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MLA Virtual 2020 Business Meeting and Presidential Addresses

MLA Virtual 2020 Business Meeting and Presidential Addresses
Thu May 21, 2020
MLA held its first virtual annual business meeting on Tuesday, May 19, 2020, with Julia Esparza, AHIP, presiding and 499 members attending. The historic session included the presidential address from Esparza and the inaugural presidential address by Lisa K. Traditi, AHIP.

Dolores Zegar Judkins
Amy Gische Lyons
Michele Renee Tennant
Priscilla L. Stephenson
Connect your users to full text in one-click from all your databases with LibKey. Join Third Iron Co-founder and President John Seguin in a free webinar to learn more.
Ying Zhong, 2019 RTI fellow, was recently awarded a research grant in the amount of $4,970 by the CSUB Research Council of the University (RCU).
You all know by now that MLA ’20 has now been rescheduled for August 15–19. Although the 2020 NPC, the MLA Board, and the MLA headquarters staff are all working to make this year’s meeting a success, there are still many unknowns, just as there are in our workplaces and other segments of our lives.
The Levy Library at the Icahn School of Medicine converted library classrooms to a storage area for respirators arriving for deployment, and the library’s main hall was used to store patients’ beds in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
With the emergence of COVID-19, many conferences have been cancelled or postponed. Some organizations are investigating a virtual alternative. MCMLA conducted virtual annual meetings in the past and will again do so this October. We have refined planning and continue to learn from our experiences.
Dental Caucus leaders Amanda Nevius, Nicole Theis-Mahon, AHIP, and Nena Schvaneveldt, AHIP, will discuss the impact of COVID-19 on dental schooling and invite you to share your stories.
Tuesday, May 5, 10:00 a.m., pacific time; 11:00 a.m., mountain time; noon, central time; 1:00 p.m., eastern time
Ruby Nugent and Brandi Tuttle, AHIP, share their experiences moving two very different education offerings online in a hurry.
Date: Tuesday, April 28
Time: 10:00 a.m., pacific time; 11:00 a.m., mountain time; noon, central time; 1:00 p.m., eastern time
North Atlantic Health Sciences Libraries (NAHSL) invites you to attend our annual conference, “Learning from the Past, Looking to the Future,” a celebration of sixty-two years of community and resiliency, on October 25–27, 2020, in Portland, ME.
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.
Aligned with the call of the LatinX Caucus of the MLA to contribute to the MLA COVID-19 Resources for Medical Librarians & Other Health Information Professionals page, Nora Franco and the LatinX Caucus assembled Spanish language resources. Read more in Nora Franco’s article posted in Latitudes.

The COVID-19 Citizen Science (CCS) project has just been launched a way for people from every walk of life to help in the battle against this virus. Learn more in Michele Spatz’s article originally posted in PNR Dragonfly.
Comics about cancer? Comic book writer A. David Lewis writes about building a virtual collection of graphic medicine titles for oncology patients and caregivers. Lewis is a comics scholar focusing on literary theory, religious studies, and graphic medicine.
On Tuesday, April 21, Michelle Kraft, AHIP,will share her experiences, challenges, and solutions to managing employees remotely. Ellen Aaronson, AHIP, will share how her virtual role has changed during the time of COVID-19. Participants will have opportunities to share their experiences and tips.
Sarah T. Jewell and Margaret Jane Foster, AHIP, team up to explore curated article sets, MEDLINE search issues specific to platforms, and epidemiological, clinical, and policy data sets in this rapidly changing COVID-19 information environment.
Health care providers have unique opportunities to identify and support patients who have been trafficked for labor or sex. Because human trafficking happens in all communities and impacts short- and long-term health of victims, it is essential for clinicians to know how to identify it.
Register now for MLA's recorded webinar, Make Fun of Learning! Game-Based Learning for Student Success.
Medical Library Association and Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries comments to the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), encouraging the OSTP and National Science and Technology Committee to consider a “zero-embargo” open access policy.
Register now for Drawn to Graphic Medicine: Bringing Comics into Medical Librarianship to be presented on May 20, 2020.
Register now for Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Peer Review: For Reviewers and Authors to be presented on June 3, 2020.
Register now for Critical Appraisal of Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses to be presented on June 23, 2020.
Join the COVID-19 Conversation: Professional Partnerships in the Time of COVID-19: Masks and More on Tuesday, April 7.
The $2 trillion economic stimulus bill, CARES Act (P.L. 116-136), in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, provides NLM with $10,000,000 to support services that respond to the Coronavirus.
To support the ongoing public health emergency response efforts, national science and technology advisors from a dozen countries formed a Public Health Emergency COVID-19 Initiative, calling on publishers to voluntarily agree to make their COVID-19 and coronavirus-related publications accessible.
MLA is launching a series of free, live, online conversations, Coping and Caring in the Time of COVID. These weekly conversations for MLA members and the wider health information professional community are designed to help share ideas and to address pain points related to the crisis.
These are strange times. My entire staff and I are working from home as our University is shut down while dealing with COVID-19. I never thought I would miss being constantly interrupted, but there is a definite feeling of disconnection and loneliness when you don’t see the same people in person.
The MLA Board of Directors released the following statement in support of libraries and library workers during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
MLA members have started a curated list of COVID-19 resources for medical librarians and other health information professionals. The site will be updated as frequently as possible and has been created from crowd-sourced suggestions.
Register now for MLA's recorded webinar, Basic Statistics for Research Design.
The Medical Library Association (MLA) and Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL) have responded to the National Library of Medicine's (NLM) Request for Comments on ClinicalTrials.gov Modernization
Patricia L. Thibodeau's oral history has been published.
During this temporary emergency, all MLA team members are working from home and remain fully available to serve you.
Have you used reflection to improve your performance at work or to better understand situations at work? If so, consider participating in a new research study, “Health Science Librarians’ Engagement in Work-Related Reflection: A Qualitative Exploration of Why They Invest in Reflective Practice."
We have heard from many of you about the potential effect of COVID-19 on your attendance at MLA ’20. With our top priority being the health and safety of all members and participants at our meeting, the MLA Board of Directors approved rescheduling MLA’s annual meeting to August 15–19.
Portland is full of wonderful libraries, archives, and bookstores, and we hope that you find time to visit these special places and collections during your visit. Listed below are a number of institutions which will be happy to welcome you.
MLA and AAHSL have responded to the Request for Comments from the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) on Draft Desirable Characteristics of Repositories for Managing and Sharing Data Resulting from Federally Funded Research
Portland is currently open for business, and travel is not restricted. According to authorities, the risk of exposure in Portland is still low. See the latest statement from Travel Portland with useful links to multiple resources.

