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Mosaic '16


General Information

MLA's online program will help you navigate the meeting. It includes listings of meetings, educational sessions and exhibitors. Note, access to My Plan and Online Meeting Content (session recordings) is limited to only paid annual meeting registrants. If you would like access, signup for e-Conference Registration.

Description of Program Sessions 1-4 (subject to change)

Meeting registration: now open 
Hotel reservation: Closed
Call for submissions: Closed

Plan to attend the largest gathering of medical librarians and health information professionals in the world at the joint meeting of the Medical Library Association (MLA), the Canadian Health Libraries Association/Association des bibliothèques de la santé du Canada (CHLA/ABSC), and the International Clinical Librarian Conference (ICLC) in Toronto May 13–18, 2016. Come be part of the big picture!


Meeting Dates: May 13–18, 2016

  • Friday, May 13: pre-meeting continuing education (CE) courses, local tours, and library visits
  • Saturday, May 14: pre-meeting CE courses, Welcome Reception and Opening of the Hall of Exhibits
  • Sunday, May 15–Wednesday, May 18: plenary session and session programs
  • Wednesday, noon–5:00 p.m.: CE courses, local tours, and library visits

See the new “Schedule at a Glance” for the Joint Meeting Schedule


First Timers’ Reception on Saturday
  • New to the association? First time attending the meeting? The CHLA/ABSC Board of Directors invites new members and first-time meeting attendees to come join them for a drink and informal networking with colleagues prior to the Opening of the Hall of Exhibits. In the spirit of Mosaic ’16, new members and first timers from MLA and ICLC are also welcome to attend!
Chapter President’s Roundtable, on Monday
  • CHLA/ABSC chapter presidents are invited to help the incoming president plan the future of the association. This invitation-only event replaces the traditional Chapter Presidents’ Lunch for 2016.
Annual General Meeting & Lunch, Tuesday
  • Come hear about the CHLA/ABSC’s accomplishments for 2015–2016 and plans for the coming year. All CHLA/ABSC members and those interested in joining the association are welcome to attend..
Interest Group Meetings on Tuesday
  • Join your interest group colleagues for some informal discussion and face-to-face networking.

Meeting Format

Medical Library Association
116th Annual Meeting and Exhibition
Metro Toronto Convention Centre
Toronto, Ontario Canada
May 13–18, 2016

The 116th Annual Meeting and Exhibition of the Medical Library Association is a joint meeting with the Canadian Health Libraries Association/Association des bibliothèques de la santé du Canada (CHLA/ABSC) and the International Clinical Librarian Conference (ICLC).

This is the premier destination for medical librarians and related health information professionals to advance your skills and knowledge and give you the necessary tools to overcome challenges and help your organization succeed. The meeting is a 4-and-1/2 day interdisciplinary educational experience, with a 3-day commercial exhibition that attracts over 100 exhibitors from around the world. Meeting highlights include the John P. McGovern Award Lecture and over 200 peer-reviewed papers, lightning talks, and 240 posters.

The theme “Mosaic: Be Part of the Big Picture” (Mosaic ’16) recognizes the multitude of skills, knowledge, and roles that medical librarians and health information professionals bring to advance their libraries and organizations.

Join your colleagues May 13–18 in Toronto to be reenergized with great speakers, engaging educational sessions, and interactive paper and poster sessions. Be “Part of the Big Picture” and be prepared to seize your professional challenges and succeed.

Continuing Education

Join your colleagues at Mosaic '16  for innovative and practical continuing education (CE) courses.  CE courses are a great way to learn new roles and stay at the forefront of the health information profession. Courses will take place on Friday, May 13, and Saturday, May 14.

Making Your Case To Attend

Connect with colleagues and stay current in the profession. Making Your Case to Attend.

What do Members Love About the Meeting?

