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Hashtags for the Meeting

If you’re using Twitter to share your observations during the meeting, or want to follow along with what people are thinking in real time, you may want to be aware of these hashtags:

#mlanet14 – the overall hashtag for the meeting, to be used in any/all tweets

#mlaemts – for the Educational Media & Technologies Section business meeting, Monday, May 19 at 4:30 pm

#mlattt – for Top Technology Trends VII (Tech Trends), Tuesday, May 20 from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

#mlaflip – for the flipped format session sponsored by the Educational Media & Technologies Section: Structural Adjustments Changes in Education, Sunday, May 18 from 4:30 – 5:55 pm

#nlmtheater – for updates from and about NLM Theater sessions and the resources/changes presented there

And some unofficial, fun activities at MLA:

#mlanet14bingo – for the card game being organized by @mascher to help us meet new people at MLA. Tweet a pic of your completed BINGO card with the hashtag #mlanet14bingo to win. “Complete” in this case means your full card is completed, not just one line.

#drinkingsig – “unofficial and completely unsanctioned,” the rules are that “any time two or more MLA members are together and drinking (even water), it constitutes a #drinkingsig meet up.” When you purchase a $5 #drinkingsig button from @LaMedBoheme73, proceeds go to the MLA Scholarship Fund.

You do not need a Twitter account to follow along with what people are posting with these hashtags, simply click on the links above or search Twitter for the tags.

If you’re aware of other hashtags for various events and programming during MLA ’14, leave them in the comments!

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Play a Game, Meet New People, Win!

Are you a natural at introducing yourself to new people at MLA? Or do you need tricks and goals to make yourself reach out? This year, you can meet new people by playing a game!

Discussion by the Thursday night #medlibs chat group on Twitter has led to the creation of a Bingo-type game in which you will mark off squares by introducing yourself to people!

Attendees will get Bingo cards and seek out the people on their cards. Those people sign will off when they’ve met. If you sign up to participate, your name will be on the Bingo cards and you will sought out by members old and new.

Although the idea originated via Twitter, it’s not restricted to users of the social network. If you don’t have a Twitter account and don’t want to create one, just enter your real name – you can play at MLA regardless.

Sign up to participate and have people seeking you out by adding your Twitter or real name to this Google form.

Cards will be distributed by Marie Ascher (@mascher) at the Welcome Reception & New Members Breakfast. Beth Whipple (@beffuh) will also have cards.

The deadline for signing up to participate is midnight on Monday, May 12. We hear there might even be prizes. :)

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Highlights from the Public Services Section

Hello MLAers!

We look forward to seeing many of you next month in the Windy City. Come visit the Public Services Section (PSS) at the Section/Chapter poster event on Sunday, May 18th at 330pm. PSS membership is made up of a variety of librarians who work in reference, circulation, ILL, education and more. We always have room for more members. Our section hosts an expert searching listserv and is cosponsoring many sessions at this annual meeting including:

  • Sunday, May 18th 4:30-5:55PM – Information Building Blocks: Open Data Initiatives and Trends;
  • Monday, May 19th 2:00-3:25 p.m. – Librarian’s Role in the Translational Science Research Team;
  • Monday, May 19th 2:00-3:25 p.m. – Building Allies: Supporting the Allied Health Professionals;
  • Tuesday, May 20th, 2:00-3:25 p.m. – Protecting Patron Privacy in the Era of Surveillance
  • Tuesday, May 20th, 3:30-4:25pm – Open Forum: Bad Presentation Bingo: the Communication Game you Want to Lose.

Our Public Services Section Business Meeting is Monday, May 19th from 4:30 PM – 5:55 PM. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Public Services Section. To celebrate, those people in attendance who stay for the whole business meeting (yes, you must be present to win) will be able to enter a drawing for a free MLA membership for 2015. There is a way to add a section membership at It says: Current members, log in and see the “My Account” menu to add section memberships. If you do this by May 10th and attend the business meeting you will be eligible for the drawing.

PS – look forward to seeing you!

[Thanks to Kelly Thormodson for providing this post]

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Need Ideas for Building Your Case to Attend MLA? Check Out These Great Suggestions!

It’s a fact we can’t get away from – attending MLA costs money. We don’t have to figure out how to justify the expense of our attendance alone, though! You can now check out all the entries to the “Build Your Case” contest, which provide examples of successful strategies for securing funding.

Congrats to Emily J. Glenn, AHIP of St. Paul’s Hospital Millennium Medical College (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia) and Geetha Sridaran of the Sid E. and Nell K. Williams Library (Life University, Marietta, GA) for their winning entries in the “Build Your Case” contest! They have each won a $500 prize for the most original, interesting, and compelling “asks” for funding to attend an MLA annual meeting. Thanks also to everyone who took the time to enter and share their success stories.

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