the Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine, taught a 4 hour CE course called Introduction to Systematic Reviews for Librarians. Susan is an engaging teacher and encouraged the group to question, and even challenge her when needed. It made for a vigorous, interesting afternoon.
One of the best parts of the afternoon was the break. The food for the entire day had been provided by Garces Catering. The afternoon break food was French Macarons (in four flavors!) and grapes.