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Join us for MLA | SLA '23 in Detroit, Michigan!

Look back, forge ahead!

To truly Experience MLA, our annual conference offers you something special. In Detroit, we will collaborate with the Special Libraries Association (SLA) for MLA | SLA '23. This means access to sessions on topics that transcend medical librarianship, like leadership and management. You’ll have access to hundreds of education sessions, papers, posters, lightning talks, and networking events. Check out the preliminary program to get a sneak peek of what's to come.

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Connect with new peers. Create new memories.

Attending the annual conference offers unique experiences—learn from industry pioneers or make key networking connections in-person. Whether you find a fresh perspective on a thorny problem or find new ideas and insights you can immediately put to use, MLA | SLA '23 takeaways will be invaluable.

Explore and enjoy all that our vibrant host city has to offer! Check out the MLA | SLA '23 blog for facts about Detroit and amazing things to do from the Local Assistance Committee.

However you attend, MLA’s Statement of Appropriate Conduct sets the foundation for a positive, productive, respectful tone for conference attendees.

In my opinion, the content was fabulous. We have so many talented medical and scientific librarians doing such wonderful work.


Your next best idea may come from a random conversation.

Offer your insights as you hear from professional peers on their experiences. MLA | SLA '23 offers multiple sessions to share research and ask questions.

Featured Speakers this year include JMLA co-editor Michelle Kraft, AHIP, FMLA, presenting the Janet Doe Lecture; Terri Givens, the author of Radical Empathy: Finding a Path to Bridging Racial Divides, presenting the John P. McGovern Lecture; and Craig Robertson, author of The Filing Cabinet: A Vertical History of Information, presenting the Joseph Leiter NLM/MLA Lectureship.

Find your next best idea!

Forge new industry connections.

Visit the MLA | SLA ‘23 Hall of Exhibits to learn about new services and products offered by a wider range of industry partners. Stop by conference sponsor booths to show appreciation for helping make the meeting possible. Make time to attend Sunrise Seminars, Technology Showcases, and Lunch & Learns hosted by our exhibitors.

“…the exhibitor sunrise seminars and lunch and learns have been consistently excellent.


A once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Celebrate! MLA | SLA '23 will kick off our celebration of MLA's 125th anniversary. From opening toasts, learning about MLA milestones and notables, to "closing with cake", this conference will open a year-long, once-in-a-lifetime-experience to share and celebrate your organization's amazing history and future.

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I was blown away by the amount of relevant high-quality content. This was my first time attending an MLA conference, and it is now on my essential list for professional development.


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