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MLA-FOCUS March 21, 2013

Register by April 3 for “One Health” (MLA ’13) and Save
Try MLA’s New Annual Meeting Scheduling Tool
Opportunities for Job Hunters at “One Health”
Enhance Your One Health Experience with Colleague Connection
Academy Booth at “One Health”
Register Now for Diagnostic Error Program
Time Is Running Out: Renew Your MLA Membership
MLA 2012 Salary Survey: Free for MLA Members!
Reporting and Value Survey
Wanted: Stories about Library Value
Build Your Network: Join the MLA Research Section
Support MLA’s LWB® Ursula Poland International Award
MLA Supports NLM’s Fiscal Year 2014 Budget
Court Upholds First Sale Doctrine

 

Register by April 3 for “One Health” (MLA ’13) and Save
In this time of rapid change, we can count on the constants of new threats, opportunities, and budget cuts. What are your colleagues doing to meet the professional challenges ahead? What can you do to prepare? And how can you position yourself within your institution to proactively communicate your professional value? Find out at MLA’s special joint international annual meeting, “One Health: Information in an Interdependent World,” May 3–8, at the John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center, Boston, MA. Register today or view the Preliminary Program for more information.

Try MLA’s New Annual Meeting Scheduling Tool
With MLA’s new, quick, and chromatic scheduling tool, you can:

  • view the meeting schedule (including committee meetings),
  • view abstracts for sessions and posters,
  • build your own personal itinerary,
  • connect with attendees, and
  • view a list of exhibitors.

Funding for the scheduling tool is provided by Wolters Kluwer Health | Ovid.

Opportunities for Job Hunters at “One Health”
Job seekers looking for the perfect job and employers looking for the perfect candidate will want to visit the Job Placement Center at “One Health.” Register prior to the annual meeting by completing and emailing the appropriate form for job seekers or for job opportunities by April 15. During the meeting, stop by the Job Placement Center in room 210 to submit your forms. For more information, visit the One Health Job Placement Center site.

Enhance Your One Health Experience through Colleague Connection
Colleague Connection is a mentoring program that pairs newer members or first-time annual meeting attendees with returning, more experienced members. If you are a new MLA member or first-time meeting attendee, consider pairing up with an experienced colleague at the meeting in Boston. Colleague Connection allows you to have your questions about the meeting answered, maximize your time, select the best programs and meetings to attend, meet new colleagues, build your professional network, and discuss new ideas.

Experienced MLA members benefit, too! Mentoring a colleague can expand your professional network, expose you to new ideas, and help you see the meeting from a fresh perspective. Sign up today. Those who register by Saturday, April 27, will be guaranteed to receive their mentor or mentee before leaving for the meeting. Once assigned, each pair of colleagues will be responsible for working out a time to meet and connect. For more information about participating, please contact Ryan Harris, AHIP, 410.706.1315.

Academy Booth at “One Health”
Members of the MLA Credentialing Committee will be available to answer your Academy of Health Information Professionals questions at the academy booth at “One Health.” You will also be able to make an appointment to have a one-on-one, thirty-minute session to review your portfolio before submission to the academy.

One-on-one help is available through advanced notice only. Please contact Jessica Schleinzer to secure a spot. Last sessions of the day will start a half hour before the end of scheduled exhibit hours. Spots are limited.

Register Now for Diagnostic Error Program
It is not too late if you missed MLA’s “Partnering to Prevent Diagnostic Error: Librarians on the Inside Track.” You can still view the program on-demand until April 16. Registration is open to individuals and sites.

Time Is Running Out: Renew Your MLA Membership
If you have not yet renewed your MLA membership for 2013, please do so today! Avoid losing any MLA benefits, including the discounted member registration rate for “One Health” (incorporating MLA ’13) in Boston, MA; early bird registration ends April 3. Please contact Tomi Gunn in the MLA Membership Services Department with any questions regarding your membership, invoice, or login information.

MLA 2012 Salary Survey Available: Free for MLA Members!
The MLA 2012 Compensation and Benefits Survey is now available, and it is free for MLA members. With 659 valid responses, the 48-page survey report reviews compensation and work practices for medical librarians. Survey data can:

  • enable employed health sciences librarians to assess their own salaries in relation to a number of relevant variables,
  • help health sciences librarians seeking employment with realistic salary expectations, and
  • establish a database of accurate information about the salaries of health sciences librarians for comparison.

