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COVID-19 Conversation: Engaging Our Communities in the Time of COVID-19

COVID-19 Conversation: Engaging Our Communities in the Time of COVID-19
Thu November 19, 2020
Clinical and academic health libraries are facing novel challenges in engaging their patrons, stakeholders, and other members of their communities. A panel of three librarians with responsibilities for communication, marketing, and outreach will share their experiences in engaging their communities

The New York-New Jersey (NY-NJ) Chapter Annual Meeting 2020, the chapter’s first virtual annual meeting, was held on October 15 and 16. It was a team effort, and as programming chair, I was grateful that each member of the Programming Committee contributed an important piece of the puzzle.
Like many other MLA chapters, the Upstate New York and Ontario Chapter (UNYOC) planners faced unprecedented challenges this year for the 2020 annual meeting. The planning committee quickly pivoted and started planning a quality virtual experience.
Elizabeth Suelzer, AHIP, MCW Libraries, Medical College of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, is the recipient of the 2020 Librarian of the Year by the Wisconsin Health Science Library Association (WHSLA).
In a recent article published in Hypothesis, Liz Kellermeyer, AHIP, has explored the factors affecting clinical care team referrals to the medical library. The medical library is a unique resource for patients, offering librarian-mediated searches, guidance, and help.
Read about I Am MLA Ambassador Don P. Jason III
Read about I Am MLA Ambassador Heather A. McEwen
The Technology in Education Caucus held a beta test of the Virtual My Favorite Tool event on Tuesday, November 10, in preparation for the MLA ’21 annual meeting. Four tools were presented to an audience of ninety participants. As promised, the caucus organized a fun and fast-paced event.
If you work at an academic health sciences library like I do, I am sure you have sometimes wondered about the impact of your teaching. Do your students actually retain material when you guide them through an activity or a one-shot teaching session?
NIH statement urging researchers to swiftly share COVID-19 results through ClinicalTrials.gov
Register now for Grey (Literature) Matters: Searching for Preprint Sources to be presented by Sarah Bonato on December 10, 2020.
Leverage unscripted streaming demonstration videos for teaching and learning psychotherapy techniques. Published by the American Psychological Association (APA) and available on EBSCOhost® and EBSCO Discovery Service™, APA PsycTherapy® covers authentic therapy sessions and is a dynamic tool.
The R2 Digital Library is a health sciences electronic book database that features a comprehensive collection of medical, nursing, and allied health titles presented in a clean and intuitive interface.
Are you a library professional who wants to take your research skills to the next level? Do you have a brilliant idea or research topic that you have wanted to pursue but do not know where to start and need help to carry it through? Apply for the 2021 MLA Research Training Institute (RTI).
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. MLA announces that the MLA ’21 annual meeting experience will include a virtual component that builds on the success of the MLA ’20 vConference.

As president of the European Association of Health Information and Libraries (EAHIL), the most active European association in the field of medical information, I had a privileged view of how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting libraries.
MLA and AAHSL members comment on NLM's 2017-2027 strategic plan
MLA expresses our sincere appreciation to all of these companies for their generous support of MLA ’20.
The 2021 National Programming Committee invites reviewers for papers, posters, and lightning talks for MLA ’21, to be held May 2021. To apply, fill out the MLA ’21 Reviewer Signup form by October 20, 2020.
Read about I Am MLA Ambassador Charlotte Beyer, AHIP
Read about I Am MLA Ambassador Michelle Kraft, AHIP, FMLA
Read about I Am MLA Ambassador Laura Menard
Read about I Am MLA Ambassador Matthew N. Noe
Read about I Am MLA Ambassador Peace Ossom Williamson, AHIP
MLA President Lisa Traditi, AHIP and AAHSL President Sandra Franklin, AHIP, FMLA have urged the House Select Subcommittee on the CORONAVIRUS CRISIS reject all attempts to interfere with or delay the dissemination of scientific evidence.  

