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2024 vConnections Member Series



MLA 2023 vConnections: Association Member Series

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” —Helen Keller

Join your colleagues to learn about the exciting ways in which your MLA is growing to serve you better!

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Also, check out the MLA wellness and well-being series: Be Well MLA

MLA 2023 vConnections - past sessions 

Members have access to all recordings. Guests may log in to view publicly available recordings.  

Community Council Mid-Year Meeting Connect Here 
Community Council Mid-Year Meeting hosted by Chair Deidre (Dede) Rios, AHIP
  • Monday, November 13, 2023
  • Contact Tomi Gunn for more information
Open Forum: Research Training Institute Connect Here 

Become a Researcher: Learn About MLA's 2024 Research Training Institute Fellowship Program

The MLA RTI Fellowship Program offers an exceptional research training and support program. In this session, learn from faculty and past students on what to expect and how to apply. Applications open November 1 and close February 19. RTI admission is competitive.

Invitation to MLA '24 Connect Here
Join the MLA 2024 National Program Committee (NPC) for the official invitation to MLA '24. Along with a quick recap of the MLA | SLA ‘23 experience, details for the types of abstract submissions and key dates for the 2024 process will be shared. Members will learn more about the great city of Portland and have an opportunity to ask questions.
Legislative Update Connect Here
Join members of the Joint MLA/AAHSL Legislation Committee and representatives from the National Library of Medicine for this timely overview of health funding, and other relevant issues and legislation. Committee members will address the impact of their spring 2023 Hill meetings.
Presidential Inaugural Address Connect Here

MLA President Amy Blevins will present her inaugural address. Additionally, there will be an update and a chance for questions on MLA projects: 

  • MLA Social Justice Statement 
  • Societal Issues Taskforce 
  • Censorship Toolkit
  • Be Well MLA 
  • Prioritizing MLA Work and Finances 
  • MLA Communities Work
  • Wednesday, June 21, 2023 

Incoming Leaders Orientation Connect Here
MLA President Amy Blevins will host a session designed for new leaders to familiarize themselves with MLA’s structure, organization, and key responsibilities. 
  • Tuesday, June 13, 2023 

Rising Stars Presentation  Connect Here
You are invited to join the 2022-2023 MLA Rising Stars cohort for a presentation of their research entitled, "Engaging New Members in MLA: Helping Early Career & New Health Sciences Librarians Thrive."
MLA Business Meeting Connect Here

MLA Voting Members are invited to participate in the association’s annual business meeting.

  • Thursday, May 25, 2023 

MLA Virtual New Members Program Connect Here
Join us as we welcome MLA’s newest members at our virtual New Members Program. Hosted by the MLA Membership Committee, the program will feature talks from MLA leaders, speed networking sessions, and a keynote address from MLA Parliamentarian and Former Treasurer Chris Shaffer.
  • Wednesday, May 24, 2023 

RTI Virtual Poster Presentations Connect Here
The Research Training Institute (RTI) faculty and fellows invite you to ignite, enlighten, and inspire your creativity and learn more about research and how its benefits your library and users. The session features fast-paced and engaging “ignite” talks by the RTI fellows about their research projects and results.
  • Thursday, May 11, 2023 
  • Contact Barry Grant for more information
Community Council Meeting       Connect Here
Community Council's meeting hosted by Chair Adela V. Justice, AHIP. 
  • Tuesday, May 2, 2023
  • Contact Tomi Gunn for more information
Awards and Recognition Ceremony Connect Here
Celebrate and honor your colleagues for their distinguished service to MLA and health sciences librarianship.
  • Thursday, April 20, 2023 
MLA/NLM Fireside Chat Connect Here
Did you know MLA has been collaborating with the National Library of Medicine (NLM) since 1898? Join MLA President Shannon Jones as she hosts a discussion with NLM leadership on the successful relationship between MLA and NLM. They will demystify the folklore, discuss areas of collaboration, and highlight pathways to success for the next 125 years. 
Presidential Update  Connect Here
Join Shannon D. Jones, AHIP, FMLA for an overview of MLA activities happening in 2023. This session will include live Q&A, with advanced questions also welcome:
  • Thursday, January 19, 2023 

MLA at 125 Years: Anniversary Highlights Connect Here
At this session chairs of the MLA-125 Retrospective Task Force, Archives Task Force, Vision 2048 Task Force, and History Committee will talk about activities their groups are planning leading up to and throughout MLA’s 125th anniversary year – May 2023 through May 2024. Join this session and discover ways members can participate in celebrating this exciting time in MLA’s history.
  • Wednesday, January 18, 2023  
OPEN FORUM: Bylaws Committee  Connect Here
The MLA Bylaws Committee is hosting a second session where members will have the opportunity to discuss and share suggestions for proposed amendments to the MLA Bylaws.
  • Tuesday, January 17, 2023