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Transforming MLA Communities and MLA’s Management Model

Transforming MLA Communities and MLA’s Management Model
Sun November 4, 2018
The MLA Board of Directors shares its November 8, 2018, decisions on the transformation of MLA communities and on the change to the MLA staff and headquarter management model.

Personal pronouns coming to MLA '19 badges.
MLA ’19 ELEVATE continuing education (CE) courses in Chicago, IL will take place on Friday, May 3, and Saturday, May 4, 2019. CE courses support health sciences librarians and other information professionals in adapting to rapidly changing environments
As most of you know, the US government has been busily pruning the content it offers to the public, including medical and scientific data and information. One of the medical resources removed in 2017 was the National Guidelines Clearinghouse
The theme for the second MLA InSight Summit was “Meeting the Evolving Information Needs of Library Stakeholders.” This article reports on the challenge of how information librarians and librarians can collaborate in explaining to users why licensed (and often costly) content has real value to them.

Margot Malachowski, AHIP, explores this topic of hospital librarians supporting nursing education and research. This article was originally posted by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, New England Region at
Join Liz Kellermeyer and Alicia Lillich on November 14, 2018, 2:00 p.m., for an NNLM webinar about the Research Training Institute (RTI).
Attending MLA ’19? Reserve a room at the Hyatt Regency Chicago! The Hyatt is the headquarters for the annual meeting and hotel room block. Reserving a room means a short commute to the meeting every morning.
It's time to start getting your poster and lightening talk submissions ready. The submission site opens December 12.
Ann Glusker, AHIP, shares her medical librarian career journey in "The Dragonfly" blog, a
publication and discussion forum for topics of interest to libraries and community-based organizations in the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Pacific Northwest Region (NNLM PNR).
Patti Brennan reflects on how medical librarians and their partners in the health information profession are responsible for organizing and delivering essential information in the "NLM Musings From The Mezzanine” blog.
The theme for the second MLA InSight Summit was “Meeting the Evolving Information Needs of Library Stakeholders,” following closely on observations at the first InSight Summit that librarians and information providers needed to focus on quantitative and qualitative approaches to understanding users.
Check out a blog report from Elizabeth Suelzer, 2018 Research Training Institute (RTI) fellow, for more information about daily life at the institute.

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MLA Letter to ECRI Institute regarding National Guideline Clearinghouse

National Guideline Clearinghouse Will Continue

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MLA Comments to NIH Regarding Its Data Science Strategic Plan

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Hospital librarians as publishers: expanding our role
Metrics Toolkit: an online evidence-based resource for navigating the research metrics landscape
Using virtual reality in medical education to teach empathy
High-performance computing service for bioinformatics and data science
Creating “wizards” on the library’s website
“Plutchik”: artificial intelligence chatbot for searching NCBI databases
2017 Audited schedule of changes in net assets
Report from the Medical Library Association’s InSight Initiative Summit 1: Engaging Users in a Disruptive Era
Cochrane Interactive Learning
Covidence and Rayyan
Developing Librarian Competencies for the Digital Age
Transforming Medical Library Staff for the Twenty-First Century
Information and Innovation: A Natural Combination for Health Sciences Libraries
How to earn a reputation as a great partner
“Blacklists” and “whitelists”: a salutary warning concerning the prevalence of racist language in discussions of predatory publishing
The relative citation ratio: what is it and why should medical librarians care?
Response to “Environmental scan and evaluation of best practices for online systematic review resources”
Reference checking for systematic reviews using Endnote
Using Slack to communicate with medical students
Data dreams: planning for the future of historical medical documents
Transforming the systematic review service: a team-based model to support the educational needs of researchers
An evidence-based method for assessing the value of a search tool: a pilot study
A systematic approach to searching: an efficient and complete method to develop literature searches