The MLA Governmental Relations Committee encourages member
The 2021 National Program Committee calls for the first round of submissions for MLA ’21. Find information about the submission process. Extended to November 5.
Renae Barger and Rebekah Miller, cochairs, MAC/MLA Annual Meeting Committee, present information for exhibitors at the virtual annual meeting of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of MLA (MAC).
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.
North Atlantic Health Sciences Libraries (NAHSL) invites you to attend our annual conference, “NAHSL in Action,” a celebration of sixty-two years of community and resiliency. This year’s conference will be held online. Join us October 26–27, 2020.
The Medical Library Group of Southern California and Arizona (MLGSCA) condemns racism. MLGSCA stands in solidarity with and voices support for our Black members, our members of color, and members of the MLA African American Medical Librarians Alliance (AAMLA) Caucus (Statement June 1, 2020).
How do you conduct a systematic review with limited resources? Twenty years ago, it would have been impossible to search and access the articles that these reviews notoriously require. But with library professionals as trainers and the support of Hinari, producing systematic reviews is feasible.
Curious about how other libraries were providing accessibility information, I searched the existing literature and found very few studies that focused on libraries’ accessibility information pages and none involving any consultation with users with disabilities.
Register now for MLA's recorded Systematic Searching: Improving Effectiveness and Efficiency to be presented by Wichor Bramer. #MLASystSearching
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.
Read about I Am MLA Ambassador Tamara M. Nelson, AHIP
Read about I Am MLA Ambassador Ruby L. Nugent
Read about I Am MLA Ambassador Lisa K. Traditi, AHIP
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

Chapter News: Engaging the NY-NJ MLA Chapter Membership about Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion


Chapter News: UNYOC 2020: A Meeting to Remember


RTI News: RTI Fellow Elizabeth Suelzer, AHIP, Awarded 2020 Librarian of the Year!


RTI Research Spotlight: Librarian-Led Research Identifies Barriers to Library Referrals from Clinical Care Teams and Suggests Solutions


I Am MLA: Beverly Murphy, AHIP, FMLA


I Am MLA: Kelsa Bartley


I Am MLA: Naomi Bishop, AHIP


I Am MLA: Alexander J. Carroll, AHIP


I Am MLA: Don P. Jason III


I Am MLA: Heather A. McEwen


Virtual My Favorite Tool—Beta Tested


RTI Research Spotlight: Librarian-Led Research Shows New Curriculum Model Increases Student Learning in Evidence-Based Medicine


NIH calls for swift sharing of COVID-19 results


Grey (Literature) Matters: Searching for Preprint Sources Webinar


Product Spotlight: Access APA PsycTherapy Through EBSCO (Sponsored)


Product Spotlight: When It Comes to E-Books, the R2 Digital Library Stands Alone (Sponsored)


RTI News: Apply for RTI ’21!


MLA ’21 to Include Full Virtual Offering


Global Health & Health Equity: European Medical Libraries during the COVID-19 Pandemic


MLA and AAHSL comment on NLM 2017-2027 Strategic Plan


Thank You, MLA ’20 Sponsors


Call for Reviewers for MLA ’21 Papers, Posters, and Lightning Talks


I Am MLA: Charlotte Beyer, AHIP


I Am MLA: Michelle Kraft, AHIP, FMLA


I Am MLA: Laura Menard


I Am MLA: Matthew N. Noe


I Am MLA: Peace Ossom Williamson, AHIP


MLA/AAHSL Call for Transparency & Impartiality in the Dissemination of Health Information


Call for Papers and Immersion Sessions for MLA ’21


Chapter News: MAC/MLA Virtual Annual Meeting


Statement from the African American Medical Librarians Alliance (AAMLA) Caucus of MLA


Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Are the Threads that Strengthen the Fabric of the Medical Library Association


Professionalism & Leadership Hub Statement: Take Action Now


Chapter News: Save the Dates for the NAHSL Annual Conference!


Medical Library Group of Southern California and Arizona Statement


Global Health & Health Equity: Resource Limited but Knowledge Rich: Hinari and Systematic Review Training in Zimbabwe


RTI Research Spotlight: Research Highlights the Importance of Including Users with Disabilities When Providing Web Page Accessibility Information


Systematic Searching: Improving Effectiveness and Efficiency


MLA ’20 vConference New Member/First-Time Attendees Book Recommendations


JMLA Call for Submissions and Commitment to Equity


I Am MLA: Tamara M. Nelson, AHIP


I Am MLA: Ruby L. Nugent


I Am MLA: Lisa K. Traditi, AHIP


Fourth Annual MLA Book Recommendations: MLA ’20 vConference


InSight Initiative Videos


RTI Research Spotlight: Librarian-Led Research Provides Clues for How Librarians Can Improve Medical Students’ Use of Information Tools


Attending the MLA ’20 vConference? Watch Paper and Lightning Talks before August 10!


You Should Be Here! MLA ’20 vConference and Exhibits: Live Action Week!


MLA ’20 vConference Featured Speakers You Don’t Want to Miss!


RTI Research Spotlight: RTI Contributed to Additional Study on Effects of COVID-19 on Medical Libraries