It seems impossible that a year has gone by and that I am actually writing this as Past Chair of RUSA/MARS. It was an eventful year and although it would have been nice if it had ended a bit less dramatically, I think we can say that overall the Toronto conference was very successful. The MARS Happy Hour was a huge success (maybe it was that perfect Fairmont “Library Bar ” location!) and I was pleased to meet a number of visitors, including several newly graduated librarians interested in MARS. All of the planned MARS programs went forward and attracted large audiences. The MARS Preconference on Digital Reference @Your Library II was a solid success. The fact that we actually had a larger than expected number of registrants is testament to the excellent job the entire Preconference Planning Committee did in putting together the program and publicizing it. A special thanks goes to co-chairs Danianne Mizzy and Lesley Bell and to Susan Hocker and Valerie Edwards for being there to make sure that everything ran smoothly, every step of the way. The Chair’s program on “The Information Commons “ drew a standing room only crowd and fulfilled its promise to be a provocative program. Please see the program report that Rosemary Meszaros and Linda Keiter have provided elsewhere in this newsletter. This event was so successful because of the efforts of every single individual on the committee: Rosemary Meszaros, Chair; Lesley Bell (providing many of the local arrangements,) Lise Dyckman, John Glace
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