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Update on EFTS Continuation

Update on EFTS Continuation
Thu September 12, 2019
On July 18, 2019, MLA communicated to DOCLINE users that MLA, in collaboration with UConn and NLM, is developing a successor to the current EFTS. UConn has confirmed that EFTS operations at UConn will continue, uninterrupted, past the original end date of December 31, 2019.

Sadly, MLA shares the news that Donald A.B. Lindberg passed away Friday evening after a short illness. We are grateful for his leadership as director of the National Library of Medicine, which has had a great impact on the profession of health sciences librarianship.
The submission site for contributed papers and immersions sessions for MLA ’20 is now open.
MLA ’19 was one of my most favorite meeting experiences. Every day was filled with riveting conversations, inspiring presentations, and just pure fun. I left MLA ’19 with quite a few ideas and more business cards and pens than I could count.
Kelsa Bartley received the Educational Media and Technologies Section (EMTS) 2019 Annual Meeting Grant, which enabled her to attend MLA ’19 in Chicago.

Christy Tyson is a Educational Media and Technologies Section (EMTS) 2019 Annual Meeting Grant recipient, which enabled her to attend MLA ’19 in Chicago, and shares her reaction to the Janet Doe Lecture.
On May 22, 2019, EFTS users received a communication that UConn would be unable to continue operating the EFTS billing agent for DOCLINE. MLA, in collaboration with UConn and NLM, is developing upgraded technical specifications and a business model for a successor to the current EFTS.
MLA expresses our sincere appreciation to all of these companies for their generous support of MLA ’19.
Chicago offers many opportunities for adventure. Heather, one of the official meeting bloggers, created her own adventure by visiting many of Chicago's iconic spots.
New librarians, are you already thinking about attending MLA'20? Take a look at these tips for a successful conference from MLA'19.
Returning to your notes from MLA'19? Take a look at this summary of Lighting Talks Session 3.
Hello there! My name is Jillian Silverberg, and I have been asked to serve as a guest columnist for MLAConnect. Over the course of the coming months, I will be sharing thoughts and experiences from the perspective of a new member to the wonderful world of MLA.
A list of books, articles, and other materials mentioned on Twitter during MLA ’19 in Chicago.
The Plenary Sessions were a great way to start the day and take everything in before I attended sessions and met with vendors. There were four plenaries this year and this post focuses on session #2.
MLA'19 was this new librarian's first medical library conference.

A summary of posters focusing on health literacy.
MLA'19 was full of fun and festive social events.
While most of the non-MLA activities, tours, museums, and designer stores in Chicago do not open until 10am, there are still plenty of things to do.

Join a Sunrise Seminar offered by one of our many vendors, like as Wolters Kluwer, Elsevier, Visual Dx, and APA, just to name a few.
If you are a mem
Elevate your search strategy using these tools!
The theme of this year’s MLA Conference was to “elevate,” and the posters presented delivered. Many of the posters discussed how they improved, changed, reimagined, empowered, or “elevated” an aspect of their library.

For instance, a poster from the University of Hawaii at Manoa discussed how Wikip
For those who weren’t able to attend, here’s what was covered in the “Elevating by Evaluating: Recognizing and Avoiding Implicit Bias in Consumer Health Information” immersion session.
New members, mentors, and colleagues attended the new members and first-time attendees breakfast on Sunday, May 5, perhaps the most beautiful day Chicago has ever seen.
One in seven health sciences librarians (particularly newer and younger ones) may be prone to feeling like a fraud in their role, but working with colleagues, professional development, and mentorship may help eliminate those feelings.
The sections were abuzz at this year’s annual MLA Conference over the upcoming MLA Section transitions.
You might not have learned about adulting or virtual reality in your cataloging class, but you can ask your MLA colleagues!

Members enjoyed the exhibit hall which was full of fun and good cheer. Attendees mingled with vendors and colleagues while enjoying food, games, and giveaways.
How to rock it at a professional conference…whether you stayed in or hit the town with your colleagues, MLA ’19 had something for everyone.
Check out what NLM is up to!
Something for everyone – Immersion Sessions
NLM is updating PubMed. Learn where you can see the new version now and what changes are coming.
A reflection on reflective practice.
An excellent presentation on how one library uses Artificial Intelligence to assist with complex searches.
A summary of what was learned from attending a few contributed sessions on starting systematic review services.
A brief reflection on the social and networking opportunities provided by MLA annual meetings and how to seek them out.
A quick summary of the Nursing and Allied Health Resources Section (NAHRS) dinner.

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