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MLA-FOCUS March 21, 2014

Time Is Running Out: Renew Your MLA Membership
MLA eLearning Opportunity: Systematic Review Webcast
Attend the Patient Experience and Engagement Symposium at MLA ’14
Visit the Academy Booth at MLA ’14
Academy Tip of the Month
MLA Supports Restored 302(b) Funding

MLA Supports Legislative Branch Appropriations
New Public Access Legislation Introduced
Recently Published Oral Histories
Call for Papers: IFLA Health and Biosciences Libraries Section
NLM to Host National Digital Stewardship Residency Symposium April 8

Time Is Running Out: Renew Your MLA Membership
If you have not yet renewed your MLA membership for 2014, please do so today! Avoid losing any MLA benefits, including the discounted member registration rate for the MLA ’14 meeting in Chicago; early bird registration ends April 9. Please contact Tomi Gunn in the MLA Membership Services Department with any questions regarding your membership, invoice, or login information.

MLA eLearning Opportunity: Systematic Review Webcast
Register now for MLA’s upcoming webcast, “Librarians Collaborating to Produce Systematic Reviews: Project Launch to Publication.” Join Mark Berendsen, Sarah Jewell, Joey Nicholson, and Shandra Protzko, AHIP, as they discuss guidelines, resources, and opportunities to be part of the team.

The webcast will be presented on Wednesday, April 16, 1:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m., central time. Registration is open to both individuals and sites.

Attend the Patient Experience and Engagement Symposium at MLA ’14
The Patient Experience and Engagement: Improving Patient-Centered Care One Person at a Time” is designed for librarians and other information professionals working with patients, case managers, consumers, and librarians on clinical care and health education teams. Please join the conversation on Saturday, May 17, 1:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m. The symposium provides 4 MLA CE contact hours and counts toward the Consumer Health Information Specialization.

Visit the Academy Booth at MLA ’14
Members of the MLA Credentialing Committee will be available to answer your Academy of Health Information Professionals questions at the academy booth at MLA ’14. You can also make an appointment to have a one-on-one, thirty-minute session to review your portfolio before submitting it to the academy. One-on-one help is available through advanced notice only. Please contact Kathleen Combs to secure a spot. Last sessions of the day will start a half hour before the end of scheduled exhibit hours. Spots are limited.

Academy Tip of the Month
When uploading your documentation, make sure that you have included everything that has been claimed on your Ledger form. Delete any extra documents to avoid confusion.

MLA Supports Restored 302(b) Funding
MLA has signed onto a letter urging the chairs and ranking members of the House and Senate Committees on Appropriations to restore the Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 302(b) allocation to the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee to the FY 2010 level of $163.6 billion. The current FY 2014 allocation remains 10% lower than FY 2010 in real dollars, as adjusted for inflation.

Each subcommittee is allocated a certain amount of funding under the full Appropriations Committee’s 302(a) allocation. These allocations, which are referred to as 302(b) allocations, establish the cap on spending for each of the appropriations bills. The subcommittees themselves do not determine the level of funding for each bill; they only determine how that money is spent among the agencies and programs under the subcommittee’s jurisdiction.

MLA Supports Legislative Branch Appropriations
MLA joined the American Association of Law Libraries and the Special Libraries Association in urging the House Subcommittee on Legislative Branch Appropriations to fully fund the appropriations requests of the US Government Printing Office and the Library of Congress in FY 2015.

New Public Access Legislation Introduced
On March 12, the Subcommittee on Research and Technology passed HR 4186, the Frontiers in Innovation, Research, Science and Technology (FIRST) Act.

Introduced by Lamar Smith (R-TX) and Larry Bucshon (R-IN), FIRST would reauthorize certain programs in the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the Department of Energy Office of Science, and the Office of Science and Technology Policy. Section 303 of the bill would establish public access policies but would take a step backward from initiatives that the medical library community has been supporting. Potentially it could threaten the progress accomplished by the National Institutes of Health public access policy.

Members of MLA’s Governmental Relations Committee and Joint MLA/Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries Legislative Task Force sent letters expressing concerns about the legislation. The committees will continue to monitor and address this legislation.

Recently Published Oral Histories
Carolyn Lipscomb, AHIP, MLA’s Oral History project director, announces the publication of two histories. Gwendolyn S. Cruzat, AHIP, FMLA (interviewed by James Shedlock, AHIP, FMLA) developed the noted medical library curriculum at the University of Michigan School of Information and taught scores of students who became leaders in the library and graduate education professions. Her work as a hospital and academic librarian prior to earning her doctoral degree informed her teaching. Among her many honors, she was 1979 Janet Doe lecturer and regent of the National Library of Medicine.

Kent A. Smith, FMLA (interviewed by Sheldon Kotzin, FMLA) served as executive officer and deputy director of the National Library of Medicine (NLM). He worked with two library directors on issues including long-range planning, design and construction of library buildings, transition of systems from mainframe computer to web-based access, and extension of NLM’s mission to consumer health. His efforts on Capitol Hill facilitated the legislative actions necessary to achieve these initiatives, and he helped MLA build its governmental relations program. He was awarded the MLA President’s Award and gave the 2007 Joseph Leiter NLM/MLA Lecture.

Call for Papers: IFLA Health and Biosciences Libraries Section
The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) Health and Biosciences Libraries Section will hold its satellite meeting at Université Claude Bernard Lyon in Lyon, France, August 15. Proposals related to the theme, “Health Librarians and the Changing Information Landscape,” are welcomed. Potential topics may include:

  • To what extent is health sciences librarianship integrating with the field of health informatics?
  • As health librarians’ role in managing data increases, will there be a profound shift in their role profile?
  • As the function of print material repositories diminishes what implications does this have for the library space?
  • Will some information management tasks become redundant as health service decision making becomes more reliant on interrogation of massive datasets?
  • Will our current concept of what evidence-based medicine is be changed radically as knowledge in health relies more on access to, and the ability to manipulate, currently unused sources of data?

Proposals are due no later than April 25. For more information, see the IFLA website.

NLM to Host National Digital Stewardship Residency Symposium April 8
The inaugural cohort of National Digital Stewardship Residents will present a symposium, “Emerging Trends in Digital Stewardship,” on the campus of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD. The symposium will include panel presentations on preserving social media and collaborative workspaces, open government and open data, and digital strategies for public and nonprofit institutions. It will also feature a demonstration of BitCurator, an environment of digital forensics tools designed to help collecting institutions manage born-digital materials.

The cohort began their residency at Washington, DC, area libraries, museums, and cultural institutions in September. Each will complete a project related to an aspect of digital preservation and stewardship.

The symposium is free and open to the public. Preregistration is encouraged. For more information, please visit ndsr2014.wordpress.com.

 

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