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October 18, 2021
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Join the COVID-19 Conversation: I Feel Fine: A Musical Happy Half-Hour

Date: Thursday, April 23

Time: 2:00 p.m., pacific time; 3:00 p.m., mountain time; 4:00 p.m., central time; 5:00 p.m., eastern time. Note the Thursday date and special mid/late afternoon times for this session.

Audience: Medical librarians, music lovers, and anyone feeling stressed these days.

Sally Gore, Lamar Soutter Library, University of Massachusetts Medical School–Worcester, and Eugenia Opuda, Dimond Library, University of New Hampshire–Durham, will treat participants to a half-hour of musical delights and sharing about the role of music in times of stress. Gore will sing and play guitar. Opuda will perform on the guzheng, the Chinese zither. They will tell you how they find comfort and release in music and invite your thoughts on how music helps you cope. They also invite you to share playlists, links to songs and videos, and favorite comfort and coping music in the session Slack channel.

This is the fifth in a series of free, live, online conversations, Coping and Caring in the Time of COVID-19. These weekly conversations for MLA members and the wider health information professional community are designed to help you address professional and personal pain points related to the current crisis.

Action item 1: Click Join the Slack workspace Medical Library Association, and use your browser or download the Slack application on your phone. If you already have Slack, add the workspace

Action item 2: Join the conversation during and after this session at #covid-19-I-feel-fine-music in the MLA Slack workspace (add this new channel by selecting the “+” sign next to “Channels” >> “Browse channels” and adding the channel), or connect at

On Thursday, April 23, at the scheduled time, open Slack to join the conversation. Open Zoom (Meeting ID: 941 2398 6481) to join the session.

  • Zoom password: MLACOVID
  • No registration. No cost.

We are experimenting with a new format designed to foster sharing on an ongoing basis, without overloading your email inbox:

  • Thirty-minute online gatherings, using Webex (and sometimes Zoom), no registration, free to attend
  • Online discussion using a new MLA Slack channel during and after the gatherings that allow participants to ask questions, provide support, and share experiences by creating new threads and replying to existing ones

Access recordings of Professional Partnerships in the Time of COVID-19: Masks and More, password: WsYdCv3m; COVID-19 Searching: Strategies and Sources, password: Kq3RUjFS; and Managing Remote Workers and Work, password: jEAjUmQ4.

For questions and support, please contact Kate Corcoran.

Coming up

Tuesday, April 28: Moving Instruction Online in a Hurry!: Ruby Nugent, Health Sciences Library, University of Nevada–Las Vegas, and Brandi Tuttle, AHIP, Medical Center Library & Archives, Duke University, Durham, NC, will share their experiences with online instruction; 10:00 a.m., pacific time; 11:00 a.m., mountain time; noon, central time; 1:00 p.m., eastern time.

Tuesday, May 5: Supporting Oral Health in the Time of COVID-19: Dental Caucus leadership members Amanda Nevius, Hirsh Health Sciences Library, Tufts University, Boston, MA; Nicole Theis-Mahon, AHIP, Health Sciences Libraries University of Minnesota–Minneapolis; and Nena Schvaneveldt, AHIP, Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library, University of Utah–Salt Lake City, will lead a discussion about oral health; 10:00 a.m., pacific time; 11:00 a.m., mountain time; noon, central time; 1:00 p.m., eastern time.

Tuesday, May 12: Critical Appraisal of COVID-19 Research: Marie Ascher, Health Sciences Library, New York Medical College–Valhalla; Abraham Wheeler, AHIP, MSU Libraries, Michigan State University–East Lansing; Rachel Pinotti, AHIP, Levy Library, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY; and Amy Blevins, Ruth Lilly Medical Library, Indiana University School of Medicine–Indianapolis, will examine COVID-19 research; 10:00 a.m., pacific time; 11:00 a.m., mountain time; noon, central time; 1:00 p.m., eastern time.

The Coping and Caring in the Time of COVID-19 series ends with the May 12 session. Watch for information on MLA ’20 virtual sessions open to all members beginning soon after.

We look forward to conversing with you on April 23!

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