Category Archives: mla 2008

Ebling RSS slideshow

One of the darlings (imho) of the MLA 2008 conference was the Ebling Library’s RSS service. There was a poster and one paper from Ebling on RSS, plus it was mentioned in practically everyone else’s presentations when they talked about RSS and libraries–for very good reason.

You can see the slides from the paper, presented at Public Health/Health Administration Section’s “The Role of Health Sciences Librarians in Applying Web 2.0 Technologies and Their Uses in Clinical and Public Health Practice and Instruction” program. The paper itself was called “Connecting Content to Readers: Marketing RSS as an Information Management Tool,” and sadly, I missed this session. The paper was presented by Erika Sevetson. In any case, here are the slides in Slideshare (below) and as a PDF (images look better).


More slides from MLA 2008

I suspect that all 4 of these slideshows will be linked from the MLA web site at some point, but I may as well link them up here, too! [Edited: Perhaps I should have mentioned that the other 2 slideshows are the blogs/wikis one by Amanda Etches-Johnson and the RSS/social bookmarking one by Melissa Rethlefsen that I linked in the previous post…]

These are the 2 other Web 2.0 Plenary slideshows, the first from David Rothman and the second from Bart Ragon.

Web 2.0 (David Rothman)

APIs, Mashups, and the Semantic Web (Bart Ragon)

Know of any more? Let me know!

MLA 2008 wrap-up

Instead of doing real work, I am going to do some blogging. Why is this, that after numerous months of not blogging, basically, that I feel inspired to blog again? Well, I must say that it is because at dinner last night, one of my friend’s friends made comments prefaced with “I don’t mean to be insulting, but” every single time she asked about my job, the conference, and my blog. And after explaining what I did in fact previously blog about, she said something to the effect of, “Well, that’s what I thought you must blog about. That’s why I don’t blog, so I am not a total nerd.” Not that I am not proud of the fact that complete strangers identify me as a nerd or anything, but it did make me realize that I really didn’t even remember what it is that I blog about. So, I will return to my roots and blog about MLA.

I think that the fact that MLA’s technology and connection-themed conference wasn’t wired was fairly well covered, by me and by practically anyone else under the sun who wanted to actually connect with people, so I won’t go there again. And this post does a pretty good job of pulling lots of stuff about the conference together. What can I add? I’ve pulled together a set of some of the presentation slides and embedded them below. Sure, you could go to Slideshare and look for these yourself, but why bother when I’ve done it for you?

Second Life for Engagement, Outreach, and Building Interdisciplinary Communities of Learning (Patricia Anderson)

Efficiencies of Scale and Empowerment: Consumer Health Website Design Using Social Technologies (Patricia Anderson)

Twitter for Health (Patricia Anderson)

Blogs, Wikis, and What You Can Do With Them (Amanda Etches-Johnson)

Cross-Country Connections: Implementing Learning 2.0 in a Multistate Medical Library System (Melissa Rethlefsen)

RSS/Social Bookmarking – Addicting Like Caffeine – Web 2.0 Plenary (Melissa Rethlefsen)

Practicality vs Theory (Ivonne Martinez)

If you come across more, let me know. I hope to add others as they are added to Slideshare or elsewhere!

[edited to reflect the titles and lead author of the presentations I posted]

MLA 2008 – wireless – sigh

Well, though I knew that paying for wireless at MLA 2008 would be restricted to the public areas of the hotel and my room, I wasn’t wholly aware that the public areas would be quite so far away from the meeting rooms.  Or that there wouldn’t be any cell phone coverage that my phone could pick up in the conference rooms.  We’re two levels underground.  This is insanely frustrating.  Especially since the meeting is “green,” meaning we’re expected to check the blog for updates and check the white board for changes.  I kind of wish a page had been taken out of SXSW’s book and that there was a huge monitor with twitter streams and etc.  Or that there was, I don’t know, WIRELESS IN THE CONFERENCE ROOMS for more of us than just the 10 official bloggers.  What about those of use with a serious internet addiction?  Okay, yes, I am in withdrawl!  🙂

MLA 2008 – really, now, $505???

