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Ballots for MLA’s election of 2000/2001 president-elect, Board of Directors, and Nominating Committee members were mailed to 4,386 voting members, who returned 1,570 countable ballots. An ad hoc task force gathered at MLA headquarters on January 6, 2000, to count the ballots. The Board of Directors joins Executive Director Carla J. Funk and the staff of MLA in congratulating the following elected officials who will assume office at the conclusion of MLA/CHLA/ABSC 2000 in Vancouver, BC:
Board of Directors (2000–2003)
Nominating Committee (2000 election)
The complete election results will be available on MLANET and will appear in MLA’s 1999/2000 Annual Report.
The association appreciates the work of the Nominating Committee (Rachael K. Anderson, AHIP, chair) in selecting the slate and the Ad Hoc Elections Task Force (Linda Walton, chair) for counting the ballots. Thanks to all of the candidates for their time and effort in running for office.
Submitted by Tomi Gunn, Public Relations Assistant
MLA’s annual National Medical Librarians Month (NMLM) celebration gets bigger each year and last year’s event proved to be the best yet! More medical librarians participated in the October 1999 NMLM celebration than ever before. NMLM was created by MLA to celebrate the skills, expertise, and contributions of the health sciences information professional. Medical librarians across the country worked for months planning and creating ways to highlight their accomplishments and the services that their libraries have to offer. All would agree that their hard work definitely paid off.
In celebration of NMLM, MLA once again sponsored the Creative Promotions Award, which is given to the library with the most innovative and creative NMLM celebration. The award is judged by Public Communications Inc., MLA’s public relations consultant. The winner of the contest receives $100 in "MLA Money" applicable toward MLA dues, conference fees, and publications.
The recipient of this year’s award was the Veterinary Medical Library
at Kansas State University–Manhattan. MLA member Gayle K. Willard, AHIP,
director of the library, supervised the celebration planned by aspiring
librarian Shanda Parker, a student intern at the library. As a library
that continually looks for ways to promote its services, the staff felt
that NMLM was a golden opportunity. The library took advantage of the
entire month to celebrate and made extraordinary use of displays as a
promotional tool throughout the month.
One display, entitled "Who’s Behind the Desk? Meet Your Veterinary Medical Librarians," contained pictures of the library staff along with fun facts about each staff member. By allowing patrons to get to know them in this personal and enjoyable way, the staff hoped to encourage patrons to feel more at ease when visiting the library or asking a question.
Another popular attraction during the library’s celebration included an interactive "Comments and Suggestions" display. Patrons were invited to write their thoughts about the library on a sticky note and place it on the display board. A variety of comments were posted, from praise to humorous comments to suggestions for improvement. The library plans to implement some of the great ideas offered by their patrons.
The "Librarians’ Top Picks" display featured unusual books, journals, and videos suggested by the staff. The diverse, featured materials were items that many patrons may not have been aware of. This display helped to showcase the wide variety of materials provided by the library.
In addition, the library sponsored a "Free Book Give Away." Duplicates and older edition books that had not been added to the library’s collection were given away to patrons who visited the library. Patrons were already lined up one-half hour before the start of the giveaway and after only one-and-a-half hours, the library had given away almost all of the free books offered.
One promotion that "kept ’em" coming throughout the month was the library’s "Good Luck Fridays" events. On Fridays, the library staff handed out granola bars every hour to library patrons. Attached to each granola bar was a note that said "Thanks for using the Veterinary Medical Library during National Medical Librarians Month. Good luck on your next test, publication, speech, or whatever endeavor brought you here today. Have a good weekend. From your VM Library Staff."
To wind up their celebration, the library staff distributed a mass email to faculty and staff promoting the library and its services, including the free delivery and pick-up of library materials to or from any office or lab in the institution. By mentioning this service, the library staff successfully reminded their colleagues of the fast and accurate information that their medical library provides.
MLA applauds the Kansas State University Veterinary Medical Library and all libraries that contributed to promoting awareness of the invaluable services that medical librarians and libraries provide. We also encourage you to promote yourself and your library’s services throughout the year.
Edited by Karen M. Zundel, AHIP
Submitted by Susan Couch, Chestnut Hill Hospital, Medical Library, Philadelphia
The Year 2000 Chapter Sharing Roundtables luncheon will take place in Vancouver, BC, on Sunday, May 7, from noon to 2:00 p.m. This annual event provides an opportunity for chapter members to meet over lunch and share ideas, experiences, and resources on a variety of topics. All MLA members, especially chapter officers, committee chairs, and newsletter editors are encouraged to attend.
Nineteen topics are offered this year. Four new topics, reflecting timely issues being discussed by most health sciences librarians, have been added: Benchmarking, Consumer Health Information Services, Electronic Journals, and Marketing the Library. As a result of feedback from 1999 participants, one topic, Internet Security, has been renamed Computer Security and two topics, Leadership and Networking and Collaboration, have been eliminated.
The following is a list of the roundtable topics for this year with brief descriptions of some of the 1999 discussions. More detailed reports of each of the 1999 roundtables can be found on the Chapter Council Website.
Persons wishing to participate in the roundtables luncheon must register in advance and select a topic on the MLA/CHLA-ABSC 2000 Registration Form. Look for registration information in the 2000 Preliminary Program and plan on being part of this ever-growing event!
As part of the editorial transition, the MLA News team is in need of the following subject editors: chapter editor, international editor, legislative editor, section editor, and technology editor.
For more information and to apply, contact Beverly Murphy, AHIP, MLA News editor, (919.660.1127) by March 15, 2000.
Canadian Rockies Train and Bus Tour
For Day 2, it’s on to Jasper, aboard VIA Rail’s restored "The Canadian" train. Silver and Blue class service treats you to private quarters, sleeping car with shower facility, and exclusive use of the Park Car, with its famous dome and lounges. Day 3 will whisk you to the toe of the Athabasca Glacier. There you will board a Snocoach for a guided tour onto the surface of the Glacier. On Day 4, a half-day sightseeing tour of Banff National Park will highlight many local delights. The rest of the day is open to explore the region at your leisure.
Day 5 begins a journey into British Columbia. You will travel across the rugged ranges of the Rockies to your destination—the sandy shores of Okanagan Lake in Kelowna. The last day you will revel in British Columbia’s premiere wine region. Coach service will take you through the Cascade Mountains into the lush environment of the west coast. Relax at the twenty-seven-acre, world-class Minter Gardens before heading back to Vancouver. The Canadian Rockies tour is five days, May 12–17, 2000. Price is $1,196.00 USD per person based on double occupancy.
Alaska Inside Passage Cruise
For more information on both tours or to book either tour, contact Lynne Treadway, Convention Services Northwest, at 800.275.9198.
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