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Registration Open for Medical Library Association 2020 Conference (May 15-19 in Portland) — Early-Bird Deadline April 8

(via the Medical Library Association)

Register online for the 120th annual meeting of the Medical Library Association (MLA), May 15-19, 2020, in Portland, OR.

MLA ’20: “2020 Vision: The Future in Focus” is MLA’s premier event that draws more than 1,400 participants, including medical librarians and related health information management professionals, international attendees, and exhibitors. MLA ’20’s theme focuses on providing a forum to share views and explore competing ideas, while casting a vision of the future of the field.

Take advantage of the many educational and networking opportunities to expand your knowledge and enhance your skills as a health information professional. Experience the Hall of Exhibits, featuring over 100 exhibitors with cutting-edge solutions; inspiring plenary speakers; and over 200 contributed papers, lightning talks, special content sessions, and 200+ posters.

What’s New

New this year is a themed session, “Roles to Play: Open Science for Health Sciences Librarians,” that will be held on Tuesday afternoon, May 19. At the heart of open science is the belief that there should be an open exchange of ideas that accelerates scientific progress and creates a more inclusive research ecosystem. Join the conversation on open science and the role of the medical librarian. The session will continue with breakout sessions and end with an “unconference”-style brainstorming session.

Also new this year, the National Program Committee (NPC) has selected the Janet Doe Lecture to be the capstone event culminating a weeklong educational experience at MLA ’20. The 2020 Janet Doe Lecturer, Chris Shaffer, AHIP, will describe the ways that MLA has led the profession, standing behind a shared vision and “walking the walk” on philosophic issues from library professionalism to codes of ethics. The Janet Doe Lecture closes the meeting and will be followed by a reception open to all attendees.

Premeeting Continuing Education Courses

Be sure to register for continuing education courses–seats are limited! Topics include expert and advanced searching, systematic reviews, data management, evidence-based practice, and much more! Courses will take place on Friday, May 15, and Saturday, May 16.

Look for special course suites throughout the educational programming. Special icons in thePreliminary Program denote course suites.

Amazing Plenary Speakers

Across three incredible days, you will hear from an incredible assortment of speakers who will help you learn how to transform the industry, your organization, and peoples’ lives through the power of information.

John P. McGovern Award Lecturer Esther Choo is a clinician, researcher, and advocate. In her research on harassment in health care, Choo has advocated that organizations, including professional societies, need to fix organizational structures that create inequities.

Named lectureships are always a premier event, and this year, MLA is pleased to present Chris Shaffer, AHIP, as the Janet Doe Lecturer. An active member of MLA, Shaffer will present his thoughts on MLA’s influence on the future of freely available online research communications.

Preliminary Program

The Preliminary Program–with program information, continuing education course descriptions, and a paper registration form–is on its way to all MLA members. Be sure to look for delivery in your mailbox. The Preliminary Program is also available online.

Don’t miss this opportunity to connect with your colleagues and attend this inspiring meeting. For meeting information and to register, see MLANET. Do not delay; save money with early bird registration rates.

Register now!

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