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New MLA Data Services Specialization Keeps Pace with Expanding Roles for Health Sciences Librarians

New MLA Data Services Specialization Keeps Pace with Expanding Roles for Health Sciences Librarians
Thu January 14, 2021
As scientific research becomes increasingly data-driven, medical librarians and other health information professionals are ideally situated to provide support for data services. Find out about the new Data Services Specialization (DSS) to meet demand for training and certificates in this area.

The 2021 National Program Committee invites abstract submissions that support the annual meeting theme “Transforming Our Diversifying Communities.” The MLA ’21 Call for Poster and Lightning Talks is now open and will remain open until February 9, 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.
MLA Past President Beverly Murphy, AHIP, FMLA, introduces the I Am MLA profile series and shares her profile.
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.
Read about I Am MLA Ambassador Tony Nguyen, AHIP
Read about I Am MLA Ambassador Shenita Peterson
Read about I Am MLA Ambassador Meredith Solomon, AHIP
Read about I Am MLA Ambassador Aidy Weeks, AHIP
The last day for ILL transactions on UCHC EFTS is June 30 (transaction day). After June 30, DOCLINE will reset the EFTS participant flag to reflect participation in MLA EFTS, and you will no longer be able to retrieve DOCLINE EFTS transaction information if you are not signed up with MLA.
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.
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.

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