Message From the ChairFrom the Chair… 2014 Annual Meeting – My Kind of Town…
…Alexandria is, my kind of town!
Okay, so maybe the song wouldn’t have been a hit if Frank Sinatra had sung about Alexandria, Virginia instead of Chicago. But, he didn’t know that Alexandria, Virginia is the place to be for the MAC annual meeting, October 19-22!
Our conference planning team, led by Toni Yancey and Mary Hyde, is hard at work putting together this year’s MAC annual meeting, “From Old to New: Historic Foundations to Unimaginable Frontiers.” It might seem too early to think about it, but contributed paper and poster abstracts are due June 27. It’s also time to start budgeting for travel in the coming fiscal year, so make sure to include MAC 2014 in your plans!
It’s hard to believe another year has passed, and that the other annual meeting, the one in Chicago, is upon us. Like most of you, I am up to my ears in work and family matters, and the thought of taking a few days away is not necessarily desirable. Yet one of the wonderful things about attending MLA is that it helps us see the possibilities for moving our libraries, institutions, and profession forward.
There is a sense of anticipation as we get ready to hear contributed papers, network with colleagues from across the country, and meet every vendor imaginable. If you’re like me, on the way home you will have a hundred ideas for new services, collections, and projects. Despite facing the reality that there is not enough time or money to do everything, I always return home with several ideas that I can implement and with a renewed sense of optimism.
Although Frank was not a medical librarian, he summed up my thoughts about this year’s MLA meeting well, “Chicago is…One town that won’t let you down, It’s my kind of town!”
I look forward to seeing many of you at MLA 2014!
David Nolfi, Chair
Mid-Atlantic Chapter, MLA