February 22-26, 2021
To Experience MLA,
this week I will...
Read: Check out the Consumer and Patient Health Information Caucus recommended consumer health titles
Access: Fall 2020 InSight program "Equitable Access to Knowledge" recordings, documents, slides
Get Local: Explore MLA Chapters
Discover: Collection Development Caucus "Collection Development Best Practices"
Access: All the free Open Science education sessions from MLA '20
Plan to Attend: MLA '21 vConference
Conversations and connections. Energy and insights. Connections and interaction. MLA’s 2021 virtual conference will give you can’t-miss value: research and projects from your colleagues; deep-dive interactive learning sessions; and the latest innovations from exhibitor partners.
Discover now how you can learn, engage, transform, and register for MLA ‘21!
Whether you attend MLA ’21 from your workplace, your home office, or your living room, experience more than 200 hours of programs, posters, keynote speeches, roundtables, panels, conversations, and sessions that will energize you, spark your creativity, and help you think outside the box!
MLA '20 featured:
- 160+ Posters
- 34 Lightning Talks
- 95+ Papers
- 20 Immersion Sessions
- 2 Keynote Speakers
- NLM Update
- Open Science Symposium
I have a disability and have been unable to travel to MLA for about 10 years. Now I can participate and reap the benefits of membership. I hope this continues!
Access content the way you want, when you want it. Papers, posters, and lightning talks are all available on-demand, but you will also be able to connect with presenters to deep dive into projects, research, or innovative solutions.
View keynote speakers live, on-demand, or both. Attend networking sessions scattered throughout the vConference schedule—and have serendipitous and random “drop-in” conversations!
I really did feel I got to connect with my colleagues, especially during the q&a sessions with the paper and poster presenters and in break out sessions during the Immersion sessions.
Need tips, ideas, or best practices or to solve a vexing workplace dilemma? Your colleagues have solved problems just like yours and are ready to share their expertise, research, and solutions with you. Get your next best idea by connecting with your peers!
From MLA '21:
- On-demand presentations were rated 4.06/5.00 with 6,700+ content views:
- Plenary and keynote sessions rated 4.16 with 2000+ attendees.
- Live Immersion sessions rated 4.12 with 1,400+ attendees.
- Posters rated 4.24 with 18,500+ views.
(The thing I liked most:) Q&A sessions after watching the slides/recording...we could actually talk to the presenters and get down to practical matters and such.
MLA has set aside dedicated time for you to engage with companies that can help you serve your users better. Explore the virtual exhibit hall, view product demonstrations, attend exhibitor learning sessions, and discover new solutions. Confer online via video or text-based chat, or set up an appointment for a more in-depth discussion.
From MLA '20:
- Exhibitor sessions - overall rating of 3.92 with 800+ attendees.
- exhibitor virtual booths visited 19,200+ times by attendees, with 600+ video chat meetings.
MLA came to my living room and we had conversations that were quite meaningful. The morning solutions from the vendors are invaluable ways to learn tricks of the trade.
What’s an annual meeting without a little fun? Take some time to get to know your colleagues with the daily networking “lounge” spaces for you to interact between presentations. Drop by a topic-based roundtable sponsored by one of the caucuses or your chapter. Play MLA ’21 virtual quest (with prizes)!
Or, enjoy an end-of-the-day happy hour, watch a demonstration, play a game, bring your pets, craft your best Zoom background, listen to music, or dance, dance, dance!
I had the experience of seeing the folks at the virtual juke box at other meetings and that was fun. I didn’t feel like I was at this all by myself in a bubble.
Whether you have full support from your institution or a $0 personal budget to attend, MLA has you covered. Institutions can register multiple staff members at a significant discount. Plus, the generous MLA ’21 sponsors and the MLA Board of Directors offer you full-attendance financial support options (if you are a full 2021 member)—with a quick turn-around on your application.
For MLA '20:.
- MLA provided more than 130 attendees financial assistance with no-charge registrations.
- More than 500 attendees accessed the vConference through institutional discount packages.
I could afford to attend because there were no travel or hotel expenses. This full virtual conference is an accessibility game changer! Please continue to grow this virtual option.