National Network of Libraries of Medicine,

National Network of Libraries of Medicine-Pacific Southwest Region

Technology in Libraries: Providing Access, Linking Communities

This one day symposium will focus on the application of innovative technologies that build a sense of community, connecting users both within the library and the greater organization. Engaging, interactive presentations will explore the role of libraries in connecting communities and investigate issues of accessibility to electronic resources and tools. Attendees will gain knowledge of how to incorporate low cost/high impact and easy-to-use technologies into the library experience, focusing on real-world examples and custom-tailored implementation that will appeal to librarians and users in various library settings.

Co-sponsored by the Medical Library Group of Southern California and Arizona (MLGSCA) and the Pacific Southwest Region of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM-PSR).

  • Dates and location
  • Call for Proposals
  • Speakers
  • Program
  • Registration
  • Scholarships available -- application period is closed
  • Travel and parking information
  • Local accommodations information
  • For further information

Dates and Locations

Call for Proposals

The 2009 MLGSCA Technology Symposium Posters & Presenters Committees are soliciting submissions for contributed Papers, Posters, and Lunch Table Presentations. SUBMISSION DEADLINE for Papers, Posters and Lunch Table Presentations is February 6, 2009.

Papers, Posters, and Lunch Table Presentations may highlight:

  • The use of wikis, blogs, and RSS feeds and other Web 2.0 Tools
  • The role of libraries in using technology to connect communities
  • Investigation of issues of accessibility to electronic resources and tools
  • Details on the incorporation of low cost/high impact and easy-to-use technologies into the library experience
  • Innovative uses of technology in delivering library instruction or doing outreach to users

Whether you are a seasoned presenter or a novice, we strongly encourage you to consider this opportunity to share your findings with colleagues, hone your presentation skills, and gain institutional and peer recognition for your work. We are offering a variety of opportunities for you to do this:

  • Paper submissions that discuss an idea or project that is well underway or completed
  • Poster submissions that present a small, completed project, or early to mid-stages of a larger project
  • Lunch Table Presentations provide an opportunity for you present a project in its early stages and gain feedback from your peers

Submit two copies of your abstract (approximately 250-300 words) which accurately conveys the subject of the paper, its scope, conclusions, and relevance to medical libraries. The first copy should list all authors, institutional affiliations, and email and phone number of primary contact. The second copy will be used in a blind review process and should not include any information identifying authors or institutions. Note: contributed papers are oral presentations; a complete text of the paper is not required. Presenters should be prepared to speak for approximately 15 minutes.

Please place "CONTRIBUTED PAPER PROPOSAL" in the subject line of your message and email to: Danielle Linden, Presenters Committee Chair, Danielle.linden at

Submit a copy of an abstract (approximately 250-300 words) describing the poster. Please list all presenters and institutional affiliations.

Please place "POSTER PROPOSAL" in the subject line of your message and email to: Dominique Turnbow, Poster Committee Chair, dturnbow at

Submit a brief description of your topic (approximately 150-200 words). Please include the name of the presenter and institutional affiliation.

Please place "LUNCH TIME PRESENTATION" in the subject line of your message and email to: Dominique Turnbow, dturnbow at


Michelle Kraft -- Keynote Presentation Summary: The Evolving Library

The library of today and the future is about online resources and bringing the information to the consumer not waiting for the consumer to come to the information. How can libraries use these technologies to find the potential online user and give them information while still serving the traditional in-person library user?

Michelle is the Senior Medical Librarian at the Cleveland Clinic Alumni Library. She is the author of "The Krafty Librarian," a blog for medical librarians. She has authored several papers on Web 2.0 technologies and medical libraries. She has served as a co-presenter on MLA's Emerging Technologies webcasts and was a Top Technical Trends panelist at the MLA 2008 Annual Meeting. Previously, she was a hospital librarian at South Pointe Hospital, an osteopathic community hospital in Cleveland metropolitan area, where she coordinated and supervised the library's transition into the digital world.

Patricia Anderson -- Concurrent Presentation Summary: Online Healthcare Communities in Social Media and Virtual Worlds (See below embedded video)

Healthcare consumer communities, clinical communities, and research communities all engage in social interactions that support their needs and goals. Some typical social needs and goals include support, sharing, exchange, learning, teaching, problem solving, decision making, cooperation, competition, and collaboration, with all of these roles being of interest to medical and public librarians. As long as online technologies have existed they have in some way supported these social functions, but social functions of online technology have become more explicit with the advent of what is popularly known as Web 2.0 or social media. Three dimensional virtual worlds have extended the reach and application even further, showing significant potential for reaching communities such as the homebound and caregivers in new ways. This presentation will provide an overview of social media use in online healthcare communities, what technologies are most used by which communities, which ones aren't being used, what is working, what isn't working, focusing on future possibilities, trends, and applications for medical librarians.

Patricia Anderson is the Emerging Technologies Librarian of the University of Michigan Health Sciences Libraries. She is the author of "Emerging Technologies Librarian" a blog about current web technologies, tools, and trends. Patricia co-authored the Medical Library Association Encyclopedic Guide to Searching and Finding Health Information on the Web, and was awarded the Harriet L. Steuernagel Award by MLA’s Dental Section in 2004. Ms. Anderson’s current interests include the application of social, semantic and emerging technologies in clinical and academic settings.

