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Participate in Office of Management & Budget Initiative to Update MeSH Terminology OMB’s Statistical Standards for Race and Ethnicity

Participate in Office of Management & Budget Initiative to Update MeSH Terminology OMB’s Statistical Standards for Race and Ethnicity
Thu September 22, 2022
This past summer the National Library of Medicine (NLM) hosted a listening session with external communities and users to discuss the role of community input in MeSH development—a controlled and hierarchically organized vocabulary produced by NLM. Share your perspectives and input.

Dawn Hackman 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!
This year the MLA/RTI Value Studies Working Group has been tasked with updating the "Evidence You Can Use To Communicate Library Value" page on the MLA site for 2023.
This year the MLA/RTI Value Studies Working Group has been tasked with updating the "Evidence You Can Use To Communicate Library Value" page on the MLA site for 2023.
Each month, MLA members are invited to participate in the Be Well Wednesday wellness series. Stay connected to the Be Well MLA initiative by joining the Be Well MLA Community on MLANET.
This year the MLA/RTI Value Studies Working Group has been tasked with updating the "Evidence You Can Use To Communicate Library Value" page on the MLA site for 2023.
Each month, MLA members are invited to participate in the Be Well Wednesday wellness series. Stay connected to the Be Well MLA initiative by joining the Be Well MLA Community on MLANET.
The Be Well MLA initiative promotes wellness and well-being among members of the Medical Library Association. Every month, MLA members are invited to participate in the Be Well Wednesday wellness series.
Due to staffing changes, MLA headquarters announces that there has been an unexpected delay in the production of the Journal of the Medical Library Association (JMLA). Soon we will be able to determine a feasible production schedule to get caught up.

Due to staffing changes, MLA headquarters announces that there has been an unexpected delay in the production of the Journal of the Medical Library Association (JMLA). Soon we will be able to determine a feasible production schedule to get caught up.
The MLA ‘23 Contributed Content Workgroup (CCWG) has put together a checklist for submitting a paper or immersion session to MLA ’23. The first round of the abstract submission process is open now through October 13, 2022. 
Join Colleague Connection, MLA's mentoring program pairing new members with experienced members or fellow new colleagues. Sign up by September 30 to be considered for a match.
Did you know that MLA awards over $45,000 in grants and scholarships each year? Whether you want to learn something, research something, or discover someplace new, there is an opportunity for you with MLA Grants and Scholarships!

Grants are available in the following categories: Advanced Education,
Organized by MLA’s Membership Committee, Colleague Connection is a mentoring program pairing new members with experienced members or fellow new colleagues. New members: connect with an experienced colleague or a fellow newbie. Experienced members: share experience with new professionals.
Editors of Hypothesis announce highlights from their latest edition.
Get to know MLA member Karen O'Grady, former Peace Corps member (joined at age 42), and finisher of the Alcatraz Swim in San Francisco Bay. Her mantra is "Run, swim, repeat!" See what you might have in common.
Ruth Holst, AHIP, FMLA directed the library at Columbia Hospital in Milwaukee for thirty-two years. Subsequently, she was associate director of the Greater Midwest Region of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine based at the University of Illinois. Her oral history is available now.
In case you missed it, or haven’t been able to take it all in, I wanted to share a special piece of news again: The Special Libraries Association (SLA) will be collaborating with us on our 2023 conference.
You’re invited to submit abstracts now for MLA ’23 papers and immersion sessions. The submission site is now open for round 1: Contributed papers and immersion sessions (August 24–October 13, 2022)
Medical Reference Services Quarterly is looking for an Editor-in-Chief for this journal on the practice of medical librarianship that publishes 4 issues a year.
Recipient of the 2022 Marcia C. Noyes Award: Jane Blumenthal, AHIP, FMLA
MLA Awards and Honors Nominations are Now Open!
MLA is pleased to announce the winners of an MLA scholarship to attend the 4th National Joint Conference of Librarians of Color (JCLC) in St. Pete Beach, FL, October 5-9, 2022.
Join the annual NLM Lindberg-King Lecture & Scientific Symposium on Thursday, September 1, 2022. This all-day, free, virtual event – Science, Society and the Legacy of Donald A.B. Lindberg, M.D. – will be in honor of Dr. Lindberg, former NLM director, who passed away in August 2019.
Join your colleagues at the MLA ‘23 Invitation Open Forum on Wednesday, August 24 at 1:00 p.m., central time.

Join your colleagues at the MLA ‘23 Invitation Open Forum on Wednesday, August 24 at 1:00 p.m., central time. You’ll Learn more about the great host city of Detroit, MI, get the MLA ‘22 wrap-up, meet the NPC, hear more about the 125th anniversary celebrations... and more!
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.
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 (https://twitter.com), IFTTT (https://ifttt.com/), and Evernote (https://www.evernote.com/) 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.
Every week until MLA ‘22 in New Orleans, we'll profile the experts leading each of the six Symposium sessions. This week, Becky Bealer, Jason Burton, Julia Esparza, Connie Manning, and Sylvia McAphee answer questions about themselves and their session.
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.

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