Welcome to our third meeting in Puerto Rico

Caribe-Hilton-Sign-Big ¡BIENVENIDOS!

Southern Chapter/Medical Library Association
Community, Collaboration and Care
65th Annual Meeting, October 21-25, 2015

Welcome to the 65th Annual Meeting of the Southern Chapter of the Medical Library Association. This is our third chapter meeting in Puerto Rico, all with great success! This year’s meeting theme is COMMUNITIES, COLLABORATION AND CARE. As the Call for Papers and posters mentioned:

COMMUNITY: Share success stories or challenges you have overcome that have enabled your library’s programs and services to provide access to health information in your community.
COLLABORATION: Demonstrate instances in which your organization joined forces with others to tackle and deliver an important customer service or program.

CARE: Show how your library has contributed to the needs of clinicians or patients in support of patient care excellence. This could be through new initiatives or expansion of current services. Or, show occasions in which institutional leadership, champions or national peers have shown an interest in an action, activity or service that your library has performed or contemplated.

Fortunately all of these events will take place in the Caribe Hilton. Conveniently located only 15 minutes from Luis Muñoz Marin Airport and a short drive from Old San Juan and the Condado area, the Caribe Hilton hotel offers everything you need: an isolated beach; oceanfront swimming pools; nine restaurants, a full-service spa, meeting space and a comprehensive menu of amenities.

This is an excellent opportunity to discover new products and services for a great group of health sciences librarians and information professionals.

There is no better time to strengthen or build your network of colleagues. We really hope you can form and maintain a strong circle of contacts at this meeting.

The workshops offer great learning opportunities, for example: How to use questionnaires for Program Evaluation; collect and analyze high quality information; measure your impact using evaluation for library advocacy; measure and predict journal and researcher impact; and learn about systematic reviews and qualitative studies.
We will proudly display 31 posters and 25 papers that represent Chapter members’ projects and research. We will also have fun at the receptions and the banquet.

Finally, we would like to acknowledge the planning and local committees and thank them for all their work and effort.

Thank you and Welcome to Puerto Rico! ¡Bienvenidos!!

Richard Nollan
2015 SC/MLA Chair
Jan Orick
2015 Program Chair
Irma I. Quiñones
Chair, Local Arrangements