October 15th, 2008
The Health Sciences Library faculty and staff will play host to the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Medical Library Association’s annual conference to be held Oct. 20-22 at the Waterfront Place Hotel.
The meeting will bring to campus about 150 health sciences librarians and other information professionals from the District of Columbia, Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia. The last time the MAC conference was in Morgantown was in 1993.
“We are looking forward to hosting the conference to show off our new Health Sciences Library and Learning Center, as well as the rail trails and Wharf District near the Waterfront Place Hotel,” said Susan Arnold, Director of the Health Sciences Library and Local Arrangements Chair for the conference. “Our theme is ‘Almost Heaven—Exploring New Vistas’.”
While attendees will have time to venture out during their visit, much of their time will be spent at the Health Sciences Center. On the agenda are continuing education classes to be taught in the Health Sciences Library’s computer classroom, a reception to be held in the commons area near the Pylons, and tours of the new facility.
Participants will also gain some insight from Dr. Anne Cather, Associate Dean for Student Services and Professional Development at the WVU School of Medicine, who will give the conference’s keynote address. In a talk titled “A Credit Check on Your Balance,” Cather will explain how the lifestyles we choose to lead have a large impact on our physical, mental, and emotional well-being.
“We have assembled a program that is fun and educational,” Arnold said. “We expect our colleagues to enjoy their stay in Morgantown and to return home with new ideas and perspectives they can use in their own libraries.”