Top reasons:

  • Relevant and engaging CE courses
  • Networking that creates meaningful relationships
  • Cutting-edge ideas from leading presenters
  • Information about new products and services that help save money and improve services

See what your colleagues say. Statements are from the most recent annual meeting evaluation:


    • “Attending MLA is indispensable for librarians with a strong role or interest in any health sciences! “
    •  “Attending the Medical Library Association s annual meeting gives you the knowledge, inspiration, and enthusiasm to follow your heart and be a library superstar. “
    •  “Best Meeting ever!”
    •  “Attending the MLA conference always reminds me of the great work being done by many creative and dedicated librarians. The speakers and programming inspire me. The CE courses advance my skills and knowledge.”
    • “I find attendance at the annual meeting to be a much needed professional development power boost and national peer networking opportunity. Absolutely love seeing my long distance professional colleagues in person each year “
    • “As a Master s student, I appreciated the learning experiences and support I received at MLA 15 in Austin, TX. I learned so much and made wonderful connections with people. “
    • “MLA Annual Meetings, an opportunity to hear inspiring speakers, network with colleagues, talk with exhibitors, and experience geographic treasurers!”
    •  “The annual meeting is an exceptional place to networks, learn, and get exposure to a world of information that is tailored to health sciences librarianship.”
    •  “The Section Programming and Poster sessions are the most important part of the MLA Annual Meeting.”
    •  “I have been to TLA, ALA, and ACRL--none of them come close to the level of networking and education provided at MLA.”


    • “The Hospital Libraries Section had a wonderful play with six skits about librarianship and was funny and captivating. Lovely ice cream social, too!”
    •  “Interacting with your peers provides valuable information about resources/practices/software they use in their libraries.”
    •  “The Annual MLA Meeting is a chance to catch up with longtime friends, make new friends and pick up a pearl or two of wisdom.” Helen-Ann Brown
    •  “I enjoyed the diversity in programming and participation.”

 First Timer

    • “As a first timer, I didn’t know what to expect and I am not the world’s most outgoing person. The people I met were warm, friendly, and engaging. On top of everything else, I learned a lot!”
    •  “This was my first MLA Annual. I have been a librarian over 25 yrs. and attended many annual meetings (mostly SLA). This conference offered excellent content - both immediately applicable in my library as well as aspirational ideas for the next 2-4 years. I’ll send my staff and come again myself.”


    • I was thrilled with the opportunity to take CE courses in genomics databases and in advanced searching from some of the key people in these areas. They been there, done that--and are still doing it! What a deal!”

Register for Mosaic ’16   

Mosaic 2016 – Supporting the local community

One of MLA’s annual meeting traditions is a group community service project that improves the area where the meeting is being held.

This year’s community service project is “Promoting Health Professions for First Nations Kids.” Our goal is to send hundreds of books to children in First Nations communities in Ontario, to encourage them to dream of careers in the health professions. In partnership with Club Amick and the Southern Ontario Library Service, approximately 225 titles have been identified to develop special collections in up to 5 schools, primarily in northern Ontario.

Aboriginal Canadians are 4.3% of the Canadian population, but less than 1% are doctors, and the Aboriginal community faces serious health challenges. This project is based on work conducted by the Université de Montréal.

To participate, simply purchase one or more of the preselected books on the Amazon book list Promoting Health Professions for First Nations Kids (see links below). At checkout, select the ship to address listed for "Mosaic 2016 Children’s Book Project". Or stop by the Mosaic ’16 Hospitality Desk in Toronto. Canadian donors should use the list here.  Donors from other countries may find this list more helpful. 

If you have questions, please contact Sandy Iverson.

Meeting Venue

The Metro Toronto Convention Centre will be the site for most meetings and the Hall of Exhibits.

Mosaic ’16 Blog

Check out the lastest news for Mosaic '16 on the official meeting blog.

Code of Conduct

MLA maintains a code of conduct that outlines procedures to report potential violations. If you feel you are in imminent danger, call police at 911.

