Jon Orwant speaking about the Google car that drives itself.
As a recipient of MLA-Phil’s professional development award, which helped me attend the Quad meeting, I’m happy to write this brief recap of my meeting experience. This is not an official chapter response, or a chapter Chair report – it’s just my personal perspective!
Overall, I would say the themes of the meeting for me were culture and connection. (I’m tempted to add “change” too, but change is so constant, it hardly seems worth mentioning – but we do have to talk about it, all the time!)
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Recipients Lydia Witman, MLIS, of Pennsylvania Hospital and Ellen Abramowitz, MLS, of Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital at the Baltimore meeting.
Big data, semantic web, Summon, Zotera, QR codes, gaming. I came away from the Connections meeting in Baltimore with my head spinning, with lots of new ideas to consider. Because I’m a solo librarian, it’s critical to keep up with developments in our field. I don’t have the added luxury of handy colleagues to discuss library news.
Staying current is also difficult given the economy, especially for healthcare institutions. Hospital libraries feel the downturns. Thanks to the MLA’s Professional Development grant, I was able to attend the conference for a day and take a continuing education (CE) class. I had cut my 2012 professional development budget, but my boss was very supportive and encouraged me to apply spare funds from other portions of my operating budget. This enabled me to attend the conference for an additional day and take a second CE class. I was very pleased.
Prior to the MLA meeting I had done some research to keep up with trends in technology and higher education. I learned that website mobilization is not a future trend, it’s what’s happening now. I decided to investigate the possibility of mobilizing library access at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital, where I work. I also learned that Fitz resident physicians were given iPhones by the hospitaI. I discussed the possibility of mobilizing the hospital’s library webpage with the Information Technology Departments of the hospital and also Catholic Health East (the parent corporation). I also needed to learn about the technology and available content from a library perspective to get a better understanding of what benefits it provided and how it could be implemented.
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The Early Bird Registration Deadline for the MLA Quad Chapter Meeting has been extended to Friday, September 21st.
Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to meet with and hear from members of the Southern, MAC, NY/NJ, and Philadelphia Chapters of MLA. The meeting will have many exciting speakers including Dr. John Orwant, Director of Google Research, Souzan Hawala-Druy, MPH, BSN who will discuss cultural competency for the health profession, and DeEtta Jones, who will share her insights on diversity, leadership and management issues. During the meeting you will also hear from your colleagues who will be presenting throughout the meeting during several Paper and Poster Sessions.
You will also have the opportunity to explore Baltimore and visit some of the its great neighborhoods, museums, and restaurants.
Register by September 21st and save 75$
All inclusive registration includes:
- Ticket to Opening Reception
- Breakfast and Lunch on Sunday October 14th and Monday October 15th
- Ticket to your Chapters Business Meeting Breakfast
- Morning and Afternoon Breaks
We look forward to seeing you in Baltimore!
Congratulations to the recipients of MLA-Phil Professional Development Grants!
Ellen Abramowitz, MLS
Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital
Lydia Witman, MLIS
They’ll use the funds to support their attendance at Connections: MLA Quad Chapter Meeting (Baltimore, Oct. 13-16).
Chair, MLA-Phil Awards Committee
10/5/12 | This post was updated to reflect final recipients. Two of the original four recipients were not able to accept the awards.
Apply by Monday, August 27, for funds to cover meeting registration (early-bird member rate through September 10 is $250) and/or Continuing Education registration (member rate for a half-day class is $65) at Connections: MLA Quad Chapter Meeting (Baltimore, Oct. 13-16). Details and application form.
Visit the Connections: MLA Quad Chapter Meeting website for more information about the conference including the full conference schedule. On Twitter? The conference hashtag is #mlaquad12.
Souzan Hawala-Druy, MPH, BSN, shares her expertise on cultural competency. She has extensive and diverse national and international health experience as a registered nurse, nurse educator, project director, consultant, and negotiator. Read more» » »