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MLA '21 vConference & Exhibits

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New Name, Clearer Mission: The Health Equity & Global Health Domain Hub

New Name, Clearer Mission: The Health Equity & Global Health Domain Hub
Thu October 14, 2021
The Health Equity & Global Health Domain Hub's vision is to improve the development, access, dissemination, and understanding of health information for and by diverse populations in the US and globally to improve the health of populations.

Get to know your fellow MLA member Joe Price!
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If you are interested in becoming a hub editor for MLAConnect, please reach out to
Paper abstracts and immersion sessions for MLA ‘22 are due October 27.
Get to know your fellow MLA member Andi Parrish!
A revised version of the guide Recruiting and Selecting an Academic Health Sciences Library Director is now available on the AAHSL website.
Sign up by October 11 to review papers, posters, and lightning talk abstracts for MLA ’22.
The deadline to submit for MLA '22 is October 27.

This year’s theme for NMLM is Avoid Health Misinformation: Partner with a Medical Librarian.
Get to know your fellow MLA member Bette Bissonnette!
The MLA is grateful to Katherine Akers for her dedication and contribution to the success of JMLA and welcomes Alex Carroll as interim editor-in-chief.
Nominations for MLA awards are due November 1.
Get to know your fellow MLA member Sonya Lemke!
Sign up to attend this symposium from the Louis Stokes Health Sciences Library and the Vernon E. Jordan, Jr., Esq. Law Library at Howard University.
Join the South Central Chapter for their 2021 annual meeting, Armadillos Together.
It’s time for MLA leaders to submit midyear reports. See MLANET for reporting details.
Meet your fellow MLA member Janet Crum!
Check out the October offerings for webinars, instructor-led courses, and self-paced courses.
The city of New Orleans needs our help now! While MLA '22 is months away, let's lend a hand to our colleagues and the citizens of New Orleans.
Follow these tips when submitting for MLA '22!
Answer some brief questions about your career, interests, and hobbies to become our next featured I Am MLA profile.
Get to know your fellow MLA member David G. Keddle!
This new event series focuses on tangible actions that MLA members have taken to further anti-oppressive efforts in their communities.
Are you excited about MLA ‘22 in New Orleans—but missed the Open Forum? Watch the recording now!

Get to know your fellow MLA member Danielle Linden!
The NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program prepares emerging leaders for director positions in academic health sciences libraries. Meet the fellows and mentors for 2021/2022.
Sign up by September 17 to be a Colleague Connection mentor or mentee.
Get to know your fellow MLA member Cindy Gruwell!
Kris Alpi spoke on ARPA-H during Listening Session 9
Jennifer Westrick's research found that many medical librarians, while comfortable in their ability to locate trials for systematic reviews, would be interested in learning more about clinical trial types.
What would you like to see added to the COVID-19 resources page?
Submissions for MLA '22 are due October 27, 2021.
Get to know your fellow MLA member Brian L. Baker!
Applications are open to the NLM's Michael E. DeBakey Fellowship in the History of Medicine. Apply by September 30, 2021.
MLA is looking for potential editors and authors for books on suggested topics. We'd also love to hear your latest and greatest ideas for new topics.
The 2021–2025 NIH-Wide Strategic Plan seeks to advance the vision for biomedical research direction, capacity, and stewardship.

Join the NAHSL for programming, inspiration, and camaraderie October 25–26.
MLA President Kris Alpi, FMLA, AHIP, reports on attending virtual meetings and meeting international colleagues.
Mary Pat Harnegie set out to determine levels of use and satisfaction with library services. She found that physical space is a key asset and electronic access has high levels of satisfaction.
Welcome to the ten new JMLA editorial board members!
Get to know your fellow MLA member Carrie Forbes!
Colleague Connection is pairing new members with experienced members. Sign up to become a mentee or mentor today!
Congratulations to Beverly Murphy, AHIP, FMLA, for receiving the highest honor that MLA confers, the Marcia C. Noyes Award.
Join us on August 5 for details on MLA '22 in New Orleans. You'll be able to ask questions and learn who won the New Orleans–themed raffle prizes!
Racial and gender disparities in management roles persist in various career fields in the United States, including librarianship. The lack of diversity raises concerns for information sharing and knowledge. Changes to library management structures and methods may be key to resolving the issues.
Congratulations to the winning research papers and posters from the MLA’21 vConference!
Meet I Am MLA Ambassador Shalu Gillum!
Libraries adapted to drastic changes in the last year. Read about the resilience of six librarians in Africa, Latin America, and North America.
Check out the books, articles, websites, videos, and music recommended during MLA '21.
Meet I Am MLA Ambassador Neville Prendergast!
Meet I Am MLA Ambassador Julia M. Esparza!
Socially responsible investment is one of the objectives of MLA’s overall strategy on diversity, equity and inclusion. We now have an investment policy that includes objectives in community, employees, environment and governance.
Starting June 29, 2021, any unbilled transaction 180 days or older will be set to a $0 price and system approved. As a result, those transactions will appear in the "paid" tab for both the lender and borrower, at a $0 price.
Meet I Am MLA Ambassador Hanna Schmillen!
What are your research interests? Compare with the word cloud of interests from applicants to the 2021 RTI program.
Lending libraries who have to apply special pricing to one or more libraries, and that cannot do this via a DOCLINE group, can now create a custom pricing group with an associated ILL pricing table. This will result in lower admin time.
Meet I Am MLA Ambassador E. Bailey Sterling.
Meet I Am MLA Ambassador Tenley Sablatzky!
From May 24-27, join your colleagues for lightning talks, paper meet-ups, interactive immersion sessions, and engaging keynote speakers during Live Action Week at MLA '21.
MLA is pleased to announce the 2021 Research Training Institute (RTI) fellows!
We are pleased to continue our community outreach and are honored to partner with Community of Hope, a rapidly growing, innovative, and mission-driven nonprofit organization that provides housing, healthcare, and supportive services for low-income families in Washington, DC.
The MLA Statement of Appropriate Conduct applies to all MLA members, nonmembers, invited guests, speakers, moderators, instructors, exhibitors, staff, and all others who participate in an MLA activity or event.
Eliminate Distractions: Homes and offices often abound with distractions fighting for your attention, so you need to prioritize the time you have set aside for a virtual conference.
Read about I Am MLA Ambassador Patti McCall-Wright.
Join the Network of the National Library of Medicine on May 17, 2021 at MLA '21 to learn about the future of NNLM, including its new configuration, partnerships and opportunities available.
MLA 2021 Conference Content Metrics

Each conference the National Program Committee Contributed Content Working Group (CCWG) reviews and updates selection rubrics for papers, immersion sessions, lightning talks, and posters.
The Journal of the Medical Library Association (JMLA) seeks applicants for editorial board members. Apply for editorial board membership by May 31, 2021.
Kickoff your MLA '21 experience on Monday, May 10 with a live opening session and the start of the first exploration week.
Even virtually MLA '21 offers opportunities to network with your colleagues, peers, and other medical library organizations.
Conversations and connections. Energy and insights. Connections and interaction. Register now for the MLA ’21 vConference!
Mitzi D. Baum, MS
Joseph Leiter NLM/MLA Lecture: The culture of Public Health and Food Safety
Tuesday, May 25, 2021
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM CT
Damon Tweedy, MD
John P. McGovern Lecture
Monday, May 24, 2021
3:30 PM – 5:00 PM CT

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