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MLA ’17 Networking Events

Thursday, May 25, and Friday, May 26, 2017

5:30 p.m.

Dinner Dine Arounds

The Local Assistance Committee invites you to Dutch dinner at a favorite local restaurant on Thursday and Friday. To find more information and sign up, visit the Hospitality booth when you arrive at the Washington State Convention Center or see Experience Seattle

Saturday, May 27, 2017

3:30 p.m. -4:15 p.m.

2018 Program Planners Meeting

Are you involved in program planning MLA ‘18? Do you have questions about how to submit a paper, poster, or special content session? Consider attending this MLA ‘18 planning meeting. You will learn the process used to decide program topics or content for MLA ‘18. You will be encouraged to share what programming ideas your groups have in mind, and your participation will help identify common ideas, establish partnerships, and assist with program coordination.

4:15 p.m.–5:00 p.m.

Leaders’ Recognition Reception

Incoming and outgoing chairs or presidents of chapters, committees, juries, sections, and task forces, as well as appointed officials, allied representatives, and conveners of special interest groups, are invited to connect with colleagues at this appreciation reception prior to the opening of the Hall of Exhibits. Note (change for 2017): the incoming leader orientation will be held online only in spring 2017 and made available on MLANET.

5:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m.

Welcome Reception and Opening of the Hall of Exhibits

Ticketed Event.

Sponsored by NEJM Group

Sunday, May 28, 2017

7:00 a.m.–8:55 p.m.

New Members/First-Time Attendees Program and Breakfast

Invited Event.

Sponsored by Wolters Kluwer

Are you a new member or a member attending your first annual meeting? To receive an invitation, please check the new member box on the registration form. Invitations will be emailed about 4 weeks before the meeting. You must RSVP to gain admittance.

noon–1:55 p.m.

Chapter Council Presents Chapter Sharing Roundtables

Optional ticketed event. Registrations must be received by May 8, 2017. A lunch ticket is required to participate in a discussion and costs $40. Register by topic letter. Registrations without a topic selection will not be processed.

Attend the Chapter Council Presents Chapter Sharing Roundtables for lunch, informal discussion, and exchange of ideas. Please indicate dietary restrictions on your registration form. For details, see MLANET (

Topics for 2017 Roundtables
Descriptions are available online at

A. Diversity and Inclusion in Libraries
B. Consumer Health
C. Data Curation
D. Embedded Librarians
E. Librarian Involvement in Interprofessional Education and Collaboration
F. Integrating Library Resources into the Electronic Health Record
G. Integrating You and the Library into the Curriculum
H. Makerspaces
I. Issues in Hospital Librarianship
J. Library Redesign
K. Literature Searches to Support Systematic Reviews
L. Online Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID)
M. Teaching Evidence-Based Medicine to Students and Faculty

A, E, and H are new topics for this year.

4:30 p.m.–5:25 p.m.

NEW! Open Forum - Activism in a Time of Turbulence

Librarians have a long history of advocating for openness, transparency, and access to high-quality research. When the current administration began restricting public communications by imposing rules that restrict the use of social media and interactions with the press by the Environmental Protection Agency and departments such as Health and Human Services, and Agriculture, members of the Medical Library Association (MLA) became concerned.1

In fact, our neighbors to the north in Canada experienced a similar assault on science but came together as a community to save research, fought back, and garnered public support. With so much uncertainty over the federal government’s science policies, MLA leads the call to preserve public access to information.

Join us in this special plenary open forum session sponsored by MLA’s Governmental Relations Committee (GRC) to discuss how MLA as an organization and you as members can affect government decision-making in the area of health information. The discussion will be moderated by GRC Chair Cristina Pope, AHIP, with two distinguished panelists:

  • Katie Gibbs is a co-founder and executive director of Evidence for Democracy, a national, non-partisan, not-for-profit organization that promotes science integrity and the transparent use of evidence in government decision-making.
  • M.J. Tooey, AHIP, FMLA was president of MLA in 2005/06, is a member of the MLA/Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL) Joint Legislative Task Force, was a member of the MLA Futures Task Force, and led the Vital Pathways Project, which identified directions for hospital librarians to prove their worth.

Audience participation will be encouraged. Join us for this lively discussion.

6:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.

International Visitors Reception

Sponsored by NEJM Group

For International Cooperation Section members and international attendees.

Monday, May 29, 2017

2:30 p.m.–3:25 p.m.

Academy of Health Information Professionals Q&A Session

5:00 p.m.–6:25 p.m.

Tech Trends

Explore the evolving landscape of technology. All attendees are invited.

6:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m.

Library School Reunion

Open to library school alumni. No ticket required.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

1:00 p.m.–1:55 p.m.

Legislative Update

Join MLA’s Governmental Relations Committee for an overview of health funding, public access, and other timely issues and legislation.

6:30 p.m.–10:00 p.m.

President’s Awards Dinner
Ticket required. One ticket is included with multiday meeting registration. Additional tickets are available for purchase.

The MLA president presents a gala buffet dinner for attendees to honor MLA awards, grants, and scholarships recipients. You will not want to miss this event. Music and merriment immediately follow the dinner and awards ceremony. Bring your dancing shoes!


Follow-Up to MLA ’17: Dare Dream Do: Focus on Diversity in Medical Librarianship

Follow-Up to MLA ’17: Dare Dream Do: Content and Sessions on New and Emerging Technologies