Tuesday, May 30, 2006
MLA 2006 in Phoenix, Arizona
Many thanks to the MLA staffers who worked all hours, and made this a memorable meeting!
We appreciate your presence, and hope to see you all next year in Philadelphia!
The MLA LAC, Phoenix
The Party's Over...
Is it time to send in the clowns?
- Smiling and hot sweaty faces
- Delight in warm reunions with old friends
- Delight in making new friends
- A wonderful Majors walk
- Great music in many venues
- Some fun dancing
- Interesting museums, authors, bookstores
- Great speakers, presentations, posters
- Provocative questions
- a super great LAC and volunteer group!
Remember to complete your evaluation to help us all learn for next year.
Check back here for LAC photos!
See you in Philadelphia!!!
Friday, May 19, 2006
Hold on to your hats on Monday evening!
Sports Mania in Phoenix on May 22
Monday night in downtown Phoenix will be seeing a lot of hopping and bopping, not to mention boisterous, lively and wild action: The ball will be in play! Get to the bar (or hotel lobby) early to be sure you have a good seat!
Game 7 of the NBA Western Conference semifinal playoff basketball series will be in Phoenix at the US Airways Center, with a start time of 7 or 7:30, between the LA Clippers and the Phoenix Suns. Google sources for Suns (Clippers) Tickets. Friday prices were $95 to $4,400 each.
At the same time, the Arizona Diamondbacks will be playing the Pittsburgh Pirates at 6:40. Many MLA'ers will be going to the Baseball Game.
According to some members of the LAC, when Phoenix wins, the party will begin in downtown Phoenix as both venues are only a few blocks from the conference hotels! If the Clippers win, we may also see some action!
No matter if your preference is the Pittsburgh Pirates, LA Clippers or the wonderful local teams - Be ready to go out and party!!!!!
Thursday, May 18, 2006
Phoenix Weather Update - May 18, Thursday!
Well, colleagues, the rain has come and gone, and the heat is rising...remember your hats, dark glasses, sunscreen, and maybe even an umbrella-for the sun! It's a bit of a walk to the CC from the hotels.
Tuesday, May 16, 2006
Want to talk about Liaison Librarianship?
It seems that many of our libraries either have (or are considering) liaison programs to departments, some fairly recent and others well established. Anyone interested in discussing in a very informal way the "tips and tricks" of the trade is welcome to join me -- and I will even pick up a "pint" for the first ten liaisons who arrive. For this one, it would be helpful to know roughly how many might show, as it isn't a really large place (if the number is more than 30ish, alternative location might have to be arranged).
Posted on behalf of Terrance M. Burton, University of Wisconsin - Madison, 608-262-5943, firstname.lastname@example.org
Check out the Pub at: http://www.seamusmccaffreys.com/seamus/default.aspx
Monday, May 15, 2006
Phoenix Weather Update - Week of May 14+
It's continuing to warm up, though the mornings and evenings are delightful!
Sunday, May 14, 2006
Driving (and Parking) in Phoenix
To Downtown - interactive map
Convention Center parking garages - $5-10.00 per event
Copper Plaza - Shop or Eat, & perhaps get your parking ticket validated
Phoenix Hyatt - $14/day
Wyndham Phoenix - $14/day
Hilton Garden Inn Phoenix/Midtown - Complimentary parking, (free shuttle)
SpringHill Suites - Complimentary parking
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Phoenix/Downtown - Complimentary parking
Renting a car
- Airport rental locations tend to charge a dollar or five more per day to cover their location expense.
- The hotel concierge / desk crew are your friends, except that you have to give them $2.00 for help.
- Travel web sites such as Kayak, Mobissimo, Sidestep, or Travelocity can help you find a deal.
- Bring your frequent flyer number when you rent a car for extra miles.
Wednesday, May 10, 2006
Ghold, Ghosts and Ghost Towns
Hunt for Lost Dutchman Mine over in Superstition Mountain looming to the east.... Find the cavern lined with gold nuggets, or join the hordes of spirits haunting the hills. After all, someone has to find the mine someday - why not you?
Stand on the corner, looking for shade .. the shades of the lost. (Although anyone who stands out in the sun in Phoenix in mid-May is likely to start seeing things :-)
- 5th Ave - between Roosevelt and Fillmore: "A 9 year old girl was killed tragically on August 6,1995,by a hit and run driver, who was never located, and brought to justice."
- 19th Avenue & Northern: By the light of the moon, see three tombstones shining.
- 4 Peaks Home Entertainment: in the storage area is said to be haunted by an ex-employee who overdosed.
- Hotel San Carlos - did she fall, was it suicide, or did he push her?
- Other tales; stories; and a walking tour
Change ... Most ghost towns in Arizona were mining communities, abandoned when the ore ran out; others were railway depots, cowtowns or farming communities that came on hard times. Few, if any, are haunted; they are merely empty, with only dust and wind haunting their streets.
Tuesday, May 09, 2006
Antiquing in Glendale, Arizona
Phoenix antiques - Explore three shop-filled neighborhoods (10/04)
For crafters, Glendale has a great bead museum.
Rent a car or share a cab. Glendale is about 9 miles from the Convention Center.
Monday, May 08, 2006
Phx Weather, week of May 8+
Phoenix's leading museums are
- Heard Museum: short taxi ride. USA Today describes it as "the nation's most prestigious private Indian arts center." The cafe offers award-winning food, and the gift shop is an excellent place to acquire Native American arts and crafts. Special exhibits include
- Arizona Science Center: sauntering distance from the convention center. A highly interactive science museum, including a planetarium and theater. Special exhibits include
- ANIMAL GROSSOLOGY - May 27 through September 4
- Phoenix Art Museum: short taxi ride. Delightfully cool - to preserve the collection. A stupendous gift shop and charming cafe. Special exhibits include
- JUDITH LEIBER HANDBAGS - April 27 - August 27
Wednesday, May 03, 2006
Failte! Irish Spring Fundraiser-Music, Dancing, Food - Sunday, the 21st
Irish Spring will offer non-stop entertainment from noon till 5pm. Performers include Black Velvet Band, Blackwood, John Good and Sheila Maguire, Pat McCrossan and Brazen Heads. Dancers from Irish dance schools such as the Celtic Dance Academy and McTeggart School of Irish Dance will also entertain. And guests can kick up their own heels in a traditional Ceili called by Sarah King.