Who, Why & How We Serve: Healthcare Communities, Librarians & Social Media


Tracey Hughes -- Concurrent Presentation Summary -- Geographic Information Systems and Their Application in Health & Medicine

In this one hour concurrent session, Tracey Hughes, GIS Coordinator, presents on the basics of GIS (geographic information systems) and its relevance to the medical field through examples of GIS being used in health and medicine at UC San Diego and beyond. Spatial epidemiology, public health, environmental toxicology – all are increasing using spatial analysis and GIS tools to better answer complex questions.

Tracey will discuss the commonalities between traditional librarianship and GIS librarianship as well as provide an overview of the GIS tools and resources made available at UCSD as a case study. Time will made available for a discussion of your questions, experiences and ideas with respect to GIS. Please join us whether you are a technically oriented or not, involved with research or operations, in a hospital or university library – you’ll be sure to learn something and gain a new perspective on the way!

Tracey’s community-focused professional background began with studying the built environment as an urban planner. In this role, she developed the ability to examine issues at a variety of scales while balancing differing perspectives. After gaining professional certification in planning, she moved into the library field and earned a masters degree and certificate of spatial analysis from the University of Michigan. Immediately following graduate school, Tracey completed an internship with Google Book Search and then joined UC San Diego in August 2006 as GIS Coordinator based out of the Social Sciences & Humanities Library. In this role, she is responsible to teach, conduct outreach and manage the Data & GIS Lab to benefit UCSD’s faculty, students and staff.

Her ability to assess the 'big picture' while managing important details allows her to create efficiency and improvement whether it be in organizing information, optimizing information flows, developing a GIS project, implementing a GIS solution, explaining the fundamental theories of geographic information systems, or teaching others how to use GIS in general.


The complete program is available (PDF).

8:30 - 9:30 am Registration & Continental Breakfast
9:00 - 10:15 am Opening Session:
- Welcome
- Keynote Speaker: Michelle Kraft, the "Krafty Librarian"
10:15 - 10:45 am Break with vendors*
10:45 am - Noon Contributed papers
Noon - 1:00 pm Buffet lunch
1:00 - 2:00 pm Posters
2:00 - 3:00 pm Invited Speakers:

Tracey Hughes, GIS Coordinator at the Social Sciences & Humanities Library, University of California, San Diego

Patricia Anderson, Emerging Technologies Librarian at the Health Science Libraries, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

3:00 - 3:15 pm Catered break with vendors
3:15 - 3:45 pm

Two 30-minute Cerritos Public Library tours

Technology Sherpas -- Meet with a "Technology Sherpa" to actually set up something - a wiki, a blog, GoogleDocs, FaceBook account, MySpace page, Flickr account, etc.

* Vendors will be announced as they are finalized.


The cost to register was $45 per person. Registration is now closed.

Travel and parking information

Local accommodations information

  • Sheraton Cerritos Hotel is located at 12725 Center Court Drive, Cerritos, California 90703. Please make reservations online or via telephone at 562.809.1500. The MLGSCA room rate for March 5 and March 6 is $99.00 per night.
    • To make reservations, please call: 1. 888.627.7093. Please make your reservations by February 12, 2009 to assure the MLGSCA rate, identify yourself as part of MLGSCA, and provide your name, home or business address, email address (if any), requested type of room, requested bed type (i.e. king, double/double, queen, twin or suites), check-in and check-out dates, and VIP status. Any requests for special room arrangements must be made at the time of the call.  The Hotel does not confirm reservations to the individual in writing.
    • Guest accommodations will be available at 3:00 pm on arrival day and reserved until 12:00 pm on departure day.  Any attendee wishing special consideration for late checkout should inquire at the front desk on the day of departure.
    • The Cerritos Public Library is also just across the street from the Sheraton Hotel.

  • Hanging out in Cerritos? Here are two events that might interest you. For more information, visit the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts or call the Ticket Office (800. 300.4345. For the entire 2008-09 season of events, visit the Catalog of Performances.
    • Fri., Mar. 6, 2009, 8:00 PM – Romulo Larrea’s Tango First Century

      Lyric Configuration: $49/$37/$25
      In a dazzling tribute to the ballroom Tango, The Romulo Larrea Tango Ensemble presents an intoxicating fusion of enchanting song, fancy footwork, and musical mastery.

    • And for members with children…Sat., Mar. 7, 2009, 3:00 PM & 6:00 PM – Bob the Builder

Lyric Configuration: $30; 4+ tickets to a single performance $18 each
Everyone’s favorite fix-it guy and his lovable gang of friends and machines take the stage in the imaginative live show Bob the Builder.  Join Bob, his pal Wendy, and the trusty can-do crew – Scoop the digger, Lofty the crane, Muck the digger/dumper, Roley the steamroller, and Dizzy the cement mixer – as they embark on exciting adventures and learn valuable lessons about teamwork and keeping a positive attitude.

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Last Updated: 5 June 2009