Disclosure Policy

MLA Disclosure Policy for Speakers and Authors

Organizing Committees

See the full list of organizers

Joint Planning Committee Cochairs

Anne K. Seymour

Jeff Mason

Local Assistance Committee Cochairs

David Lightfoot

Vanessa Kitchin

Official Meeting Hotel

Fairmont Royal York, Toronto
100 Front Street W
Toronto, Ontario, CANADA   M5J 1E3

Hotel rooms are reserved and paid for separately from meeting registration, via onPeak, the meeting's official reservation service.

See the Hotel information and reservation page for detail on rates and to reserve a room now.


Registration Packages and Fees

All paid registrants will have online access to video and audio recordings, with visual electronic presentations. In addition, meeting registrants have online access to video of selected plenary sessions and posters. Posters will be online live a few weeks prior to the meeting.

Register early to qualify for the discounted fees listed on the registration form. After midnight, central time, March 31, 2016, fees increase.

Student Discount

You qualify for student rates if you hold student membership in MLA or CHLA/ABSC. Student members also qualify for continuing education courses (CE) and symposia for only $50 (CAD64 for Canadian residents only) each, pending available space. You may join MLA as a student member when you register online. 

Member Discount

MLA members in good standing are eligible for discounted member rates. To qualify for member rates, MLA membership for 2015 must be paid by March 31, 2015. Nonmembers may join by paying dues with registration.

Please select the registration package that best fits your interest and budget. The table below lists the features of each package.





Online access to audio sessions with electronic presentations




Online access to streaming video of keynote and other select plenary sessions




Online access to posters before, during, and after the meeting.




Access to program, abstract book, and list of attendees




Access to program planner




Admission to meeting sessions and Hall of Exhibits




1 Ticket to the Welcome Reception




1 Ticket to the Presidents’ Awards Dinner




Registration Rates and Information


The Hall of Exhibits will be located in the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto, ON, Canada.

For information on exhibiting at Mosaic ’16, visit, or contact Greg Andruch, Hall-Erickson, at 630.434.7779.

Exhibit Hall Hours

  • Saturday, May 14: 5:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m., ticketed event: Welcome Reception/Opening of Exhibits, Sponsored by NEJM Group
  • Sunday, May 15: noon–5:00 p.m., exhibits open
  • Monday, May 16: 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m., exhibits open
  • Tuesday, May 17: 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m., exhibits open

Volunteer Opportunities

Come join us at the 2016 MLA-CHLA/ABSC-ICLC Conference: Mosaic/Mosaique: Be part of the big picture/Faites partie du portrait global! 

This is the largest gathering of medical librarians and health information professionals in the world, including the Medical Library Association (MLA), the Canadian Health Libraries Association/Association des bibliothèques de la santé du Canada (CHLA/ABSC), and the International Clinical Librarian Conference (ICLC) at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MTTC) in Toronto May 13–18, 2016. 

Please consider volunteering for the following positions:

Assembly of Meeting Bags 

This event will take place before the conference's official start on Thursday, May 12 at 12:30 p.m. at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.   It will last about 3-4 hours.


Placement Center/Members' Resource Room 

These are two-hour minimum shifts. Times vary.  See registration page for details.


Hospitality Information Booth 

You will answer questions such as program details and changes, dining, tours, entertainment, and other information as may be necessary.  Knowledge of Toronto is an asset.  See registration page for details.


Thank you for considering volunteering with us. We look forward to seeing you in Toronto!

Hospitality Information Booth and Volunteer Subcommittees, LAC

MLA-CHLA/ABSC-ICLC 2016 Toronto, Metro Toronto Convention Centre

Mosaic/Mosaique '16 :  Be part of the big picture/Faites partie du portrait global! ​

Additional Resources

Mosaic '16 Blog

I Found a New eCompanion!

Les présentations éclairs à la canadienne

Les affiches. Beaucoup, beaucoup d’affiches.