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Reminder: Submissions Deadline for 2021 MCMLA/Midwest Joint Chapter Meeting (Online Oct. 13-15) is Fri., June 4; Informational Session on Fri., May 21, at 1:00 PM CDT

(via Ramune Kubilius, Galter Health Sciences Library & Learning Center at Northwestern University)

The Joint Research Program Committee invites poster, paper, and lightning talk abstract submissions on any health sciences librarianship topic for the 2021 MCMLA (Midcontinental Chapter of the Medical Library Association)/Midwest Joint Chapter Meeting. The meeting will take place virtually from October 13 to 15 (Wednesday-Friday).

Submission to present at the MCMLA/Midwest Joint Chapter Meeting is open to members and non-members of MCMLA and the Midwest Chapter. Papers will have 20-30 minutes for their presentation, while lightning talks will have 5-10 minutes. Posters will be available in an online tool with optional audio narration. For accepted submissions, at least one author should be in attendance at the virtual conference.

Submission of work that has previously been presented at MLA but not at MCMLA/Midwest Chapter is welcomed and encouraged for this year’s joint meeting. Both program descriptions and research projects are encouraged. Feel free to forward this announcement to potentially interested parties that may not have received this email.

The deadline for submissions is Friday, June 4. (See below for the link.) Early submissions are welcomed and appreciated. Acceptance decisions will be sent out by Friday, July 30.

Please note: Submissions are welcome from anyone; membership in one of the MLA chapters is NOT required.  For accepted presentations and posters, at least one author needs to be registered and attending the virtual meeting.  The registration fee hasn’t been set for this year yet, but last year it was $25 and registration will probably be similar to that.

Never submitted a structured abstract for a conference before? Join us for an informal Structured Abstract Brown Bag on Friday May 21, starting at 1:00 PM CDT. We’ll talk about requirements for conference abstracts, types of presentations, and answer any questions you may have. Session will be recorded. The link to join the Zoom meeting is here.

Please contact Research Program Committee co-chairs Emily Vardell (evardell@emporia.edu) or Jolene Miller (Jolene.Miller@utoledo.edu) with questions. Additional instructions are below.

Abstracts should be kept under 250 words. Structured abstracts are preferred. Find more information about structured abstracts here. If you have additional questions about structured abstracts, you are invited to e-mail John Bramble (john.bramble@utah.edu). Abstracts should be sent through this form.

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