Pilot site participants will be speaking at the Health Information Literacy Research Project Open Forum today from 3:30 to 4:40 p.m. in Columbus AB. These speakers will include Jeff Mason; Kim Hartl; Holly Kimborowicz, AHIP; and Sabrina Kurtz-Rossi.

MLA will staff a luggage check during the times listed below. Please note location changes each day. Cost is $1 per item.

Tuesday, May 20
8:00 AM- 6:00 PM
Grand Ballroom Coat Check, East Tower, Gold Level

Wednesday, May 21
8:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Columbus, East Tower, Gold Level

MLA is not responsible for items left at the luggage check. Please be sure to pick up your items prior to close time.

On behalf of everyone on the National Planning Committee ’08, thank you for volunteering for the first annual community service events! We also want to thank the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Greater Midwest Region, Rush University, and the Medical Library Association (MLA) for their generous contributions.

We had 15 health sciences librarians and 10 public librarians from the south side of Chicago participate in the Each One Teach One event on Friday, May 16th at the Wrightwood-Ashburn branch of the Chicago Public Library. Medical librarians shared their favorite health information websites or latest outreach projects. Public librarians shared their strategies on thinking outside the box for outreach to their communities. We believe that our event can be a model for future cross-reach collaboration, creating partnerships between medical and public librarians.

The Rush University Free Health Fair: Spring into Health and Fitness took place on Saturday, May 17th, at the Chicago Christian Industrial League with 24 health sciences librarians working as volunteers. Some volunteers staffed the MLA table conducting literature searches and giving away pens and brochures while others assisted at the Fair’s book drive and information or interpreters desks.

These community outreach events are the first to be held at an MLA annual meeting and we greatly appreciate your help in making them successful!

If you would like to participate in future community service projects for the 2009 conference, please write this in the online MLA evaluation form.

Each One Teach One participants
Rhonda Allard
Ene Belleh
Ulrike Dieterle
Ruth Fenske
Laurel Graham
Carol Hartmann
Lisa Jacob
Deborah Jameson
Andrea Lynch
Tammy Mays
Patricia Mongelia
Diane Nordeng
Linda Robinson
Faye Williams

Health Fair participants
Margaret Alexander
Wanda Anderson
Judi Bergjord
Sharon Brown
Kristina Flora
Christine Franks
Samanthi Hewakapuge
Kristine Hughes
Deborah Jameson
Shannon Jones
Ellen Justice
Darlene Kelly
Heather Kish
Tammy Mays
Sarah McCord
Ivonne Martinez
Vijay Padwal
JoAnn Sparks
Erin Stuart
Karla Van Kessel
Sandra Wenner
Ely Whitaker
Faye Williams

Thank you supporting MLA!

Tammy Mays and Deborah Jameson
Community Outreach Chairs, 2008 MLA NPC

Program, Room, or Time Changes

11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

MLA Business Meeting Legislative Update

Location change: The session will be held in Columbus IJ, East Tower, Gold Level.

4:30 p.m.–6:00 p.m.

Nursing and Allied Health Resources Section:

“Connecting Libraries, Nurses, and Accreditation/Credentialing Organizations to Improve Patient Care”


Revised presentation order:

  1. Building a Bridge Between MLA and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program
  2. Nursing and Allied Health Resources Section and American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Magnet Accreditation: What’s the Attraction?
  3. Reconnecting Librarians with Nursing Accreditation: Key Results
  4. Nurse Practice Court: A Play to Aid Nurses in Evidence-based Practice

Announcements Section shuffle contest results

Congratulations to the History of Medicine Section for winning the prize for the “Most Creative Display” at the Section Shuffle event, organized by the Section Council.

The History of Medicine Section display included a masked and costumed representative who roamed the crowd, distributing slips of paper with the following description:

“There are many and varied depictions of the plague doctor’s garb, introduced by English and French doctors during the 17th century. The total body was covered to protect the doctor from ‘miasma’ (bad air) that was thought to cause the disease. The beaked mask was filled with herbs to clean the air and mask the scent of dead bodies. The small stick was probably for giving instructions and touching the body and clothing of plaque victims. The traditional physician’s hat was donned to designate the wearer’s status.”

