You are invited to join your colleagues from throughout the southeast for five magical days of learning, sharing and networking at the SCMLA/ALHeLA Joint Annual Meeting, Sunday, October 26th through Thursday, October 30, at the Renaissance Ross Bridge Golf Resort & Spa in Birmingham. See the conference blog for unfolding details. ALHeLA will meet on Thursday, October 30th for lunch and business. ALHeLA members will be able to register online for the entire conference, a one day package, or the ALHeLA meeting/lunch alone.
The theme, Making the Magic Flow, was selected to capitalize on Birmingham, the Magic City. We hope our meeting will provide magic in the way of new information and connections with friends. Dealing with the overwhelming level of information available and moving forward is really the theme covered by all of our speakers.
In addition to the numerous contributed paper presentations and posters, our invited speakers include:
- Peter Morville, leader of the consulting firm Semantic Studios, and author of Ambient Findability: What We Find Changes Who We Become.
- David Levy, Professor at the Information School, at the University of Washington and author of Scrolling Forward: Making Sense of Documents in the Digital Age.
- Rachel Singer Gordon, speaker and web expert and author of several books including, What’s the Alternative? Career Options for Librarians and Info Pros.
- MJ Tooey at the Hospital Librarians Luncheon speaking on “Investment Strategies for Hospital Librarians” and providing an update to the “MLA Vital Pathway Project.”
The conference hotel, Renaissance Ross Bridge Golf Resort & Spa has gorgeous rooms, facilities and grounds. Wireless access is available for $9.95/day. The conference rates of $169/night plus taxes and will be available through September 26th, so please make your reservations early. If you call for your reservation, use the code SCMSCMA to get the conference rate. Subject to availability, you can get the same rate on rooms for the Friday & Saturday nights before and after the meeting. The cutoff date for those nights is September 1, 2008.
ALHeLA offers scholarships to attend our meeting. Please take a look at the scholarships described on the ALHeLA website. Links are listed below. The deadline for the Scholarship for Librarians with Limited Institutional Support is September 10. 2008. Essays must be submitted no later than September 17, 2008 for the Robert Avant Student Award.
Some of you may remember our last joint meeting with the Southern Chapter of the Medical Library Association. The meeting was held in Mobile in October of 2000 and was a special anniversary year for both organizations. It was ALHeLA’s 20th anniversary and SCMLA’s 50th. Many things have changed since then (Did any of us even read a blog then or know what it was?), but this meeting promises to be just as “magical”. Please join us!
For questions and additional information, please contact:
Nelle Williams, Program Chair
phone: (205) 348-1364
For additional information, registration, etc, please go to the following links: