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Today Is “Move” Day for MLA’s Chicago Headquarters, Just A Few Blocks Away

Today Is “Move” Day for MLA’s Chicago Headquarters, Just A Few Blocks Away
Thu June 13, 2019
After twenty years ago at its headquarters, MLA moved to a new office at 225 West Wacker Drive, Suite 650, Chicago IL, 60606. Read about the changes over twenty years and the new building.

The Plenary Sessions were a great way to start the day and take everything in before I attended sessions and met with vendors. There were four plenaries this year and this post focuses on session #2.
MLA'19 was this new librarian's first medical library conference.
A summary of posters focusing on health literacy.
MLA'19 was full of fun and festive social events.

While most of the non-MLA activities, tours, museums, and designer stores in Chicago do not open until 10am, there are still plenty of things to do.

Join a Sunrise Seminar offered by one of our many vendors, like as Wolters Kluwer, Elsevier, Visual Dx, and APA, just to name a few.
If you are a mem
Elevate your search strategy using these tools!
The theme of this year’s MLA Conference was to “elevate,” and the posters presented delivered. Many of the posters discussed how they improved, changed, reimagined, empowered, or “elevated” an aspect of their library.

For instance, a poster from the University of Hawaii at Manoa discussed how Wikip
For those who weren’t able to attend, here’s what was covered in the “Elevating by Evaluating: Recognizing and Avoiding Implicit Bias in Consumer Health Information” immersion session.
New members, mentors, and colleagues attended the new members and first-time attendees breakfast on Sunday, May 5, perhaps the most beautiful day Chicago has ever seen.
One in seven health sciences librarians (particularly newer and younger ones) may be prone to feeling like a fraud in their role, but working with colleagues, professional development, and mentorship may help eliminate those feelings.
The sections were abuzz at this year’s annual MLA Conference over the upcoming MLA Section transitions.
You might not have learned about adulting or virtual reality in your cataloging class, but you can ask your MLA colleagues!
Members enjoyed the exhibit hall which was full of fun and good cheer. Attendees mingled with vendors and colleagues while enjoying food, games, and giveaways.
How to rock it at a professional conference…whether you stayed in or hit the town with your colleagues, MLA ’19 had something for everyone.

Check out what NLM is up to!
Something for everyone – Immersion Sessions
NLM is updating PubMed. Learn where you can see the new version now and what changes are coming.
A reflection on reflective practice.
An excellent presentation on how one library uses Artificial Intelligence to assist with complex searches.
A summary of what was learned from attending a few contributed sessions on starting systematic review services.
A brief reflection on the social and networking opportunities provided by MLA annual meetings and how to seek them out.
A quick summary of the Nursing and Allied Health Resources Section (NAHRS) dinner.
A brief overview of first-time exhibitors at MLA ’19.
MLA ’19 offered plenty of social events to see old friends and meet new ones.

An MLA’19 attendee chooses her own adventure: Looking for and finding laughs.
Sharing knowledge through poster presentations.
A few lessons learned by a first-time attendee regarding MLA’s organizational new structure.
Tips for organizing an immersion session from a contributor.
The hospitality booth binder is now available online.
The SitStayRead dog teams are joining us at MLA'19.
Tips for a happy and healthy conference.
Packing essentials from veteran meeting attendee.
The MLA'19 official blog and Twitter correspondents share their unique perspective, as they keep you current on on conference events.
Will you be in Chicago on Thursday or Friday before the official conference programming begins? Don’t eat alone! Join your colleagues for a dine-around.

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October 2019
Friday, October 4 - Monday, October 7, 2019
Milwaukee, WI

Sunday, October 6 - Tuesday, October 8, 2019
Durham, NC

Thursday, October 10 - Sunday, October 13, 2019
Savannah, GA

Friday, October 11 - Wednesday, October 16, 2019
Oklahoma City, OK

Sunday, October 13 - Tuesday, October 15, 2019
Omaha, NE

Wednesday, October 23 - Friday, October 25, 2019
Watkins Glen, NY

Sunday, October 27 - Tuesday, October 29, 2019
Boise, ID

November 2019
Wednesday, November 6 - Wednesday, November 6, 2019
Rutgers Inn and Conference Center, New Brunswick, NJ

October 2020
Saturday, October 3 - Monday, October 5, 2020
Bloomington, IN



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