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Statement of Support to Libraries and Library Workers

Statement of Support to Libraries and Library Workers
Sat March 21, 2020
The MLA Board of Directors released the following statement in support of libraries and library workers during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

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.
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.
There are a variety of reasons of why attending the MLA annual meeting is beneficial and travel assistance is so valuable. Eligibility for the grant has been modified to include a greater variety of librarians with different levels of experience and professional practice backgrounds.
Come to MLA ’20 on Friday, May 15, and Saturday, May 16, to develop a skill in an MLA practice area and have extra time to explore Portland! MLA continuing education (CE) courses are powerful and rewarding learning experiences!

The MLA ’20 Contributed Content Working Group is seeking moderators for paper and lightning talk sessions during MLA ’20. Moderators must register for MLA ’20. Complete the Moderator Sign-Up form by Monday, February 17.
ll MLA '20 attendees will receive a complimentary TriMet transit pass when they pick up their registration packet! The pass is good for the MAX light rail, the streetcar, and busses across Portland through the end of the meeting.
Would you like to help out at MLA ’20? There are opportunities even if you are not from Portland!
Fun facts about the EFTS User Agreement process.
Have you noticed the changes in the schedule for MLA ’20? The most obvious is that the meeting is a little shorter, ending Tuesday evening with the Janet Doe Lecture and reception closing the meeting. Another change is that the Tuesday evening reception is included with the standard registration.
We hope you will join us in envisioning our future in focus at MLA ’20. The meeting will be taking place May 15–19 in Portland, OR. Portland is an incredibly diverse and exciting city with plenty to keep you occupied before, between, and after all of the informative and innovative meeting sessions.
There is still time to apply to the Research Training Institute (RTI)! The deadline to apply is January 17.
MLA is pleased to announce the Research Training Institute (RTI) faculty members for the 2020 RTI at the University of Illinois–Chicago, beginning July 2020.
MLA ’20 will be held May 15-19 in Portland, Oregon. Here are a few reasons, besides attending the conference, that you might want to visit Portland!
The 2020 National Programming Committee is looking for reviewers for posters and lightning talks for MLA ’20, to be held May 15–May 19, 2020, in Portland, OR. To apply, please fill out the Reviewer Interest form by January 15, 2020.

The submission site for posters and lightning talks for MLA ’20 opens December 13, 2019, and will remain open until January 24, 2020. Posters and lightning talks are great ways to share information about research or programs.
Six librarians from southeastern Wisconsin, including RTI fellow Elizabeth Suelzer, AHIP, collaborated on a study that reviewed scholarly works that cited the retracted 1998 article by Wakefield et al. that purported to show an association with the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine and autism.
The Technology in Education Caucus is pleased to announce the following changes, updates, and the recruiting timeline for the My Favorite Tool session during MLA ’20. In 2019, the contestant slots filled up in less than twenty-four hours!
Great news, and thank you!

750+ libraries have expressed their interest to join the new EFTS by requesting a user agreement from MLA.
Are you a library professional interested in learning more about the research process? Do you have a brilliant idea or research topic that you want to pursue? The RTI program takes you through a process of learning research design and completing a health information research project.
A poem by Fred King, AHIP, on reaching the goal for EFTS sign ups.
As you may have learned , MLA has developed the specifications of a new EFTS platform. MLA will proceed with actual development and implementation if a minimum of 750 users sign up for the new platform. As of yesterday, we have surpassed the 60% mark of library requests to receive a user agreement.
MLA expresses grateful appreciation to the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL) for its continuing support of MLA’s Research Training Institute for Health Sciences Librarians (RTI).
MLA has developed the specifications of a new Electronic Funds Transfer System (EFTS) platform. MLA will proceed with actual development and implementation if a minimum of 750 users sign up for the new platform by January 10, 2020, to “crowdfund” it.
For the past three years, the RTI has been funded by the IMLS. We were very grateful to have this funding, but in July 2020, this funding will come to an end. Even though IMLS support is ending, MLA is committed to continuing this successful learning model that educates health sciences librarians

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Burnout among medical and health sciences information professionals who support systematic reviews: an exploratory study
Writing centers, libraries, and medical and pharmacy schools
Benefits of a joint health sciences practicum for students in library and information sciences: a case report
The Scholarship Circle: an introduction to writing for publication for nursing faculty
Response to “Redundancy of terms is not an error but plays a positive role in composing search strategies”
Erich Meyerhoff: a man for all medical librarians
Library resource sharing and the Medical Library Center of New York
Preserving osteopathic antiquity through historical pamphlets and postcards
A passion for the profession: a festschrift honoring Erich Meyerhoff
Redundancy of terms is not an error but plays a positive role in composing search strategies
119th Annual Meeting, Medical Library Association, Inc., Chicago, IL, May 3–8, 2019
Medical history: as it was; as it will be
Anti/Vax: Reframing the Vaccination Controversy
Democratic librarianship: the role of the medical library in promoting democracy and social justice
Foundations of Information Ethics
From Reading to Healing: Teaching Medical Professionalism through Literature
Transforming Health Sciences Library Spaces
The tenth Janet Doe Lecture, a forty-year perspective: still relevant after all these years