Food and Drink
Donation: Adults $5. Children 6-12 years old $1, Children under 6 free
The Sixth Annual Arizona Irish Festival, like all of its predecessors, will benefit the Irish Cultural and Learning Foundation (ICLF), a 501(c) 3 organization. The ICLF, housed at the Irish Cultural Center at 1106 North Central in Phoenix, provides programs, classes, exhibits and special events to share the history, music, art, dance, literature, drama, crafts, and language of Ireland and of the Irish in America with the people of Arizona. ICLF and the Cultural Center also provide a gathering place for Arizona’s other Celtic organizations and other community groups and activities.
For Further Information, contact:
Tuesday, May 02, 2006
Dine Around Restaurant Descriptions
Mi Patio - Mexican
Posted by captaindback on 02/19/2006
Hot, inexpensive Mexican food in unpretentious surroundings. Understated but responsive waiters; any mistakes are promptly corrected. Friendly host/owner. Menu has all the standards plus a few spinach/feta dishes. Sounds Greek to me ; ) Undersized main room very casual - you'll feel fine in shorts and t-shirt. For relative intimacy, try the cozy nook in back. Dont visit to impress hard to please guests. Mi Patio is more like an old friend: reliable, decent, without any airs.
Pros: Hearty food, Comfortable,clean, CheapCons: NoneOverall user rating: Highly Recommended
AZ Diamondbacks – Ballpark food (Note: the ballpark used to be called BOB, now known as Chase)
Best Food at the Park: Nearly a quarter- mile-long stretch of concession stands offers traditional eats such as popcorn, peanuts, cool brews, desert ices and signature Diamondback Dogs. Favorite chain chow selections include Blimpie, Ben & Jerry's, Garcia's, Little Caesar's and McDonalds. For a real splurge, check out appetizers at Hi-Tops Cafe or anything from the Jack Daniel's Grill at TGI Friday's Front Row Grill. -- Shelley Coriell
Other smaller stands ringing the concourse offer fresh snacks (vegetables and cheese trays) and grilled-to-order sausages and brats. For a change of pace check out the concession stands near sections 130 and 325, where a "Visiting Team Special" -- such as a Dodger Dog -- is added to the menu for each series.If ballpark food doesn't grab you, there are third-party vendors who have opened up shop at the BOB: McDonald's (home of the $3 Big Mac), Desert Ice, Blimpie's, Little Caesar's, Garcia's (a local Mexican eatery) and Ben & Jerry's.The beer flows freely at the BOB. On draft at most concession stands is MGD, Miller Lite or Bud Light ($4 for a small beer, $7 for a large), while a few stands also serve Fat Tire beer, a microbrewed beer from Fort Collins, Colorado (of all places). There are many other beer stands where you can find Budweiser, Coors or Sonora (brewed by a Phoenix microbrewery) beers on tap. The same beer stands also have a wide selection of bottled beers ($4.75 for bottles, $8 for "bombers"), including Rolling Rock, Sam Adams, Corona, Fat Tire, Beck's, Beck's Dark, Heineken and Foster's. Other alcoholic beverages are served at the BOB as well, including wine, mixed drinks, and slush cocktails (frozen margaritas, strawberry daiquiris).
Casino Arizona – Buffet
Elvis is alive and well and living on the Pima & Maricopa Indian Reservation at Casino Arizona .
A complete evening of fun, attend “Show Stoppers,” a 40 min. revue of
Impersonators of very famous performers, Elvis, Madonna, Temptations and more
Excellent free show, with a 2 drink minimum.(approx 5.00-6.00 total).
Eat at the Eagles Nest Buffet, for one of the best bargains in town, approx. 15.00, or at one on the other three restaurants at the Casino ranging from fine dining, to very light, fast fare.
If you feel lucky, you can play the slots, keno, or even Blackjack, there is a small lounge you can relax and listen to music. There is even a nice gift shop.
Free transportation from the Hyatt Hotel at 6:15 P.M.
Arrive at Casino Arizona in time to see the 7:00 P.M. Showstoppers Show.
Return transportation provided, plan for 3 or 4 hours.
Cibo – Pizza/Wine Bar
The couple who helped popularize the salad/pizza/wine bar trend is now making a big splash in the revitalized Roosevelt historic district near downtown Phoenix. Karen and Tony Martingilio were trendsetters when they introduced Grazie in Scottsdale, and they haven't lost their touch. The charming Cibo ("food" in Italian) is in a beautifully restored 1913 home. The three intimate dining areas feature hardwood floors, exposed brick, a stained-glass panel and a fireplace. The modestly-priced food is first-rate, featuring fresh, locally-grown organic produce that highlights half a dozen salads. They're a prelude to a series of dynamite pizzas: thin-crust, slightly crisp and a bit chewy. The salads and the 12-inch pizzas are big and best shared if you order them both. Cibo's Capriccioso is loaded with ham, mushrooms, artichokes and olives. The Quatro Formaggi, a white pizza, offers a four-cheese melt of Fontina, Parmesan, pecorino and mozzarella. To better appreciate the delicious, fragrant tomato sauce, try the basic Margherita, with just cheese, sauce and basil. You can top it off with Cibo's incredible dessert crepes. -- Cecil Tuck from http://cityguide.aol.com/phoenix/dining/venue.adp?sbid=288159
Cheuvront Wine and Cheese Café – International
State Senator Ken Cheuvront takes constituent service to a new level at his delightful cafe. Look for ancho pork empanadas, poached pear salad with walnuts and blue cheese, lamb loin rolled around bacon, spinach and figs and pissaladière, French tarts topped with likes of wild mushrooms and Gruyère. There's an outstanding cheese collection and interesting wine flights.
Wright’s – Contemporary American
Wright's at the Arizona Biltmore Resort sets its elegant and romantic atmosphere with Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired architecture, a garden patio and formal decor. Not romantic enough? Dine privately in either of the two wine cellars, which can be reserved for your most special occasion. The cuisine is contemporary and new American, with more than 750 available wine labels, Wright's has one of the largest cellars in the Valley.Although known for decadent desserts and seasonal Sunday brunches, Wright's dinners win praise from locals, critics and visitors. Notable selections include appetizers seared foie gras with ahi tuna and arugula and baby beet salad; entrees prime filet mignon Roquefort and citrus-crusted ahi tuna; and for dessert, Wright's Chocolate Tower and Blueberry Financier. An after-dinner stroll is all but required, and fortunately The Arizona Biltmore can provide for that as well, with lushly landscaped grounds and flower gardens.Dinner at Wright's may not be for the faint of checkbook, but with all that the resort and restaurant have to offer, you'll enjoy every minute of it. -- Jill McCabe from http://cityguide.aol.com/phoenix/dining/venue.adp?sbid=101811668
MLA '06 Dine-Arounds Being Planned...
MLA ’06 Dine-Around Schedule
Mi Patio, 3347 N. 7th Ave., Phx
2.6 miles from downtown Hyatt
AZ Diamondbacks Baseball Game
401 E. Jefferson, Phoenix
2 ½ blocks from Hyatt Hotel
Casino Arizona, 101 & McKellips, Scottsdale, 14 miles from Hyatt (free transportation)
Moderate to Expensive
Cibo, 603 N. 5th Ave., Phx
1 mile from Hyatt
Cheuvront’s, 1326 N. Central, Phx
1 mile from Hyatt
Wright’s (Biltmore), 2400 E. Missouri St., Phx, 8 miles from Hyatt
Monday, May 01, 2006
Hot Hot Hot!!!
With 18 days to go, the Phoenix weather has turned a corner, one we face with a bit of dread each year. We're now looking at 3 digit temps...
So - please return to the blog on at least a weekly basis, and check out our weather at: http://www.azcentral.com/weather/ so you will be prepared. And...know that Zonies always carry water, wear dark glasses, hats, sunscreen, and seek shade!
Friday, April 28, 2006
Short day driving tour offered by local colleague - Saturday afternoon
Tuesday, April 25, 2006
EXPLODING THE GRAND MYTH - THERE'S MORE TO ARIZONA THAN MEETS THE MIND'S EYE
Arizona places frequented most by overseas visitors in 2004:
1. Bank One Ballpark (now Chase Field), Phoenix -- www.diamondbacks.com
2. Tempe Town Lake -- www.tempe.gov/lake
3. London Bridge, Lake Havasu City -- www.golakehavasu.com
4. America West Arena (now US Airways Center), Phoenix -- www.usairwayscenter.com
5. Phoenix Zoo -- www.phoenixzoo.org
6. Arizona State University's Sun Devil Stadium, Tempe -- www.thesundevils.com
7. WestWorld of Scottsdale -- www.scottsdaleaz.gov/westworld
8. Rawhide Western Town & Steakhouse, Gila River Reservation -- www.rawhide.com
9. Tombstone -- www.tombstone.org
10. Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Tucson -- www.desertmuseum.org
Top 10 natural attractions
1. Grand Canyon National Park -- www.nps.gov/grca
2. Saguaro National Park, Tucson -- www.nps.gov/sagu
3. South Mountain Park, Phoenix -- www.phoenix.gov/parks
4. Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Page -- www.nps.gov/glca
5. Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Boulder City, Nev. -- www.nps.gov/lame
6. Canyon de Chelly, Navajo Nation -- www.nps.gov/cach
7. Montezuma Castle National Monument, Camp Verde -- www.nps.gov/moca
8. Lake Pleasant Regional Park, Morristown -- www.maricopa.gov/parks
9. Petrified Forest National Park -- www.nps.gov/pefo
10. Lake Havasu State Park, Lake Havasu City -- file://www.azstateparks.com/
From: The Arizona Republic, February 12, 2006 - Author: Scott Craven
Monday, April 24, 2006
Female MLA Roommate needed!
Please write to Mary Riordan (email@example.com) or Jacque Doyle (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are interested, or know of someone!
More About Phoenix Concerts and Clubs
The LAC is pleased to alert you to the many concerts scheduled for MLA Week.
Check out the online events calendar at: http://www.azcentral.com/ent/calendar/ for more options and details!
Grand Canyon Tour, May 25
See the Grand Canyon, Thursday, May 25 - 7am - 9pm
You can sign up for the MLA-sponsored Sterling tour if you register before April 25.
The $92 fee covers motorcoach transportation, professional guide, entrance to Grand Canyon National Park, all gratuities and taxes on Thursday, May 25 7:00am - 9:00pm
This is very reasonably priced, and well recommended.
Friday, April 21, 2006
Very nearby to the hotels and CC:
Renaissance Athletic Club
Two N. Central Ave., Ste. B-100
Phoenix, AZ 85004
Central Av between Adams and Washington
Cycling classes, yoga, full-service locker rooms, locker rental includes laundry service, TENNIS, outdoor track, massage, personal training, aerobics, basketball, racquetball, cardio steam rooms, Jacuzzi, dry sauna, physical therapy, and weight equipment.
M-F 5am-8:30pm; Sat 8am-3pm.Phone: 602-256-0844
Hotel guest fee is $10/day, or $20/week. Call to confirm!
