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MLA '17 Meeting FAQ

Last updated January 13, 2017

Are there tips for first-time attendees?

Tips for First Timers [Coming Soon]

What time does the annual meeting and exhibition open?

The meeting opens with the Welcome Reception on Saturday, May 27 at 5:30 p.m.

Where are the Hall of Exhibits and MLA meeting registration center?

The Hall of Exhibits and MLA registration center are located at the Washington State Convention Center, 705 Pike Street, Seattle, WA 98101-2310.  The convention center is right across the street from the Seattle Sheraton, the meeting's official hotel.

Are meals included?

Meals are included only with certain ticketed events.

What about accommodations?

Meeting hotel

What are hotel room taxes?

Hotel tax is Seattle is 15.6%.

Where do I collect my badge?

When you arrive, you may pick up your badge and meeting materials at the MLA Registration Center.

Please report to the MLA Registration Center if you mislay your badge.

Do I have to preselect the meeting sessions that I want to attend?

No, the registration packages allow entry to all sessions and exhibits. The exception is continuing education (CE) courses, which must be purchased separately.

When are the continuing education courses?

CE courses will be held Friday, May 26, and Saturday, May 27. Please see the continuing education section for details. 

How can I get an exhibits-only pass?

An exhibits-only pass allows entry only to the Hall of Exhibits from Sunday to Tuesday. It is for spouses, significant others, and persons working outside the profession. It does not provide admission to the Saturday Welcome Reception, plenary sessions, or meeting programming, or access to online meeting content. Exhibit-only passes are sold onsite at the MLA Registration Desk.

How do I register online as an Institutional Representative?

  1. Login to MLANET
  2. Go to MLA '17 and follow the menu items to online registration or use left menu item: "Register Now"
  3. A new window will open with your registration form. Below "Badge/Name Information" is the question: "Are you a member of an affiliate organization?"  In the drop down, select "I work for an Institutional member"
  4. The badge information is populated with your Name, Library, Institution, which you can change. 
  5. Continue following the prompts to complete your registration.

Are continuing education courses included with registration?

No, CE courses are not included. CE course fees vary. For details on CE courses, see the Friday and Saturday schedule areas under "Continuing Education." 

How do I add tickets and CE courses to my registration?

To change your registration such as updating an address or adding tickets or CE courses, visit the registration resource center [coming soon].

What happens if I have to cancel?

All cancellations for meeting registration and continuing education (CE) courses must be submitted in writing and faxed to MLA Registration at 312.419.8950.

Meeting cancellations received by April 19, 2017, are subject to a $50 fee. You will be assessed a $50 fee for each CE course change or cancellation.

After April 19, 2017, MLA will give refunds only for documented medical emergencies. Refunds will be processed within six weeks after the meeting. MLA will honor written requests to transfer meeting registration or CE registration to another person without charge.

Can I transfer my registration?

Yes, registration is transferable. MLA will honor written requests to transfer meeting registration or CE registration to another person.

What's included with e-Conference Registration (Package D)?

e-Conference registration provides unlimited access to all the online meeting content through May 2018.  You can view video recordings of all the Plenary Sessions and PowerPoint slides synchronized with audio for all available contributed paper sessions. In addition, you have access to over 200 posters in the Online Poster Gallery. 

Purchase your e-Conference Registration    Or, you can purchase a Site License for your organization’s staff. A Site License provides unlimited access for up to 25 people, through May 2018.

Although recordings are not live, you can see the Plenary and breakout presentations while they are still fresh. You can see video recordings of the Plenary Sessions about 24 hours after the end of the session. For example, you can see Sunday's McGovern Keynote Address on Monday. You can view PowerPoint slides synchronized with audio about 48 hours after the session because synchronizing and editing requires more time.

What is association Privacy Policy and how does it protect my data?

The Privacy Policy of the Medical Library Association (PDF)

Follow-Up to MLA ’17: Dare Dream Do: Focus on Diversity in Medical Librarianship

Follow-Up to MLA ’17: Dare Dream Do: Content and Sessions on New and Emerging Technologies