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MLA Virtual 2020 Business Meeting and Presidential Addresses

MLA Virtual 2020 Business Meeting and Presidential Addresses
Thu May 21, 2020
MLA held its first virtual annual business meeting on Tuesday, May 19, 2020, with Julia Esparza, AHIP, presiding and 499 members attending. The historic session included the presidential address from Esparza and the inaugural presidential address by Lisa K. Traditi, AHIP.

MLA is pleased to announce the 2020 Research Training Institute (RTI) fellows! This year due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 RTI will be offered in a virtual format from July 13 to 17, 2020. The institute will provide the same high-quality advanced research methods curriculum and learning
The MLA National Program Committee and headquarter team have designed a robust and exciting virtual conference with vendor exhibits, now that the governor of Oregon has limited gatherings in the state to 25 or fewer.
The Mount Sinai Libraries team offers education, teaching, and community engagements throughout the year in a variety of workshops, seminars, courses, and on-site wellness activities. As soon as the library closed and staff moved to work remotely, we quickly reprogrammed all of our offerings.
Methods and best practices for critical appraisal are well established, but the rapid pace of publication during the COVID-19 pandemic is throwing the rule book out the window. Or is it? Join leaders from the Critical Appraisal Institute for Librarians (CAIFL) for ideas, tips, and discussion.

Lilian Hoffecker introduces herself as the MLAConnect Global Health & Health Equity (GH&HE) column editor and welcomes submissions related to international cooperation, global health, and health equity.
Connect your users to full text in one-click from all your databases with LibKey. Join Third Iron Co-founder and President John Seguin in a free webinar to learn more.
Ying Zhong, 2019 RTI fellow, was recently awarded a research grant in the amount of $4,970 by the CSUB Research Council of the University (RCU).
You all know by now that MLA ’20 has now been rescheduled for August 15–19. Although the 2020 NPC, the MLA Board, and the MLA headquarters staff are all working to make this year’s meeting a success, there are still many unknowns, just as there are in our workplaces and other segments of our lives.
The Levy Library at the Icahn School of Medicine converted library classrooms to a storage area for respirators arriving for deployment, and the library’s main hall was used to store patients’ beds in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dental Caucus leaders Amanda Nevius, Nicole Theis-Mahon, AHIP, and Nena Schvaneveldt, AHIP, will discuss the impact of COVID-19 on dental schooling and invite you to share your stories.
Tuesday, May 5, 10:00 a.m., pacific time; 11:00 a.m., mountain time; noon, central time; 1:00 p.m., eastern time
Ruby Nugent and Brandi Tuttle, AHIP, share their experiences moving two very different education offerings online in a hurry.
Date: Tuesday, April 28
Time: 10:00 a.m., pacific time; 11:00 a.m., mountain time; noon, central time; 1:00 p.m., eastern time
Date: Thursday, April 23

Time: 2:00 p.m., pacific time; 3:00 p.m., mountain time; 4:00 p.m., central time; 5:00 p.m., eastern time. Note the Thursday date and special mid/late afternoon times for this session.

Audience: Medical librarians, music lovers, and anyone feeling stressed these days.
Aligned with the call of the LatinX Caucus of the MLA to contribute to the MLA COVID-19 Resources for Medical Librarians & Other Health Information Professionals page, Nora Franco and the LatinX Caucus assembled Spanish language resources. Read more in Nora Franco’s article posted in Latitudes.
The COVID-19 Citizen Science (CCS) project has just been launched a way for people from every walk of life to help in the battle against this virus. Learn more in Michele Spatz’s article originally posted in PNR Dragonfly.

Comics about cancer? Comic book writer A. David Lewis writes about building a virtual collection of graphic medicine titles for oncology patients and caregivers. Lewis is a comics scholar focusing on literary theory, religious studies, and graphic medicine.
On Tuesday, April 21, Michelle Kraft, AHIP,will share her experiences, challenges, and solutions to managing employees remotely. Ellen Aaronson, AHIP, will share how her virtual role has changed during the time of COVID-19. Participants will have opportunities to share their experiences and tips.
Sarah T. Jewell and Margaret Jane Foster, AHIP, team up to explore curated article sets, MEDLINE search issues specific to platforms, and epidemiological, clinical, and policy data sets in this rapidly changing COVID-19 information environment.
Health care providers have unique opportunities to identify and support patients who have been trafficked for labor or sex. Because human trafficking happens in all communities and impacts short- and long-term health of victims, it is essential for clinicians to know how to identify it.
Join the COVID-19 Conversation: Professional Partnerships in the Time of COVID-19: Masks and More on Tuesday, April 7.
To support the ongoing public health emergency response efforts, national science and technology advisors from a dozen countries formed a Public Health Emergency COVID-19 Initiative, calling on publishers to voluntarily agree to make their COVID-19 and coronavirus-related publications accessible.
MLA is launching a series of free, live, online conversations, Coping and Caring in the Time of COVID. These weekly conversations for MLA members and the wider health information professional community are designed to help share ideas and to address pain points related to the crisis.
These are strange times. My entire staff and I are working from home as our University is shut down while dealing with COVID-19. I never thought I would miss being constantly interrupted, but there is a definite feeling of disconnection and loneliness when you don’t see the same people in person.
The MLA Board of Directors released the following statement in support of libraries and library workers during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
MLA members have started a curated list of COVID-19 resources for medical librarians and other health information professionals. The site will be updated as frequently as possible and has been created from crowd-sourced suggestions.

During this temporary emergency, all MLA team members are working from home and remain fully available to serve you.
Have you used reflection to improve your performance at work or to better understand situations at work? If so, consider participating in a new research study, “Health Science Librarians’ Engagement in Work-Related Reflection: A Qualitative Exploration of Why They Invest in Reflective Practice."
We have heard from many of you about the potential effect of COVID-19 on your attendance at MLA ’20. With our top priority being the health and safety of all members and participants at our meeting, the MLA Board of Directors approved rescheduling MLA’s annual meeting to August 15–19.
Portland is full of wonderful libraries, archives, and bookstores, and we hope that you find time to visit these special places and collections during your visit. Listed below are a number of institutions which will be happy to welcome you.
Portland is currently open for business, and travel is not restricted. According to authorities, the risk of exposure in Portland is still low. See the latest statement from Travel Portland with useful links to multiple resources.
Implications of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak are changing on a daily basis. Based on the trusted information we know today, and guidance from WHO, CDC and other agencies, we are moving forward with MLA '20 as scheduled.
Are you looking for a fun and informative activity with fellow librarians while in Portland? The 2020 Local Assistance Committee has got you covered. Join us for a tour of the libraries at the National University of Natural Medicine and the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine.
Your MLA EFTS team has been hard at work to implement the new EFTS. Check out the latest news and announcements,
A recent study published in the Journal of the Medical Library Association found that early career professionals in the field of cancer research have a complicated relationship to open access (OA) publishing.
Welcome to the inaugural Global Health & Health Equity column! This column will cover hub activities and be a platform of relevant topics in our profession.

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