Other courts are available around town. For a more complete listing, visit: http://www.west.asu.edu/colt97z/documents/TennisCourts.doc
Thursday, April 20, 2006
We read on MEDLIB-L:
To date, Colleague Connection has received several enthusiastic responses from newer MLA members attending MLA Annual. The number of newer MLA members signed up for Colleague Connection far exceeds the number of potential mentors. Colleague Connection needs experienced librarians who are "old hands" at the MLA to sign up at http://libweb.lib.buffalo.edu/hsl/cc.aspWhy not go out for tea, a theater matinee? Maybe you'd rather dance (clubs), dance (BP), dance (GLBT) or take in a game (baseball)? See a garden or hike up a hill?
Bearded Pigs Event
The Bearded Pigs raise money for the MLA Scholarship fund through The Thicket. You can get their special t-shirt if you act fast!
(They have a blog, too. )
Tuesday, April 18, 2006
So Many Books...So Little Time
The Antiquarian Shop
4246 N Scottsdale Rd. Scottsdale, AZ 85251
The Antiquarian Shop is a real bookstore for dead-serious bibliophiles. Here you'll find George Washington's autograph and a copy of Cicero's Cato Major printed by Benjamin Franklin in 1773.
3643 East Indian School Road Phoenix, AZ 85018
Extensive inventory of fine quality, collectible & O/P books in all categories. Specializing in the unusual and hard-to-find.
8034 N. 19th Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85021
Welcome to Bookmans, where almost every type of used printed and recorded entertainment can be found under one (rather large) roof.
Border's Books - Biltmore Fashion Park
2402 E. Camelback Road, Suite 200 Phoenix, AZ 85016
By The Book
1045 East Camelback Road Phoenix, AZ 85014
Fine collectible books bought and sold. Specialties include Children's, Science, Medicine, the Orient, Illustrated, First Editions.
Changing Hands Bookstore
6428 S McClintock Dr Tempe, AZ 85283
Over 12,000 sq.ft. of New, Used & Collectible Books of every kind. Large Children's Section, Travel Center, Wind Chimes, Cards & Gifts
Heard Museum Shop & Bookstore
2301 N. Central Avenue Phoenix, AZ 85004-1323
A variety of books relating to Native American cultures and the Southwest are available including hard-to-find selections and publications by Native American authors.
Poisoned Pen Central (MLA's Sunday evening event is here. You must buy tickets in advance. Additional information in the blog)
215 E. Grant St.Phoenix, AZ 85004
We are the Valley's Mystery Bookstore!
Samurai Comics (voted best comic book store in Phoenix)
5024 North Seventh Street Phoenix, AZ
Wide World Of Maps Map Center & Gallery
2626 West Indian School Road Phoenix, AZ 85017
Wide World of Maps is the most complete map store in the Southwest!
See more recommendations from Valley Independent Booksellers Association (VIBA)
Monday, April 17, 2006
Dancing, Music, Clubs!
- ClubPlanet Phoenix: http://www.clubplanet.com/Default.asp?site=21
- Phoenix NewTimes-http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/Issues/current/music/index.html
- Bobby C’s - http://www.planet99.com/phoenix/restaurants/15409.html
- Char’s - http://www.charshastheblues.com/
’s Food and Fine Spirits - http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/search/restaurants.php?oid=oid:5923 Monroe
- Phoenix Uptown - http://www.johnnysuptown.com/
- The Rhythm Room - http://www.rhythmroom.com/
Answers: transport, safety
It's $60 by taxi to Scottsdale - $120 round trip. Renting a car runs $25 to $60 a day, including gas, tax and fees. TravelocityCars found one car for $16 (but once you add fees, it's closer to $25.) It is cheaper to rent on the weekend than on weekdays. Multiple drivers also raise the cost of car rental - one driver is cheaper. Check your car insurance to see if it covers rental cars: most insurers do. Most car rental agencies will deliver the car to your hotel, or pick you up. Drop it off when you've finished your trip, unless you are in one of the complimentary parking hotels!
SuperShuttle will pick you up at anywhere in the Valley of the Sun (=Greater Phoenix Area) and take you to the airport for $9 to $12.00. There's a booth at the Airport, or you can call 800-258-3826. The hotel front desk can make reservations for you, too. The Shuttle will even go to Bed and Breakfasts or the Convention Center. A group of seven can arrange for a discount.
Phoenix is a city, so be careful. Don't explore alleys after dark, leave your your purse unattended, or accept invitations from strangers to see the etchings in their rooms :-)
I think 6am-9pm is reasonable for walking. Some members of the Local Arrangements Committee think 4:30am-11:00 is safe; some think dawn to dusk. Note that Sundays tend to be emptier than other days; you might want to take DASH on Sunday evening. If the streets are empty, then worry a bit. If the streets are crowded, then just be cautious.
You will have evening, lunch and dinner free at least on some days. Sign up for the Dine-Arounds, both to find good local restaurants and to meet people in a small group.
If you will be at MLA on Saturday & Sunday, then taking four hours off on Monday-Wednesday is reasonable. Not every part of the program will be of equal interest. (As an avid gardener, I believe that everyone should see the Botanical Garden!) Ducking out of the business meetings - not that we admit to having done so ourselves - is known to occur. If you do not plan to join a committee or business section, then the time allocated to section business and committee meetings will be free for you. (Although, if you are in a hospital library, I recommend joining the Hospital Library Section!) Also, the business meetings are a good way to meet people.
Wednesday, April 12, 2006
Hiking around Phoenix
Sauntering around Copper Square & Patriot's Square Park, the Civic Center or Arizona Center is very safe and secure. Lots of interesting sights, including the outdoor sculpture garden at the Heard Museum, if you are willing to taxi or hike out that way.
Phoenix has a number of city parks with genuine green grass, but Encanto Park, near Encanto Boulevard and 7th Avenue is one of the largest. It also offers boat rentals, a Children's Amusement Park, and an Exercise Course. Encanto is a safe place to walk or sit; however, as with any downtown park, a small transient population is just about guaranteed.
South Mountain Preserve (16,500 acres) is bit further away but considerably larger and wilder, with a dozen hiking and riding trails. Bikers and horseback riders can rent here. A recent article gives more information.
