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Out and About? Pick up some items for Sarah’s Circle

On the way to the exhibit hall, you may have seen a plastic bin filled with toiletries. These items are headed to Sarah’s Circle, an organization in Uptown Chicago that provides services to homeless women.

Sarah’s Circle needs travel-size toiletries for the women it serves. They are also accepting:

• Band aids
• Bladder Pads
• Chapstick
• Denture Cleanser
• Deodorant
• Dryer Sheets
• Fixodent
• Hand sanitizer
• Kotex pads (regular and heavy)
• Razors
• Sunscreen
• Tampex (regular and super)
• Toilet paper
• Vaseline (travel size)

Don’t have time to shop? You can donate your unused hotel room soap and shampoo!

Haven’t seen the bin? Here’s a pic. It’ll be there until the end of the conference!

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Section Program Planning for ’15 starts now!

As I write this, we’re a couple of hours away from the Welcome Reception for 2014, but planning for MLA ’15 is well underway.  The theme for the Austin conference will be “Librarians Without Limits.” As incoming chair-elect for the Relevant Issues Section, I met with leaders from other Sections and Special Interest Groups (SIGs) to begin selecting program themes for next year. Today was just introductions and brainstorming. Throughout the conference, we will be talking to each other and our sections/SIGs to generate ideas on what sessions will be offered in 2015. We’ll meet again on Wednesday, and then work through out the next month or so to finalize themes.

Why am I telling you about the sausage-making of program planning? Because the themes we decide on will be the basis of call for papers. And, section programming makes up the bulk of conference programming. Were you frustrated that you had a great idea to submit this year, but it didn’t fit any of the session themes? Do you have a great idea for a session? Now’s the time to speak up!

The best way to have input in next year’s section programming is to attend your section/SIGs business meeting, where 2015 planning will be discussed. Section and SIG business meetings are listed here.

Not a member of a section? Check out posters from each section and talk to section leaders at the Sunday Poster Session.

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Relevant Issues Section Events at MLA

The Relevant Issues Section is holding the following programs and events during MLA ’14, “Building Our Information Future.”

Sunday, May 18, 4:30 – 5:55 PM:
Accessibility and Appropriateness in Our Information Future
Room: Columbus EF, Gold Level, East Tower

  • Collaboration to Expand Accessibility: The Role of Consumers
  • Providing Resources Supporting the Enhanced National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in Health Care
  • If You Build a Patient Portal, Will They Come?
  • Do You Want Me? What Attracts User and What can Repel Them from a Consumer Health Web Site

Tuesday, May 20, 2:00 – 3:25 PM:
Protecting Patron Privacy in the Era of Surveillance
Room: Columbus EF, Gold Level, East Tower

  • Direct-to-Consumer Genetics and Privacy
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Privacy Issues
  • Patron Privacy from the Access Services Perspective

Sunday, May 18, Section Posters are in Poster Session 1, 3:30 – 4:30 PM

Tuesday, May 20, 11:30 AM – 12:25 PM
Relevant Issues Section Business Meeting
Room: San Francisco, Gold Level, West Tower

Tuesday, May 20, 4:30 – 6:00 PM
LGBT SIG Business Meeting and Social
Room: San Francisco, Gold Level, West Tower

Sunday, May 18, 12:30 PM
Health Disparities SIG lunch/discussion
Location: Big Bowl on Ohio Street

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Relevant Issues Section Service Project: Toiletries Donation

The Relevant Issues Section is pleased to announce a project to collect donations for Sarah’s Circle, a non-profit agency that serves women who are homeless or at risk. Located in Chicago’s Uptown Community, Sarah’s Circle has provided support for thousands of women since 1979.

Sarah’s Circle has a Daytime Support Center open to any woman in need, a 50-bed interim housing (shelter) program for women who are currently homeless, and permanent supportive housing for women who have a disabling condition and have been chronically homeless.

Items they need most are:

  • Travel size toiletries (deodorant, soap, etc.)
  • Tampons and pads
  • Denture cleaner

MLA 2014 attendees are invited to pack a little extra and help out Sarah’s Circle. Extra toiletries from your hotel room may also be donated. Donation bins will be located in the registration area. Thanks for your contributions.

[Thanks to Pat Devine for providing this information!]

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