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Get started on your Data Services Specialization with four free classes from NNLM

Get started on your Data Services Specialization with four free classes from NNLM
Thu August 11, 2022
The Network of the National Library of Medicine is pleased to announce the launch of the revised Research Data Management On-Demand classes. And, once you have completed all requirements for the Level One Data Services Specialization, apply to NNLM to sponsor your DSS Application Fee.

Members of the health sciences library community are invited to attend the September 13 National Library of Medicine Board of Regents meeting.
Former MLA Executive Director Carla J. Funk (1992-2015) has demonstrated her life-long commitment to sustaining and enhancing the health information librarian talent pipeline through a generous donation to establish the Carla J. Funk Health Sciences Fellowship at Indiana University Bloomington.
Michelle Nielsen Ott, Sciences/Health Sciences Librarian at Cullom-Davis Library at Bradley University, is the 2022 recipient of the Illinois Library Association (ILA) Illinois Academic Librarian of the Year Award. Join MLA in congratulating Michelle on her outstanding work and great success!
Research is the cornerstone of academic inquiry; do librarians working in academic teaching hospitals have greater research capacity than counterparts in community hospitals? Tanisha Mills, MLIS, AHIP, attempted to answer this in an original research study.
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 policy issues and legislation that impact the collection, organization, and sharing of health information.
Enjoy the warm weather as summer comes to a close - and get some MLA CE while you're at it.
Earlier this month, more than 725 librarians signed onto a letter to the NLM addressing recent changes to MeSH terms. Associate Director of Library Operations for NLM, Dianne Babski provided a response.
I Am MLA: Soph Myers-Kelley, Medical Liason, East Carolina University

The MLA Diversity Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Committee are interested in what types of strategies libraries and library associations are using to encourage diverse leadership.
The Board of Directors recognizes and acknowledges the generous ways in which our members, chapter members, and friends of MLA give your time and resources to strengthen and grow our association.
The JMLA Editor-in-Chief Search Committee and MLA Board of Directors are pleased to announce the appointment of Jill Boruff, AHIP, and Michelle Kraft, AHIP, FMLA, as Co-Editors-in-Chief for the Journal of the Medical Library Association (JMLA).
Congratulations to the award-winning research papers and posters from MLA ’22 Hybrid as well as the biannual JMLA Research Paper winner!
An open letter to NLM regarding MeSH term changes
Jherusha L. Lambert is this week's I Am MLA featured member. Help your colleagues get to know you better and submit your own profile- share how you are MLA!
Now in its 6th year, this list of books and other resources is made possible by all the #medlibs on Twitter (, IFTTT (, and Evernote ( during MLA '22. Apologies if any books or resources were missed, it was not intentional.
The following message from Shannon D. Jones, AHIP, MLA President, was sent to librarians in Buffalo, New York on May 18, 2022. Following this message, MLA Connect is pleased to share some resources for you to use to support the Buffalo community.
This project aimed to determine the feasibility and effectiveness of Wikipedia editing to improve information literacy and lifelong learning skills and to investigate aspects of social responsibility in first-year medical students.
Stephanie M. Swanberg describes her author journey and gives background on her JMLA article "A health education outreach partnership between an academic medical library and public library: lessons learned before and during a pandemic."
The Leadership Fellows Program seeks candidates who are emerging leaders in health sciences libraries and who are passionate about the importance of leadership skills and knowledge to the future of academic health sciences libraries.
Molly Montgomery, director of library services, Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine, was awarded an internal research grant through the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine Start-Up Fund in the amount of $5,000 to fund key aspects of her research project.
During the introduction of the May 5 John P. McGovern Lecture, the MLA ’22 cochairs shared information about the traditional indigenous inhabitants on the land of New Orleans, LA.
MLA Annual Reports for the 2021–2022 association year are now available for viewing by all MLA members. The annual reports are MLA’s official record of activities of the last year, assembled by all components of MLA.
MLA is holding a silent auction for items lovingly made by MLA Fellow and Distinguished AHIP member, Patricia Gallagher, MA, MLS, AHIP, FMLA (pictured here), who passed away in December 2021 after a battle with pancreatic cancer.  
May 4th is Star Wars Day! There are a couple of New Orleans events celebrating the day. 

