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Beverly Murphy, AHIP, FMLA, Receives the 2021 Marcia C. Noyes Award

Beverly Murphy, AHIP, FMLA, Receives the 2021 Marcia C. Noyes Award
Thu July 29, 2021
Congratulations to Beverly Murphy, AHIP, FMLA, for receiving the highest honor that MLA confers, the Marcia C. Noyes Award.

Join us on August 5 for details on MLA '22 in New Orleans. You'll be able to ask questions and learn who won the New Orleans–themed raffle prizes!
Congratulations to the winning research papers and posters from the MLA’21 vConference!
Meet I Am MLA Ambassador Shalu Gillum!
Libraries adapted to drastic changes in the last year. Read about the resilience of six librarians in Africa, Latin America, and North America.
Check out the books, articles, websites, videos, and music recommended during MLA '21.
Meet I Am MLA Ambassador Neville Prendergast!
Meet I Am MLA Ambassador Julia M. Esparza!
Socially responsible investment is one of the objectives of MLA’s overall strategy on diversity, equity and inclusion. We now have an investment policy that includes objectives in community, employees, environment and governance.

Starting June 29, 2021, any unbilled transaction 180 days or older will be set to a $0 price and system approved. As a result, those transactions will appear in the "paid" tab for both the lender and borrower, at a $0 price.
Meet I Am MLA Ambassador Hanna Schmillen!
What are your research interests? Compare with the word cloud of interests from applicants to the 2021 RTI program.
Lending libraries who have to apply special pricing to one or more libraries, and that cannot do this via a DOCLINE group, can now create a custom pricing group with an associated ILL pricing table. This will result in lower admin time.
Meet I Am MLA Ambassador E. Bailey Sterling.
Meet I Am MLA Ambassador Tenley Sablatzky!
From May 24-27, join your colleagues for lightning talks, paper meet-ups, interactive immersion sessions, and engaging keynote speakers during Live Action Week at MLA '21.
MLA is pleased to announce the 2021 Research Training Institute (RTI) fellows!
We are pleased to continue our community outreach and are honored to partner with Community of Hope, a rapidly growing, innovative, and mission-driven nonprofit organization that provides housing, healthcare, and supportive services for low-income families in Washington, DC.
The MLA Statement of Appropriate Conduct applies to all MLA members, nonmembers, invited guests, speakers, moderators, instructors, exhibitors, staff, and all others who participate in an MLA activity or event.
Eliminate Distractions: Homes and offices often abound with distractions fighting for your attention, so you need to prioritize the time you have set aside for a virtual conference.
Read about I Am MLA Ambassador Patti McCall-Wright.
Join the Network of the National Library of Medicine on May 17, 2021 at MLA '21 to learn about the future of NNLM, including its new configuration, partnerships and opportunities available.
MLA 2021 Conference Content Metrics

Each conference the National Program Committee Contributed Content Working Group (CCWG) reviews and updates selection rubrics for papers, immersion sessions, lightning talks, and posters.
The Journal of the Medical Library Association (JMLA) seeks applicants for editorial board members. Apply for editorial board membership by May 31, 2021.
Kickoff your MLA '21 experience on Monday, May 10 with a live opening session and the start of the first exploration week.

Even virtually MLA '21 offers opportunities to network with your colleagues, peers, and other medical library organizations.
Conversations and connections. Energy and insights. Connections and interaction. Register now for the MLA ’21 vConference!
Mitzi D. Baum, MS
Joseph Leiter NLM/MLA Lecture: The culture of Public Health and Food Safety
Tuesday, May 25, 2021
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM CT
Damon Tweedy, MD
John P. McGovern Lecture
Monday, May 24, 2021
3:30 PM – 5:00 PM CT
Sandra G. Franklin, AHIP, FMLA
Janet Doe Lecture: Diversity That Defines Us: The View Through A Crystal Lens
Wednesday, May 6, 2021
3:30 PM – 5:00 PM CT
An introduction to the Asian Diaspora Coalition of Medical Librarians. Learn more about what led to the formation of this Caucus.
Read about I Am MLA Ambassador Emily E. Petersen.
Build your case to attend the MLA '21 vConference!
The MLA Board of Directors is pleased to bestow the MLA Award for Distinguished Public Service to Anthony S. Fauci, M.D., National Institute of Allergy, and Infectious Disease (NIAID) Director.
MLA thanks the 60+ institutions that are supporting their staff members’ professional development in 2021!
Read about I Am MLA Ambassador Sally Gore.
Register for the Friends of the National Library of Medicine's Virtual Workshop, "Artificial Intelligence to Accelerate Discovery" on Wednesday, April 21, 2021 beginning at 11:00 AM EDT.

Read about I Am MLA Ambassador Lisa A. Marks, AHIP.
Read about I Am MLA Ambassador Jolene Miller.
Read about I Am MLA Ambassador Helen-Ann Brown Epstein, AHIP, FMLA.
JMLA wishes to publish articles that address DEI issues among our health sciences library workforce and user communities, even—and especially—when they serve to disrupt the status quo or question core assumptions in our profession. Read more in Katherine Akers' Equity Initiative Update.
The National Programming Committee invites you to participate in an informative and engaging virtual experience during the 2021 MLA vConference, “Transforming Our Diversifying Communities,” May 10 – May 27.
Read about I Am MLA Ambassador Matthew Bridgeman.
Read about I Am MLA Ambassador Stephanie Fulton, AHIP
The Global Health & Health Equity Domain Hub fosters organizational and professional partnerships to improve the development, access, dissemination, and understanding of health information for and by diverse populations in the United States and globally to improve the health of populations.
Read about I Am MLA Ambassador Ellen M. Aaronson, AHIP
MLA Past President Beverly Murphy, AHIP, FMLA, introduces the I Am MLA profile series and shares her profile.
Read about I Am MLA Ambassador Marie T. Ascher
Read about I Am MLA Ambassador Jamie E. Bloss, AHIP
Read about I Am MLA Ambassador Deidre (Dede) Rios, AHIP
The 2021 National Programming Committee invites reviewers for posters and lightning talks for MLA ’21, to be held May 2021. To apply, fill out the Reviewer Interest form by February 3, 2021.
Each year, former President Barack Obama shares his top books, many of which describe the sensitive balance of experiences related to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). His 2020 books are no different, offering some of the best writing and compelling stories.
The 2021 National Program Committee invites abstract submissions that support the annual meeting theme “Transforming Our Diversifying Communities.” Update: the MLA ’21 Call for Poster and Lightning Talks will remain open until February 15, 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.
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.

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