Proceedings, 104th Annual Meeting Medical Library Association, Inc. Washington, DC May 21-26, 2004

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The Medical Library Association, Inc. (MLA), held its 104th annual meeting in Washington, DC, May 21-26, 2004, at the Hilton Washington. The meeting theme was MLA '04 "Seize the Paiver. " Total MLA meeting attendance was 2,644.

Additional meeting content, including the meeting program, and electronic presentations from business, plenary, poster, and section presentations can be found via the MLA '04 Website on MLANET . Candid photos can be found at the site as well.

WELCOME TO MLA '04

Sunday, May 23, 2004

The opening session was convened by MLA President Patricia L. Thibodeau, who welcomed members to the meeting. She then recognized the 228 first-time attendees and new members and thanked the 2004 National Program Committee (NPC) for delivering a "powerful" program that would offer something for everyone. Next on the agenda was the introduction of Beverly Murphy, chair of the Medical Library Association's Mid-Atlantic Chapter, who extended greetings from the chapter.

Beverly Murphy: As chair of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Medical Library Association, which includes the District of Columbia, I have the honor of welcoming you to the 104th annual meeting of the Medical Library Association. I know that you will take advantage of all the opportunities that this meeting has to offer. And Pat has so eloquently laid out several of them. So, enjoy yourselves while you are here, and Seize Your Power! Welcome!

President Thibodeau then introduced several special invited guests including Clifford Lynch, executive director of the Coalition for Networked Information; Dwayne Webster, executive director of the Association of Research Libraries; and Bob Martin of the Institute of Museum and Library Services. International guests were Penny Logan, president of the Canadian Health Libraries Association/Association des Bibliothèques de la santé du Canada (CHLA/ABSC); Madeleine Lefebvre, president of the Canadian Library Association; Tony McSean, past-president of the European Association for Health Information Libraries (EAHIL); and Ian Snowley, director of information services, Royal Society of Medicine, London, England, United Kingdom. A final guest was Abel L. Packer, director of Biblioteca Regional de Medicina (BIREME)/Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)/World Health Organization (WHO), Latin American and Caribbean Center on Health Sciences Information, and chair of the Ninth International Congress on Medical Librarianship (ICML9), which will be held in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. Mr. Packer extended an invitation to attend the international congress and thanked MLA for its support. President Thibodeau also introduced two guests from the sister library program sponsored by the International Cooperation section. They were Velta Poznaka, director, Medical Research Library of Latvia, Riga, Latvia, and Glendine Smith, director, Holberton Hospital Medical Library, Antigua, West Indies.

The president then introduced Mary Joan (MJ) Tooey, chair of the 2004 NPC, and Janice E. Kelly and Anne M. Linton, cochairs of the Local Assistance Committee (LAC), to give opening comments.

MJ Tooey: Pat, thank you for the introduction. On behalf of the 2004 NPC, I welcome you all to Washington, DC. When former President Carol Jenkins, FMLA, asked me to undertake this project almost three years ago, 2004 seemed so far away. But, here we are today, Seizing the Power! The 2004 National Program Committee has worked hard to ensure that your annual meeting experience is both powerful and empowering. Whether you are into the power of many or the power of one, there is something here for you! You can wear power suits, eat power lunches, or even take power naps!

You will not nap through our plenary sessions! Our McGovern lecturer, media geographer, Dr. Harm de Blij, promises to wake up our brains this morning with his talk, "Geographic Illiteracy and National Security. …