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(via Alex Carroll, Vanderbilt University)

The Journal of the Medical Library Association (JMLA) seeks applicants for editorial board members for 2022-2025. In line with our commitment to equity,  we wish to use these positions to bring a greater diversity of perspectives and life experiences to our team. Individuals who identify as being from underrepresented groups within LIS publishing are strongly encouraged to apply.

The JMLA editorial board consists of individuals with diverse personal identities, professional roles, workplaces, and geographies who advise on journal processes and policies, act as journal ambassadors, and help to keep the journal at the forefront of scholarly publishing. They are health sciences librarians as well as individuals in positions adjacent to health sciences librarianship, such as other types of information professionals, healthcare workers, educators, and publishers. Editorial board members serve 3-year volunteer terms and include both Medical Library Association (MLA) members and non-members, with MLA members having the option of earning Academy of Health Information Professionals (AHIP) points.

JMLA editorial board members attend virtual editorial board meetings and communicate through the journal’s internal e-mail listserv. They represent the journal in professional spaces and solicit manuscript submissions from potential authors. They can opt to join workgroups dedicated to specific initiatives (e.g., developing new policies or programs), to serve as liaisons to MLA domain hubs, and to act as mentors to editorial interns or new peer reviewers or authors. Editorial board members are expected to stay up-to-date with new developments in scholarly publishing and to actively participate in editorial board conversations and training opportunities.

To bring a diversity of perspectives to our JMLA leadership team, we are seeking both individuals with experience in scholarly research, writing, or publishing, in addition to individuals who may not yet have first-hand publishing experience but who are curious to learn  If you have questions or recommendations of colleagues who would be particularly well-suited to serve as editorial board members, please contact Alexander Carroll, JMLA Interim Editor-in-Chief, at jmla@journals.pitt.edu. To apply for editorial board membership, please complete this form by Thursday, June 30.

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(via Jason Lilly, Indiana University Health Medicine Library)

Greetings from your Hoosier Colleagues,

Planning is progressing rapidly for the 2022 Annual Meeting of the Medical Library Association’s Midwest Chapter. This year’s event, themed “2022 in Bloom”, will take place in person from Saturday, October 22, to Monday, October 24, in Bloomington, Indiana. You will be hearing more frequently from our Promotion Committee now that we have the Conference website established. While going through our planning, one question which keeps popping up is how many attendees can we expect. Obviously, that expected number is important for budgeting, choosing venue spaces, setting registration rates, hotel blocks, etc.

Generally, you’d look at recent past conferences and gauge it would be around the same ballpark, but our past two Conferences have been virtual and our most recent physical Conferences were pre-pandemic. While things are opening up again to more in person, we certainly are mindful that we’re still in the midst of COVID and that could definitely affect people’s comfort levels, and certainly could have affected institutional budgets for professional development. The Conference Planning Committee wants to assure everyone that we take your safety seriously and currently plan to follow the same process from the in-person aspect of this year’s MLA Conference.

With all this in mind, the Conference Planning Committee requests that you take this quick survey, available here. Please complete the survey by Tuesday, May 31, whether you plan to attend or not or are undecided. Reasons given will help Midwest with future planning.

We look forward to seeing everyone in Bloomington. It’s been too long.

On behalf of the Midwest Conference 2022 Planning Committee,
Jason Lilly, #2022inBloom Co-Chair​

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(via Laureen Cantwell, Colorado Mesa University and Western Colorado Community College)

I am serving as editor for a forthcoming Medical Library Association (MLA) book from Rowman & Littlefield, tentatively titled Health Humanities for Librarians: A Handbook. I am seeking people who may have an interest in being involved in this text and possibly authoring a chapter–alone or in collaboration with others. (No formal proposal is needed–just maybe a paragraph of what you’re looking to cover, contribution to the topic/book/why it’s useful (e.g., for the reader, academic/etc. librarians), maybe a sense of length and who the author(s) is/are, and where you think it fits into the draft book description.)

For your convenience, a description of the book is available here (subject to modifications as the manuscript develops). I hope this will be helpful for you in envisioning yourself as part of this exciting book project. If you have ideas, questions, etc., please let me know–I’d love to discuss things further, brainstorm, and help you strategize your participation.

