M.J. Tooey’s Hospital Librarian Presentation

Posted by: Lisa on Tuesday, November 4th, 2008

Take a look at the slides from M.J. Tooey’s presentation to the hospital librarians’ group.

Not for the Faint of Heart

Posted by: Gabe on Thursday, October 23rd, 2008

If you are in need of a thrill or just a good scare, here are two events that will fill your thirst. Both of these events will require you to arrange your own transportation:

Birmingham Noir: Murders, Mysteries, Fallen Women – (taken from their description) A night time walking tour of notorious Downtown historic sites. Just as the afternoon sun slips out of the downtown sky, like a platinum blonde sliding into a black party dress, the night owls will gather at the Library. Admission is free, but RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED. Contact Jim Baggett at 205-226-3631 or jbaggett@bham.lib.al.us. October 29, 2008 -@5:30 in the Atrium of the Downtown Birmingham Public Library.

Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark Fright Furnace – In addition to taking the historical tours during daylight hours, Sloss Furnaces pulls out all the stops at night with their Fright Furnace. Fright Furnace starts at sundown and goes until 11:00pm. Sloss Furnaces have been featured on both the Travel Channel’s Ghost Adventures and Fox’s America’s Scariest Places. This event is open during all days of the SCMLA conference and tickets are $15 a person.

Best of Birmingham

Posted by: tscott on Tuesday, October 21st, 2008

The Birmingham News has just released it’s “Best of…” picks.  The news is good for attendees of the SCMLA Annual Meeting!

Best Hotel:  Ross Bridge Resort (where we’re staying)

Best Must See Spot for Visitors:  Vulcan Park (where our Tuesday night reception will be held)

Best Restaurant:  Highlands (with runners-up, Bottega, Ocean, Hot n’ Hot, Fon-Fon)

Best BBQ: Jim N’ Nicks

Best Asian: Surin West

All of these restaurants (and quite a few others) are among your choices for dinner on Tuesday evening.  As I mentioned in an earlier post, reservations are recommended for the top tier restaurants, so sign-up for one of our dinearounds, or make reservations on your own (many of the restaurants can be booked through Open Table).  But there’ll be plenty of options for walk-ins on that evening as well, so if you wait to make up your mind until then, you’ll still have good choices.

2008 Conference Program is Posted

Posted by: Lisa on Friday, October 17th, 2008

Take a look at the full conference program online. Before printing this out remember that you will get a copy at registration!

BYOB – Bring Your Own Bag!

Posted by: Pat on Wednesday, October 15th, 2008

Look through your closets and in your office drawers. This year SC/MLA is going GREEN. Yes, we did “recycle” this great idea from other chapters. There will be lots of goodies at the conference, but this year
you provide your own bag. Previously-owned bags from other conferences will be available at the registration desk, should you forget to “bring your own bag”. To go along with our theme “Making the Magic Flow”, and the fact that we’re meeting during the Halloween season, we’re having a special BYOB Contest. The winners of the following categories will each be awarded a magical prize!

BYOB Contest Categories

You may enter multiple bags, but must use one of them during the conference. Judging will take place at the end of the SC/MLA 2008 Business Meeting. Judging will be done by Lisa Ennis along with applause
from the audience.

You must be in attendance at the SCMLA 2008 Business Meeting to win!

Written by Nelle Williams

Celebrate Birmingham Dining

Posted by: tscott on Thursday, October 9th, 2008

Food is important here in the south, and over the past fifteen years, Birmingham has become one of the country’s great restaurant cities. In order to give you a chance to sample some of what’s available here, we’ve arranged a special Dine Around evening for Tuesday, October 28th.

We’ll begin the evening with a reception at the recently restored Vulcan Park overlooking the city. The views are splendid, the museum is a delight, and we’ll have a selection of hors d’oeuvres and drinks. Our sponsor for the evening, EBSCO Information Services, will be on hand to showcase some of their latest developments.

After the reception, plan on dinner at one of Birmingham’s restaurants in the Five Points South area. Options range from Highlands Bar & Grill (named one of the country’s top five restaurants by Gourmet magazine) where french style meets down-home southern ingredients, to the classic southern barbecue of Jim & Nick’s, to the asian stylings of Surin West.

Leave the driving to us! Shuttle buses will be running all evening, with frequent stops at convenient points, so you can plan your evening on your own schedule. You do NOT need to attend the Vulcan reception (although we do hope to see you there) – we’ll also have buses running directly from Ross Bridge.