After MLA 2007, my only real suggestion to the MLA 2008 planners was to provide wireless.  It was frankly ridiculous to have no wireless available in the conference rooms.  And, now, I see that the registration packages are up on the web site, and lo and behold, wireless is available.  For an extra $75.

Yes, it’s $505 to register for the super inclusive plus internet package.  Now, since my organization pays for internet access for me, this isn’t really an issue for me financially.  But what about for those people whose organizations aren’t quite as generous?  For a “connection”-themed conference, it seems bizarre.  Of course, I realize that MLA was going to be charged a fortune by the hotel and apparently, it was going to be enough that they’d have to pass that on to recoup costs.  But I really have to wonder, why choose this hotel, then?  Why not go for a hotel where wireless is considered a basic amenity?  Maybe conference hotels just don’t do anything for free.

I have issues with the idea of paying for wireless up front when all it says is “Internet access in the Hyatt Regency Chicago public areas.”  What are public areas?  Does that include all the conference rooms and the ballrooms and etc.?  I guess I will go scour the hotel web site for more information.  Until then, my only conciliation is that at least it’s not Internet Librarian.

MLA 2008-Connections: Bridging the Gaps

Well, it seems like a millennium since I wrote anything here.

Other medical library bloggers have pointed to this already, but it bears repeating.  The MLA 2008 conference web site is up, and the call for papers is out along with Section Program themes (though not yet the descriptions).

As always, there is a wide range of themes, from the highly specific to the very general.  Ones that I found particularly interesting are:

  • Libraries Applying Web 2.0 to Clinical Practice and Teaching (including Evidence-based Medicine) (Dental Section, primary sponsor)
  • Evidence Base: Web 2.0 for Professional and Clinical Productivity (Dental Section, primary sponsor)
  • Bridging the Gap with Web 2.0/3.0: Connecting with Our Community and Ourselves (Educational Technologies and Media Section, primary sponsor)
  • Interconnections: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Medical History (History of the Health Sciences Section, primary sponsor)
  • Top Technology Trends: Bridge Today, Gone Tomorrow (Medical Informatics Section, primary sponsor)
  • Technologies in Teaching (Medical Informatics Section, primary sponsor)
  • The Role of Health Sciences Librarians in Educating Health Care Practitioners about Web 2.0 Technologies and Their Uses for Professional Practice (Public Health/Health Administration Section, primary sponsor)

Some of the ones that are not up my alley but are nevertheless interesting:

  • Connecting/Bridging: Using Libraries to Serve as a Platform to Serve Individuals in Understanding Zoonotic Diseases (Diseases Transmissible between Animals and Humans) (Veterinary Medical Libraries Section, primary sponsor)
  • Connecting the Dots: Strategies for Building A Portable Career (Networking, Professional Development, Leadership, Career Building, Career Reinvention, Mentoring) and Speed Mentoring (Leadership and Management Section, primary sponsor)

So anyway, the due date for papers and abstracts is November 5.  I really hope that the space alloted for posters this year is more like in Phoenix than Philadelphia–basically, it was impossible to get into any of the poster rooms unless you were very into mosh pit-like action.  Actually stopping at a poster was darn near impossible.  And, let’s also hope that enough chairs are alloted for technology-themed programs.  Last year, most of the technology ones (which I admit I did not attend) were standing room only.

Though the full schedule isn’t up yet, I have it on good authority that there will be a plenary session on Library 2.0 on the final day of the conference, with one or more panels of medical library technology fans–should be a good time.  Hope to see you there!

(Oh, and one more thing–the MLA 2008 blog is already up and running.  One of the authors, Deb Werner, had a presentation at MLA 2007 that I enjoyed.)