The survey provides salary data by geographic area, organizational or institutional factors (e.g., institution type, funding source, job responsibilities), and personal demographic factors (e.g., gender, age, years of experience). The survey also provides analysis of salary trends and inflation, library personnel turnover, and employee benefit packages.

Visit the MLANET members area to download your free copy.

Reporting and Value Survey for Library Directors or One-Person Medical Libraries
The MLA Board of Directors and the MLA/Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries Ad Hoc Metrics Task Force seek your input on data, metrics, and ideas that can show the value of librarians and the library within your institutions.

Please take about fifteen minutes to tell us how you measure and report the value of your library staff and services. Your information—along with a number of recent studies, articles, and future updates to MLANET—€”will inform an ongoing campaign for medical librarian visibility, expertise, and value. Thank you very much in advance for your help! Take the survey now or before April 23, 2013.

Wanted: Stories about Library Value
What is the value of your library—and your professional service—to the practitioners you work with? Have your users, practitioners, consumers, or administrators commented, emailed, or written to you with compliments about you, your library, or your library’s services, or have you received great comments anonymously from a user survey? Do you have more general stories about promoting the value of your library, eureka moments, “how I saved the day,” or “how I made a connection and gained an advocate” stories you can share?

We would like to hear your comments and stories—and share them with your colleagues and on the web in an ongoing campaign for medical librarian visibility, expertise, and value.

Visit the Library Value Stories survey to tell us your stories—€”and how we can use them—by April 30.

Build Your Network: Join the MLA Research Section
Do you conduct research in your library? Would you like to create more efficient and effective evaluations or user surveys, interviews, focus groups, observations, or document analysis to address questions important to your practice or your profession? MLA’s Research Section can help! The section promotes an interest in research, creates awareness of research needs among MLA members, and fosters research-related skills.

By participating in Research Section activities, you can collaborate with more than 300 of your peers to improve your research skills or find a research mentor to expand your knowledgebase and earn points toward membership in the Academy of Health Information Professionals for contributing to the identification and celebration of the highest quality research posters and papers presented at the annual MLA meeting.

Learn more on the website and through the section’s online journal, Hypothesis. To join, log in to the MLANET members’ area at www.mlanet.org/members/, select “My MLA Membership” and add the Research Section. If you have questions, please contact Beatriz Varman, chair, Research Section Membership Committee.

Support MLA’s Librarians Without Borders® Ursula Poland International Award
MLA is seeking funds to endow the Ursula Poland International Award. This award will assist in the education and training of American health sciences librarians by broadening their experience to include health sciences library outreach, education, and research projects outside the United States and Canada. It honors Ursula Poland, a distinguished MLA member, MLA Fellow, and Janet Doe Lecturer. MLA’s international activities were the topic of Poland’s 1982 Doe Lecture, which is one of MLA’s most important historical documents about the association’s international interests and accomplishments.

The association hopes to give the first award in 2014. Donations can be made through the MLA store or by sending a check to the Medical Library Association MLA Librarians Without Borders® Ursula Poland International Award, care of Department 4626, Carol Stream, IL 60122-4627. For more information, contact Mary Langman.

MLA Supports NLM’s Fiscal Year 2014 Budget
On March 15, MLA and the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries submitted a statement to the House Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee supporting the National Library of Medicine’s (NLM’s) Fiscal Year 2014 funding. The associations recommended support of funding at the highest possible level and continued support for the medical library community’s role in NLM’s outreach, telemedicine, disaster preparedness, health information technology initiatives, and health care reform implementation.

Court Upholds First Sale Doctrine
In its opinion in Kirtsaeng, DBA BLUECHRISTINE99 v. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., the US Supreme Court has determined that the first sale doctrine is not subject to any geographical limitations (Justice Ginsburg dissents). The court’s decision means that purchasers of works produced outside of the United States, if the works are lawfully subject to US Copyright protections, are entitled to invoke the first sale doctrine to justify their subsequent sale, lease, or loan of those works. This is an important victory not just for consumers like Kirtsaeng, but also for libraries and library users.


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