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MLA 2009 in Honolulu: Volunteer Opportunities

We are very pleased to announce that the Medical Library Association Annual Meeting will be held at the Hawaii Convention Center May 15 – 20, 2009. Thirty years have passed since MLA held its national conference in Hawaii, so this is an exciting event and a great opportunity for local librarians to attend a national library conference at home.

You may find information about the conference here: Please note that MLA extends the MLA member discount registration rate to members of certain other professional library associations, such as ALISE and AALL, among others. Also note that there is NO CHARGE for “exhibits only” passes.

In return for 4 hours of volunteer service, volunteers receive a one day registered conference pass (for those who are NOT members of MLA). It is possible to earn multiple days for multiple 4-hour shifts. Listed below are the volunteer opportunities all of which will take place at the Hawaii Convention Center. Please respond to Lee Adams,  co-chair of the Local Assistance Committee’s Volunteer Recruitment Committee  as soon as possible, but no later than March 6, 2009, if you are interested in volunteering.

Conference Bag Stuffing:
Thursday, May 14th from 12p – 4pm (lunch will be provided)

Hospitality Booth Staffing – this includes answering questions from conference attendees on topics listed below. Do not worry – resources will be available to help you answer questions.

  • conference program facts and changes
  • available conference services, e.g., placement, member resource room
  • emergency services, e.g., nearby hospital and fire department
  • public transportation
  • restaurant suggestions
  • entertainment information

The hours of the hospitality booth are as follows. Shifts are a minimum of 2 hours:

  • Thursday, May 14, 3:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.
  • Friday, May 15, 6:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 16, 6:30 a.m.–6:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 17, 6:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
  • Monday, May 18, 6:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 19, 6:30 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 20, 6:30 a.m.–11:00 a.m.

If you are interested in volunteering please email Lee  ( with the following required  information:

  • Name
  • Library/Institution
  • Mailing Address
  • Cell phone (in case we need to reach you during the conference)
  • email (for confirmation and forthcoming information)
  • Are you an MLA member?
  • Day/Time(s) you would like to volunteer
  • If you are volunteering for 4 hours, please provide the day you would like your free pass. Passes are available for May 17, 18, 19, and 20 (meeting ends at 11 a.m. on the 20th)

Thank you very much! We look forward to hearing from MLA members and non-members alike.


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