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Report from the Field: Researching Interlibrary Loan/Document Delivery Usage by Health Sciences Libraries during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Report from the Field: Researching Interlibrary Loan/Document Delivery Usage by Health Sciences Libraries during the COVID-19 Pandemic
Thu December 2, 2021
ILL requests seemed to increase during COVID. This team of researchers examined how libraries can adapt their ILL services and workflows during emergencies.

MLA announces its plenary speakers: The 2022 John P. McGovern Lecture will be given by Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, MD, MPH, FAAP. Michael Kronenfeld will give the 2022 Janet Doe Lecture.
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.
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.
Join us for a virtual drop-in session for the Research Training Institute (RTI) and get answers for your application questions.
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 christine.willis@choa.org.
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.
Meet your fellow MLA member Janet Crum!

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!
Answer some brief questions about your career, interests, and hobbies to become our next featured I Am MLA profile.
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.
Get to know your fellow MLA member Cindy Gruwell!
Kris Alpi spoke on ARPA-H during Listening Session 9
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.
What would you like to see added to the COVID-19 resources page?
Submissions for MLA '22 are due October 27, 2021.
Get to know your fellow MLA member Brian L. Baker!
Applications are open to the NLM's Michael E. DeBakey Fellowship in the History of Medicine. Apply by September 30, 2021.
MLA is looking for potential editors and authors for books on suggested topics. We'd also love to hear your latest and greatest ideas for new topics.
The 2021–2025 NIH-Wide Strategic Plan seeks to advance the vision for biomedical research direction, capacity, and stewardship.
Join the NAHSL for programming, inspiration, and camaraderie October 25–26.
MLA President Kris Alpi, FMLA, AHIP, reports on attending virtual meetings and meeting international colleagues.
Mary Pat Harnegie set out to determine levels of use and satisfaction with library services. She found that physical space is a key asset and electronic access has high levels of satisfaction.
Welcome to the ten new JMLA editorial board members!
Get to know your fellow MLA member Carrie Forbes!
Colleague Connection is pairing new members with experienced members. Sign up to become a mentee or mentor today!
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!
Racial and gender disparities in management roles persist in various career fields in the United States, including librarianship. The lack of diversity raises concerns for information sharing and knowledge. Changes to library management structures and methods may be key to resolving the issues.
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.

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