There are many cultural offerings and attractions to visit in New Orleans. From delicious food and drinks to museums and historic collections to cemeteries, there’s something for everyone who visits New Orleans.
It's time to talk about the big issue on everyone's minds: FOOD!  New Orleans is a culinary mecca and options are seemingly endless. But don't worry, the Local Assistance Committee has you covered -  like shrimp etouffee on rice.

Dale Prince has created a Dining Guide with an alphabetical list of
The upcoming MLA ‘22 conference has a large range of content related to diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility. Look for the DEI icons in the Online Annual Meeting Planner!
The RTI ’22 program consists of 34 participants, including 8 embedded LIS graduate students. The program will be taught by a team of experienced and expert research faculty with the mentoring support of 5 peer coaches who are former RTI Fellows.
Marlene M. Bishop, Patrick Hannon, Brenda M. Linares, and Laurie Phillips answer questions about themselves and their session, Riding the Waves Together: A Librarian and Publisher Conversation.
MLA is holding a silent auction for items lovingly made by MLA Fellow and Distinguished AHIP member, Patricia Gallagher, who passed away in December 2021. The items will be on display at the MLA Connection Booth in New Orleans and photos of each item appear online at the MLA ’22 Silent Auction site.
Curious about AHIP or about ready to apply and have a question? Preparing to renew and wondering about tally points or required documentation? Stop by the MLA Connections Booth in the MLA ’22 exhibit hall area to get some help.
Take advantage of MLAConnect as a resource for sharing your announcements and job postings. Volunteer with us in one of our open editor positions!
We really wish that everyone could join us in New Orleans for the conference. But for those attending virtually, here are some virtual exhibits and tours for you to enjoy.

I hope you can enjoy a little New Orleans flavor wherever you are! The links below are from a variety of local entities. Also 
Every week until MLA ‘22 in New Orleans, we'll profile the experts leading each of the six Symposium sessions. This week, Paul S. “Ford” Miller answers questions about himself and his session, Think Like a Lawyer: A Socratic Seminar on Copyright.
Despite the general consensus that field experience during library school is important for applying theory to practical situations, there is a lack of understanding about what students want from graduate employment and the barriers they face in acquiring it.
In addition to inviting proposals related to Advancing Public Health through Libraries, Building Health Sciences Collections, Health Literacy and the Library, and Teaching Evidence-Based Practice, the committee is also seeking authors or editors on the topic of Ethics in Medical Librarianship.

Whether you are attending your first MLA meeting or your 31st, whether you are attending in person or virtually, the New Members Caucus has some suggestions for how to get the most out of MLA '22.
In addition to inviting proposals related to Advancing Public Health through Libraries, Building Health Sciences Collections, Health Literacy and the Library, and Teaching Evidence-Based Practice, the committee is also seeking authors or editors on the topic of Ethics in Medical Librarianship.
The Living Library is an event that is comprised of “books,” and each of those books is a person who has a lived an experience that often is met with stereotypes, prejudices, and misunderstandings. Each book will share their experience, and readers are then able to ask questions.
On behalf of the LAC (Local Assistance Committee) and the NPC (National Program Committee) and in light of the latest natural disaster in New Orleans (tornadoes on March 22), we have chosen to support Second Harvest Food Bank local group that supports the New Orleans community.
Personal librarian programs match students and librarians together for individualized assistance with a variety of student needs. How many medical and academic health sciences libraries utilize these programs?
The Value Studies Working Group is currently working to update the value studies listed on the MLA guide Evidence You Can Use To Communicate Library Value. Working group members will be performing literature searches in various resources to identify current, relevant studies showing library value.
Every week until MLA ‘22 in New Orleans, we'll profile the experts leading each of the six Symposium sessions. This week, Marlene M. Bishop, Vida Damijonaitis, Linné Girouard, David Nygren, and Christian Patrick answer questions about themselves and their session.
Whether you are new in health sciences information or an experienced professional, don’t miss this opportunity to have fresh eyes review your resume, CV, or cover letter; practice your interviewing skills; or discuss the job market and search process.
When I was in grade school, the King Tut exhibit came to the New Orleans Museum of Art. I was fascinated by the lapis lazuli, Canopic jars and the boy king’s death mask. A new Egyptian exhibit will be in New Orleans during our meeting, Queen Nefertari's Egypt.
The Journal of the Medical Library Association (JMLA) Virtual Projects Section Advisory Committee is seeking current, innovative and notable technology projects in health sciences libraries for the 2022 JMLA Virtual Projects Section.
What is in a title? For some health sciences librarians adding the title of faculty may be semantical, but for many it is an important recognition of their status within their institutions and a progressive step towards facilitating research.
Every week until MLA ‘22 in New Orleans, we profile the experts leading each of the six Symposium sessions. This week is Monte' Dobbins.
Only 33 more days until we meet in New Orleans for the first in-person meeting for health sciences information professionals in three years!
Moderating a session is a great way to enhance your MLA ‘22 experience. Please consider volunteering as a moderator and/or sharing this message with other MLA members.
Every week until MLA ‘22 in New Orleans, we'll profile the experts leading each of the six Symposium sessions. We begin with Katharine Macy, the session trainer for Negotiation Strategies to Empower You in Libraries and Life: A Hands-On Workshop.
Sign up by April 15 to be a mentor or mentee at this year's Colleague Connection!
There are only 44 days left before MLA'22 starts. Compared to the past annual meetings, MLA'22 has several unique features that you should be aware of:

