About MLA ’24

MLA ’24 was held on May 18-21, 2024. It was the annual conference of the Medical Library Association (MLA), furthering the association’s mission to support the professional practice and leadership of health sciences library and information professionals and their partners to enhance healthcare, education, and research. We were Stronger Together and invited you to connect and collaborate with a community of like-minded peers and innovators in health information sciences.

Who Attended?

Health information professionals and medical librarians in academic and clinical settings, including…

  • Clinical informationists & embedded medical librarians
  • Collection development and management specialists
  • Community engagement and outreach coordinators and specialists
  • Data services specialists
  • Consumer health experts
  • Expert searchers and systematic review specialists
  • Health information educators and trainers
  • Instructional designers and education specialists
  • LIS students
  • Reference & access services librarians, managers, and specialists
  • Research services specialists
  • Special collection librarians & archivists

Attendee Experience

The National Program Committee (NPC) and staff planned both in-person and virtual experiences for the attendees!


Official Opening & Presidential Address by Amy Blevins

Plenary Sessions: John P. McGovern Lecture & Janet Doe Lecture Panel

Contributed Content: Immersion Sessions & Papers

Symposia Sessions (Collection Development, Leadership & Management, Data Services)

NLM Update

Welcome Reception & Opening of Hall of Exhibits

Hall of Exhibits and Exhibitor Sessions

Poster Session & Reception

Closing Plenary & Final 125th Anniversary Celebration

Past Conference Logistics

Conference Center

Oregon Convention Center
777 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Portland, OR 97232

Official Hotels

Hyatt Regency Portland 
at the Oregon Convention Center
375 NE Holladay St
Portland, OR 97232

Hotel Eastlund
1021 NE Grand Ave
Portland, OR 97232

Doubletree by Hilton
1000 NE Multnomah St
Portland, OR 97232


Saturday, May 18, 2024 | 1:00 – 5:30 p.m., pacific time


Sunday, May 19, 2024 | 9:00 a.m. – 7 p.m., pacific time
Monday, May 20, 2024 | 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., pacific time
Tuesday, May 21, 2024 | 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., pacific time


Sunday, May 19, 2024 | 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., pacific time
Monday, May 20, 2024 | 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., pacific time (Closed from Noon – 1:30 p.m.)
Tuesday, May 21, 2024 | 9:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., pacific time

The MLA ’24 Host City Was Portland, Oregon!

The Official Invitation to MLA ’24 included:

  • Introduction to the 2024 National Program Committee and initial conference plans
  • The MLA | SLA ’23 wrap-up and announcement of the winners of MLA ’23 Quest and MLA Bingo
  • Heard about the Working Groups planning three symposium tracks
  • Learned more about the host city of Portland, Oregon
  • Saw the timeline and process for submitting abstracts for contributed content including papers, immersion sessions, lightning talks, and posters

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