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Western MLA Chapters Early Bird Registration ends September 15 — Register Now!

Conference Announcement:
Missions and Mountains: Believe and Achieve
October 14-17, 2006
Red Lion Hotel
Seattle, Washington

Join us for a lively, informative and jam-packed meeting of the Western Chapters of the Medical Library Association in Seattle, October 14-17, 2006. The meeting will be preceded by two days of continuing education with seven courses ranging from measuring your impact, and evidence-based practice to informatics, and licensing.

Contributed papers and posters by colleagues from all of the participating chapters will provide insight into new innovations and services. Share your own experiences and engage in conversations at a round table lunch featuring a variety of topics.

And don’t miss this year’s banquet with featured speaker Gordon Taylor, a Seattle author, whose recent book “Fever and Thirst” follows the journey of Asahel Grant, a New England physician and missionary, through the mountains of Kurdistan in the early 19th century.

This year’s meeting will also feature the following presentations:

  • Stephen Bezruchka, M.D., speaking about the correlation between economic disparity and poorer health status overall in the United States.
  • A panel of medical writers and reporters discussing their experiences in covering health news.
  • Mark Oberle, M.D., sharing his personal recollections from the Indonesia tsunami in 2004 and lessons learned about disaster preparedness and public health.
  • Jaime Green, speaking about how new technologies can improve services to communities, based on her work with nonprofit organizations.

Plan to attend the breakfast buffet and one of the MLA chapter business meetings on Tuesday, October 17 from 7:30 a.m.-9:00 a.m.

The preliminary program, a complete list of continuing education offerings, round table discussion topics and the registration form are all available on the meeting web site:

While there, take time to experience the beautiful city of Seattle. Visit the famous Pike Place Market, zoom up to the top of the Space Needle for views of the Olympic and Cascade Mountains, the water and the city; or consider an Alaskan cruise or daily catamaran service to San Juan Islands and Victoria, B.C. While you may encounter an occasional rain shower, they’ll provide the perfect opportunity to sample Seattle’s well-known coffee houses.

Seattle’s Convention and Visitors Bureau is a good starting point for information about the city. Complete their Visitor Information Request Form or call (206) 461-5840 to receive the 128 page “Visitor’s Guide”, “Favorite Seattle Attractions” brochure, and the “Victoria, Vancouver & Seattle” brochure. (Note: there is a 3-4 week delivery time).

The early registration deadline for the October meeting is September 15th, so don’t delay!

For more information about the conference, contact Pamela M. Corley, Research Support Librarian, USC Norris Medical Library at 323-442-1125 or

On behalf of the planning committee, we encourage you to join us in the Emerald City this fall!

Submitted by Pamela Corley, Publicity, and Lisa Oberg and Gail Kouame, Program Co-Chairs, Western Chapters Planning Committee.

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