Lost item

If you took a clicker from the room after the “Tech Trends” panel discussion, please return it to Susan Lessick.

Luggage Check
MLA will staff a luggage check during the times listed below. Checking is FREE!
Tuesday, May 20, and Wednesday, May 21 8:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
Grand Ballroom Coat Check, East Tower, Gold Level
MLA is not responsible for items left at the luggage check. Please be sure to pick up your items prior to close time.


NLM Theater Schedule, Tuesday, May 20

Exhibit Booth 532

10:00 a.m. The New “Images in the History of

Medicine” Software

Noon NIH Manuscript Submission System

12:30 p.m. NLM Gateway Redesign

1:00 p.m. PubMed Review

1:30 p.m. LinkOut Update

2:00 p.m. Health Services Research & Public

Health: What’s Happening?

2:30 p.m. PubMed Central Update

Chicago History: The Origins of Streeterville

The history of Streeterville dates back to the late 1800’s with the arrival of George Wellington “Cap” Streeter and his second wife Maria to Chicago. They originally planned on going to Honduras to become gunrunners and decided to first try out their boat, Reutan, in Lake Michigan. In 1886, a strong storm landed them in a sandbar, which was located approximately 450 feet east of Michigan Avenue. Captain Streeter chose to live on his boat and claimed the sandbar and the surrounding area as his.

After the great Chicago Fire of 1871, the city was rapidly growing and developers were looking for a place to dump their construction waste. Although Streeter did not have the authority to do so, he charged developers to use the sandbar and surrounding area as a waste area. The area quickly filled up with debris and Streeter started renting out the land, leading to the establishment of a shantytown. However, the wealthy landowners around “Streeterville” were worried that the shantytown would lower the property value of the area and fought to get rid of it.

In 1889 police officers attempted to evict Streeter and his wife, Maria, but were unsuccessful and were driven away by rifles. During the same time, the wealthy landowners of the area instigated several court cases against Streeter. In 1893, the millionaire Kellogg Fairbank who owned the land that Streeter was occupying, filed a suit against him and Streeter was legally obligated to move off of the land. However, he decided to stay and continued selling plots of land. While the property owners realized that they could profit from building a road connecting downtown with the North Side, soon to be called Lake Shore Drive, entrepreneur Potter Palmer purchased some of this land and began developing it. After Palmer’s death in 1902, Streeter who claimed that some of this land belonged to him, decided to raise an army and set up a blockade as a means of maintaining “his” land, which was swiftly put to an end by the police. This was Streeter’s last major attempt to fight for his district.

Excerpted from the Streeterville Chamber of Commerce Web site, www.streetervillechamber.org.

Announcements NLM Update

This year’s NLM update will be held on Tuesday, May 20 from 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. in the Grand Ballroom. Dr. Donald A.B. Lindberg, Sheldon Kotzin and Diane Boehr are scheduled to speak.

Chicago Information Things to do in Chicago

Ever ridden a Segway? Interested in architecture? Curious about where the St. Valentine Day Massacre took place? The Local Assistance Committee has collected information on a variety of things to do in Chicago. Drop by the booth near the Internet Café and learn about local libraries, museums, and tours—bus, boat, carriage, trolley, air, walking and segway are all available.

Newsletter submissions

Items for the Conference Connections newsletter may be left in the “Newsletter Submissions” boxes by the Hospitality Desk and the Member Resource Room or can be emailed to meeting.news@gmail.com.

A second speaker has been added to today’s CAPHIS program:
Consent or Obedience? Medical Authority and Consumer Health Education: Bridging the Medical Ethics Gap

Please join us on Monday May 19th from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm to hear an interesting program on the ethics of research on medical authority and knowledge:

Location: Grand Ballroom A

Today, the Internet has transformed the way consumer health information is distributed and who has access. Consumers have access to multiple, conflicting sources of medical information and in order to decipher this information it calls for skills and strategies for judging the trustworthiness of a source. This program will discuss the ethics of research on medical authority and knowledge e.g. how consumers use health information and the ethical implications of that.


