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MLA '21 General Information

Abstract submissions open until November 5! Visit the Contributed Content FAQ to read everything you need to know about submitting your paper, research paper, or immersion session in the first round of abstracts.

Important:

  • Submission deadline for Immersion and Paper sessions is extended to November 5, 2020 (6pm Central Time)
  • No in-person requirement to present
  • MLA will provide no-charge registration for those needing financial support (presenters get priority)

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Overview

MLA’s premier event draws more than 1,500 participants including medical librarians and other health information professionals, international attendees, and exhibitors. MLA ’21 offers a variety of opportunities for attending educational sessions, seeing the latest products from exhibitors, and interacting with colleagues.

Special Announcement (October 20, 2020)

Planning for a future conference in the era of Covid-19 remains a challenge because of the uncertainty related to the ability to meet in-person. We are also aware that health information professionals and their employers are excluding travel for the first half of 2021 because of budget reductions, continued travel restrictions and the perceived increased realization by all stakeholders that Covid-19 will continue to be a major disruptor through 2021.

MLA announces that the 2021 conference experience will include a virtual component that builds on the success of the MLA 2020 vConference and Exhibits, with improvements based on feedback and lessons learned (see schedule below).

We have not ruled out a pared-down in-person component in Washington DC in May 2021 at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, should the hotel venue reopen, and Washington D.C. restrictions on meeting sizes are removed. The in-person experience, should it take place, will be an option that will supplement the main vConference and Exhibits.

A Diverse, Inclusive, and Accessible Meeting

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are the threads that strengthen the fabric of the Medical Library Association. 

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.

Program

Program details subject to change. Details and exact times to be announced in the months leading to the May events.

In-person events, if maintained, will occur during the originally scheduled days May 24 to 26 (subject to change)

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When What Experience

Live Kickoff

May 10

Opening Session

  • Dynamic presentations, tips on how to best experience the vConference and Exhibits, InSight Initiative highlights, sponsor recognitions

Awards and Recognitions

  • Think the Oscars with MLA’s own emcees

Networking Event

  • Short presentations followed by multiple small group speed networking (yes, you will meet lots of people you don’t know, totally randomly)

Exploration Week 1

May 10 to May 14

Posters, Lightning Talks, and Papers

  • View posters with voice recordings, lightning talks, and papers with voice synced to slides, on your own schedule
  • Participate in group conversations (one per presentation) by asking your questions online via text Q&A

Meetings and Events

  • Join MLA members for the Annual Business Meeting
  • Participate in the Community Council and Chapter Council meetings
  • Join your colleagues for fun activities (e.g. game night and socials)

Exploration Week 2

May 17 to May 21

Exhibitor Live Solution Showcases and Live Exhibits

  • Visit the exhibitor booths, watch educational videos, and download information, on your own schedule.
  • Participate in Exhibitor Live Solution Showcases all day Wednesday May 19 and Thursday May 20
  • Connect with your exhibitor representative, or join short educational sessions via video chat

Posters, Lightning Talks, and Papers

  • Continue to view posters, lightning talks and papers and interact with your colleagues.

Social Events

  • Join your colleagues for fun activities (e.g. networking and social events)

Live Action Week

May 24 to May 27

Virtual Exhibits and Solution Showcases

  • Continue to view exhibits
  • Watch the recorded Exhibitor Solution Showcases you may have missed

Lightning Talks and Papers Meet-Ups

  • Join your colleagues for thirty-minute intimate virtual video chat sessions with groups of four to six presenters, organized and facilitated by topic by the program committee

Interactive Immersion Sessions

  • Participate in seventy-five minute immersion sessions designed to be engaging and interactive

Keynotes

  • John P. McGovern Award Lecture: speaker to be announced - sixty-minute keynote presentation
  • Janet Doe Lecture: speaker to be announced - sixty-minute keynote presentation

NLM Update

  • Stay up to date on National Library of Medicine (NLM) activities by joining NLM leaders for a year in review.

In-person Meeting (Washington DC Marriott Wardman Park Hotel)

  • The in-person optional portion of the conference is tentatively scheduled for May 24 to 26, 2021
  • The conference program committee will announce the in-person program when it is defined and confirmed

Closing Session

  • Time to wrap up, and to enjoy the performance of the MLA ’21 (Washington, DC) organizing committees

Watch Later

Virtual Exhibits and Solution Showcases

  • Open till June 4 for viewing only

Presentations

  • Available to meeting attendees exclusively for one year
  • Available to MLA members for three years, after June 1, 2022

What did attendees say about the MLA ‘20 vConference and Exhibits?

“…never before have I engaged, taken as many notes, met as many collaborators, and fostered next steps as I have with MLA 2020's vConference…overall the experience of truly absorbing content in the quiet of my own home allowed me to get so much more out of this meeting.”

“MLA came to my living room and we had conversations that were quite meaningful.”

“I loved the MLA vConference 2020! …so many creative approaches that included interactive components.”

“Please keep the virtual format—it was amazing.”

“I was able to attend the MLA conference from outside the US and take part in all the fantastic presentations.”

Metrics for Success - MLA ‘20 vConference and Exhibits

1,100+ attendees (1,500+ with exhibitors) - more than the in-person conferences

  • more than 500 attendees accessing through institutional packages
  • 140 no-charge financial assistance
  • 150+ new members or first-time meeting attendees

On-demand with slides and audio: overall rating, 4.06/5.00 with  6,700+ content views

Live Sessions

  • Plenary sessions: overall rating of 4.16 with 2,000+ attendees
  • Immersion sessions - overall rating of 4.12 with 1,400+ attendees
  • Exhibitor sessions - overall rating of 3.92 with  800+ attendees

Posters with enhanced audio: overall rating of 4.24 with 18,500+ views

Pricing

Prices below are indicative, and subject to change prior to registration opening by end of January 2021.

Pricing rules are as follows:

  • Member Emeritus, Retired, Student, Unemployed and Lower Dues: 50% discount from Member Regular rate
  • Non-member: 30% surcharge from Member Regular rate
  • Volume pricing ("institutional")
    • 5-pack: 20% discount (5 for the price of 4)
    • 10-pack: 30% discount (10 for the price of 7)
    • 15-pack (new): 40% discount (15 for the price of 9)
    • 20-pack: 50% discount (20 for the price of 10)

MLA will continue to provide no-charge registration for those needing financial support (rolling applications will open at the same time as registration).

vConference and Exhibits Price (USD)
Member - Regular $350
Member - Emeritus, Retired $175
Member - Student $175
Member - Unemployed, Lower Dues $175
Non-Member $455
Insitutional Member - 5-pack $1,400
Insitutional Member - 10-pack $2,450
Insitutional Member - 15-pack $3,150
Insitutional Member - 20-pack $3,500
Institutional Non-Member - 5-pack $1,820
Institutional Non-Member - 10-pack $3,185
Institutional Non-Member - 15-pack $4,095
Institutional Non-Member - 20-pack $4,550

In-Person Option (if available)* Price (USD)
All categories - per person $250

*Price in addition to the vConference and Exhibits prices above