Phoenix Mountain Preserve (7,000 acres) offers yet more trails scattered around the city, ranging from road-like to slide-rock slippery slopes.
Finally, if you really want to go up in the world, climb the Seven Summits of Phoenix!
Wear sunscreen; the locals will also have on a hat and sunglasses.
Avoid hiking between noon to 2:00pm. Prime time on the trail is 5:00am to 10:00am.
Leave the wildlife alone. Give critters the right of way (if you are lucky enough to see any!) Note that rattlesnakes find nice deep cool dens during the summer. You may see javelina, coyotes, birds (images) or lizards (images).
Bring water - at minimum, one pint for every hour. Dehydration leads to headaches, dizziness and nausea. Humidity runs around 5%; moisture just evaporates off hikers, faster than they realize.
Tempe's International Triathlon...
...is scheduled during MLA - Sunday, May 21, with a 6:30 am start time. Visit:
http://www.getsetaz.com/Evtdtl.php?EvtID=2090 to learn more, and register. You will also find other running, walking, swimming events around Arizona at: http://www.getsetaz.com/.
The worms are running out!
Register by 11:59 PM, Monday, April 17 and save $60. Registration is quick and easy at http://mlanet.org/am/am2006/register/
Hurry, early-bird discount ends Tuesday, April 18.
Monday, April 10, 2006
Using the Bus System in Phoenix
Taxi cabs to Scottsdale and or Fashion Square could be about $25-$30, as an estimate. The hotel concierges will be helpful with all transportation needs.
In Search of the Vortex Vibe - from The New York Times, April 9, 2006
A few years ago, USA Today called Sedona the most beautiful place in America. At sundown, that doesn't begin to cover it. And it's not just the views. There's a vibe in the air, something not quite audible, a kind of metaphysical dog whistle that calls people out to have a look around and to try to feel something that, if you're not a committed New-Age pilgrim, is hard to put into words. Nowhere else in this country does a natural setting feel so much like the inside of a soaring pantheistic cathedral....
For complete article visit: http://travel2.nytimes.com/2006/04/09/travel/09sedona.html?ex=1145332800&en=43bbc6149c31f2e8&ei=5070&emc=eta1
Friday, April 07, 2006
MLA Hotel Rooms - Part 4
To accommodate attendees, MLA has added another block of rooms at the Hilton Garden Inn, Phoenix/Midtown, 4000 N. Central, Phoenix, AZ 85012. (Map)
To make a reservation at the Hilton Garden Inn, call 602/279-9811. Be sure to specify group code MLA. The special MLA group rate is $119 per night, plus applicable state and local taxes.
Hilton Garden Inn is located about 3 miles from the Phoenix Civic Plaza and Convention Center, site of MLA'06. The hotel will provide shuttle transportation to and from the convention center.
For more information about MLA'06 see
If you are holding a hotel reservation you do not need, please consider cancelling it so the room can be released to another member who might need it. If you would like to be near the convention center you are encouraged to try calling the Hyatt Regency Phoenix (
Thursday, April 06, 2006
Theater ... and make a colleague connection
Alone in the hot town … better go to the Theater! And it would be nice to have someone to go with.... If so, then select a play and post your phone number or email in the Comments to find a colleague who shares your tastes. Prices range from $10 to almost $200. For a complete list, see ShowUp.
Never Say No To Johnny
Performance Outreach Theater
Herberger Theater Center 222 E. Monroe - 602-254-7399
What’s a mother to do when her son reaches adulthood in the 1870s and decides to go West and risk his life?
May 11, 2006- May 28, 2006 (7:30)
Tuesdays with Morrie
Produced by Arizona Theatre Company Center Stage
Herberger Theater Center 222 E. Monroe - 602-254-7399
A vivid recounting of the interlocking stories of one man losing his life as another is finding his. Mitch Albom’s book Tuesday’s With Morrie has been an international best-seller since its original publication in 1997.
May 05, 2006 - May 20, 2006 (7:30)
The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds
Produced by iTheatre Collaborative Performance Outreach Theater
Herberger Theater Center 222 E. Monroe - 602-254-7399
Beatrice Hunsdorfer wreaks a petty vengeance on everybody about her including her two daughters.
May 21 06:30 PM
Vina Morales "Vina in the Fast Lane"
Orpheum Theatre, 111 North Third Street - (602) 534-5600
Through May 31
Murder! More or Less A Comedy!
Murder Mystery Dinner and Comedy Show.
Crowne Plaza Hotel, 2532 West Peoria Avenue - (480)628-5721
Through June 4
The Copperstate Dinner Theater, 3801 East Washington Street - (602)279-3129
Phil and Benny are extras in the epic saga 'Exeunt Omnes', a movie by film giant D.W. DeWitt being shot in Molten Rock, Arizona in 1932.
- Taxies are dear; parking is cheap. Rent a car or find a local person to drive.
May 06-May 28; Saturday 2:00pm and 5:00pm, Sunday 2:00pm
Tomas and the Library Lady
Tempe Performing Arts Center, 132 East 6th Street Tempe (480)350-8119
Based on the true story of Tomas Rivera, who began his life as a migrant worker and ended it as a university chancellor, Thomas and the Library Lady celebrates the wonder of reading.
May 17 – May 21
2:00 matinee on weekend. 7:30 each evening.
ASU Gammage, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ - 480-965-3434
Classic Hugo & Weber …
Monday, April 03, 2006
Medical library blogs
The Krafty Librarian post a list of Medical Library Blogs (April 1.) This is a very substantial, annotated list. This is one of the best stay-current sites for medical librarians. Stop by his PodCasting Poster at MLA to chat about blogs
UBC Google Scholar Blog is a bit more academic, but offers useful analysis.
The Rabid Librarian - whose site also features some excellent library cartoons - has a shorter list (March 6.)
Metropolitan Detroit Medical Libraries Association blog has a local flavor but discusses points of interest to all medical librarians.
