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Links to presentations for MLW2013


Many of the powerpoint slides used during the workshop are now up, posted by Tammy Kirk, on the website linked via the program page at:


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Attending MLW 2013 in Huntsville? Thinking about what to pack? 


To help you decide what to bring, here is a direct quote from RISC Staff, “Huntsville is in the South, but not South Beach.” (Attributed to Gloria Miller) 


Well, from the West Coast come some interesting suggestions. “Bring your pashminas; those Workshop rooms can be chilly!” Another comment: “I’m bringing my 60th Anniversary tiara! And of course adding a holiday pin! So 2013!!” 


Folks in Huntsville say “layers work best.” You’ll want to go outside in the evenings….Huntsville really puts on a great Tinsel Tree show in the Von Braun Center, Big Park Area.


 The Welcome Reception and Sponsor Appreciation in the Info/Expo area is scheduled from 6-8 pm Monday evening, Have some favorite holiday socks, a tie that plays “Jingle Bells” or a great holiday sweater, and don’t forget head gear — wear to the Reception and thank our great sponsors. Holiday hats are good, too! Who doesn’t have a “Santa Hat?” Look for the person with the military-oriented Santa Hat…..if you can notice him. This will take place in the South Hall, Ballrooms 2 & 3.


 Are you a First Time Attendee? The Workshop hosts invite you to a special ” Meet and Greet” briefing with the Military Libraries Division Board Members. Learn about how to get the most out of your experience. This will be Monday, 4:30-5:30 pm in the Embassy Suites Bar area. Casual “Holiday wear” is suggested.


 The 60th Anniversary Dinner at the US Space and Rocket Center on Tuesday evening, while not REALLY formal (ball gowns and Tuxes – optional) can be a little bit dressy. Diamonds are preferred! Bling, bling!


 See you soon in Huntsville!


 Sharon Lenius

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Huntsville Events Calendar

Those of you coming to MLW in Huntsville will be interested in checking out the city’s events calendar, . 

There’s so much on tap that one may wish to extend your stay to take in some of the events. (The Huntsville-Madison County Public Library (HMCPL) is center stage for several events.

 Among the events, various venues, which might appeal to MLW attendees are:

  • Sat., 7 Dec        US Army Four Star Jazz Orchestra and Rocket City Jazz Orchestra  concert, Atrium of HMCPL, 915 Monroe St., 1900-2100.
  • Sat., 7 Dec – Sun., 8 Dec  Southerland Station, 402B Governors Drive SW Trains, incl. antique trains, Lego train club, antique erector sets.  1300-1700.  
  • Sun., 8 Dec    200 area craftspeople showcase a large variety of crafts, Von  Braun Center, South Hall, 1200-1700.  

And the list goes on, and on…..but I’ll let you explore the user-friendly events calendar for things like Harry Potter’s World Exhibit, the Festival of Wreaths, Donato Giancola’s “From Middle Earth to Outer Space and Beyond” for sci/fi aficionados, and “Da Vinci, the Genius” exhibit, to name a few.   

Plenty of good shopping as well as tons of restaurants (love German food? Find it here) in Rocket City. Remember a dine-around is on tap for Sunday evening, so plan to meet up in the hotel’s lobby/bar, 1800.

Sharon Lee Butcher, MLS, MSO

(Cub reporter?) 

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Hotel deadline reminder for MLW

Remember, the deadline to reserve a hotel room at the conference rate is 22 Nov.

If you have trouble with the 800 number, you can call the hotel directly at 256-539-7373.

Embassy Suites Huntsville Hotel

Be sure to mention “MLW” to get the conference rate of $88 plus tax.

Gloria Miller, MLS
Chair, 2013 Military Libraries Workshop
Special Libraries Association-Military Libraries Division

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Stipend for 2013 Military Libraries Workshop (MLW) – members only

Hello SLA Military Libraries Division members,

In light of the current fiscal realities, the MLD Board has approved a stipend for attendance at the Military Libraries Workshop (MLW) for this year for current SLA Military Libraries Division members.

The stipend will cover:

1.) travel expenses up to $500,
2.) full waiver of the MLW registration fee, and
3.) up to 3 nights of your hotel room at the conference rate, taxes included (restricted to the conference hotel –
Embassy Suites, 800 Monroe St. SW, Huntsville, AL 35801;
(  ). The stipend will not cover any extras you order in your hotel room (i.e., room service, etc.).

Please check with your supervisor and/or ethics department about the possibility of applying for the stipend. Each branch or organization will have different rules/regulations on the subject.

Applications are due to me ( by 26 November and will be taken in the order they are received. If we receive more than 40 applications the additional applicants will be placed on a waiting list.

Please see attached for the application document (  MLW 2013 – Stipend Application ) . You will need to sign the document in person at MLW, so you may leave that area of the form blank.

Thank you,
– Phillip Elam, MLD Treasurer

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MLW Registration is now open




The 56th MLW registration page is now up & running. Please plan on coming to Huntsville December 9-11.


More information: 

Remember, all MLD members can apply for a stipend to attend MLW this year. It covers Registration, 3 nights at the hotel, and up to $500 travel expenses. See   for more details & application.

Don’t forget to book your hotel room, too: Use “MLW” to get the conference rate of $88 plus tax.

Gloria Miller, MLS
Chair, 2013 Military Libraries Workshop
Special Libraries Association-Military Libraries Division

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