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Registration Information

Registration for the MLA '21 vConference is open! Register by May 3, 2021 to ensure you receive information about the conference ahead of the opening session on May 10.

If you have questions or need assistance, please email Jim Westwood or Kate Corcoran, Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., central time.

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Registration Packages

Full vConference Registration

Includes access to all presentations, posters, keynotes, plenaries, exhibits, and social and networking events. Institutional members and nonmembers may purchase registration packages for multiple staff.

  • Exclusive online access to meeting content through May 2022.
  • All on-demand sessions will be available online on opening day, May 10.
  • The virtual exhibits and exhibitor sessions will be available beginning May 19.

Exhibits Plus

Includes admission to the virtual Exhibits Hall, Product Showcases, exhibitor information, and exhibitor presentations (including on-demand access to recordings after the vConference).


Benefits Packages
Full vConference Exhibits Plus
Access to Online Planner and scheduling functions X X
Access to exhibitor presentations and the virtual Exhibit Hall X X
Access to programs, abstract book, and list of attendees (on MLANET) X X
Connect with exhibitors via video or text chat; make appointments X X
Access to live keynotes and other select plenary sessions X
Access to posters plus audio beginning May 10 and after the vConference X
Access to all on-demand presentations, including papers and lightning talks, beginning May 10 and after the vConference X
Access to all networking and social events X



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Rates For Individuals

Pricing rules

  • Member Emeritus, Retired, Student, Unemployed and Lower Dues: 50% discount from Member Regular rate
  • Non-member: 30% surcharge from Member Regular rate
  • Your membership category will determine options available.

Affiliate Organization Members

Members of the following organizations qualify for MLA individual member registration rates. If you are not a member of MLA but are a member of one of these organizations, please connect with Jim Westwood for your discount code:

  • American Association of Law Libraries (AALL)
  • Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Medizinisches Bibliothekswesen (AGMB) [German Medical Library Group]
  • Association for Health Information and Libraries in Africa (AHILA)
  • Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE)
  • Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA)
  • Canadian Health Libraries Association/Association des bibliothèques de la santé du Canada (CHLA/ABSC)
  • European Association for Health Information and Libraries (EAHIL)
  • Japan Medical Library Association (JMLA)
  • Korean Medical Library Association (KMLA)
  • Medical Library Association of Nigeria
  • Special Libraries Association (SLA)
  • Taiwan Medical Library Association (TMLA)

How to Register as an Individual

  • Option #1: You are an MLA member. Register online and you will have access to rates that match your membership category.
  • Option #2: Not an MLA member but are a member of an affiliate organization listed above? Email Jim Westwood with your information and he'll send you a discount code.


vConference and Exhibits Price (USD)
Member - Regular $350
Member - Emeritus, Retired $175
Member - Student $175
Member - Unemployed, Lower Dues $175
Non-Member $455
Exhibits + exhibitor presentations (only) $50

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Rates For Institutions

Support your staff by providing them full access to the MLA '21 vConference. Note: you may choose any staff you like to participate; they do not need to be MLA members. Pricing rules are as follows:

  • Volume pricing ("institutional")
    • 5-pack: 20% discount (5 for the price of 4)
    • 10-pack: 30% discount (10 for the price of 7)
    • 15-pack (new): 40% discount (15 for the price of 9)
    • 20-pack: 50% discount (20 for the price of 10)
    • We can accommodate extra registrants beyond each package. Use registration option #2 below.
  • Non-member institution: 30% surcharge from Member Regular rate
  • Your membership category will determine options available.

How to Register as an Institution

  • Option #1: You are the official representative of the institution and will attend. Register online and we'll send you a code to enable your staff members to register individually.
  • Option #2: Not the official representative, or not an institutional member and need an invoice? Email Kate Corcoran with your choice and we'll create an invoice for you. After we receive your payment, we'll send instructions with a code for all your staff members to register.
vConference and Exhibits Price (USD)
Institutional Member - 5-pack $1,400
Institutional Member - 10-pack $2,450
Institutional Member - 15-pack $3,150
Institutional Member - 20-pack $3,500
Institutional Non-Member - 5-pack $1,820
Institutional Non-Member - 10-pack $3,185
Institutional Non-Member - 15-pack $4,095
Institutional Non-Member - 20-pack $4,550


When you register, an invoice is created for you. You can pay immediately or defer payment if a check or wire transfer is coming from your institution. Payment should be received by May 3 to ensure you have access to all vConference sessions. You may pay by check, money order, Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover, or via wire transfer/electronic payment. Payments must be in US dollars and free of bank charges. Payment details are on the invoice.

If you are an MLA member and your institutional payment may not arrive in time, please contact us ahead of the vConference to obtain access. Payments not received by June 25, 2020, will be charged a $50 late fee.

When you generate your registration invoice, you have the option to review and select electronic/wire transfer information. Please make sure the invoice number or name of the attendee is included with the wire transfer to ensure credit is applied properly.

Special Services

If you have a disability or need special services to participate fully in the MLA ’21 vConference, please include a written description of your needs on your registration or indicate how you would like us to contact you to discuss your needs. MLA must receive the information by April 2, 2021 to ensure we can contract for any special services ahead of the vConference.


All cancellations for vConference registration must be submitted in writing and emailed to Jim Westwood at

vConference cancellations must be received by May 3, 2021. Once you cancel, you will not have access to any meeting content except the schedule of events.

After May 3, MLA will provide refunds only for documented medical emergencies. Refunds will be processed within 8 weeks after the meeting. MLA will honor email requests to transfer meeting registration.


Staff are happy to help!

  • Visit the online planner FAQ documents for tips on how to get the most from your vConference experience.
  • For registration questions, please email Jim Westwood or call 312.419.9094, Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., central time.
  • Presenters with questions, contact Debra Cavanaugh.
  • While we are working hard to create a smooth virtual experience, technical issues are possible. If you hit an obstacle, please recall that presentations are being recorded for enjoyment later. For technical assistance during the vConference, (9:00 a.m.—9:00 p.m. ET, Monday – Friday) contact CadmiumCD technical support at 410.638.9239 or email Kate Corcoran so we can submit a ticket for you.
  • For all other vConference questions, please contact Kate Corcoran.