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Welcome to the River City!

If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.
— John Quincy Adams

On behalf of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter, the Annual Meeting Committee, member volunteers, sponsors, and exhibitors, we welcome you to Richmond and the 2011 MAC Annual Meeting. The Annual Meeting committee has planned an exciting program for you that boasts many opportunities for you to connect with colleagues, learn new information, explore historic Richmond, and listen to inspiring speakers. Borrowing from the quote from John Quincy Adams, we expect that you will leave the meeting prepared to take actions that inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more. Our aim is to fulfill leadership goals and to capitalize on your strengths as leaders within your institutions.

The exciting parts of meetings such as these are networking and socializing with colleagues from near and far. So we invite you to kick-off the meeting by joining us at the Virginia State Capitol to enjoy an evening of food, fun, and fellowship.  While you are there take time to discover all that the Capitol has to offer. Throughout the evening, special tours will be offered of sections of the Capitol designed by Thomas Jefferson.

The annual meeting provides a great opportunity to refresh your skills and to learn new information. This year’s continuing education opportunities offers vast opportunities to build your strengths in a variety of areas including evidence-based medicine, library outreach/advocacy, leadership and management, health literacy, and consumer health. We encourage you to explore the contributed paper and poster sessions to learn how fellow MAC members are capitalizing on their strengths in a variety of areas. The meeting features 36 posters and 12 paper presentations. From collaboration to professionalism, from mobile technology to health informatics, from community engagement to professional development, the posters-and- papers sessions are sure to offer something for everyone.

In the spirit of our theme, Capitalize on Our Strengths, this year’s program highlights the many contributions that librarians make within their institutions and within the profession. The program begins on Tuesday morning with our keynote speaker, Dr. Lisa Gualtieri, Assistant Professor in the Health Communications Program at Tufts University School of Medicine. Dr. Gualitieri will offer insights on how we can use our skills to help healthcare consumers and medical professionals find and use online resources.

Tuesday afternoon, Pat Wagner will lead us through an interactive session where she will offer strategies on identifying and improving leadership skills, no matter the library role or type of institution.  Leaders from the Medial Library Association, the National Library of Medicine, and the National Network of Libraries of Medicine’s Southeastern Atlantic Region and Middle Atlantic Region will offer updates on programs and initiatives at their respective organizations. The meeting will conclude Wednesday with another dynamic speaker, Molly Shadel, J.D., co-author of the recent book, Tongue-Tied America. Ms. Shadel’s experience, both in drama and as Associate Professor of Law at the University of Virginia, will provide key concepts for improving communication skills to achieve goals and enhance leadership.

Take a break from the meeting to explore the many attractions that Richmond offers. Richmond, the capital of Virginia, is a diverse cultural city, surrounded by historic neighborhoods, parks and a thriving James River.

Again, we welcome you to Richmond and hope that you have a wonderful experience at the meeting and in our city.

Karen Knight
Mid-Atlantic Chapter Chair

Shannon D. Jones
2011 Annual Meeting Co-Chair

Barbara Wright
2011 Annual Meeting Co-Chair