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MLA ’15: Call for Participation

In May 2015, MLA makes its inaugural visit to the capital of Texas, Austin. Renowned as the Live Music Capital of the World and home to the award-winning Austin City Limits, the longest running music television show in history, Austin has earned the reputation of being a very different place: a fun, progressive city not confined by the traditional.

Librarians follow traditional goals to organize and ensure access to vast amounts of information; yet we, too, are no longer confining ourselves to the traditional. We are connecting with users in unconventional ways, and we are moving out of our comfort zones. Much like the talented indie stars who perform on Austin City Limits, librarians are independent stars! We are involved in, and sometimes lead the way in, bioinformatics, e-science, open access, and data mining. Some of us are embedded in departments, and many of us teach and consult in meeting rooms and offices beyond library walls. We have obtained additional subject degrees, to better work alongside those whom we have traditionally called “users,” but who may now be thought of as “colleagues.” Our expertise, training, and innovative nature have taken us into new roles well beyond what is typically thought to be library work. Inspired by Austin’s independent flair, culture, and atmosphere, we will discover more about how we are shaping a new normal; reaching beyond the conventional and away from what was traditionally defined as the library.

In the shadow of the capitol’s dome in the coolest city in Texas, we will discover more leading-edge approaches to providing resources, innovative services, spaces, and technical expertise, while experiencing the charm of America’s fastest-growing city (Forbes Magazine, 2013). From great live music to foodie-friendly restaurants (and nationally known food trucks), from the hip downtown to the beauty of the nearby Hill Country, from blue-bonnets to bats (we will explain later), from the history-soaked state capitol building to the “40 acres” (search for it on Google), from the high energy of a thriving business and academic community mixed in with the unique casual-trendy-Western culture (“Keep Austin Weird”), Austin shows its visitors a good time. The Austin Convention Center and the nearby Hilton Austin are just a few steps from the heart of the city and the gorgeous environment of Lady Bird Lake with its popular hiking and biking trails and kayaking or paddleboarding fun. Tours of local attractions and libraries will showcase interesting and “limit free” sites for discovery and reflection (we are expecting lots of “check-ins” and tweets). Both within and beyond Austin’s city limits, you will have unlimited opportunity for professional growth and social adventures. In the meantime, start planning your trip to MLA ’15 by checking out Austin happenings and tips on the Austin Convention & Visitors Bureau website.

Papers

The 2015 National Program Committee (NPC) invites abstract submissions for contributed papers that reflect innovative and best practices in health sciences librarianship to support the theme of “Librarians without Limits.” Plan to submit your abstract, using the structured abstract guidelines by November 3, 2014. Submission instructions will be posted on the meeting website on MLANET. Papers should not repeat information submitted for posters. MLA’s Research Section will award prizes for the best research-based papers. Handouts and electronic presentations from the paper presentations will be posted to MLANET.

For more information about papers, contact Stephanie Fulton, AHIP; William Olmstadt, AHIP; or Merinda McLure, AHIP.

Posters

The 2015 NPC invites proposals for concepts best presented in poster format that reflect on the theme of “Librarians without Limits.” Plan to submit your abstract, using the structured abstract guidelines by November 3, 2014. Submission instructions will be posted on the meeting website on MLANET. Posters should not repeat information submitted for papers. Posters and supplemental materials will be published on MLANET prior to the meeting. MLA’s Research Section will award prizes for the best research-based posters.

For more information about posters, contact Katie Prentice, AHIP; or Leslie Schick.

Annual Meeting Information

Registration materials will be posted on MLANET and mailed to MLA members in early January 2015.

Meeting Dates: May 15–20, 2015

Meeting Location: Austin Convention Center, 500 East Cesar Chavez Street, Austin, TX 78701
www.austinconventioncenter.com

Hotel: Hilton Austin, 500 East 4th Street, Austin, TX 78701

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