MLA '08: You're Invited!
What better place to explore the theme, “Connections: Bridging the Gaps,” than Chicago, a city of many beautiful bridges. Come join us there for MLA ’08, May 16–21, 2008. This meeting will offer many opportunities to make new connections and explore existing ones. In addition, building on MLA’s tradition of environmental awareness, MLA ’08 will emphasize opportunities to make the meeting more green and will focus on using technology to enhance the experience of meeting attendees and to allow members who are unable to attend to participate to a greater extent.
Making connections is the hallmark of our profession, whether connecting information to researchers, libraries to communities, or ourselves to our colleagues. Among the challenges we face is that of connecting our past and our future, harnessing library and web 2.0, while still connecting with the best traditions of health sciences librarianship. The 2008 Joseph P. McGovern lecturer, Andrew Zolli, is a globally connected futurist with a gift for making connections between trends in technology, politics, and business and seeing emerging opportunities. Zolli, founder and head of Z+ Partners, has been the futurist-in-residence for American Demographics, Popular Science, National Geographic, and National Public Radio’s Marketplace. He will present a dynamic, custom-researched presentation on the trends impacting our professional future and our intelligent response to them.
Our Wednesday plenary session will present a panel of librarians moderated by MLA President Mark E. Funk, AHIP. The panel, comprising both novice and experienced and academic and hospital librarians, will present and discuss best practices and lessons learned in using social networking technologies.