How to Blog
When you register for MLA, take a CE course that includes blog information:
MLA CE - Technology Planning for Health Sciences Librarians (CE 502)
MLA CE - How to Use Really Simple Syndication (RSS) to Know More and Do Less (CE 503)
Tuesday, March 28, 2006
Poisoned Pen Bookstore event on Sunday, 7 pm - Part 3
Betty Webb's new novel is Desert Run. It's a complex case based on real Arizona history. In this story, Scottsdale private eye, Lena Jones, is doing security for Warren Quinn, director of a documentary being shot at Papago Park about the German POW camp and the "great escape" of Christmas Eve, 1944, when some prisoners tunneled out and fled. (Did you know that Scottsdale housed a German POW camp during WWII?) And one surviving escapee, Kapitan Zur See Erik Ernst, a man in his nineties confined to a wheelchair after a boating accident, has just been murdered. Worse, his Ethiopian caregiver begs Lena to clear him as a suspect. Lena learns that Ernst and two other POWs hid out in the rugged Superstition Mountains. Nearby, on Christmas Night, a farm family was slaughtered. A jury didn't convict the family's only survivor, a teen-age son. What might Chess Bollinger know about Ernst and vice versa? And how much can Lena trust Quinn, either as a client, a witness, or a lover? Betty is the author of three other Lena Jones novels: Desert Noir, Desert Wives and Desert Shadows.
Jon Talton's third novel, Dry Heat, also captures the culture and life of Phoenix. Indeed, the past is never past on the mean streets of Phoenix. Half a century after the unsolved murder of an FBI agent, the missing badge is found on the body of a dead transient. The case seems a perfect fit for David Mapstone, history professor turne
MLA Hotel Rooms - Part 3
Due to high demand for accommodations at MLA '06, the Hyatt Regency Phoenix, Wyndham Phoenix and SpringHill Suites are sold out over Saturday/Sunday nights.
To accommodate attendees, MLA has added a block of rooms at the Holiday Inn Express, 620 N. Sixth St. Phoenix, AZ 85004.
To make a reservation at the Holiday Inn Express, call 602/452-2020. Be sure to specify you are with the MLA group. The special MLA group rate is $99 to $109 per night, plus applicable state and local taxes.
Holiday Inn Express is located a few blocks from the Phoenix Civic Plaza and Convention Center, site of MLA'06. (Mapquest shows the distance as .52 miles).
More information about MLA'06 is available.
If you are holding a hotel reservation you do not need, please consider cancelling it so the room can be released to another member who might need it.
Friday, March 24, 2006
Hospital Library Section Silent Auction
The Hospital Library Section is having another HLS Silent Auction - partly to keep the Section within budget, but mostly to have fun! As before, the Auction will conclude at the HLS Business Meeting Reception at the MLA Annual Meeting this May, but with a new twist: You can bid online up to an hour before the Business Meeting. Whether you bid online or at the Meeting, payment is by cash or check-they can't take credit cards.
For more information, including photos of current items up for bid, or about donating items, please see:
Wednesday, March 22, 2006
Just HOW HOT will it be???
Check out our local weather at: http://www.azcentral.com/weather/ to know what clothes to pack and be prepared!
Tuesday, March 21, 2006
Rhythmless city dancing to the beat of a different drum
"Downtown Phoenix has always been so tidy and accommodating. So unassuming. So quiet. For years, decades maybe, downtown Phoenix has been like the student who rarely speaks in class but manages to get all A's. The one who tucks his pressed shirt into creased trousers. The one whose sensible shoes are always polished. Downtown Phoenix kept its hair trimmed, its pencils sharpened, its notebooks in order. It never interrupted the teacher and always turned in its assignments on time. Downtown Phoenix was so reliable and polite, so conscientious, so dependable, that it went from being taken for granted to being completely ignored. Until now."
And, as in any transformation, things are messy. And noisy. And disruptive. So, I am writing to apologize for the construction and chaos in advance. I am very excited about what downtown will be. I ask that you bear with us as we grow up to become a "real city." We're even getting a light rail, and improved public transportation all around! Our downtown is coming back to life, and it's great!
You can find Montini's entire column at: http://www.azcentral.com/news/columns/articles/0321montini0321.html
Thanks...We can't wait to see you!
Thursday, March 16, 2006
More Hotel Room News
To accommodate attendees, MLA has added a block of rooms at SpringHill Suites by Marriott, 802 E. Van Buren Street, Phoenix, AZ 85006. (map - Mapquest shows the distance as .41 miles.) SpringHill Suites is located a few blocks from the Phoenix Civic Plaza and Convention Center, site of MLA'06.
To make a reservation at SpringHill Suites call 602/307-9929. Be sure to specify you are with the MLA group. The special MLA group rate is $119 per night, plus applicable state and local taxes.
For more information about MLA'06 see
Ray Naegele, CPA
Director of Financial and Administrative Services
Medical Library Association
Knitters or Crafters Coming to Phoenix?
The two closest to the hotels, but requiring a car/cab ride:
- PHOENIX KNITS NEEDLEPOINT CO. map
THE NEEDLEPOINT SHOP
5044 N. 7TH ST.
PHOENIX, AZ 85014
- Knitting in Scottsdale - 7116 E. Mercer Lane, #106. Scottsdale 85254
Arizona Knitting and Needlepoint - 3617 N. Goldwater Blvd., Scottsdale 85251
Our local craft guru is: Kathy Cano Murillo who has a blog at: http://www.craftychica.com/index2.php
Wednesday, March 15, 2006
Restaurants Galore - and Zonies will add their Favorites
GLBT guide to Phoenix
Echo Magazine - Local gay magazine: has a great bar guide and map
Phoenix Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce - news, events
PFlag for Phoenix – Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays
GayPhoenix - information on the local Phoenix gay community including Clubs, Bars, Support Groups, local gay and gay friendly Businesses
Gay Phoenix Shopping
Community Church of Hope Gay-run church close to downtown
Metropolitan Community Church – Another church; well-recognized
AZ Frontrunners Local running/walking group
Arizona Human Rights Fund Political organization
Desert Valley Squares (square dancing group)
Tuesday, March 14, 2006
Where's the sidebar?