Hybrid Conference – MLA ‘22 is the first hybrid conference in the entire history of the Medical Library Association, taking place both virtually a
The Leadership and Management Caucus invites you to attend their inaugural journal club on Wednesday, March 23, 2022, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., eastern time. Attendees will discuss the Harvard Business Review article "Leading Through Anxiety."
In these times of travel restrictions and budget cuts, it can be a challenge to make your case to attend MLA ’22. Here are some easy ways you can make your case to your supervisor.
The deadline to purchase a 2022 CE Passport is June 30!
Cast your votes for national-level and caucus-level candidates by April 5!
Michelle M. DeMars describes her author journey and gives background on her JMLA article "MeSH and text-word search strategies: precision, recall, and their implications for library instruction."
This year’s MLA conference falls at the same time as one of the biggest musical events of the year, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival - known by locals as “Jazz Fest”.

This year’s MLA conference falls at t
The 2022 MLA Annual meeting in New Orleans, LA is fast approaching so we wanted to highlight some of the programming coming your way ... whether you’re attending in-person or virtually.

On the MLA meeting home page, you’ll find this Sneak Peek to some of the Immersion Sessions (in-person only) and
New Orleans is alive with jazz, blues, world music, zydeco, bluegrass, rock, and just about every other genre of music you can imagine. Since 1980, the unofficial ambassador of New Orleans' musical heritage to the airwaves has been 90.7 FM, WWOZ.
More than 200 nonmembers signed up for Experience MLA, and the different events attracted over 1,200 total registrations. The MLA Board of Directors and headquarters staff extend a heartfelt thanks to all the caucus, domain hub, and committee members involved in the planning.
MLA is pleased to share the CHLA/ABSC course The Business of Libraries to MLA members.
It’s time for MLA leaders to submit annual activity reports.
Lucy Kiester and Clara Turp describe their author journey and give background on their JMLA article "Artificial intelligence behind the scenes: PubMed’s Best Match algorithm."
Join the Academic Librarians Caucus for an open house on Monday, February 28, at 1:00 p.m., central.
MLA ‘22 will be your first opportunity in two years to reconnect with your colleagues at an MLA annual conference. But if you can’t attend in person, there’s also a robust virtual experience planned. Whatever your needs may be, MLA ’22 offers an experience that works. 

Virtual Registration Experien
AAHSL is cosponsoring the Friends of the National Library of Medicine’s upcoming symposium “Post-Pandemic Libraries: The Upcoming Era of Change.” Part of our sponsorship is going toward forty-four scholarships for health sciences librarians to attend the virtual symposium.
Angela Spencer and Elizabeth Laera invite you to take their survey on the role of COVID-19 in burnout among health information professionals.
About the “My New Orleans” Blog Series:
MLA Members in New Orleans would like to highlight the city of New Orleans, its culture, and attractions. This blog series aims to share interesting places to visit and things to do while visiting the city for MLA.

Introduce yourself. (Your name, your positio
We hope to see you in person in New Orleans! But given the uncertainty of the pandemic, we recommend registering for the virtual experience and revisiting your MLA ‘22 plans at the end of March/early April and consider upgrading to the in-person experience.
MLA is pleased to offer support to enable members to attend MLA ’22: Reconnect, Renew, Reflect.

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