Alabama Health Libraries Association
2002 Annual Meeting

September 12-13, 2002
Birmingham, Alabama

Thirty-seven colleagues from around the state met at the 22nd annual meeting of the Alabama Health Libraries Association, held September 12-13, 2002, at the beautiful Wynfrey Hotel in Birmingham.  These two days were spent learning how to “Work Magic Through Communication”, while enjoying great food, networking, and of course some shopping!

Thursday's schedule included 3 half-day continuing education offerings, which seemed to be thoroughly enjoyed by all.  In the morning, 8 attendees worked with E. Scott King to improve their Spanish language skills, while 18 others heard Pat Wagner discuss the “Communication Mistakes Only Really Smart People Make”.  This class was enlivened by a rousing performance of “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes”, in Spanish, by the participants of the morning's other class.  After lunch, twenty-three attendees resisted the lure of the Galleria that afternoon, and benefited from Pat Wagner's session on “Communication as a Tool of Influence”.  An added bonus for the die-hard students was an afternoon snack of hot pretzels, Cracker Jack and chocolate.

Thursday evening's banquet at the Wynfrey provided delicious fare for the 26 attendees. Door prizes given away that evening included the 5-volume Encyclopedia of Nursing and Allied Health, courtesy of Gale, and other goodies provided by the Alabama Sports Medicine Institute and Baptist Health System.  Every registrant for the meeting received a variety of giveaways in their conference bags from donors such as UAB University Hospital, UAB Lister Hill Library of the Health Sciences, UAB Spain Rehabilitation Center, and Baptist Health System.

On Friday morning, the group heard about Urban Legends from Joyce Cauthen, founder of the Alabama Folklife Association.  A lively discussion took place as the audience shared their experiences and asked questions of Joyce and Pat Wagner.  One of the most amusing items of the morning was the hoax involving the Giant Cat; for more information (including a picture!), click here.

We wrapped up our meeting with the annual business meeting over a wonderful lunch at the Wynfrey.  Highlights included an introduction to the EFTS system for ILL payments by Toni Yancey of the NN/LM, the presentation of the ALHeLA Achievement Award to Kay Hogan Smith, and an acknowledgement of appreciation to Marian Morris, for her extended work on behalf of ALHeLA as president.

Many thanks go to Pat Higginbottom, CE Chair, Marian Morris and Carolyn Holmes (goodie provider extraordinaire), our presenters, and of course the vendors who provided support to the meeting.  The annual meeting offers a unique opportunity for us to get together, learn from each other, and reaffirm our common goals and interests.  On behalf of your ALHeLA Executive Committee, I hope we will see you all at next year's annual meeting.  If you have suggestions for the meeting, please contact Geneva Bush Staggs, ALHeLA's Vice-President/President-Elect and conference planner for 2003.

Meeting Sponsors

Matthews Book Company

Meeting Donors

American Sports Medicine Institute
Baptist Medical Center
David H. Powell
Greater Birmingham Convention & Visitors Bureau
Health InfoNet of Jefferson County
Patricia Evelsizer
Riverchase Galleria
University of South Alabama Biomedical Library
UAB Blazer Bookstore
UAB University Hospital
UAB Lister Hill Library of the Health Sciences
UAB Spain Rehabilitation Center

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