Tea Phoenician Resort
Kathleen Carlson, Assistant Librarian-John C. Lincoln Health Network
Thursday, March 09, 2006
Phoenix Area Libraries Welcome MLA Attendees!
Banner Good Samaritan – Brown Health Sciences Library and Middlebrook Patient/Family Resource Center
URL-- http://www.bannerhealth.com/Physicians+and+Residents/Medical+Libraries/AZ+Medical+Library/Library+Home.htm and http://www.bannerhealth.com/Locations/Arizona/Banner+Good+Samaritan+Medical+Center/Programs+and+Services/Support+Services/Middlebrook+Learning+Center.htm
Contact—Sally and Lora at the Brown Library, and Jacque at the Middlebrook Library
Phone -- 602 239-4353 at Brown and 602 239-4970 at the Middlebrook Library.
Email -- email@example.com
Note – Sister Banner Libraries are in nearby Glendale and Mesa.
St. Joseph’s Medical Center Medical Library
Contact: Molly Harrington
Phoenix Children’s Hospital Medical Library and Emily Anderson Family Resource Center
URL: Medical Library -- http://www.phoenixchildrenshospital.com/professionals/medicallibrary.html Emily Center -- http://www.phoenixchildrenshospital.com/about/services/emilycenter/index.html
Address -- 1919 E. Thomas Road
Contact -- Medical Library: Kathy Zeblisky
Phone – Med Library: (602) 546-4248 Emily Center: 602-546-1400
Email -- firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com
Phoenix Public Library Burton Barr Central Library
Address -- 1221 N. Central Av
Phone -- (602) 262-4636
Email – Susie.firstname.lastname@example.org
Other wonderful libraries are a bit further out, but worth considering, for example Mayo Clinic and Hospital, ASU Libraries, and others. The Central Arizona Biomedical Libraries (CABL) and the southern Arizona Biomedical Libraries (SABL) invite your visit:
CABL: Phoenix and north--http://www.samaritan.edu/cabl/#CABL
SABL: south of Phoenix, including Tucson-- http://www.ahsc.arizona.edu/sabl/
Wednesday, March 08, 2006
Hospitality Volunteers Needed!
Visit: http://www.west.asu.edu/colt97z/mlalac.htm to find a day and time to help -Please!
We need help for the Member Resource Room and Placement Center as well!
Monday, March 06, 2006
Our Phoenix Suns are doin' great!
Downtown Phoenix is COOL!
Phoenix in May is very “cool,” so don’t let the temperatures keep you from getting out and seeing the town. Average Phoenix temperatures in May are high of 92 degrees and low 64 degrees with little or no precipitation. The afternoons are warm, but buildings are kept refreshingly cool. Bring a hat or umbrella for sun shade, but you shouldn’t need it for rain showers. The annual meeting in Phoenix calls for casual attire. Cotton or linen clothing is the most comfortable choice for the weather. You may need a light jacket or sweater for the air conditioned meeting rooms, but otherwise don’t pack suits, ties, or hosiery. Do pack sunscreen, sunglasses and always carry a water bottle with you on your outings. Visitors to the desert sometimes are not aware of the extreme dry air and necessity to stay hydrated.
If you have leisure time while in Phoenix, here are some ideas on how to enjoy your visit. The Herberger Theater is walking distance from the hotel and annual meeting. Enjoy a performance at the Herberger of “The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds” or “Tuesdays with Morrie.” See http://www.herbergertheater.org/ for ticket information.
Phoenix Symphony Hall is another venue near the MLA meeting. Beethoven will inspire you at Symphony Hall with performances of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony May 18, 19, and 20. See http://www.phoenixsymphony.org/ for information.
Explore at the Arizona Science Center http://www.azscience.org/. Located only a few blocks from the MLA meeting and hotels, the Science Center boasts a planetarium, IMAX Theater, hands-on learning, exhibits, and the Atomic Café for lunch.
If you prefer sports, the Arizona Diamondbacks baseball team is at “home” during MLA. Chase Field, home of the Diamondbacks, in downtown Phoenix is seven blocks or a short taxi ride from the Hyatt. Check out the game schedule http://arizona.diamondbacks.mlb.com/.
If you would like to step outside the Annual Meeting for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, there are convenient cafes and restaurants nearby. If you are in a hurry in the morning, you can grab a Starbucks coffee at the Wyndham Hotel or stop at Einstein’s in the Hyatt Hotel lobby. Tom’s Tavern (http://www.tomstavernphoenix.com/) at Central Avenue and Washington Street is known for its friendly, quaint pub-like atmosphere. Since 1929 they have served breakfast, lunch and dinner. Kincaid’s, America’s Fish, Chop and Steakhouse, http://www.kincaids.com/index.php?cook=1&locations=Phoenix is located downtown and only a few blocks from the MLA meeting.
Your welcome packet will have a copy of the Phoenix Restaurant Guide. Please also check the hospitality desk for specific dining information and sample menus. The metropolitan Phoenix area has an enormous selection of restaurants to choose from. Many of the restaurants and bars have casual patio dining complete with misting systems to keep you cool and comfortable during your Southwest dining experience.
A warm welcome is extended to all MLA meeting attendees. Phoenix is known for its western hospitality, so come to the annual meeting and enjoy your stay in the “Valley of the Sun.”
The very first-ever MLA Hospitality blog is up and running, and is being used and tracked. Members are asked to make use of the blog by reading it, and by submitting your own comments and questions. Find the blog at: http://mla-lac.blogspot.com/
Please visit the MLA’06 website to learn more about our annual meeting in Phoenix. http://www.mlanet.org/am/am2006/index.html.
Poison Pen - Update
A special event is planned .... Purchase tickets when registering for MLA in the Special Events section. Watch this spot for information about the guest author!
