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MLA | SLA '23 Conference & Exhibits

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Are You a New Librarian? Submit an abstract for MLA | SLA ‘23

Are You a New Librarian? Submit an abstract for MLA | SLA ‘23
Thu January 19, 2023
The 2023 National Program Committee invites colleagues who are newer to the profession to submit a poster or lightning talk abstract for MLA | SLA ‘23.

The MLA|SLA ’23 submission site for posters and lightning talks is open and will remain open until January 26, 2023. Don’t miss this opportunity to share your innovative and revolutionary work with your colleagues as we meet at MLA|SLA '23 Looking back, forging ahead.
The MLA Virtual Resume Clinic will be held February 20-28 during this year’s Experience MLA.
The MLA Virtual Resume Clinic will be held February 20-28 during this year’s Experience MLA.
Learn the history of Detroit in preparation for MLA | SLA '23.
For more information, please visit the caucus’ member page. If you’re not a caucus member, consider joining! All times are Central.
The RTI Fellowship Program is accepting applications for the 2023-24 cohort through February 28, 2023.
The National Library of Medicine (NLM) seeks early and second-career librarians within five years of graduation interested in a one-year fellowship. Apply now!
The Medical Library Association Books Panel is seeking author(s) and/or editor(s) for a book related to grant writing. The content in this book will be particularly relevant for health sciences librarians who either support academic grant writers or who are grant-seeking themselves.

The chapters in this book will provide an overview of evidence syntheses including, but not limited to, the systematic review. This book will provide a how-to guide for anyone who works with clinicians, students, and researchers who are interested in writing or interpreting knowledge syntheses.
MLA's Books Panel is seeking proposals for a book about determining the credibility and trustworthiness of information. The panel also welcomes a book that contributes to the discussion on the information-seeking behavior of major user populations. How does this behavior guide teaching practices?
We’re excited to welcome you to MLA ‘23: Looking Back, Forging Ahead, May 16 - 19, 2023 in Detroit, Michigan! It’s been 33 years since MLA was last held in Detroit and we are so excited for you to join us. Remember to check out this blog as the conference approaches!
MLA’s authors have been busy! Some recent books published by MLA’s partner publisher Rowman & Littlefield have been reviewed in the latest issue of JMLA.
The MLA 125th Anniversary Committee is hard at work planning and preparing for the celebrations that will begin at MLA ’23. One project that the Caucus/Chapter History workgroup is leading is to collect significant moments in the existence of MLA’s caucuses and chapters.
The 2023 National Program Committee invites abstract submissions that support the annual meeting theme “Looking back, forging ahead.” The MLA|SLA ’23 submission site for Poster and Lightning Talks is now open will remain open until January 26, 2023.
The NIH Data Management & Sharing Policy Guidance Working Group has developed a toolkit to help librarians ensure they are meeting the updated Data Management and Sharing Policy, which goes into effect January 25, 2023.
MLA is pleased to offer support to enable members to join colleagues in Detroit for MLA | SLA '23: Looking Back, Forging Ahead.
The newly published Piecing Together Systematic Reviews and Other Evidence Syntheses, edited by Margaret J. Foster and Sarah T. Jewell aims to be the definitive text on systematic reviews for librarians, information professionals, and expert searchers.
The Journal of the Medical Library Association (JMLA) will only be available in digital formats starting with the 2023 editions.
The RTI Fellowship Program is accepting applications for the 2023-24 cohort through February 28, 2023. Anyone with an interest in the RTI Fellowship Program is invited to our upcoming Drop-In Session to get your questions answered and receive feedback on the application process.
If you are concerned about health equity and want to develop searching skills and knowledge that will enable you to become a collaborator and partner in health equity research, the MLA instructor-led course, Health Services and Policy Research: Sources and Search Strategies 2022, is for you.
Make a submission for upcoming issues of the Hypothesis Research Journal for Health Information Professionals, produced by the Medical Library Association’s Research Caucus.
Meet the latest I Am MLA spotlight! Get to know Sunny Chung.
The abstract submissions for Round 1 are in! Both MLA and SLA volunteers are hard at work now, reviewing all the abstracts. We will be notifying submitters for Round 1 submissions in early December.
Save the date for the 2022 Joseph Leiter NLM/Medical Library Association Lecture will be held December 6, 2022.

You're invited to a free webinar sponsored by Third Iron LLC. Join Kendall Bartsch, Third Iron Co-founder and CEO, for a webinar to learn more about LibKey Nomad. Kendall will review the LibKey technology, show how medical libraries are using LibKey Nomad, and share results libraries are seeing.
Apply to MLA’s Research Training Institute.
Terri Givens will give the 2023 John P. McGovern Lecture at MLA | SLA ’23 in Detroit, Michigan.
Thank you all for your thoughtful submissions. Round 2 submissions open December 15, 2022.
Get to know Layal Hneiny, our latest I Am MLA individual!
Get to know our latest I Am MLA member, Hilary Jasmine.
Join an Open Forum event to learn more about MLA’s Research Training Institute Fellowship Program. The application will be open from November 1 to February 28, 2023.
To hear more about the 125th anniversary planning, plan to attend our Open Forum on January 18th, 2023, 1:00-2:00 p.m. During this session, you will have an opportunity to hear updates from these four groups engaged in anniversary activities.
It's time to get those abstract submissions in! Abstracts for the first round of submissions are due October 31, 2022. The MLA | SLA '23 National Program Committee (NPC) is excited to read your proposals! Get started today.
Meet another member of MLA! Learn about Stephanie Swanberg and consider submitting your profile today.
MLA is pleased to invite you to a complimentary webinar sponsored by Wolters Kluwer. 
MLA will sunset the Disaster Information Specialization on April 30, 2023. More than 275 librarians, first responders, members of the military, and others have earned a DIS since we partnered with NNLM to offer it in 2012.

