The MLA Centennial celebration year continued with the
May 14-19, 1999 meeting in Chicago. The meeting took place in the Hyatt Regency Chicago.
The theme of the meeting was "Present Tense: Future Perfect?" There were 2479
participants in total.
Forty-two continuing education courses were taught at the meeting, and
some of the courses were:
- Consumer Health
- Evidence Based Medicine
- Research Methods
- Credentialing for Hospital Librarians
- Document Delivery
- Negotiating Vendor Licenses
- Customer Service
- Understanding Meta-Analysis
103 Vendors set up booths and publicized their products in the exhibit
At the opening session of the meeting, Gay Davies (UK) expressed warm
greetings on behalf of EAHIL.
Daniel Burrus, Chief Executive Officer of Burrus Research Associates,
Inc. in Milwaukee, Wisconsin presented the first Plenary speech entitled "Future
View: Toast of the Town or Just Plain Toast."
Sherrilynne Fuller, Ph.D., Director of the Health Sciences Libraries
and Information Center of the University of Washington - Seattle, presented the annual
Janet Doe Lecture. The Janet Doe Lecture is an inspiring talk on some aspect of the
philosophy of medical librarianship. Dr. Fuller's presentation was entitled
"Enabling, Empowering, Inspiring: Research and Mentorship Through the Years".
Daniel Callahan, Ph.D., Director of International Programs of the
Hastings Center in Briarcliff Manor, New York, presented the Joseph Leiter NLM/MLA Lecture
entitled "Can we afford technological progress and an aging society". This
interesting presentation called for rationing of health care in the US much like some
European countries ration health care. He called for much more preventive medicine.
All the 23 sections of MLA had programs at the meeting. One example of
section programming is a group endeavor in which 5 sections provided a program of
speakers. They were 1) International Cooperation Section, 2) The Federal Libraries
Section, 3) the Medical Informatics Section, 4) the Public Health and Health
Administration Libraries Section, and 5) Veterinary Medical Libraries Section. The program
of speakers of these five sections included:
1. Training Internet Trainers in the New Independent States of the
Former Soviet Union by Terry A. Henner of the Savitt Medical Library, University of Nevada
School of Medicine in Reno, Nevada.
2. Enhancing Global Information Access to Infectious Diseases by Jie Li
of the Biomedical Library of the University of South Alabama in Mobile, Alabama, and Gang
Wu of the Shiffman Medical Library of Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan.
3. Health Science Libraries in the Next Millenium in the Indian Context
by Jagdish G. Sharma and Rajiv Sarin, M.D. of Parel, Mumbai, India.
There was a wonderful international reception for all international
attendees and also members of the International Cooperation Section. (This is always a
favorite event of the entire MLA meeting for me.)
The closing event of the conference was a huge party at
the fabulous Navy Pier.
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