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Call for Papers and Immersion Sessions for MLA ’21

Call for Papers and Immersion Sessions for MLA ’21
Thu September 24, 2020
The 2021 National Program Committee calls for the first round of submissions for MLA ’21. Find information about the submission process.

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.
MLA Past President Beverly Murphy, AHIP, FMLA, introduces the I Am MLA profile series and shares her profile.
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
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.
Dental Caucus leaders Amanda Nevius, Nicole Theis-Mahon, AHIP, and Nena Schvaneveldt, AHIP, will discuss the impact of COVID-19 on dental schooling and invite you to share your stories.
Tuesday, May 5, 10:00 a.m., pacific time; 11:00 a.m., mountain time; noon, central time; 1:00 p.m., eastern time
Ruby Nugent and Brandi Tuttle, AHIP, share their experiences moving two very different education offerings online in a hurry.
Date: Tuesday, April 28
Time: 10:00 a.m., pacific time; 11:00 a.m., mountain time; noon, central time; 1:00 p.m., eastern time
Date: Thursday, April 23

Time: 2:00 p.m., pacific time; 3:00 p.m., mountain time; 4:00 p.m., central time; 5:00 p.m., eastern time. Note the Thursday date and special mid/late afternoon times for this session.

Audience: Medical librarians, music lovers, and anyone feeling stressed these days.
Aligned with the call of the LatinX Caucus of the MLA to contribute to the MLA COVID-19 Resources for Medical Librarians & Other Health Information Professionals page, Nora Franco and the LatinX Caucus assembled Spanish language resources. Read more in Nora Franco’s article posted in Latitudes.
The COVID-19 Citizen Science (CCS) project has just been launched a way for people from every walk of life to help in the battle against this virus. Learn more in Michele Spatz’s article originally posted in PNR Dragonfly.
Comics about cancer? Comic book writer A. David Lewis writes about building a virtual collection of graphic medicine titles for oncology patients and caregivers. Lewis is a comics scholar focusing on literary theory, religious studies, and graphic medicine.
On Tuesday, April 21, Michelle Kraft, AHIP,will share her experiences, challenges, and solutions to managing employees remotely. Ellen Aaronson, AHIP, will share how her virtual role has changed during the time of COVID-19. Participants will have opportunities to share their experiences and tips.
Sarah T. Jewell and Margaret Jane Foster, AHIP, team up to explore curated article sets, MEDLINE search issues specific to platforms, and epidemiological, clinical, and policy data sets in this rapidly changing COVID-19 information environment.
Health care providers have unique opportunities to identify and support patients who have been trafficked for labor or sex. Because human trafficking happens in all communities and impacts short- and long-term health of victims, it is essential for clinicians to know how to identify it.
Join the COVID-19 Conversation: Professional Partnerships in the Time of COVID-19: Masks and More on Tuesday, April 7.
To support the ongoing public health emergency response efforts, national science and technology advisors from a dozen countries formed a Public Health Emergency COVID-19 Initiative, calling on publishers to voluntarily agree to make their COVID-19 and coronavirus-related publications accessible.
MLA is launching a series of free, live, online conversations, Coping and Caring in the Time of COVID. These weekly conversations for MLA members and the wider health information professional community are designed to help share ideas and to address pain points related to the crisis.
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.
The MLA Board of Directors released the following statement in support of libraries and library workers during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
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!
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