MLA '08: Onsite Services
A large meeting is full of little details! MLA '08 offers the following onsite services and information for attendees.
Academy of Health Information Professionals Q&A Session
The Academy of Health Information Professionals (AHIP) is MLA’s professional development and career recognition program. MLA ’08 attendees are eligible to earn up to one point of academy credit per meeting day, for up to three days per year. In addition, the academy recognizes contact hours earned through continuing education courses and symposia. Plan to attend the Academy Q&A Session on Monday, May 19, from 1:30 p.m.–2:30 p.m. in the Acapulco Room.
Americans with Disabilities Act
The Hyatt Regency Chicago’s meeting rooms, guest rooms, common areas, and transportation services all comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. If you need any auxiliary aids and services identified in the Americans with Disabilities Act, please contact the meeting planner at the MLA Registration Desk.
The Hyatt Regency Chicago offers a full-service business center with one-stop shopping for all your business needs: copies, transparencies, tabs, covers, secretarial services, faxing, shipping, portable communications, computer and office equipment rentals, on-site computers and software, digital pagers, notary public, and high-speed DSL Internet access. Open Monday through Friday, 6:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.; Saturday, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.; and Sunday, 9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
CD-ROM of MLA '08
If you would like to order the CD-ROM at the special meeting discount price of $40, be sure to order by 5:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 20, 2008, at the MLA Registration Desk. After May 20, onsite sales end along with the discount. After May 20, place CD orders at www.mlanet.org or by mail, at the post-meeting price of $99. The CD-ROM is included with the Super Inclusive and Super Inclusive Plus Internet meeting packages (packages A and E). The CD-ROM will be mailed within five weeks after the meeting.
If you signed up for Colleague Connection and have questions, come to the Member Resource Room.
Guests and Children
All guests and children must have badges to attend meetings or events. Complimentary badges are avail-able at the MLA Registration Desk. Please note: Children under thirteen are not permitted in the exhibit hall. Please contact the Hyatt Regency Chicago concierge for names of local child care agencies.
MLA Registration Area
Discover Chicago! Make the Hospitality Center your first stop for maps and information about local attractions. Local Assistance Committee members and other area experts will be on hand to answer questions.
The Information Desk is part of the Registration Center. You may leave messages for members of the Board of Directors, MLA staff, or colleagues or stop by if you have questions.
Riverside Center Exhibition Hall
The Internet Cafe provides convenient, twenty-four-hour Internet and wireless access for all meeting attendees. To access your offsite email, bring the name and, if possible, the Internet protocol (IP) number of your host (mail server) and your MLA username and password.
Lost and Found
Please bring any found items to the Information Desk, located in the Registration Center.
Member Resource Room
Grand Suite 5
Saturday, May 19 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 20 11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Monday, May 21 9:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
Tuesday, May 22 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
For your convenience, a photocopier, Windows-based computers, and a laser printer will be available for association business. Equipment use is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please bring your own USB drives or C-ROM media. There is no Internet access in this room; please visit the Internet Cafe for online access.
Leave messages for or pick up messages from members or colleagues on the message boards near the onsite Registration Center, which are organized by last name.
MLA Connection Booth
MLA Registration Area
Saturday, May 17 10:30 a.m.–7:30 p.m.
Sunday, May 18 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Monday, May 19 8:30 a.m.–noon and 1:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
Tuesday, May 20 8:30 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Learn about MLA's newest programs and services and pick up materials. MLA staff will be on hand to answer questions. The booth consists of:
- Grants and scholarship booth (MLA store): Make a donation to support the MLA grants and scholarship program, and take home a unique gift for a friend, family member, or yourself! Cash, checks, Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover cards are accepted.
- MLA Publishing: Purchase MLA publications at discounted meeting rates at the MLA Store.
- Public Relations Swap ’n’ Shop: The MLA Public Relations Swap ’n’ Shop gives attendees the opportunity to share library marketing ideas and samples and discuss marketing/promotion strategies with representatives from MLA’s public relations consultant, Public Communications, Inc. To submit materials, complete the Swap 'n' Shop form (PDF, 78KB) and bring it with you (with 25 samples, if possible) to MLA '08.
- Section Council table: Membership brochures from MLA sections will be available and section council members will be on hand to answer questions.
- Chapter Council table: Learn about the fourteen geographic MLA chapters. Check out chapter newsletters, projects, and membership information.
Newsletter Conference Connections
Distributed throughout the Hyatt Regency Chicago
Sharing news at this year’s MLA meeting will be “greener” as members of the Local Assistance Committee (LAC) experiment with alternative methods of communicating. Traditionally, a print newsletter provides information not in the meeting program book. Articles on new exhibitors, promotion of sessions, corrections to the program, informal meeting announcements, exhibit hall winners, social events, and safety issues have all appeared.
While a newsletter will continue, the LAC will also share information in other ways. The newsletter will be reduced in length, and recycling opportunities will be available. Information will also be posted on white boards in high-traffic areas at the meeting. Prefer an electronic format? All newsletter and white-board entries will also be posted to the meeting blog. The hotel monitors (public and in the rooms) will provide information on session location changes. To contribute items to the newsletter, whiteboards, or blog please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or place announcements in the labeled boxes at the Hospitality Booth and the Member Resource Room. We will accept items Friday, May 16, through Tuesday, May 20.
Public Relations/Marketing Program
Attend a free, 30-minute marketing seminar, “Coping with Change: Reaching Your Library’s Users,” Sunday, May 18, at 3:30 p.m. and again on Tuesday, May 20, at 11:30 a.m. in Room Columbus AB.
Speaker Ready Room
Skyway 261 is available for those making presentations during the meeting.
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