Alabama Health Libraries Association
2003 Annual Meeting

The 23rd Annual Meeting of the Alabama Health Libraries Association was held September 11-12, 2003 at The Island House Hotel in Orange Beach, Alabama,. This year's theme "FUTURE SPLASH: The Information Wave,” was explored by thirty-seven members and four guests.

The conference kicked off on Wednesday afternoon with the MLA teleconference, "Reading Between the Lines: Focusing on Health Information Literacy" at 1:00 p.m. CT (with first wrap around session beginning at 12:30). Held in the University Library at the University of South Alabama the teleconference was hosted by Justin Robertson and the discussion leader was Kay Hogan Smith. There were 14 attendees, which included not only medical librarians, but also public librarians from the area.

On Thursday, in Orange Beach, there were 3 CE courses offered. Starting off the in the morning, T. Scott Plutchak, Director of Lister Hill Library of the Health Sciences at UAB and editor of the Journal of the Medical Library Association, talked to 21 of us about "Writing for Publication." In the afternoon, there were 2 choices. Penny Dendy, Executive Director of Volunteer Mobile and internationally recognized trainer for USAID and the Kettering Foundation, will present, "Customer Driven Service for the 21st Century" to 15 atendees. Also, Mary Fielder, Outreach Librarian, Three Rivers AHEC, and Susan Poorbaugh, Assistant Director, Learning Resource Center, Georgia Statewide Area AHEC spoke to 8 participants about "Writing Successful National Library of Medicine Grants." CE course were four hours each.

Thursday evening we went across the road to Zeke's Downunder Restaurant for great food and fun. We enjoyed great Gulf Coast cuisine from Mr. Jim's buffet, networking with dinner mates and door prize drawings.

Our invited speaker on Friday morning was Dr. Konrad Kressley, author of one of the World Future Society's best sellers, Living in the Third Millennium. Dr. Kressley shared his insights into the world of work in the 21st century with his presentation, "Ready for the Information Age? Professional and Survival Skills for Knowledge Workers". Afterward there was a question and answer session with all of our presenters.
The business luncheon wrapped up our 23rd Annual Meeting. Agenda items of special interest were an update from Janice Kelley of the NN/LM Regional office, and the ALHeLA Student Scholarship Award winning paper presentation by Susan Clemmons,. Her paper was titled “Marketing the Medical Library (If They Only Knew).”

Support was provided for the meeting by the following vendors:

Geneva Bush Staggs
President Elect, ALHeLA

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