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Plenary Session 1: Welcome and Presidential Address

The opening plenary session this morning did a great job of kicking off the conference and setting the stage for all of the great posters and sessions to come over the next few days. I particularly liked the quote from the Midwest Chapter representative in her welcome speech: “Make no little plans, they have no magic to stir men’s blood.” These next few days are all about dreaming big, thinking big and acting big. That’s the only way we can build a robust information future for ourselves and those we serve. I also loved President Dixie Jones’s description of librarians as, “people who would like to make the world a better place.” Librarianship is, at its very core, a service profession.

For those who were unable to attend the session, here it a list of the 2013-2014 MLA Presidential Priorities:
1. Advocacy
2. Research
3. Education & Mentoring
4. Ethics
5. History

I like that these priorities don’t stand in isolation from one another, but rather are intertwined in interesting ways. For example, the Ethical Awareness Task Force conducted a survey about members’ awareness of the MLA Code of Ethics, the results of which will be published in the October edition of JMLA, thereby interconnecting the Research and Ethics priorities.

Dixie also gave special mention to the first ever flipped program, going on at MLA this year. What I find compelling about the flipped session is that it is analogous to the “flipped classroom” concept that is becoming increasingly common in medical schools across the country. This is a way is creating a shared experience with our users, thereby better understanding and being able to better serve our user communities. (Another example of this is how the medical library community is increasingly focusing on have an evidence basis for our decision making, by, for instance, using instructions techniques that have been proven to be effective or showing the value of medical libraries by relying on studies that prove their effectiveness.)

Thanks to Dixie Jones for her service as MLA’s President. And a special thanks to Carla Funk, Whois retiring this year after serving as MLA’s Executive Director since 1992. Carla received a well deserved standing ovation during the opening plenary session. Thank you, Carla!

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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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Highlights from the Educational Media and Technologies Section

From bingo to fitbits, the Educational Media and Technologies Section has you covered with all things active and educational! Here’s a list of our activities at the annual meeting, by date:

Sunday, May 18
EMTS Poster Session (#245)
Stop by and say hello to EMTS members.
3:30 PM – 4:25 PM

Structural Adjustments Changes in Education **featuring the flipped conference format**
More info:
4:30 – 5:55 pm in Room: Regency A, Gold Level, West Tower

Monday, May 19th
Evolution of the Librarian: New and Changing Roles
10:30 AM – 11:55 AM Room: Regency B, Gold Level, West Tower

Mobile Devices in Health Sciences Education and Clinical Practice
10:30 AM – 11:55 AM Room: Columbus GH, Gold Level, East Tower

M-Health and Information Innovations: Making an Impact in Global Health
10:30 AM – 11:55 AM Room: Columbus CD, Gold Level, East Tower

Innovation and Leadership in Health Sciences Education: Scholarship and Publishing
2:00 PM – 3:25 PM Room: Columbus IJ, Gold Level, East Tower

All are welcomed. Join us for section updates and raffles for section membership & FitBits
4:30 PM – 5:55 PM Room: Toronto, Gold Level, West Tower

Tuesday, May 20th
Educational Technology: We Build It—Do They Come?
2:00 – 3:25 Room: Columbus AB, Gold Level, East Tower

Bad Presentation Bingo: the Communication Game You Want to Lose
3:30-4:25 PM Room: Columbus KL, Gold Level, East Tower

Top Technology Trends VII
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM Room: Columbus AB/CD, Gold Level, East Tower

[Thanks to Molly Knapp for providing this information!]

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Videos now available for Section Program 10 – “Structural Adjustments: Changes in Education”

Pre-recorded papers for Section Program 10: Structural Adjustments Changes in Education (MLA’s first flipped conference session) are now available to view in the online conference scheduler.  Getting there is easy, but you must be registered for the conference to see the videos.


1.  Go to

2. Log in with your email & badge number.

3. Navigate to the middle of the page under “Mid-April” & click on the session name “Structural Adjustments: Changes in Education.”

4. You’ll see the list of presentations.

5. Click on one and along the bottom you’ll see a blue “Video” button.

6. Click on the blue “Video” button and a new window will pop up and play the video.

7. Join us Sunday, May 18 from 4:30 – 5:55 pm in Room: Regency A, Gold Level, West Tower to discuss the presentations. Topics include: open access educational resources for allied health, active and team-based learning techniques for evidence based practice instruction, and reflections on flipped information literacy instruction. This session will be a free flowing, multi-room conversation, facilitated by the paper presenters.

(7.5. Tweet us at the hashtag  #mlaflip.)



The Flipped Meeting Format Explained

If you’ve perused the MLA 2014 Section Program Themes, you may have noticed a new format this year – the flipped meeting. 

This year, the Educational Medial and Technologies Section (EMTS) will flip their contributed paper session, “Structural Adjustments: Changes in Education.” The session will explore changes in education as reflected in the practice of librarianship, and in hindsight, it was aptly named, because we plan to flip the entire model of contributed papers on its head.

Basically, the contributed papers will be pre-recorded and available to view in advance of the meeting. The session itself will be dedicated to breakout discussions of paper topics among attendees & paper authors. We are very excited to bring the flipped meeting to MLA, and know it will be a lively session.

If you’d like to submit a paper to the flipped meeting session, please read the description of Section Program 10: Structural Adjustments: Changes in EducationThe deadline to submit contributed paper proposals is  Friday, November 1, 2013. 

Infographic after the jump has more information for presenters and attendees.