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Statement of Support to Libraries and Library Workers

Statement of Support to Libraries and Library Workers
Sat March 21, 2020
The MLA Board of Directors released the following statement in support of libraries and library workers during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

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.
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.
Register now for MLA's Make Fun of Learning! Game-Based Learning for Student Success to be presented on April 15, 2020.
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.
Implications of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak are changing on a daily basis. Based on the trusted information we know today, and guidance from WHO, CDC and other agencies, we are moving forward with MLA '20 as scheduled.
Are you looking for a fun and informative activity with fellow librarians while in Portland? The 2020 Local Assistance Committee has got you covered. Join us for a tour of the libraries at the National University of Natural Medicine and the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine.
Your MLA EFTS team has been hard at work to implement the new EFTS. Check out the latest news and announcements,
A recent study published in the Journal of the Medical Library Association found that early career professionals in the field of cancer research have a complicated relationship to open access (OA) publishing.
International Cooperation Caucus officers have gathered a few key links to information about the 2019 Novel Coronavirus infection.

CDC 2019 Novel Coronavirus
WHO Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)
Coronavirus Infections, also called: COVID-19, MedlinePlus
Get Rapid Access to Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCo
Welcome to the inaugural Global Health & Health Equity column! This column will cover hub activities and be a platform of relevant topics in our profession.

There are a variety of reasons of why attending the MLA annual meeting is beneficial and travel assistance is so valuable. Eligibility for the grant has been modified to include a greater variety of librarians with different levels of experience and professional practice backgrounds.
Come to MLA ’20 on Friday, May 15, and Saturday, May 16, to develop a skill in an MLA practice area and have extra time to explore Portland! MLA continuing education (CE) courses are powerful and rewarding learning experiences!
The MLA ’20 Contributed Content Working Group is seeking moderators for paper and lightning talk sessions during MLA ’20. Moderators must register for MLA ’20. Complete the Moderator Sign-Up form by Monday, February 17.
The Southern Chapter of MLA (SC/MLA) held its 69th Annual Meeting October 10–12, 2019. Members and guests made their way to the Hyatt Regency Savannah on the riverfront in charming downtown Savannah, GA.
ll MLA '20 attendees will receive a complimentary TriMet transit pass when they pick up their registration packet! The pass is good for the MAX light rail, the streetcar, and busses across Portland through the end of the meeting.
Would you like to help out at MLA ’20? There are opportunities even if you are not from Portland!
Our Caucus is nominating members for two positions: Chair-Elect and Nominee to the MLA Nominating Committee. Each has their own rewards and are important building blocks for MLA leadership. Each is described in the MLA Board Policies Governing Caucuses, Domain Hubs, and Community Council document.
Fun facts about the EFTS User Agreement process.
Have you noticed the changes in the schedule for MLA ’20? The most obvious is that the meeting is a little shorter, ending Tuesday evening with the Janet Doe Lecture and reception closing the meeting. Another change is that the Tuesday evening reception is included with the standard registration.
The Medical Library Association (MLA) and Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL) comment on the Draft NIH Policy for Data Management and Sharing and Supplemental Guidance.
Register now for MLA's recorded webinar, Basic Statistics for Research Appraisal.
We hope you will join us in envisioning our future in focus at MLA ’20. The meeting will be taking place May 15–19 in Portland, OR. Portland is an incredibly diverse and exciting city with plenty to keep you occupied before, between, and after all of the informative and innovative meeting sessions.
The New York-New Jersey (NY-NJ) Chapter, with an invitation to the Philadelphia Regional Chapter, met in New Brunswick, NJ, on November 6, 2019. Seventy-five members and thirteen vendors gathered at the Rutgers University Inn & Conference Center for a profitable full-day meeting.
There is still time to apply to the Research Training Institute (RTI)! The deadline to apply is January 17.
MLA is pleased to announce the Research Training Institute (RTI) faculty members for the 2020 RTI at the University of Illinois–Chicago, beginning July 2020.
The 56th annual meeting of the Pacific Northwest Chapter of MLA (PNC/MLA) was held in Boise, Idaho, from October 27–29, 2019. The theme was “Reaching Out: Creating Connections,” and the conference poster featured otters, because PNC/MLA recently voted to have an otter as our mascot!
“We Don’t Coast: We Impact. We Explore. We Educate” was the theme for the 2019 Midcontinental Chapter (MCMLA) Annual Meeting in lovely Omaha, Nebraska! We appreciate attendees taking the time to be at the Magnolia Omaha, a beautiful, old-world-charm hotel and meeting center.
MLA ’20 will be held May 15-19 in Portland, Oregon. Here are a few reasons, besides attending the conference, that you might want to visit Portland!
The 2020 National Programming Committee is looking for reviewers for posters and lightning talks for MLA ’20, to be held May 15–May 19, 2020, in Portland, OR. To apply, please fill out the Reviewer Interest form by January 15, 2020.
Members of the International Cooperation Caucus may have heard of Plan S, but have your faculty and students?
The submission site for posters and lightning talks for MLA ’20 opens December 13, 2019, and will remain open until January 24, 2020. Posters and lightning talks are great ways to share information about research or programs.
Six librarians from southeastern Wisconsin, including RTI fellow Elizabeth Suelzer, AHIP, collaborated on a study that reviewed scholarly works that cited the retracted 1998 article by Wakefield et al. that purported to show an association with the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine and autism.
The Technology in Education Caucus is pleased to announce the following changes, updates, and the recruiting timeline for the My Favorite Tool session during MLA ’20. In 2019, the contestant slots filled up in less than twenty-four hours!
MLA has responded to NLM's Request for Information (RFI) on Evolving the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM), making recommendations that could create and strengthen partnership opportunities between MLA and NLM, and support continued growth, use, and access to NLM's vast resources.
With partial support from the MLA ICS Reis Grant, I attended the 16th Biennial Congress for Association for Health Information and Libraries in Africa (AHILA) from October 14 to October 18 in Ibadan, Nigeria.
Great news, and thank you!

