Why do we consider MLA '06 a transforming event? The answer is
in the program and in the locale. We have invited Atul
Gawande to be the 2006 McGovern lecturer. Gawande is a well-known
author whose columns and essays appear regularly in the New England
Journal of Medicine ("Notes of a Surgeon"), The
New Yorker, and most recently in the Atlantic Monthly.
Nominated for the National Book Award in 2002, he is the author
of the best seller, Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect
Science. Young, hip, and with a sense of humor, Gawande's presentations
are moving and motivational, just what we need to help us keep up
with a transforming profession, facing exciting challenges in health
The 2006 NPC is also organizing
a power-packed conclusion to MLA '06. We all know that our roles
are changing, and the closing program at MLA '05 highlighted the
exciting prospects we face. Taking a cue from that presentation,
we have assembled two panels of speakers to address one of the biggest
transformations facing health sciences libraries: the integration
of health information and knowledge sources into the electronic
health record. You do not want to miss out on this learning opportunity.
Phoenix is itself transforming.
In the midst of the desert Southwest, Phoenix continues to develop
itself as an oasis. While downtown is slowly transforming its "big
city" image with major sports complexes, a huge convention
center, and high-tech office towers, the metropolitan area reflects
the spa mentality of relaxing under palm trees and provides powerful
reminders of Arizona's ancient cultural past. The Heard Museum,
not far from the Hyatt Regency
Phoenix, the MLA '06 headquarters, is world renowned for its
collection of Native American art and artifacts. Not far away are
other centers of Phoenix's cultural life: the Phoenix Art Museum
and the new Phoenix Public Library. In fact, Phoenix is an ideal
gateway for exploring major attractions such as the red rocks in
Sedona and, of course, the Grand Canyon.
Like the weather, MLA '06 will be hot! You don't want to miss the
best meeting ever!
James Shedlock, AHIP, cochair, 2006 National
Debra Ketchell, AHIP, cochair, 2006 National Program Committee