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MLA ’20 General Information

Abstract submissions for Posters and Lightning Talks are closed.
For more information about papers, immersion sessions, posters, and lightning talks, visit the Contributed Content FAQ.

Education. Networking. Relationships.

A meeting you can’t afford to miss!

MLA ’20: “2020 Vision | The Future in Focus” is designed for you to customize your experience and to focus on your individual goals and the goals of your organization. No matter what your plan, these are features we know you will encounter:

Education you can use

Find out what is new and what works for your colleagues so you can effectively meet the expectations of your current and future patrons. Meeting content is practical and relates to your job responsibilities.

Connect with your professional peers

Maximize your networking opportunities, share with and learn from others, and connect with your colleagues at MLA caucus meetings on specific subspecialties and affinities, and at new member and first-time attendee events.

Talk with your vendors

Learn from vendors how to improve what you do and how you do it, plus let them know how to improve their products!

  • Keep up-to-date on opportunities and developments in services and products (53% of MLA ’19 attendees did)
  • Find new products you can immediately apply in your professional setting (42% did)
  • Discover new companies to do business with (35% did)

Set yourself up for success

Participate in MLA activities that are essential to your career development. Colleagues can help you improve your resume, explore new career paths, and find your next job. Presenting at the meeting gives you visibility and increased credibility.

What's going on at MLA '20 and what's new?


MLA ‘20

What’s new or improved?

Pre-Meeting Continuing Education (extra fee)

17 courses by experts in Data Management, Evidence-based Practice, Expert Searching, and more.

Location and Transportation

MLA Headquarters hotel, plus three other hotels, all within minutes by Max Rail or walking.

Meeting will take place in the Oregon Convention Center, Portland, OR, at 777 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd. Map.

Complimentary transit passes for Max light rail, streetcar, and bus access (TriMet) across Portland through the end of the meeting; pick up at onsite Registration Area.

Accessibility options available for attendees, Make sure to let us know about your needed special services when registering so we can accommodate your needs.

Meeting Length

From Saturday, May 16, 5:00 p.m. to Tuesday, May 19, 8:00 p.m.

Meeting ends on Tuesday evening (not Wednesday morning)

Attendee Experience

Mix of:

  • Plenary Sessions
  • Breakouts in multiple formats
  • Vendor interactions
  • Networking events
  • Keynotes and breakouts mixed out during the day
  • Food trucks or other lunch venues in or near the convention center
  • Committee or informal meetings in the early morning only
  • Caucus meetings at the end of the day (Sunday/Monday) and lunch (Tuesday: no exhibits)

Diversity and Inclusion

Content around MLA’s 7 areas of practice

Welcoming and inclusive culture and practice

  • Content for all interests
  • Quiet rooms and wellness activities
  • Diversity and Inclusion Task Force "Human Library" Event

Keynote Speakers

Perspectives from inside and outside the profession

Capstone Janet Doe Lecture closes the meeting followed by a post-lecture conversation and networking reception. There are no separate ticketed events.

Contributed Content

48 breakout sessions:

  • Immersion Sessions: deep-dive interactive learning
  • Papers
  • Lighting Talks
  • Posters

The two poster sessions are organized midday on the periphery of the exhibit floor and do not conflict with association meetings

Themed Session

The “Open Science” sessions (Tuesday afternoon) with a plenary session, small-group discussions, and multiple interactions

New concept for MLA ’20

Interactions with Vendors

  • Welcome reception
  • Exhibits
  • Sunrise Seminars
  • Lunch & Learns
  • Technology Showcases

Exhibit hours increased from 13 to 17 hours, with less “conflict” time


Multiple opportunities to connect:

  • New Member/First-Time Attendee breakfast
  • International attendees
  • Caucus gatherings
  • Informal dine-arounds
  • Vendor receptions
  • Ad-hoc gatherings

MLA caucuses will gather during 6 45-minute time periods, around social activities and themed interactions

A Diverse, Inclusive, and Accessible Meeting Diversity, equity, and inclusion are the threads that strengthen the fabric of the Medical Library Association (MLA). MLA’s goal is to ensure that members, volunteers, and staff have a high level of awareness related to diversity, equity and inclusion issues, and ensure that our organizational behavior reflects the diversity of the profession, and of those we serve at our institutions.

Registration Rates Early Bird
(through 4/8/20)
Meeting Registration
    Member/Institutional representative $685 $785
    Member Emeritus, Retired Fellow, Lower Dues,
    HINARI-Eligible, Unemployed
$343 $393
    Student Member $274 $314
    Nonmember $959 $1,059

One-Day Attendance



    Member/Institutional representative $343 $393
    Member Emeritus, Retired Fellow, Lower Dues,
$206 $236
    Student Member $171 $196
    Nonmember $480 $550

Open Science Session Only



Exhibit Only






    Member/Institutional representative $129 $129
    Nonmember $181 $181
    Site License (25 users): Member $699 $699
    Site License (25 users): Nonmember $979 $979

You're Invited!


The NEW MLA Annual Meeting Travel Grant

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