750+ libraries have expressed their interest to join the new EFTS by requesting a user agreement from MLA.

A Librarian Can…Integrate Work and Life

MLA Member Curated List of COVID-19 Resources

Basic Statistics for Research Design

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

MLA and AAHSL comments to NLM addressing 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!

The NEW MLA Annual Meeting Travel Grant

Focus on YOUR Future at MLA ’20: Add a CE Course

Call for MLA ’20 Moderators

Chapter News: SC/MLA Chapter Meeting

Free Light Rail and Transit Pass with Registration!

Volunteers Needed for MLA ’20!

Nominations for International Cooperation Caucus due January 28

EFTS User Agreements Now Available

Check Your Schedule for MLA '20!

MLA and AAHSL Comment on Draft NIH Policy for Data Management and Sharing

Basic Statistics for Research Appraisal

Plan Time during MLA ’20 to Explore Portland

Chapter News: NY-NJ Chapter Meeting

There Is Still Time! Applications due January 17 for the 2020 RTI

RTI Announces New 2020 Faculty

Chapter News: PNC Post Conference Summary

Chapter News: 2019 MCMLA Meeting Recap

Visit Weird and Wonderful Portland, Oregon!

Reviewers Needed for MLA ’20

Have a Discussion about Plan S

Poster and Lightning Talk Submissions Open Tomorrow, December 13, 2019!

RTI Research Spotlight: Librarian-Led Research Shows the Need to Reference Retraction Status in Articles

Updates to My Favorite Tool

MLA Comments on Evolving the National Network of Libraries of Medicine

Celebrating 16th Biennial AHILA Congress in Nigeria

750+ Libraries Support the New EFTS

Apply for the 2020 Research Training Institute!

Chapter News: Midwest Chapter/MLA 2019 Conference: Post Conference Wrap-Up

EFTS Is Here to Stay

MLA and AAHSL comments on the use of the FHIR standard for capturing and sharing clinical data

Kickstart the New EFTS Platform: Update

A Special Thank You to the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL)