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MLA’19 Networking Events

Thursday, May 2 & Friday, May 3, 2019

Dinner Dine Arounds

6:00 p.m. Various Nearby Locations near the Hyatt Regency Chicago

If you are arriving in Chicago Thursday or Friday, why not enjoy a great meal and even better company with fellow librarians! Each attendee pays their own way at local restaurant favorites. Details regarding locations and sign-up will be available in February. The MLA Local Assistance Committee organizes and staffs the Dine Arounds to welcome and help acquaint visitors to Chicago.  Dine Arounds are open to registered Annual Meeting attendees and their guests.


Saturday, May 4, 2019

3:00 p.m. - 3:55 p.m.

2020 Program Planners Meeting

Are you involved in program planning MLA‘20? Do you have questions about how to submit a paper, poster, or special content session? Consider attending this MLA‘20 planning meeting. You will learn the process used to decide program topics or content for MLA‘20. You will be encouraged to share what programming ideas your groups have in mind, and your participation will help identify common ideas, establish partnerships, and assist with program coordination.


4:15 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.

Leaders’ Recognition Reception

Incoming and outgoing chairs or presidents of chapters, committees, juries, sections, and task forces, as well as appointed officials, allied representatives, and conveners of special interest groups, are invited to connect with colleagues at this appreciation reception prior to the opening of the Hall of Exhibits.


5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Welcome Reception and Opening of the Hall of Exhibits

Sponsored by NEJM Group

Ticketed Event.

All meeting registrants are invited to attend the Welcome Reception and Opening of the Hall of Exhibits at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. 


Sunday, May 5, 2019

7:00 a.m. – 8:55 a.m.

New Members/First-Time Attendees Program and Breakfast

Sponsored by Wolters Kluwer

Invited Event.

Are you a new member or a member attending your first annual meeting? To receive an invitation, please check the new member box on the registration form. Invitations will be emailed about 4 weeks before the meeting. You must RSVP to gain admittance.


9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

Welcome, Awards and Presidential Address


Noon - 1:55 p.m.

Elevate Your Practice with Research: RTI Fellows and Faculty Share Their Experience Designing and Conducting Research

The 2018 MLA Research Training Institute (RTI) fellows, instructors, and director take you on a journey through the research process, from finding a question, to finding time to do a study, to finding a place to share your work.


6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

International Visitors Reception

Sponsored by NEJM Group

MLA’s International Cooperation Section members will host and welcome our international meeting attendees, and to those with an interest in international
relations, at this Sunday evening reception.


Monday, May 7, 2019

2:30 p.m. – 3:25 p.m.

Academy of Health Information Professionals Q&A Session

If you have questions about the requirements or the process involved in applying for the academy, plan to attend this general overview, followed by a question-and-answer session led by MLA’s Credentialing Committee.


Tuesday, May 7, 2019

9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

MLA Business Meeting and Inaugural Address


1:00 p.m. - 1:55 p.m.

Library School Reunion Tea

Grab an afternoon beverage and a bite to eat while you reconnect and network with alumni from your library school! No registration is required.


2:00 p.m. – 3:20 p.m.

Legislative Update

Join MLA’s Governmental Relations Committee for an overview of federal government health funding and related issues and legislation. Learn how National Library of Medicine funding impacts library programs and services and how you can use this information in grassroots advocacy efforts on behalf of the National Library of Medicine.


6:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Get on Board: Hottest Ticket in Chi-Town Networking Event

Ticketed Event.

Take advantage of your visit to Chicago to interact with colleagues and meet new ones, by attending the MLA ’19 networking event (OpenMic).

You're Invited!

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