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(via Shannon Jones, Director of Libraries at Medical University of South Carolina)

The Journal of the Medical Library Association (JMLA) seeks applicants for editorial board members for 2021-2023. 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 an underrepresented group 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 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 email 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.

We are seeking individuals with experience in scholarly research, writing, and/or publishing as well as individuals who may not have first-hand publishing experience but who are curious about scholarly communication and bring a unique perspective to JMLA’s processes, policies, and programs. If you have questions or recommendations of colleagues who would be particularly well-suited to serve as editorial board members, please contact Katherine Akers, JMLA editor-in-chief, at jmla@journals.pitt.edu.

To apply for editorial board membership, please complete this form by Monday, May 31. Review of applications and selection of editorial board members will be performed by a jury composed of current JMLA editorial board members and members of the JMLA equity workgroup.

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(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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(via Charlotte Beyer, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science)

If you live in Illinois and are interested in participating in Capitol Hill Day this year for Illinois, I am the state coordinator this year. I hope to have the meetings between Monday, May 10, and Tuesday, May 18. They will be probably around 15-30 minutes (30 minutes at the very longest). If you are interested in participating, please let me know. We encourage our representatives to support things like NNLM, NIH, pandemic relief, and policies around data.

If you do not want to participate but you have a story on how funding through NNLM or NIH has impacted your institution or community, please let me know, as I can include the story in my meeting with the senators.

If you have any questions, please let me know, at charlotte.beyer@rosalindfranklin.edu. More information on the MLA Capitol Hill Meeting is available here.

Posted in Calls and Requests, Conferences and Meetings (non-HSLI), Legislation, Library Organizations, Medical Library Association (MLA), Webinars | No Comments »

(via the Medical Library Association)

Registration is now open for the Medical Library Association’s April webinar “The Fundamentals of Library Program and Service Evaluation”. The session will take place on Tuesday, April 27, from 1:00 to 2:30 PM CDT. A description is below.

Assessment of teaching activities is familiar to most librarians, but how to evaluate large-scope libraries’ services, programs, or initiatives may be more abstract and unclear. This webinar will provide a step-by-step process for selecting an evaluation type, focusing the research question, planning an evaluation, data collection methods, and writing an evaluation report. Interactive activities will have you thinking critically through this process, and you’ll walk away with a library evaluation toolkit.

Learning Outcomes

  • Select an appropriate evaluation type
  • Plan for execution of an evaluation, from research question to logic model
  • Select the most appropriate data collection method(s) for a given program and research question
  • Apply strategies/tools for drafting a concise and compelling evaluation report


This session is for all levels and areas of librarianship, from directors to cataloguers. Anyone planning to evaluate a service or process will benefit. No prior skills or experience is necessary.

For additional information, and to register for the webinar, please go here. The cost is $65 for MLA members and $85 for non-members. The webinar is worth 1.5 MLA continuing education (CE) contact hours and 1.5 Illinois CNE contact hours.

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(via the Medical Library Association)

The Medical Library Association (MLA) invites you to attend the upcoming Summit dedicated to Moving Toward Equitable Health Sciences Knowledge Sharing, the next event in the MLA InSight Initiative. This Summit will feature a keynote speaker and three expert panels who will discuss issues and advances toward equity in scholarly communication, with an emphasis on health sciences publishing. All events will be held virtually via Zoom on May 4-6 (Tuesday-Thursday).

The keynote speaker is Sandra Harris-Hooker, PhD, Vice President and Executive Vice Dean for Research and Academic Administration and Professor in the Department of Pathology and Anatomy at Morehouse School of Medicine. Her speech will focus on the Summit’s theme. To learn more about Dr. Harris-Hooker and view the full event schedule, please visit the Summit webpage.

Registration Instructions

To register, please complete the registration form. You will be asked to log into your MLANET account to register. If you do not have a MLANET account, you will be prompted to create a free guest account. The whole process takes fewer than 5 minutes.

Registration closes at 11:59 PM CDT on Tuesday, April 27. Attendance at all Summit events is highly encouraged but not required. Registrants will receive an automated confirmation email upon submitting the form. Zoom links and other details will be sent one week before the Summit.

Please contact Mary Langman, at langman@mail.mlahq.org, with any questions.

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(via Linda Feinberg, NorthShore University HealthSystem)

Health Science Librarians of Illinois member Eleanor Truex, AMITA Health Saint Joseph Medical Library, is a 2021 recipient of the Medical Library Association’s Research, Development, and Demonstration Project Grant. According to MLA’s website, the purpose of the grant is “to provide support for research, development, or demonstration projects that will help to promote excellence in the field of health sciences librarianship and information sciences”. More information on criteria to receive the grant is available here.

