MAC Annual Meeting Plans

The Annual Meeting Committee is busy putting the finishing touches on this year’s meeting in Chapel Hill, NC, and we are excited about what we hope will be a thought-provoking and fun meeting for everyone!

If you haven’t already registered, there’s still time to register online! Web registration ends next Wednesday, September 29th.

We have made arrangements to sell books by two of our speakers on site at 20% off! Speakers will be on-hand to sign copies of books after their presentations.

Every Patient Tells A Story: Medical Mysteries and the Art of Diagnosis by keynote speaker Lisa Sanders, MD. On sale at the meeting for $11.99!
From Publishers Weekly:
In her first book, internist and New York Times columnist Sanders discusses how doctors deal with diagnostic dilemmas. Unlike Berton Roueché in his books of medical puzzles, Sanders not only collects difficult cases, she reflects on what each means for both patient and struggling physician. A man arrives at the hospital, delirious, his kidneys failing. Batteries of tests are unrevealing, but he quickly recovers after a resident extracts two quarts of urine. An abdominal exam would have detected the patient’s obstructed, grossly swollen bladder. The author then ponders the neglect of the physical exam, by today’s physicians, enamored with high-tech tests that sometimes reveal less than a simple exam. Another patient, frustrated at her doctor’s failure to diagnose her fever and rash, googles her symptoms and finds the correct answer. Sanders uses this case to explain how computers can help in diagnoses (Google is not bad, she says, but better programs exist). Readers who enjoy dramatic stories of doctors fighting disease will get their fill, and they will also encounter thoughtful essays on how doctors think and go about their work, and how they might do it better.  Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved

Applications of Social Research Methods to Questions in Information and Library Science by panelist Barbara Wildemuth, PhD. On sale at the meeting for $40.00!
From Reference & Research Book News:
Aimed at social scientists and library science professionals, this guide to research methodologies evaluates the strengths and weaknesses of each type of research design. Wildemuth (information and library science, U. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) reviews the most common research questions asked in the fields of library and information sciences and analyzes sampling issues from case studies, naturalistic research, longitudinal studies, Delphi studies and experimental designs. Data collection methods are also reviewed, including surveys, interviews, historical studies, transaction log analysis and participant observation.

We look forward to seeing you in a couple of weeks!

Megan von Isenburg and Rick Peterson, MAC 2010 Annual Meeting Co-Chairs

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