I’d love to square away 75% of the authors no later than mid-April of 2022, so that we can get to drafting! (Overall timeline: I need final drafts by mid-December, so that the final manuscript can get to R&L by mid-January 2023. We’ll work backwards once I know my TOC team!)

Thanks for considering being a part of this book project, and please feel free to share this post with colleagues, collaborators, and others!

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MLA Urges Administrators to Fund Hospital Libraries and Staff

(via Ramune Kubilus, Galter Health Sciences Library & Learning Center at Northwestern University, on behalf of the Medical Library Association)

“Hospital libraries and library staff are essential partners in providing excellent health care and achieving optimal patient outcomes,” begins MLA’s new advocacy statement. Titled “Partner with Hospital Libraries to Improve Patient Care”, the Hospital Library Caucus (HLC) collaborated with its members and the MLA Board to develop the statement. The board has recently provided its approval, and the official statement is publicly available on MLANET.

“Partner with Hospital Libraries to Improve Patient Care” was originally developed as a response to the Canadian Health Libraries Association/Association des bibliothèques de la santé du Canada (CHLA/ABSC) document on the importance of hospital libraries and librarians during the pandemic. HLC’s goal was to build on many of the important points made by CHLA and to focus on hospital administrators and other key health system budgetary decision-makers as the primary audiences. In researching and developing the content for the statement, Brian Baker, HLC chair-elect, and Ellen Aaronson sought input and assistance from health sciences librarians with experience in hospital libraries, management, and advocacy.

Several national organizations were initially approached and have quickly signed on. These include the American Nurses Credentialing Center, the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries, the CHLA, and the Special Libraries Association. MLA President Kris Alpi, AHIP, FMLA, and HLC volunteers are currently reaching out to additional institutions to obtain further support. (All co-signing organizations will be added to MLANET.)

Obtaining more support is only part of an ongoing collaboration effort to generate awareness of the importance of hospital librarians. The HLC is also creating a toolkit for administrators who want to build a library in their health care system as well as a toolkit for hospital librarians aiming to help them keep their jobs and libraries open. Further updates will be provided as soon as those are ready.

What You Can Do

We encourage you to read the statement and reach out to those interested in using or supporting this critical document. We’ve created a template cover letter for you to use in contacting organizations you think may be interested in providing support.

Or, if you belong to an organization wishing to endorse your support for the statement, please complete this form asking them to join us as an essential partner in health care excellence.

Several HLC members have added a link to the statement page on their e-mail signatures, which will also help raise awareness of these efforts.

Please share your advocacy outreach ideas with anyone on the HLC.

We are excited to see this work get underway and to share further developments on this important initiative. MLA values you and the work you do to support the profession.

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(via Rebecca Brown, Network of the National Library of Medicine)

Please join NNLM’s Region 4 while it kicks off its new webinar series, R4 Connections. All are welcome!

The first webinar, “Implementation of Telemedicine in Rural Public Libraries”, is scheduled for Thursday March 10, from 12:00 to 1:00 PM CDT. Registration is open here. To register, one must have an NNLM user account. To create an account, please go here.

The first session will feature guest speaker, Pamela DeGuzman, who will discuss her work on telemedicine in rural public libraries and her research in this area. This class is eligible for 1 MLA CE credit.


Posted in Continuing Education, Library Organizations, Medical Library Association (MLA), NNLM Region 6, Webinars | No Comments »

(via the Medical Library Association)

Registration is now open for the first in-person MLA meeting in two years. The 2022 Annual Meeting and Exhibition will take place from Wednesday, May 4, to Friday, May 6, with CE courses the afternoon of Tuesday, May 3, preceded by a virtual kick-off and conference Opening Session on Wednesday, April 27 . There is also a virtual-only option for the full conference. The in-person meeting site is the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. ​If attending the meeting in person is feasible for you, then don’t miss this opportunity to immerse yourself in a safe learning environment alongside your peers.

You’ll have access to more than 200 hours of programs, posters, featured speakers, continuing education, panels, and conversations. You can explore the exciting new collection development and resource sharing symposium (https://www.mlanet.org/p/cm/ld/fid=1952). And MLA’s exhibits and vendors offer you the chance to cultivate new partnerships for your institution and learn about special offers unique to MLA attendees.

