Call for Papers and Posters
To submit a paper or poster abstract, review the instructions below, then
begin the online
submission process. Submission deadline is November 1, 2010.
Download the Call for Participation
Abstract Submission deadline is 12:00 Midnight (PDT), Monday, November
Over the last four years, we recovered from the “Information Revolution” in
Philadelphia and then desired to renew our connections in Chicago. We met in
Hawaii to refresh perspectives on trends and paradigms with “iFusions.” This
year, we “Reflected and Connected” as we explored the changes in
both the information scene and the nation’s capitol.
For MLA ’11, the National Program Committee (NPC) will provide a venue
to rethink. With so many information channels requiring our attention
today, we need to allow time to rethink what we need to do in order
to remain relevant to our institutional contexts and those we serve. Rethink service, rethink technology, rethink space, rethink leadership, rethink engagement, rethink collections, rethink research,
and rethink outcomes. The MLA ’11 theme is designed to be
flexible and adaptive so that MLA members can rethink what to bring
to and receive from MLA’s annual meeting in 2011 in Minneapolis, MN.
MLA ’11 will offer the first official MLA Tweetup and Twitter discussions
after the plenary sessions. Building on the experience of MLA ’10, the
NPC will take presentations to the next level by hosting an Ignite-style (ignite.oreilly.com)
session during the meeting. Details on submitting presentations for this session
will be available in the spring of 2011, in order to catch the latest trends
and topics from MLA members. MLA ’11 will also continue to make use of
social media technologies to enhance meeting attendees’ experiences and
to allow members who are unable to attend to virtually participate in the discussions.
The prime location of our meeting hotel allows you to be at the very heart
of what Minneapolis has to offer in entertainment, cultural venues, restaurants,
and shopping. No matter what type of weather occurs on May 13–18, 2011,
the downtown Minneapolis Skyway system allows you to walk all over downtown
without ever having to go outside. Now that’s rethinking pedestrian
The 2011 NPC invites abstract submissions for contributed papers calling
on us to rethink health sciences librarianship. After finding “ifusions” in
2009 and reflecting on best practices in 2010, we want to find out how you
or your library staff have been inspired to reinvent and rethink services,
practices, and policies. Consider your local practices surrounding research,
technology, education, and service. What roles do health sciences libraries,
librarians, and information professionals now play to shape, nurture, and prune
the ever-expanding health information landscape?
Handouts and electronic presentations from the paper presentations will be
posted to MLANET. Plan to submit your abstract, using the structured abstract
guidelines from the Research Section, by November 1, 2010.
For more information about papers, contact Rikke Ogawa, AHIP, Section Council
liaison, Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library, University of California–Los
The 2011 NPC invites proposals for best ideas expressed as a poster or electronic
demonstration. The range of opportunities for self-expression is unlimited.
Consider the use or development of innovative technologies, local best practices,
research results, current trends, and future projects that highlight rethinking
previously accepted models. Posters and supplemental materials will be available
to registered attendees prior to the meeting via MLANET. MLA’s Research
Section will award prizes for the best research-based posters.
Plan to submit your abstract, using the structured abstract
guidelines from the Research Section, by November 1, 2010. Posters
should not repeat information that has been submitted for papers.
For more information about posters, contact Melissa De Santis, AHIP, NPC
poster co-coordinator, Health Sciences Library, University of Colorado–Denver,
or Maureen (Molly) Knapp, NPC poster
co-coordinator, John Ische Library, Louisiana State University Health Sciences
Guidelines for Submission
As a guide in the submission process, review the article, “The Structured
Abstract: An Essential Tool for Researchers,” which originally
appeared in Hypothesis: The Journal of the Research Section of MLA.
The Southern Chapter of MLA’s suggested formats for structured abstracts
gives further examples of formats for research and non-research–based
reports. Authors may postpone entering results and conclusions until after
the peer-review process is completed. If the abstract is selected, authors
must add results and conclusions.
All submissions must be classified as not research or by the primary research
method used in the work. Use the pull-down menu in the abstract submission
system to select the primary research method used. If you indicate “Other
not listed,” please be sure to clearly state the method used in your
structured abstract submission. The list of methods came from and is further
explained in “Inventory of Research
Methods for Librarianship and Informatics,” published in the January
2004 issue of the Journal of the Medical Library Association available on PubMed Central.
Please also consult the MLA Style Manual for
guidance on style, spelling, and grammar.
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