Wednesday, March 01, 2006
WiFi in Phoenix
Free WiFi (wireless Internet; 802.11)
Guests at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix get free wifi with their rooms.
As of March 2006:
- Crave Sandwich Cafe - 541 E. Van Buren (4 blocks)
- Burton Barr Central Library - 1221 N Central Ave. (14 blocks)
- General Phoenix area
- T-Mobile allows its phone subscribers free use of their hotspots on weekends. Scroll past the advertising to a list of their nearby sites. Sign up at their web site.
Search wifi hotspot finders for the Zipcode: 85004.
$$ WiFi Hotspots
As of March 2006:
Ethernet - wired connections
The Wyndham Phoenix offers high-speed Ethernet connections, as does the public library.
Monday, February 27, 2006
Highlights of the literature: Phoenix!
Phoenix for girls
"One mom, two teen daughters, and three manicures equals vacation happiness."
Sunset March 2006
Phoenix & Scottsdale: Who says there's nothing new under the sun?
by Joe Passov, Eamon Lynch, Tara Gravel.
"Phoenix and Scottsdale are known for having some of the grandest old tracks in the Southwest, but this is still fertile terrain--a handful of newer courses have injected new life into the region, giving you even more reasons to visit. Toss in amenities for the not-so-golfy--world-class shopping, great food and superb spas--and you have a destination that promises golf and marital harmony."
Golf Magazine Jan 1, 2006 v48 i1 p114
Phoenix Suburb Pushes To Become First With Wi-Fi Everywhere
by Michelle Roberts.
" Tempe, Ariz. is due to have a Wi-Fi network available for all of its 160,000 residents in February .... Two hours of free access each day also will be available for Internet users on the Arizona State campus or the nearby Mill Avenue retail district, where the network began a year ago as a pilot project and has proven popular."
InformationWeek Dec 12, 2005
Southwest sizzle: .
by Melissa Castleman, Amy Traverso.
"Suddenly Phoenix and Scottsdale have a ton of great places to eat--here are the ones you can't miss."
Sunset Dec 2005
by Melissa Castleman
"Beat the Phoenix heat with a morning hike and breakfast. Catch the sunrise lighting the slender saguaros along the Go John Trail in Cave Creek Regional Park, then linger over breakfast at the Bakery Cafe."
Sunset July 2005
Friday, February 24, 2006
MLA’06 Hotel Update - Breaking News!!!
The Wyndham is located directly across the street from the Hyatt. To make a reservation contact:
Wyndham Phoenix, 50 East Adams Street, Phoenix, AZ 85004.
Hotel direct line, 602.333.000
Hotel reservations, 800.359.7253 or 602.333.5000
Hotel fax, 602.333.5183
Online reservations: www.wyndham-phoenix.com, you must enter 0516819ML in the Group Code field.
If you are holding a reservation at the Hyatt you do not need, please cancel it so the room can be made available to another member who might need it. Attendees can continue to contact the Hyatt, if desired, because rooms might become available as people cancel reservations they do not need.
Tuesday, February 14, 2006
Mystery Lovers - Don't Miss Sunday Evening at the Poisoned Pen
In addition to books, authors and food, the PP is adjacent to an amazing gallery -- The Bentley Projects...watch their website for coming shows: www.bentleyprojects.com
Enjoyable books and authors, great food, and edgy art - what more could we want? Be sure to register for the Sunday evening event prior to coming to Phoenix. No tickets will be "sold at the door".
Friday, February 03, 2006
Arizona ... Who can I ask for help?
If you would like some help ...
These are some of the Local Arrangements Committee Members, MLA 2006 - Phoenix, Arizona, who are ready to give you a hand!
If you have questions, and would like to ask someone local, ask us. Email or call - we will do what we can to answer your questions!
Jacqueline D. Doyle
Liaison Librarian, ASU West
Director, Library Services, Mayo Clinic
Members - listed by first names
Darleen "Dee" Perry
Medical Librarian, Mayo Clinic
Professional Librarian, Sun Health
Information Services, University of Arizona
Assistant Librarian, John C. Lincoln Health Network
Medical Librarian, Phoenix Children's Hospital
Librarian, Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center
602-239-5445 / 602-239-3493
Information Services, University of Arizona
Co-Chair, Hospitality Desk; Co-Chair, Library Guide
Information Services, University of Arizona
Library Director, Maricopa Integrated Health System
Wednesday, February 01, 2006
Take me out to the ballgame!
The AZ Diamondbacks are in town for our meeting...hurray!
Visit their website to learn more, or post here if you are interested in arranging a group of attendees!
Friday, May 19 – Atlanta Braves, 6:40 PM
Saturday, May 20 – Atlanta Braves, 6:40 PM
Sunday, May 21 – Atlanta Braves, 1:40 PM
Monday, May 22 – Pittsburgh Pirates, 6:40 PM
Tuesday, May 23 – Pittsburgh Pirates, 6:40 PM
Wednesday, May 24 – Pittsburgh Pirates, 3:40 PM
Tickets (602) 462-6500
Image from Kingdafy at Flickr.com
Tea Time in the Desert
If you have an hour free in the afternoon, take time for tea.
One problem with heat is that appetite becomes depressed. Fortunately, the state with London Bridge (map) also offers many opportunities to partake of a light afternoon tea (and in some places, afternoon tea's hearty cousin - high tea.)
Arizona Biltmore - elegant & lavish. $31
Serves tea through May. Call 602.381.7632 for reservations.
Map - 7.5 miles
Gooseberries Tea Room - cosy. $15
Map - 10 miles from hotel
Abbey Gardens - country garden. $14.50
More high tea than afternoon tea, with gift shop.
Map - 16 miles
Where to find more places for afternoon tea in Arizona
Teapot image, teapot no. 26 "Gratitude Pot," from the work of tortuga del bosque
Digital Rights & Blog.
** Prices based on web sources in early 2006. **