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We are hurting, frustrated, and our emotions are raw.
The cumulative toll of microaggressions, institutional racism, police brutality, and state-sanctioned violence coupled with the emotional labor of navigating a predominantly white profession is exhausting.
The Medical Library Association (MLA) expresses deep sorrow, compassion, anger, and words of hope in response to the death of George Floyd and many other victims of police brutality. We share the horror and outrage being expressed throughout our nation.
The Professionalism & Leadership Domain Hub, a collaboration between several caucuses working on behalf of all MLA members, works to develop training for every librarian to be a leader in their institutions and spheres of influence and to create and advocate for change.
This is a collection of favorite books and/or current reads that were mentioned in the New Members/First-Time Attendees meeting held on Monday, July 27, 2020, at the beginning of the MLA ’20 vConference.
In light of national conversations around Black Lives Matter, systemic racism, police violence, and health disparities in the COVID-19 pandemic, the JMLA team believes affirms JMLA’s commitment to promoting diversity and equity in health sciences librarianship and information science.
This list is a compilation of books recommended throughout the MLA ’20 vConference. Special thanks to the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Reading Club; African American Medical Librarians Alliance Caucus; Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee; MLA Book Club; and Twitter recommendation
MLA’s InSight Initiative is a thought-leadership initiative uniquely designed to address the common problem of disintermediation by engaging health sciences librarians and information providers in high-level, high-value dialogue on issues that matter to both communities.
In fall 2016, I submitted a poster abstract to MLA ’17. My goal was simple: I wanted to see what point-of-care (POC) products health sciences libraries offered, how libraries promoted POCs, and if they used POCs in classes.
All paper and lightning talk presentations have been prerecorded and are posted in the Online Planner. The one-hour time blocks in the virtual program are for attendees to ask questions live to paper and lightning talk authors.
Training from the MLA RTI has come in handy again! I am a fellow in the 2019 cohort, and my project is currently in the final draft stages. I know one of the goals of the RTI is to equip librarians with tools to do research on an ongoing basis, so I am sharing an additional research project.
The MLA ’20 vConference and Exhibits, a full-featured experience of virtual learning and networking, kicked off on Monday, July 27, with an opening session that was available to all, including all MLA members, registrants, and vendors.
IMLS has awarded MLA a $227,862 Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program Grant over a 3-year period to build upon, extend, and enhance the successful RTI. IMLS funding for August 2020–July 2023 will enable MLA to transition the existing RTI research curriculum and learning activities.
Learn more about the RTI program and join the RTI fellows and faculty on Wednesday, August 5, from noon–1:30 p.m., central time, as they present their research work and discuss their perceptions and experiences of conducting research in practice. All MLA members are welcome to attend.
What makes Rahab’s Sisters unique is the concept of radical hospitality. Rahab’s Sisters’ core mission is creating community for women and gender nonconforming folks “marginalized by poverty, houselessness, sex work, violence and substance use.” Community is a need that is often overlooked.
Doctoral studies offer a unique phase in the development and legitimization of researchers, and it is essential to understand the distinct practices of this population if librarians are to support this process in an evidence-based manner.
The article by Virginia Marie Trow, “Clinical Support: As Losses Mount, US Hospitals Furlough Librarians with Other Hospital Staff,” describes the impacts of COVID-19 on hospital finances and employees, and on hospital librarians. Numerous hospital librarians reported furloughs or reduced hours.
George Floyd’s murder on May 25 set off the latest round of Black Lives Matters demonstrations as well as discussions and statements on social media and in email discussions. You may ask, “What can I do?” The answer is plenty.
In this time of COVID-19, clinical and academic health libraries face facilities and personnel management challenges. On July 14, a panel of five librarian leaders from clinical and academic libraries, will share their experiences, lessons learned, and plans.
On June 1, 2020, the African American Medical Librarians Alliance (AAMLA) Caucus released a statement about police brutality and systemic racism and violence. We at the Pacific Northwest Chapter of MLA (PNC/MLA) fully support and stand in solidarity.
Envision our future and celebrate our past at the MLA ’20 vConference, August 10–14, 2020! The 2020 NPC has planned an exciting, educational, and interesting schedule of events. A live kick-off event will take place on July 27, 2020.
The Medical Library Association and Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries have submitted comments to the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) in response to Senator Lamar Alexander's white paper, Preparing for the Next Pandemic.
The Consumer and Patient Health Information Caucus (CAPHIC) joins the MLA leadership, the African American Medical Librarians Alliance (AAMLA) Caucus, and MLA caucuses in strong support of their statements of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
The International Cooperation Caucus (ICC) of MLA is devastated by the recent and many incidents of police violence and brutality in the United States and stands in solidarity with the African American Medical Librarians Alliance (AAMLA) Caucus of MLA, many other MLA caucuses.
The Interprofessional Education and Practice (IPEP) Caucus has at its core the belief that, together, we are better. We stand in solidarity with our fellow MLA members and caucuses and with our communities in speaking out and standing against racism and discrimination of any kind.
The Osteopathic Libraries Caucus comprises librarians and library personnel from osteopathic institutions across the United States. We recognize the inherent dignity and equality of all people and condemn racism.
MLA joined several international health library associations in urging the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) to seek information specialists as peer reviewers for knowledge synthesis publications
As part of the application process for the MLA Research Training Institute (RTI), applicants submit a list of key words or phrases that describes the topic of their research that year. Below are word clouds of the key words that were submitted to the RTI for each year since 2018..
Part of the PNR Rendezvous series of the Pacific Northwest Region (PNR) of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM), the “Still Searching for One Health: Information Services that Support Prevention of Emerging Zoonotic Disease” webinar will be on Wednesday, June 17.