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MLA Open Forum: Publications

MLA Open Forum: Publications
Thu April 8, 2021
Learn more about MLA publications and the efforts MLA is making with regard to diversity, equity, and inclusion with its publications.

Read about I Am MLA Ambassador Jolene Miller.
JMLA wishes to publish articles that address DEI issues among our health sciences library workforce and user communities, even—and especially—when they serve to disrupt the status quo or question core assumptions in our profession. Read more in Katherine Akers' Equity Initiative Update.
Read about I Am MLA Ambassador Helen-Ann Brown Epstein, AHIP, FMLA.
The National Programming Committee invites you to participate in an informative and engaging virtual experience during the 2021 MLA vConference, “Transforming Our Diversifying Communities,” May 10 – May 27.
Read about I Am MLA Ambassador Matthew Bridgeman.
Read about I Am MLA Ambassador Stephanie Fulton, AHIP
The Global Health & Health Equity Domain Hub fosters organizational and professional partnerships to improve the development, access, dissemination, and understanding of health information for and by diverse populations in the United States and globally to improve the health of populations.
Read about I Am MLA Ambassador Ellen M. Aaronson, AHIP

MLA Past President Beverly Murphy, AHIP, FMLA, introduces the I Am MLA profile series and shares her profile.
Read about I Am MLA Ambassador Marie T. Ascher
Read about I Am MLA Ambassador Jamie E. Bloss, AHIP
Read about I Am MLA Ambassador Deidre (Dede) Rios, AHIP
The 2021 National Programming Committee invites reviewers for posters and lightning talks for MLA ’21, to be held May 2021. To apply, fill out the Reviewer Interest form by February 3, 2021.
Each year, former President Barack Obama shares his top books, many of which describe the sensitive balance of experiences related to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). His 2020 books are no different, offering some of the best writing and compelling stories.
The 2021 National Program Committee invites abstract submissions that support the annual meeting theme “Transforming Our Diversifying Communities.” Update: the MLA ’21 Call for Poster and Lightning Talks will remain open until February 15, 2021.
Newsflash! The Research Training Institute (RTI) has created a new Twitter account for all things related to RTI: @RTIatMLA!
There is still time to apply to the Research Training Institute (RTI)! The deadline to apply is January 10. Visit the RTI website to learn about the application process, scholarships, and the program.
The Research Training Institute Online (RTI Online) learning program is a unique and highly effective immersive training program in advanced research methods. RTI ’20 and RTI ’21 have adapted the program to an online environment and expanded the training with new faculty experts and new research top
JMLA recently launched a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Initiative aimed at publishing more articles that recognize and address social injustices; speak to diversity, equity, and inclusion in our workforce and among our user populations; and share critical perspectives on health sciences librarian
On October 29–30, 2020, MLA hosted a free online fall forum that was open to all. This was the sixth summit in the MLA InSight Initiative, bringing together more than 185 health sciences librarians, end users, scholarly communication, and information provider organizations.
Read about I Am MLA Ambassador Kristine M. Alpi, AHIP
The new EFTS, powered by MLA, platform is live, powerful, secure, and now fully integrated into DOCLINE. There have been lots of changes with successes and growing pains. Here is an update.
Sandra McCarthy, AHIP, Bailey Library, Washtenaw Community College, Ann Arbor, MI, is the recipient of the 2020 Academic Librarian of the Year from the Michigan Library Association.
Clinical and academic health libraries are facing novel challenges in engaging their patrons, stakeholders, and other members of their communities. A panel of three librarians with responsibilities for communication, marketing, and outreach will share their experiences in engaging their communities

Elizabeth Suelzer, AHIP, MCW Libraries, Medical College of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, is the recipient of the 2020 Librarian of the Year by the Wisconsin Health Science Library Association (WHSLA).
In a recent article published in Hypothesis, Liz Kellermeyer, AHIP, has explored the factors affecting clinical care team referrals to the medical library. The medical library is a unique resource for patients, offering librarian-mediated searches, guidance, and help.
Read about I Am MLA Ambassador Kelsa Bartley
Read about I Am MLA Ambassador Naomi Bishop, AHIP
Read about I Am MLA Ambassador Alexander J. Carroll, AHIP
Read about I Am MLA Ambassador Don P. Jason III
Read about I Am MLA Ambassador Heather A. McEwen
The Technology in Education Caucus held a beta test of the Virtual My Favorite Tool event on Tuesday, November 10, in preparation for the MLA ’21 annual meeting. Four tools were presented to an audience of ninety participants. As promised, the caucus organized a fun and fast-paced event.
If you work at an academic health sciences library like I do, I am sure you have sometimes wondered about the impact of your teaching. Do your students actually retain material when you guide them through an activity or a one-shot teaching session?
Are you a library professional who wants to take your research skills to the next level? Do you have a brilliant idea or research topic that you have wanted to pursue but do not know where to start and need help to carry it through? Apply for the 2021 MLA Research Training Institute (RTI).
Planning for a future conference in the era of COVID-19 remains a challenge because of the uncertainty related to the ability to meet in-person. MLA announces that the MLA ’21 annual meeting experience will include a virtual component that builds on the success of the MLA ’20 vConference.
As president of the European Association of Health Information and Libraries (EAHIL), the most active European association in the field of medical information, I had a privileged view of how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting libraries.