Take advantage of early-bird pricing and learn about MLA’s different registration options. The early-bird deadline is Thursday, March 31.

Get the latest information to plan your conference experience–and register now at MLANET/MLA22!

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(via Laura Wright, Tulane University)

Tulane University, University of Michigan, and University of Washington are conducting a research survey of the information professional community to find out what motivates professional association membership, including membership in the Medical Library Association. The insight you provide will help us to better recommend strategies to improve association membership diversity, recruitment, and retention.

Filling out the survey won’t take long: approximately 10-15 minutes, and it’s completely anonymous. Any question that you prefer not to answer can be skipped, and you can withdraw from the survey at any time. Please click on the link below to go to the survey. The survey will close Wednesday, February 9, 2022.

Survey on Professional Association Membership Diversity, Recruitment, and Retention

If you have any questions about the survey, please feel free to contact one of the survey coordinators.

Nancy Shin
University of Washington, Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM), Region 5

Jacqueline Freeman
University of Michigan, Taubman Health Sciences Library

Laura Wright
Tulane University, Rudolph Matas Library of the Health Sciences

Thank you in advance for taking the time to reply.

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(via the Network of the National Library of Medicine)

Registration is now open for the NNLM webinar “Grants and Proposal Writing”. It will take place on Thursday, February 10, from 1:00 to 2:00 PM CDT. This live webinar is worth 1.00 hour of MLA CE credit. A description and the link to registration are below.

Designed for beginning grant proposal writers, this class presents a general overview of grant and funding processes, as well as the level of detail required for a successful proposal. Each component of the grant writing process will be addresse​d, including: documenting the need; identifying the target population; writing measurable objectives; developing a work plan, an evaluation plan and dissemination plan.

At the end of the session, participants will be able to complete the following tasks.

1. Identify online resources to search for funding
2. Describe the basic sections of a proposal
3. Identify types of documents necessary to include with a proposal
4. Recognize common mistakes of proposal writers

For more information, and to register, please go here. Registering requires having an NNLM user account. To create one, please go here.

Posted in Awards, Grants, and Scholarships (non-HSLI), Continuing Education, Library Organizations, Medical Library Association (MLA), National Library of Medicine (NLM), Webinars | No Comments »

(via Susan Lessick, University of California – Irvine)

Good news for those interested in learning the right skills to conduct high-quality research. MLA’s Research Training Institute (RTI) has extended the deadline for 2022-23 applicants to Monday, January 31.

RTI transforms library professionals ​with any level of research skills into experts who are able to independently conduct a quality research project. RTI training covers all stages of designing, implementing, and communicating a successful health information research project.
Know anyone who could benefit from this program? Encourage them to apply!

Participants develop effective research questions, select a research design, identify the components of a research project, collect, manage, and analyze data, publish and present the results of a research project, and much more.

Past RTI Fellows report experiencing enhanced career opportunities after participating in the program. Here’s what some of them have said about their RTI experience.

“Participating in the RTI has been like getting a mini-PhD.”

“Excellent instructors, curriculum content, and course readings”

“RTI has helped me approach my research ideas from a place of empowerment instead of apprehension.”

“I now feel confident in my ability to forge forth with a project I’m passionate about.”

“One of the most productive and professional fulfilling milestones of my career.”

For more information, and to apply, please go here.

Posted in Awards, Grants, and Scholarships (non-HSLI), Calls and Requests, Library Organizations, Medical Library Association (MLA), Professional Development | No Comments »

(via Sarah Wade, Campbell University)

The Medical Library Association invites MSLIS students to apply for one of its student scholarships. The deadline is Thursday, January 6. Please see below for more details.

The Medical Library Association wants to support your excellence in scholarship and potential for accomplishment in health sciences librarianship through its student scholarships. Each scholarship awards up to either $1,000 or $5,000 to a library science student entering a Master’s program at an ALA-accredited graduate library school or at the time of the granting of the scholarship (March) have completed no more than one-half of the academic requirements of the graduate program. The recipient will also receive a one-year student membership in the Medical Library Association and free inclusive student registration at the association’s annual meeting.

Please see the scholarship websites below for details, eligibility, terms, and how to apply.

Please direct any questions to Rachel Walden, at rachel.l.walden@vanderbilt.edu.

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