Hello everyone. My name is Amy Blevins and I am one of the Clinical Education Librarians at the Hardin Library for the Health Sciences at the University of Iowa. I am also one of the official MLA conference bloggers.
Yesterday, as the soon to be past chair of the Educational Media and Technologies Section, I spent my time at the Section Council Meeting. It was a very long and productive meeting, and I can’t possibly write about everything that was discussed, but I do want to share some of the highlights with you. First off, for those of you unfamiliar with Section Council, this group consists of the current section chairs and the past chairs of sections, who serve as voting members. One of the most important things that sections do for MLA is the planning of section programming for the MLA meeting.
One of the first things that we talked about was the Section Shuffle. This is an event where all of the sections get together in a large room and talk to members about what they have to offer. Last year’s Section Shuffle was filled with fun and costumes, and the next Section Shuffle will take place at the 2012 meeting in Seattle.
We discussed the Section Council webpage which is filled with useful information, the agenda from the Saturday meeting and has a link to a Google doc with dates and deadlines for different activities that Section Council is responsible for.
In addition, we talked about an ongoing goal which involves collecting the histories of the many sections of MLA. Part of this overlaps with the oral history project for MLA. In addition, sections were reminded that at this time, we are not set up for digital archiving with MLA, so things like section newsletters should be sent to the archiving body for MLA. If you need more information, see the Archive Guidelines.
We discussed the communities of practice initiative of Ruth Holst and how it pertains to the Section Council. The council is working on a way to allow for more joint section projects such as book writing, CE planning and forum set ups.
We also heard from numerous groups such as the MLA Social Networking Committee/Technology Advisory Committee liaison, Jeanne Burke. She talked about work being done with Drupal and Twitter and reminded us that Mega Meetings is available t sections for a fee.
We also learned that this year, the acceptance rate for contibuted papers was 47.5%, a 13% increase over MLA 2009 in Hawaii.
There was much much more, but I think I’ll save that for another post.