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MLA '22 Conference & Exhibits

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MLAConnect provides the community with insights on the health information profession, and members with news and information about MLA and its communities.
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Recruitment for JMLA Editor-in-Chief Is Underway

Recruitment for JMLA Editor-in-Chief Is Underway
Thu December 2, 2021
MLA is encouraging applications for Editor-in-Chief of JMLA. This position has the opportunity to make a powerful impact on the course of scholarly communication.

Librarians are important partners for nurses who seek to improve their practice within their workplace and continue to be indispensable as nurses start their professional and academic careers.
The call for volunteers to serve on 2022–2023 committees and juries is now open.
Calling all medical history buffs! That means you, medical librarians! The New Orleans Pharmacy Museum, located in the heart of the New Orleans French Quarter, is a nationally registered historic site. Added bonus: some claim it’s haunted! 

Louis J. Dufilho, Jr., the country’s first licensed pharm
The MLA ’22 submission site for posters and lightning talks is now open and will remain open until January 26, 2022. Don’t miss this opportunity to share your innovative and revolutionary work with your colleagues as we meet at “MLA '22 Reconnect, Renew, Reflect.”
Make note of these important upcoming dates and deadlines for the first half of 2022.
Sign up to have your resume reviewed and to participate in mock interviews during Experience MLA in February.
Sign up to have your resume reviewed and to participate in mock interviews during Experience MLA in February.
A new Collection Development and Resource Sharing symposium will be part of the MLA ‘22 annual conference in New Orleans. It’s entitled The Big Not-So-Easy: A Symposium on 21st Century Health Sciences Collection Development & Resource Sharing, and it’s free to all MLA ‘22 in-person attendees

Get to know your fellow MLA member Laura N. Haygood!
Jean P. Shipman is recognized for her contributions to scholarly communications, innovation, health literacy, and mentoring.
Looking for some reading inspiration? Check out the articles that your fellow librarians accessed the most in 2021!
Please plan to join Kris Alpi, AHIP, FMLA, for a Presidential Update on January 19 at 1:00 p.m., central time. Click on the vConnections image on MLANET home page for more details, including the meeting link.
Answer some brief questions about your career, interests, and hobbies to become our next featured I Am MLA profile.
The Medical Library Association meeting in New Orleans from May 2 to 7, 2022, will be the fifth time the conference has been hosted in the Crescent City. The previous years were 1931, 1942, 1970, and 1988. 
Earlier this month, the 2022 National Program Committee invited abstract submissions for poster and lightning talks for MLA ‘22. Posters and lightning talks are a great way to share research projects and library programs with your colleagues.
Meet your fellow MLA member Jessica Daly!
The MLA ’22 submission site for posters and lightning talks is now open until January 26, 2022.
Join us for the symposium on 21st Century Health Sciences Collection Development & Resource Sharing at MLA ‘22 in New Orleans!
Check out the full list of sessions and papers for MLA '22!
Join Kris Alpi for the Presidential Update Jan 19, submit volunteer applications Jan 20, and look for the slate of election candidates in Jan 2022.
Whether you’re in the mood for some charbroiled oysters at Drago’s Restaurant, a dip in the outdoor swimming pool, or amazing views of the city, the Hilton New Orleans Riverside has you covered.
Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha and Michael Kronenfeld will be the plenary speakers at MLA '22.
MLAConnect is taking a two-week break for the holidays. The last issue of 2021 will be sent on December 16, and the first issue of 2022 will be sent on January 6.
MLA’s Books Panel is seeking proposals by February 8 for the new book topic Teaching Evidence-Based Practice.