MLA expresses our sincere appreciation to all of these companies for their generous support of MLA ’20.
The 2021 National Programming Committee invites reviewers for papers, posters, and lightning talks for MLA ’21, to be held May 2021. To apply, fill out the MLA ’21 Reviewer Signup form by October 20, 2020.
Read about I Am MLA Ambassador Charlotte Beyer, AHIP
Read about I Am MLA Ambassador Michelle Kraft, AHIP, FMLA
Read about I Am MLA Ambassador Laura Menard
Read about I Am MLA Ambassador Matthew N. Noe
Read about I Am MLA Ambassador Peace Ossom Williamson, AHIP
The 2021 National Program Committee calls for the first round of submissions for MLA ’21. Find information about the submission process. Extended to November 5.
How do you conduct a systematic review with limited resources? Twenty years ago, it would have been impossible to search and access the articles that these reviews notoriously require. But with library professionals as trainers and the support of Hinari, producing systematic reviews is feasible.
Curious about how other libraries were providing accessibility information, I searched the existing literature and found very few studies that focused on libraries’ accessibility information pages and none involving any consultation with users with disabilities.
This is a collection of favorite books and/or current reads that were mentioned in the New Members/First-Time Attendees meeting held on Monday, July 27, 2020, at the beginning of the MLA ’20 vConference.
Read about I Am MLA Ambassador Tamara M. Nelson, AHIP
Read about I Am MLA Ambassador Ruby L. Nugent
Read about I Am MLA Ambassador Lisa K. Traditi, AHIP
This list is a compilation of books recommended throughout the MLA ’20 vConference. Special thanks to the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Reading Club; African American Medical Librarians Alliance Caucus; Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee; MLA Book Club; and Twitter recommendation
MLA’s InSight Initiative is a thought-leadership initiative uniquely designed to address the common problem of disintermediation by engaging health sciences librarians and information providers in high-level, high-value dialogue on issues that matter to both communities.
In fall 2016, I submitted a poster abstract to MLA ’17. My goal was simple: I wanted to see what point-of-care (POC) products health sciences libraries offered, how libraries promoted POCs, and if they used POCs in classes.
All paper and lightning talk presentations have been prerecorded and are posted in the Online Planner. The one-hour time blocks in the virtual program are for attendees to ask questions live to paper and lightning talk authors.
Don’t miss your chance to participate in the MLA ’20 vConference and Exhibits. MLA is looking forward to a truly memorable vConference and invites you to Live Action Week!
MLA is excited to announce Esther Choo, John Brownstein, and Chris Shaffer as keynote speakers at the MLA ’20 vConference and Exhibits, the full-featured experience of virtual learning and networking.
Training from the MLA RTI has come in handy again! I am a fellow in the 2019 cohort, and my project is currently in the final draft stages. I know one of the goals of the RTI is to equip librarians with tools to do research on an ongoing basis, so I am sharing an additional research project.
The MLA ’20 vConference and Exhibits, a full-featured experience of virtual learning and networking, kicked off on Monday, July 27, with an opening session that was available to all, including all MLA members, registrants, and vendors.
IMLS has awarded MLA a $227,862 Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program Grant over a 3-year period to build upon, extend, and enhance the successful RTI. IMLS funding for August 2020–July 2023 will enable MLA to transition the existing RTI research curriculum and learning activities.
Learn more about the RTI program and join the RTI fellows and faculty on Wednesday, August 5, from noon–1:30 p.m., central time, as they present their research work and discuss their perceptions and experiences of conducting research in practice. All MLA members are welcome to attend.
What makes Rahab’s Sisters unique is the concept of radical hospitality. Rahab’s Sisters’ core mission is creating community for women and gender nonconforming folks “marginalized by poverty, houselessness, sex work, violence and substance use.” Community is a need that is often overlooked.
Read about I Am MLA Ambassador P J Grier
Read about I Am MLA Ambassador Adela V. Justice, AHIP
Read about I Am MLA Ambassador Anu Moorthy
Doctoral studies offer a unique phase in the development and legitimization of researchers, and it is essential to understand the distinct practices of this population if librarians are to support this process in an evidence-based manner.
The article by Virginia Marie Trow, “Clinical Support: As Losses Mount, US Hospitals Furlough Librarians with Other Hospital Staff,” describes the impacts of COVID-19 on hospital finances and employees, and on hospital librarians. Numerous hospital librarians reported furloughs or reduced hours.
George Floyd’s murder on May 25 set off the latest round of Black Lives Matters demonstrations as well as discussions and statements on social media and in email discussions. You may ask, “What can I do?” The answer is plenty.
In this time of COVID-19, clinical and academic health libraries face facilities and personnel management challenges. On July 14, a panel of five librarian leaders from clinical and academic libraries, will share their experiences, lessons learned, and plans.
Envision our future and celebrate our past at the MLA ’20 vConference, August 10–14, 2020! The 2020 NPC has planned an exciting, educational, and interesting schedule of events. A live kick-off event will take place on July 27, 2020.
As part of the application process for the MLA Research Training Institute (RTI), applicants submit a list of key words or phrases that describes the topic of their research that year. Below are word clouds of the key words that were submitted to the RTI for each year since 2018..
Part of the PNR Rendezvous series of the Pacific Northwest Region (PNR) of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM), the “Still Searching for One Health: Information Services that Support Prevention of Emerging Zoonotic Disease” webinar will be on Wednesday, June 17.
Join your colleagues, friends, and vendors for the MLA ’20 vConference and Exhibits, a full-featured experience of virtual learning and networking. MLA invites you to participate in this groundbreaking, interactive experience designed by your 2020 National Program Committee (NPC) and the MLA team.

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