It’s best to make reservations ahead of time for some of the more upscale restaurants, but if you’d like to leave that to us, sign up for one of our dine-arounds. For a complete list of area restaurants, and to sign-up for one of the dine-arounds click here. Whether you go upscale at the Hot n’ Hot Fish Club or Bottega Restorante, or relax in the casual confines of the Five Points Grill or Chez Fon-Fon, we can guarantee that it’ll be a dining night to remember.

Transportation… Big Yellow Taxi

Posted by: Gabe on Thursday, September 11th, 2008

They may have paved paradise and put up a parking lot but none of that information will help you get from the Airport to the Ross Bridge Resort. Here are some options for Airport to Ross Bridge Resort transportation:

Uncorked On The Green

Posted by: tscott on Tuesday, September 9th, 2008

If you’ve already decided to come to Birmingham a day or two early, or if you’re still planning your schedule, you may want to be aware of “Uncorked On The Green,” a gourment, beer, wine and culinary experience that will be taking place on the Saturday immediately before the meeting starts.

Check the Uncorked On The Green website for details.

Register by September 26th to get the best price!

Posted by: Valerie on Monday, September 8th, 2008

Frequently Asked Questions about Registration

When is the deadline for registration at the reduced price? Members of SCMLA or ALHeLA who register by 5 pm on September 26th will get the Full Conference for only $270. Some ticketed events are extra so be sure to check the fine print if you want to attend the Early Bird Reception, CE’s, Lunch by the Pool, the Hospital Librarians Luncheon or the ALHeLA Luncheon. If you are paying by check, as long as you have registered in Acteva by September 26th at 5pm, you will receive the reduced rate.

What happens if I register after this date? You can still register after September 26th but the price increases to $350 for the Full Conference rate.

Do I have to register for the full meeting if I am only taking a CE? It is not necessary to register for the full meeting if you will only be taking a CE. You may want to purchase a ticket for lunch (if you are not signed up for one of the full day CE’s) or a ticket for the Welcome Reception on Monday evening if you’d like to participate in either of these activities.

Can I just register for the one day conference rate if I only plan to be at the meeting on Wednesday? Absolutely! You can select the option for one day registration – Wednesday for $135 and attend that day’s conference programming. Please note that the one day registration for Wednesday does not include a ticket for the Banquet or a ticket for the Hospital Librarian’s Luncheon so you’ll need to purchase these separately if you’d like to attend these events.

How can I attend the meeting if I am a library school student?
As a library school student, you are eligible for the student rate of $95. This covers the Full Conference Rate as well as a membership in Southern Chapter MLA. We hope you’ll attend all the social events included with your registration as well as a special Student Reception hosted by MLA President Mary Ryan.

Why do I have to provide the names of the attendee(s) for each ticketed item? We have turned on a feature that allows someone to register for multiple registrants at a time while providing the names of the individuals attending each event. This feature requires that names be provided for each event even if only one individual is being registered.

Can I purchase extra tickets for a friend who would like to attend the Welcome Reception and Banquet? You can purchase extra tickets by selecting these ticketed events in Acteva. Since we have turned on a new feature, you will also be asked to provide the name of the attendees attending each event. The extra tickets will be included with your registration packet.

Why do you have an activity questionnaire? This will help us have an accurate head count so that we can plan food for all the events. Please doublecheck that the events you select in the activity questionnaire are either included with your registration type or have been selected as separate ticketed events.

How do I know that my registration has been processed in Acteva? Once you have registered in Acteva, you will receive an email confirming your registration, the costs for your selected items, and a list of the activities that you have selected in the activity questionnaire. If you paid by credit card, your registration is complete.

What happens if I am paying by check? How will I know that my check has been received? When we receive your check, we will complete your payment in Acteva and you will receive a confirmation that your registration is complete.

Feel free to contact Valerie Gordon at vgordon@uab.edu or 205-934-2461 with any questions you have about registration. To see the complete list of events to register for, go to registration. To register, go to Acteva. We’re looking forward to seeing you in Birmingham!

Alabama’s Number One Tourist Attraction is…

Posted by: Paul on Thursday, August 28th, 2008

…the Riverchase Galleria (this according to the Riverchase Galleria website at http://www.riverchasegalleria.com/html/mallinfo.asp). Regardless of whether or not the Galleria is indeed Alabama’s number one tourist destination/attraction, it is undoubtedly a very popular shopping mall. This huge mall has close to 2,000,000 square feet of space which contains a wide variety of shopping and dining experiences. The Galleria has over two hundred stores and restaurants.

Some of the stores include:

Some of the restaurants at the Galleria include:

The Riverchase Galleria is located not too far from the SCMLA conference hotel. Click here for directions from the conference hotel to the Riverchase Galleria.


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