A member recently asked for information about how MLA selects our meeting sites. Lisa Traditi breaks down what the MLA Board considers when selecting a location.
The MLA board agreed that the benefits to collaboration with SLA could be substantial, especially when the areas of collaboration are clearly defined. MLA will keep talking with SLA and get specific.
The RTI team is pleased to announce the new peer coaches for the 2022 RTI Online program: John Bourgeois, Amelia Brunskill, Margaret Hoogland, Elisabeth Nylander, and Liz Suelzer.
Until late October 2021, both the state of Louisiana and the city of New Orleans had a mask mandate. When the mandate was lifted, it was stipulated that masks “should still be worn in private businesses and workplaces which require them.”
MLA '22 takes place May 4–6, 2022 in downtown New Orleans, Louisiana!
The deadline for research-related grants and fellowships is December 1.
Get to know your fellow MLA member Marilyn M. Goff!
Join us for a virtual drop-in session for the Research Training Institute (RTI) and get answers for your application questions.
Get to know your fellow MLA member Jess Callaway!
On Wednesday, November 24, 2021, there will be gathering at the grave of Marcia C. Noyes at Baltimore's Greenmount Cemetery to pay our respects to her.
Consider nominating a colleague for one of MLA’ most distinguished awards.
Sign up today to talk to a living "book" about their lived experience.

The deadline for all MLA Awards submissions has been extended to November 15, 2021.
Submit your application to become an RTI Fellow b January 12.
Get to know your fellow MLA member Jon Crossno!
Take time to make meaningful connections with your colleagues and their work by attending these upcoming vConnections.
MLA’s Books Panel is seeking proposals by November 23 on the topic of Building Health Sciences Collections.
The Medical Library Education Caucus webinar “Using Google Jamboard in Online Instruction” will take place on November 11.
Apply now for the Eugene Garfield Research Fellowship, Donald A. B. Lindberg Research Fellowship, or MLA Research, Development, and Demonstration Project Grant.
This webinar on November 4 will feature a panel discussion with three scientists-turned-librarians and the Basic Science Caucus chair.
Get to know your fellow MLA member Joe Price!
Join MLA’s Vision 2048 Task Force at an open forum and share your ideas about the future of the profession and MLA.
If you are interested in becoming a hub editor for MLAConnect, please reach out to
Paper abstracts and immersion sessions for MLA ‘22 are due October 27.
The Health Equity & Global Health Domain Hub's vision is to improve the development, access, dissemination, and understanding of health information for and by diverse populations in the US and globally to improve the health of populations.
Get to know your fellow MLA member Andi Parrish!
A revised version of the guide Recruiting and Selecting an Academic Health Sciences Library Director is now available on the AAHSL website.
Sign up by October 11 to review papers, posters, and lightning talk abstracts for MLA ’22.
The deadline to submit for MLA '22 is October 27.
This year’s theme for NMLM is Avoid Health Misinformation: Partner with a Medical Librarian.
Get to know your fellow MLA member Bette Bissonnette!
The MLA is grateful to Katherine Akers for her dedication and contribution to the success of JMLA and welcomes Alex Carroll as interim editor-in-chief.
Nominations for MLA awards are due November 1.
Get to know your fellow MLA member Sonya Lemke!
Sign up to attend this symposium from the Louis Stokes Health Sciences Library and the Vernon E. Jordan, Jr., Esq. Law Library at Howard University.
Join the South Central Chapter for their 2021 annual meeting, Armadillos Together.
It’s time for MLA leaders to submit midyear reports. See MLANET for reporting details.
Meet your fellow MLA member Janet Crum!
Check out the October offerings for webinars, instructor-led courses, and self-paced courses.
The city of New Orleans needs our help now! While MLA '22 is months away, let's lend a hand to our colleagues and the citizens of New Orleans.
Follow these tips when submitting for MLA '22!
Get to know your fellow MLA member David G. Keddle!
This new event series focuses on tangible actions that MLA members have taken to further anti-oppressive efforts in their communities.
Are you excited about MLA ‘22 in New Orleans—but missed the Open Forum? Watch the recording now!
Get to know your fellow MLA member Danielle Linden!
The NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program prepares emerging leaders for director positions in academic health sciences libraries. Meet the fellows and mentors for 2021/2022.
Sign up by September 17 to be a Colleague Connection mentor or mentee.
Jennifer Westrick's research found that many medical librarians, while comfortable in their ability to locate trials for systematic reviews, would be interested in learning more about clinical trial types.

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