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Conference 2010: Overview of Evaluation Results

Thank you to members who turned in their post-meeting evaluations for the 2010 conference! Your opinion counts!

Rather than giving out all the data collected from the evaluations, this article summarizes general rankings of events at the conference. The majority of attendees ranked the 2010 conference excellent, overall. The Conference Facilities ranked the highest on the evaluations followed by hotel accommodations and food.Nancy’s Reception which gives attendees the opportunity to network and enjoy good food scored excellent in overall rankings. The keynote speaker was high on the majority’s list of valued events with mixed value for other programming where scores were split between good and excellent. The vendors, poster sessions, and NLM update followed programming with lower scores. There was an even split of lower scores between the business meeting and the roundtables with the roundtables ranking the lowest of all the events. For the CE offerings, Building an Electronic Collection was the favorite, followed by PubMed for Experts and Knowledge Sharing. The tours and Health Issues CE were least favored.

The added comments below are a summary from attendees written comments. The majority of attendees were repeat attendees who had attended an HSLI conferences 5 times or more over the last 20 or so years. Only 5 were newbies. Attendees decided to attend the HSLI conference overall because of CE and location. While networking and professional participation were valued, surprisingly cost was low as a deciding factor in attendance. When asked what they like best about the conference, attendees ranked CE and speakers second to location, food, and facilities. Suggested changes included expanding vision for continuing education with more nationally known instructors and more time between events. Facilities and tours were identified as areas for upgrading to include more comfort and better organization.

In general, the majority of attendees valued the conference and plan on participating next year. Suggestions for future conferences will help with planning an even better experience for next year’s planning committee.

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