  • Michal Raucher, Northwestern University – What They Mean when They Say it’s Good Science: The Medical Community’s Response to Boutique Fetal Ultrasounds
  • Laurie Zoloth, Ph.D., Northwestern University – Truth and Consequence: Authoritative Knowledge, Claims of Salvation, and the Medical Internet

- Tammy Mays


Program and Room Changes

Sunday, May 18

6:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.

Section Shuffle will now be held in Acapulco, West Tower, Gold Level. Come learn more about MLA’s sections. Food, entertainment, and information on sections provided. Sections are competing to have the most interesting display at the event. A prize will be awarded to the section with the most creative presentation.

Monday, May 19

7:00 a.m.–9:00 a.m.

Vital Pathways in Medical Education

The session will be in Columbian, located in the West Tower, Bronze Level.

Tuesday, May 20

4:30 p.m.–6:00 p.m.

The Role of the Library in Health Literacy.

There is a change in order of speakers:

1) Tracy E. Powell

2) Karen K. Lee

3) Sabrina Kurtz-Rossi

The session will be in Columbus KL

7:30 a.m.–9:00 a.m.

MLA/NLM Joint Electronic Personal Health Record Task Force.

The session will be held in Soldier Field, West Tower, Bronze Level.


Join the Friends of the National Library of Medicine (FNLM)

The FNLM annual event will be held this year at the Chicago History Museum, 7:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m. Buses will leave from the entrance to the West Tower.

Appreciation to Additional Contributors

In addition to the financial contributors listed in the meeting materials, the Board of Directors would like to recognize the following donors: Laura Cousineau; Carol G. Jenkins, AHIP, FMLA; and Debra C. Rand, AHIP.

Do You Have Fun Meeting Photos?

Connect with your colleagues and share your 2008 photos online at the MLA 2008 group on Flickr, www.flickr.com/groups/mla2008/. The group name is MLA 2008.




Be sure to attend the John P. McGovern Lecture…

…which will include a brief video of John McGovern receiving the American Medical Association Foundation’s President Award presented February 12, 2007. This video provides an introduction to Andrew Zolli, who will present the 2008 John P. McGovern Lecture. Zolli is a dynamic leader of today’s new generation of young futurists. He has a gift for seeing patterns and strategic opportunities at the intersections of demographics, creativity, innovation, design, and technology. The McGovern Lecture will be from 10:30 a.m. to noon in the Grand Ballroom.

MLA Connections

Learn about MLA’s newest programs and services and pick up materials. MLA staff will be on hand to answer questions. The booth consists of:

  • Grants and Scholarships
  • Public Relations Swap’n’Shop
  • MLA Publishing
  • Section Council
  • Chapter Council

Unfortunately, the location for the MLA Resume Clinic did not get printed in the program. However, if you come to the MLA Job Placement Office, staff will be available to direct you to the location.

MLA Job Placement Office
Grand Suite 5
East Tower, Hyatt Regency

The hours of the Résumé Clinic are:

  • Sunday May 18th, 3:00pm-5:00pm
  • Monday May 19th, 10:00am-12:00 noon, and 1:00pm-5:00pm
  • Tuesday May 20th, 10:00am-1:00pm.

More information about the clinic is available in our previous post.

Don’t miss the Friends of the National Library of Medicine (FNLM) Reception!

Date: Sunday May 18
Time: 7:00 p.m. 9:00 p.m.
Place: Chicago History Museum
Ticket cost: $60, includes a 1-year FNLM membership.

Join the Friends of the National Library of Medicine (FNLM) at its annual party. Known as a major, not to miss, elegant event during the MLA conference. Enjoy drinks, hors d’oeuvres, and camaraderie with NLM staff, Friends, members, and MLA conference attendees. The reception will be held at the Chicago History Museum.

Purchase tickets at the MLA Registration Desk. Maximum attendance is 200.

Our apologies! It seems we had some incorrect information regarding availability of luggage storage at the Hyatt. Free luggage storage is available for registered Hyatt guests only.

Many thanks to the meeting attendees who alerted us to our mistake.

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