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VOTE in the 2020 MLA Election!

VOTE in the 2020 MLA Election!
Thu January 16, 2020
The 2020 election for the Medical Library Association is now opened. Individual candidate information was published on MLANET, January 15, 2020, and is available for review. Exercise one of your most important responsibilities as an MLA member.

Register now for MLA's Basic Statistics for Research Appraisal to be presented on February 13, 2020.
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.
Register now for MLA's Basic Statistics for Research Design to be presented on March 25, 2020.
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.
Are you a library professional interested in learning more about the research process? Do you have a brilliant idea or research topic that you want to pursue? The RTI program takes you through a process of learning research design and completing a health information research project.

The 2019 Midwest Chapter/MLA, Wisconsin Health Science Library Association, and the Southeastern Wisconsin Health Sciences Libraries Consortium meeting is a wrap! Our conference turnout exceeded expectations with 118 attendees, continuing education (CE) instructors, and presenters.
A poem by Fred King, AHIP, on reaching the goal for EFTS sign ups.
MLA comments on the use of the Health Level Seven International (HL7®) Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) standard to capture, integrate, and exchange clinical data for research purposes and to enhance capabilities to share research data.
As you may have learned , MLA has developed the specifications of a new EFTS platform. MLA will proceed with actual development and implementation if a minimum of 750 users sign up for the new platform. As of yesterday, we have surpassed the 60% mark of library requests to receive a user agreement.
MLA expresses grateful appreciation to the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL) for its continuing support of MLA’s Research Training Institute for Health Sciences Librarians (RTI).
MLA has developed the specifications of a new Electronic Funds Transfer System (EFTS) platform. MLA will proceed with actual development and implementation if a minimum of 750 users sign up for the new platform by January 10, 2020, to “crowdfund” it.
For the past three years, the RTI has been funded by the IMLS. We were very grateful to have this funding, but in July 2020, this funding will come to an end. Even though IMLS support is ending, MLA is committed to continuing this successful learning model that educates health sciences librarians
The Research Training Institute (RTI) is a unique, intensive, and collaborative program that takes you through a process of learning research design and completing a health information research project with the support of peers and research experts.
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 24 hours!
Jacqueline Donaldson Doyle's oral history has been published
John Bourgeois, AHIP, 2019 RTI Fellow, recently shared the experiences of several South Central Chapter/MLA members at the MLA RTI Institute in Chicago in July for the South Central Connection.
The 2020 National Programming Committee invites reviewers for papers, posters, and lightning talks for MLA ’20, to be held May 15–19, 2020, in Portland, OR.
On July 18, 2019, MLA communicated to DOCLINE users that MLA, in collaboration with UConn and NLM, is developing a successor to the current EFTS. UConn has confirmed that EFTS operations at UConn will continue, uninterrupted, past the original end date of December 31, 2019.
This webinar will color in the blank spaces and enable you to confidently identify the right types of grey literature for your searches. #MLAGreyLitSearch
Join Margaret Foster, AHIP, and Sarah Jewell for Troubleshooting Systematic Reviews: Refining the Search, the second of a two-webinar series on systematic reviews. #MLASystematic
If you missed the August 7 webinar, you can still register to view the recording. Join Margaret Foster, AHIP, and Sarah Jewell for Troubleshooting Systematic Reviews: Refining the Research Question, the first of a two-webinar series on systematic reviews. #MLASystematic
Mark E. Funk and Carolyn Anne Reid's oral history has been published
Mark E. Funk and Carolyn Anne Reid's oral history has been published
Sadly, MLA shares the news that Donald A.B. Lindberg passed away Friday evening after a short illness. We are grateful for his leadership as director of the National Library of Medicine, which has had a great impact on the profession of health sciences librarianship.
The submission site for contributed papers and immersions sessions for MLA ’20 is now open.
MLA ’19 was one of my most favorite meeting experiences. Every day was filled with riveting conversations, inspiring presentations, and just pure fun. I left MLA ’19 with quite a few ideas and more business cards and pens than I could count.
Kelsa Bartley received the Educational Media and Technologies Section (EMTS) 2019 Annual Meeting Grant, which enabled her to attend MLA ’19 in Chicago.
Christy Tyson is a Educational Media and Technologies Section (EMTS) 2019 Annual Meeting Grant recipient, which enabled her to attend MLA ’19 in Chicago, and shares her reaction to the Janet Doe Lecture.
On May 22, 2019, EFTS users received a communication that UConn would be unable to continue operating the EFTS billing agent for DOCLINE. MLA, in collaboration with UConn and NLM, is developing upgraded technical specifications and a business model for a successor to the current EFTS.
Members of the health sciences library community are encouraged to contact your Senators and urge them to oppose the CASE Act, The Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement Act of 2019, (S. 1273).
MLA expresses our sincere appreciation to all of these companies for their generous support of MLA ’19.

Basic Statistics for Research Appraisal


Plan Time during MLA ’20 to Explore Portland


Chapter News: NY-NJ Chapter Meeting


Basic Statistics for Research Design


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!


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 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)


Kickstart the New EFTS Platform


RTI Changes


Increase Your Research Competencies: Apply to the RTI Program Today!


My Favorite Tool 2020: Updates and Recruitment Timeline


Doyle, Jacqueline Donaldson


RTI Fellow Shares Experience in South Central Connection


MLA ’20 Call for Reviewers


Update on EFTS Continuation


Grey (Literature) Matters: Selecting the Right Grey Literature to Search


Troubleshooting Systematic Reviews: Refining the Search


Troubleshooting Systematic Reviews: Refining the Research Question


Reid, Carolyn Anne, Funk, Mark E.


Funk, Mark E., Reid, Carolyn Anne


In Memoriam: Donald A.B. Lindberg


Call for Papers and Immersion Sessions for MLA ’20


MLA Annual Meeting Newbie Pro Tips


Second EMTS 2019 Annual Meeting Grant Recipient Shares Her MLA ’19 Experience


EMTS 2019 Annual Meeting Grant Recipient Shares Her MLA ’19 Experience


Update on EFTS Continuation


TAKE ACTION TO OPPOSE THE CASE ACT OF 2019


Thank You, MLA ’19 Sponsors


Official Meeting Blogger: Chicago Adventures


Official Meeting Blogger: First-Time Attendee


Official Meeting Blogger: Lightning Talks


Presenting at EAHIL in Basel, Switzerland with the MLA ICS Reis Grant


Chapter News: Join Us in Milwaukee for the 2019 Midwest Chapter/MLA Annual Conference: Discover-Connect-Collaborate


Chapter News: Highlights from the 2019 NCNMLG/MLGSCA Joint Meeting: We Are Not Neutral!