VCU School of Medicine/Health System Simulation Lab (Center for Human Simulation and Patient Safety) - Optional Event

Monday, October 10, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

The Center for Human Simulation and Patient Safety (CHSPS) is an Education/Learning Center on the medical campus of Virginia Commonwealth University, formed as a collaboration between the School of Medicine and VCU Health System. CHSPS is organized as a simulation facility for benefit of School of Medicine and VCU Health System trainees and faculty on campus, as well as staff of the VCU Health System. Space is limited. Register online.


Community Health Education Center - Optional Event

Monday, October 10, 2:00 - 2:30 p.m.

The Community Health Education Center (CHEC), a partnership of the VCU Health System, VCU Libraries, and the VCUHS Auxiliary provides patients, their family members, and the community access to health information services. CHEC’s mission is to foster the advancement and development of health knowledge within the community. Opened in 2002, CHEC contains consumer level books, videos, magazines, computers, and provides patient business services. A full-time health sciences librarian and a trained staff of volunteers and interns are available to find reliable health information for visitors to the center written at a level they can understand. Not only can patients find quality health information about their condition, visitors to the center can use computers to view and send e-mail and update friends and family about a loved one’s condition through patient networking sites. Patients can use the business services to fax health or patient related documents. Space is limited. Register online.


NLM’s The Henkel Physicians: A Family's Life in Letters Traveling Exhbition

NLM’s newest traveling exhibition The Henkel Physicians: A Family’s Life in letters will be on display at Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences during the MAC Annual meeting. All MAC attendees are invited to stop by the library to view the exhibition. This National Library of Medicine exhibit offers a glimpse into the daily lives of men of medicine in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley during the 19th century. While it documents the working lives of physicians, it also illuminates social and home life and how one family experienced the Civil War. Covering more than a century of life in the Shenandoah Valley during which four members of the remarkable Henkel family practiced in the same area, this exhibition features a selection of writings that vividly illustrate the writers personality and their experiences as physicians. The letters cover local events, professional jealousies, the national crisis of the Civil war and finish with the dramatic testimony of the Henkel physicians in a murder trial.


Richmond Tours

We invite you to explore the sites and attractions of during your visit to historic Richmond region.  


Welcome Reception

Monday, October 10, 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Virginia State Capitol

Join your colleagues at the Virginia State Capitol to enjoy an evening of food, fun, and fellowship. Tours of Virginia's historic capitol building designed by Thomas Jefferson will be offered throughout the evening.


Round Table Luncheon

Tuesday, October 11, 12:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Omni Richmond Hotel

Attend the MAC Roundtable Luncheon for informal discussions on a variety of topics.  Facilitators and recorders will be at each table to initiate discussion and to document the discussion for posting on the MAC website.   Facilitators and recorders earn one point toward membership in the Academy of Health Information Professionals (AHIP) for serving in these roles. If you would like to share your skills and expertise as a facilitator or a recorder, please email Lois Culler.

The topics for discussion are listed below with a brief annotation explaining the intended material to be discussed.  Perhaps one of the meeting sessions sparked a shared interest in a topic not listed here.  To encourage further information sharing opportunities for these situations, there will be two tables at the luncheon available for “free discussion.” 

  • E-Books -- Discuss the success stories and challenges of integrating e-books into your library collection and encouraging use.
  • Electronic Medical Records and Meaningful Use– Role of the Library -- Share your experiences with integrating library resources into the electronic medical record or other successes with EMRs.
  • Supporting Evidence Based Nursing Practice -- Share how nurses are using EBN in your institutions and discuss the librarian’s role.
  • Expert Searching -- Discuss expert searching best practices and ways to promote this valuable service to your users.  Share ways for new medical librarians to get sufficient training and experience to serve in the expert searcher role.
  • Health Literacy and Community Outreach -- About one third of the adult population in the United States has limited health literacy.  Share your experiences with overcoming literacy barriers of consumers and educating clinicians about the health literacy epidemic.
  • How to Stay Current with New Technologies -- Blogs, RSS feeds, podcasts, etc.  Learn how you can stay current with these new technologies.
  • Instruction Techniques and Creating Web-Based Learning Content -- How do you engage your students?  Candy, Lady Gaga music, group tasks?  Share your creative instruction techniques.  What method of instruction (in-person, online, etc.) works best to convey your course content?
  • Integrating You or the Library Into the Curriculum -- Come share your ideas and experiences with integrating you or the library into the curriculum at your institution.
  • Liaisons Stepping Out of the Library / Embedded Librarians -- Do you have a successful liaison program or do you want to start one?  Are you currently acting as an embedded librarian in a research or clinical setting?   Come share your ideas and experiences
  • Marketing Library Services -- Even though libraries are traditionally not in the business of selling goods, marketing is still important to get your customers aware of what you have to offer.  Share your ideas and success stories.
  • Measuring Success/ROI/Showing the Value of Your Library -- Learn strategies to prove the dollars spent on your library had a positive impact on your organization. 
  • Mobile Technologies for Medical Libraries -- Discuss how librarians/libraries are reaching out to mobile users and learn what applications and resources are available for mobile technologies.
  • New and Emerging Roles for Medical Librarians -- Come to discuss how Medical Librarianship continues to evolve into new and changing roles. 
  • Research for Librarians -- Health science librarians can make positive contributions  through research.  Share your experience with conducting research and get tips from others.
  • Social Networking for Medical Libraries -- Share strategies for how libraries are using social networking tools to better serve their users. 
  • Teaching Evidence-Based Medicine -- Share your experiences with teaching students and residents about searching for the current best evidence to care for patients. 
  • Supporting Biomedical or Nurse Researchers – Share with others your successes in supporting researchers of all kinds in your institution.
  • Disaster Planning for the Medical Library – Come to learn about planning efforts across the region and learn what you can do in your library to be ready to face a disaster.
  • Work Study Students in the Library – Share your experiences with work study students working in the library or learn how you might implement this in your library.
  • Planning for Retirement – Thinking about the next phase of your career and personal life?  Come to hear what others are doing to prepare for retirement.


Student Vision Scholarship Resume Clinic/Speed Mentoring

Tuesday, October 11, 5:00  - 6:00 p.m.
Meet with senior managers for advice on resumes, cover letters, and to obtain job pointers


Student/New Professional Workshop

Tuesday, October 11, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Your First Day at Work - The Right and Wrong Way to Launch a Career

Pat Wagner, Pattern Research

First impressions last, which is why how you behave the first days and weeks on the job can impact your success months and years later. Whether it is your first job after graduate school or a new step in a long career, what you say, how you say it, and the actions you take will define you. What common mistakes do even smart and accomplished librarians make that can haunt them for years? Seating is limited! Register online!


Hospital Librarians Dinner - Optional ticketed event

Tuesday, October 11, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

The Value of Library and Information Services in Patient Care

Joanne Gard Marshall, Alumni Distinguished Professor, School of Information and Library Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

In 1992, Joanne’s study of physicians and residents in 15 hospitals in Rochester, NY found that information provided by librarians in the form of mediated MEDLINE searches had a beneficial impact on patient-centered outcomes, such as reduction of adverse events and decreased length of stay. She recently completed the data collection for a replication of the Rochester Study which was planned by NN/LM MAR and conducted at UNC Chapel Hill. Joanne will give an overview of the study results for all 56 participating sites. The research was funded by the National Library of Medicine as well as many groups within MLA. More information about the study is available at



Tuesday, October 11, 6:30 p.m. - Until

A Dine-Around is a wonderful way to talk with your colleagues while sampling some of the best cuisine this area has to offer. Choices include restaurants at a variety of price points. A member of the Hospitality Committee will accompany each group. Please sign up at the Hospitality Desk.


Business Meeting with Awards Breakfast

Wednesday, October 12, 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Omni Richmond Hotel

Enjoy a hot buffet breakfast while reviewing updates on MAC activities including election results for the new MAC officers. Join us in recognizing the accomplishments of MAC members with the announcements of this year's recipients of the One-Person Librarian Award, the Marguerite Abel Service Award, and the MAC Librarian of the Year Award. .