Before we jump into the good news, a quick reminder: Round 1 abstract submissions for MLA | SLA '23 contributed content are due October 31, 2022. It's time to get that proposal finished and turned in!
The Be Well MLA initiative to promote wellness hosted another excellent session last week. Learn more about all upcoming Be Well MLA events.
Adorée Hatton is this week's I Am MLA featured member. Help your colleagues get to know you better and submit your own profile- share how you are MLA!
Sign up to review papers, posters, and lightning talk abstracts for the MLA | SLA ’23 annual conference. The due date to fill out the form is October 25, 2022.
Searching for an Effective and Efficient Expert Method for Conducting Exhaustive Searches? Look no further.
This could be your year to present at the annual meeting! Submit your abstract by October 31!
The 2022/23 Nominating Committee is identifying potential candidates for the 2023 election. Submit a nomination by October 31.
Each year MLA recognizes practicing health science information professionals for their many accomplishments and contributions to the profession and the association. MLA members and students were honored during the Awards and Recognition Celebration. Find out more.
The Grants and Scholarship Committee is pleased to announce that MLA David A. Kronick and Charles W. Sargent Visiting Fellowship has undergone some exciting changes! Applications for this year's Fellowship will be accepted until November 15, 2022.
I Am MLA comes out each week to bring you closer to your MLA colleagues. This week, get to know Kay Strahan.
Recognize your institution or organization today and submit a nomination. All MLA Awards and Honors nominations are due October 15.
Dawn Hackman is this week's I Am MLA featured member. Help your colleagues get to know you better and submit your own profile- share how you are MLA!
The 2022-2023 Rising Stars Leadership Program application deadline is October 15.
It is time to nominate a colleague for their accomplishments and contributions to both health sciences librarianship and the advancement of the association. The deadline for all nominations is October 15.
Have you been thinking over ideas for innovative, engaging conference sessions? Submit your abstract now! The submission deadline for Round 1 is October 31. Make this be the meeting where you share your work with your colleagues!
This year the MLA/RTI Value Studies Working Group has been tasked with updating the "Evidence You Can Use To Communicate Library Value" page on the MLA site for 2023.
Each month, MLA members are invited to participate in the Be Well Wednesday wellness series. Stay connected to the Be Well MLA initiative by joining the Be Well MLA Community on MLANET.
When individual MLA members receive their membership dues invoices next month, they will notice an increase. MLA has been surviving the pandemic, but we are facing a budget shortfall and must make responsible decisions to ensure our financial stability.
The Be Well MLA initiative promotes wellness and well-being among members of the Medical Library Association. Every month, MLA members are invited to participate in the Be Well Wednesday wellness series.
Due to staffing changes, MLA headquarters announces that there has been an unexpected delay in the production of the Journal of the Medical Library Association (JMLA). Soon we will be able to determine a feasible production schedule to get caught up.
The MLA ‘23 Contributed Content Workgroup (CCWG) has put together a checklist for submitting a paper or immersion session to MLA ’23. The first round of the abstract submission process is open now through October 13, 2022. 
Join Colleague Connection, MLA's mentoring program pairing new members with experienced members or fellow new colleagues. Sign up by September 30 to be considered for a match.
Did you know that MLA awards over $45,000 in grants and scholarships each year? Whether you want to learn something, research something, or discover someplace new, there is an opportunity for you with MLA Grants and Scholarships!

Grants are available in the following categories: Advanced Education,
Organized by MLA’s Membership Committee, Colleague Connection is a mentoring program pairing new members with experienced members or fellow new colleagues. New members: connect with an experienced colleague or a fellow newbie. Experienced members: share experience with new professionals.
Editors of Hypothesis announce highlights from their latest edition.
Get to know MLA member Karen O'Grady, former Peace Corps member (joined at age 42), and finisher of the Alcatraz Swim in San Francisco Bay. Her mantra is "Run, swim, repeat!" See what you might have in common.
Ruth Holst, AHIP, FMLA directed the library at Columbia Hospital in Milwaukee for thirty-two years. Subsequently, she was associate director of the Greater Midwest Region of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine based at the University of Illinois. Her oral history is available now.
In case you missed it, or haven’t been able to take it all in, I wanted to share a special piece of news again: The Special Libraries Association (SLA) will be collaborating with us on our 2023 conference.
You’re invited to submit abstracts now for MLA ’23 papers and immersion sessions. The submission site is now open for round 1: Contributed papers and immersion sessions (August 24–October 13, 2022)
Medical Reference Services Quarterly is looking for an Editor-in-Chief for this journal on the practice of medical librarianship that publishes 4 issues a year.
Recipient of the 2022 Marcia C. Noyes Award: Jane Blumenthal, AHIP, FMLA
MLA Awards and Honors Nominations are Still Open!
MLA is pleased to announce the winners of an MLA scholarship to attend the 4th National Joint Conference of Librarians of Color (JCLC) in St. Pete Beach, FL, October 5-9, 2022.
Join the annual NLM Lindberg-King Lecture & Scientific Symposium on Thursday, September 1, 2022. This all-day, free, virtual event – Science, Society and the Legacy of Donald A.B. Lindberg, M.D. – will be in honor of Dr. Lindberg, former NLM director, who passed away in August 2019.
Join your colleagues at the MLA ‘23 Invitation Open Forum on Wednesday, August 24 at 1:00 p.m., central time.
Join your colleagues at the MLA ‘23 Invitation Open Forum on Wednesday, August 24 at 1:00 p.m., central time. You’ll Learn more about the great host city of Detroit, MI, get the MLA ‘22 wrap-up, meet the NPC, hear more about the 125th anniversary celebrations... and more!

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