Pacific Northwest Chapter
of MLA

PDF Program


October 14-16, 2018

Program at a Glance


Sunday, October 14

Spokane Public Library

LevelUp Meeting Rooms, Third Floor

906 W. Main Avenue, Spokane WA

Registration for continuing education classes will open in July. The cost to register will be announced in the coming weeks.

7:30 AM: Welcome Desk opens at Spokane Public Library

8:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Advanced PubMed Techniques

            Instructor: Rebecca Brown

8:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Searching Effectively and Efficiently

            Instructor: Andrew Hamilton

1:00 PM – 5:00 PM: Emerging Technologies for the Busy Librarian

            Instructor: Gabriel Rios

1:00 PM – 5:00 PM: Statistics 101

            Instructor: Jan Dasgupta

5:45pm+ – Informal No-Host Dine-Around. Meet-up with other conference attendees in the Montvale  Lobby and walk to one of two local restaurants for dinner and stimulating conversation. If you are interested, please let us know before October 13th by signing up here.


Monday October 15

Montvale Event Center

1017 W 1st Avenue, Spokane WA

8:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Welcome Desk open

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

Breakfast Buffet

9:00 AM – 9:15 AM

Welcome & PNC Member Recognition

9:15 AM – 10:00 AM

MLA Update

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Keynote Panel and Q&A

“Health Data in Research”

Three local researchers will discuss how they use health data in their research, the challenges they face in using health data, and how libraries can support the use of health data in research.

Dr. Sterling McPherson is Director for Biostatistics and Clinical Trial Design at the Washington State University Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine and Associate Director of Research for Analytics and Discovery at the Providence Medical Research Center.

Stacy Wenzl, MHPA, LSSBB is the Program Manager for the Data Center at the Spokane Regional Health District and a certified Black Belt in Lean Six Sigma performance improvement methodology.

Dr. Karen Colorafi is an Assistant Professor and researcher at the Washington State University College of Nursing.

11:00 AM – 11:15 AM

Break with Exhibitors

11:15 AM – 12:00 AM

We are very pleased to announce that Kris Dinnison will be appearing at PNC/MLA this year!  Kris Dinnison is a local author whose works include the YA novel You and Me and Him. Find out more about Kris at

12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

Lunch with Exhibitors

1:30 PM – 2:15 PM

National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Pacific Northwest Region (NNLM PNR) Update

2:15 PM – 3:15 PM

Paper Presentations #1

3:15 PM – 3:45 PM

Break with Exhibitors

3:45 PM – 4:45 PM

Paper Presentations #2

4:45 PM – 6:00 PM

Happy Hour & Posters (cash bar available)

Five poster presenters will compete for the Best Poster prize.

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Tuesday October 16

Montvale Event Center

1017 W 1st Avenue, Spokane WA

8:00 AM – 9:30 PM

Breakfast Buffet

9:30 AM – 10:30 AM

Roundtable Discussion - The Future of Libraries

Select for 4 different topic areas and discuss the future of librarianship with your colleagues.

10:30 AM – 10:45 AM


10:45 AM – 11:30 AM

PNC/MLA 2018 Chapter Business Meeting

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Lightning Talks

Watch seven lightning talks on outreach, public health, institutional repositories, and more.

12:30 PM

Meeting Close & Invitation to PNC/MLA 2019

All-inclusive registration includes meeting registration, breakfast on Monday and Tuesday, lunch with exhibitors and reception with posters on Monday. CE options are not included in the package. Other registration options will be available. Registration will open in July.

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