Dolores Zegar Judkins


Lyons, Amy Gische


Tennant, Michele Renee


Stephenson, Priscilla L.


Introducing the MLA ’20 vConference


Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Library in COVID-19 Times: Part 2: Transitioning Services, Offerings and Support


May 12 COVID-19 Conversation: Critical Appraisal of COVID-19 Research


Global Health & Health Equity: New Hub Editor and Call for Articles


Improving Access and Simplifying Workflow with LibKey


RTI News: RTI Fellow Awarded Research Grant to Study Information Behaviors of Nursing Students


What’s Going on with MLA ’20?


Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Library in COVID-19 Times: Part 1: Transitioning Facilities


Chapter News: Moving Your Chapter Meeting Online: Lessons Learned from MCMLA


Join the COVID-19 Conversation: Supporting Oral Health in the Time of COVID-19


Join the COVID-19 Conversation: Moving Instruction Online in a Hurry!


Chapter News: NAHSL 2020: “Learning from the Past, Looking to the Future”


Join the COVID-19 Conversation: I Feel Fine: A Musical Happy Half-Hour


COVID19 Spanish Language Materials Resource Available!


Citizen Science Needs You! Help Fight COVID-19


Consumer Health: Cancer Comics


Join the COVID-19 Conversation: Managing Remote Workers and Work


Join the COVID-19 Conversation: COVID-19 Searching: Strategies and Sources


Global Health & Health Equity: Assisting Clinicians in Addressing Human Trafficking


Make Fun of Learning! Game-Based Learning for Student Success


MLA and AAHSL comment on public access


Drawn to Graphic Medicine: Bringing Comics into Medical Librarianship


Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Peer Review: For Reviewers and Authors


Critical Appraisal of Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses


Join the COVID-19 Conversation: Professional Partnerships in the Time of COVID-19: Masks and More


NLM Receives Stimulus Funding to Prevent, Prepare for, and Respond to the Coronavirus


Public Health Emergency COVID-19 Initiative


Join the Covid-19 Conversation: How to Be with Others When You Are Alone


A Librarian Can…Integrate Work and Life


Statement of Support to Libraries and Library Workers


MLA Member Curated List of COVID-19 Resources


Basic Statistics for Research Design


MLA and AAHSL comments to NLM addressing ClinicalTrials.gov Modernization


Thibodeau Patricia L


MLA Team Serving You Remotely During COVID-19


Research Invitation for Librarians Who Use Reflection at Work


MLA Board Reschedules MLA ’20 to August 15–19, 2020, in Portland


Check Out These Libraries, Archives, Museums, and Bookstores!


MLA and AAHSL comments on Draft Desirable Characteristics of Repositories for Managing and Sharing Data Resulting from Federally Funded Research


Statement from Travel Portland


MLA ’20 Communication about COVID-19


Tour Two of Portland’s Integrative Medicine Libraries


EFTS Update: February 27, 2020


RTI Research Spotlight: Librarian-Led Research Shows the Need for Greater Open Access Outreach to Change Misconceptions of Early Career Researchers


2019 Novel Coronavirus Information


Introducing the Global Health & Health Equity Column!