MLA '10: You're Invited!
The 2010 National Program Committee (NPC) extends a hearty welcome and
invites you to attend MLA ’10, “Reflect & Connect,” in Washington, DC, May
21–26, 2010. MLA ’10 offers opportunities for you to reconnect with friends and
colleagues in order to compare notes and ideas about building relationships
with your communities, identifying information needs, and developing innovative
means of meeting those needs.
For the first time, the 2010 NPC has selected a common book, Daniel H.
Pink’s A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future, for attendees
to read and discuss—before, during, and after the meeting. Pink will also be
our keynote speaker and John P. McGovern lecturer. Visit the MLA ’10 site on
MLANET for a sneak preview of his presentation. During his lecture, Pink will
lead us through an activity designed to help us discover a different way of working
better. Immediately after the lecture, join your colleagues in a discussion
of the book, with an opportunity to ask the author for more information. Later
in the summer, attendees can join Pink on the web for an opportunity to reflect and connect about actions taken as a result of participating in the session
or reading the book. Whether or not you agree with us that Pink convincingly
makes the case that right-brainers are needed more than ever in the current
economy, it should prove to be an entertaining learning experience.
MLA ’10 will also make use of cutting-edge technologies to enhance meeting
attendees’ experiences and to allow members who are unable to attend in
person to participate in the discussions and make connections. Both meeting
attendees and those who register for the web portal will have early access to
abstracts and the ability to participate in the summer web session. Official bloggers
and videographers will keep you in the loop.
Another new feature is “lightning talks” for posters. Grouped by topic, presenters
will share their posters in five minutes (or less) and be available to answer
The urban setting of Washington, DC, provides numerous opportunities to
connect with your legislators, your colleagues, and your friends as well as to reflect
on the events of the meeting. Consider attending a legislative briefing and
visiting your representatives. Enroll in a continuing education class and build a
new skill set. Join your colleagues at the Section Shuffle. The Local Assistance
Committee will be sharing more information about the locale and activities to
pique your interest.
Whether you take the time to express an opinion based on reflection,
pause to think quietly and calmly, or establish a connection with your colleagues,
MLA ’10 promises to have
something for everyone. Join your
friends (old and new) at the newly
renovated Hilton Washington for a
—Terry Ann Jankowski, AHIP, and Sarah McCord, AHIP,
Cochairs, 2010 National Program Committee
THANKS TO OUR MLA '10