Truex is one of nine members of MLA’s Hospital Library Caucus to receive an MLA award this year, and the only one from Illinois. One other member of the Caucus received the Research, Development, and Demonstration Project Grant.


Posted in Awards, Grants, and Scholarships (non-HSLI), Library Organizations, Medical Library Association (MLA), Member News | No Comments »

(via the Medical Library Association)

Registration is open for the Medical Library Association’s March Live Webinar, “Critical Appraisal of Diagnosis Studies”. The event will take place on Thursday, March 25, from 1:00 to 2:30 PM CDT. A description is below.

As medical schools, clinics, and hospitals increasingly promote evidence-based medicine, it is more important than ever for health science librarians to be able to appraise the methodology and reporting of medical literature. Expand your toolkit with this upcoming webinar where you’ll learn how to evaluate diagnosis studies and interpret common measures of diagnostic accuracy, such as sensitivity, specificity, likelihood ratios, and positive/negative predictive values. #MLADiagnosisStudies

To register, please go here. This is the first MLA webinar on appraising diagnosis studies. Don’t miss it!

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(via the Medical Library Association)

The 2021 National Program Committee invites abstract submissions that support the annual meeting theme, “Transforming Our Diversifying Communities”. The MLA ’21 “Call for Poster and Lightning Talks” has been extended to Monday, February 15.

Posters and lightning talks are great ways to share information about research or programs. Submitters must choose a primary area of practice that relates to the submission. MLA Areas of Practice are Clinical Support, Education, Global Health & Health Equity, Information Management, Information Services, Innovation & Research Practice, and Professionalism & Leadership.

Like papers, posters and lightning talks can be submitted as program descriptions or as research submissions. They require a structured abstract, and more information about structured abstracts can be found at “The Structured Abstract: An Essential Tool for Researchers“.

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February is MLA Open Membership Month

(via Miranda Shake, Lakeview College of Nursing)

Join MLA for our Experience MLA Open Membership Month! Throughout all of February, we’re hosting a series of no-cost events like caucus meet and greets, webinars, and an open science session, all designed to help you get the most out of your MLA membership.

Plus, new members get a free month of membership, starting Monday February 1. Start your trial today.

Already a member?

Share information on MLA’s Open Membership Month. Do you have a colleague who would benefit from joining MLA? Share the link to the Experience MLA homepage with them and let them know about the free month of membership starting February 1.

Try something new. Mark your calendar for one of our upcoming events and learn more about MLA’s community, caucuses, leadership opportunities, and plans for the 2021 vConference.

Why MLA?

MLA is the largest organization committed to fostering excellence in health sciences librarianship. This February, learn why more than 3,000 individual members and 400 institutions make MLA their professional home, including:

Community. Connect with fellow health information professionals who can assist you throughout your professional journey, join one of MLA’s 43 caucuses representing a variety of health information specialties and affinity groups, or see how you can give back by lending your talents and expertise as a leader, mentor, or policy advocate.

Education. MEDLIB-ED, the “Learning Destination for Health Information Professionals,” is the home of more than 200 MLA and MLA-approved webinars and courses that will help you diversify your skill set and build a foundation for future career growth.

vConference. MLA members get discounted registration for the MLA ’21 vConference in May, which features more than 200 hours of virtual programs, posters, keynote speeches, roundtables, panels, and sessions that will spark your creativity and help you think outside the box.

Don’t wait! Sign up today for your free month of membership starting February 1 and join us in our mission to enhance health care, education, and research throughout the world.

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(via the Medical Library Association)

Registration is open for the January MLA webinar, “Expand Your Research Impact Services”. The webinar will take place on Thursday, January 28, from 1:00 to 2:30 PM CDT. More information, including a description and the link to registration, is below.

Want to expand your library’s bibliometric services? In this webinar, you’ll learn the roles librarians can play in performing research impact services, understand the knowledge and skills necessary for each role, know the potential pitfalls of performing services in each role, and be able to identify potential collaborators who could help them fill each role. #MLAExpandUrResearch

The following individuals will present in the webinar.

  • Chris Belter, data scientist at the NIH Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
  • Karen Gutzman, MSLS, MLA, Head of the Research Assessment and Communications Department at Galter Health Sciences Library & Learning Center at Northwestern University
  • Tyler Nix, MSLS, an informationist at the University of Michigan Taubman Health Sciences Library and co-leader of the Taubman Research Impact Core
  • Amy Suiter, MS, MLS, a Research Support Librarian at Bernard Becker Medical Library at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis

For more information, and to register, please go here. Note that the cost is $65.00 for MLA members and $85.00 for non-members. The webinar is worth 1.5 CE hours from the Medical Library Association.

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