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MLA ’18 General Information

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Meeting Overview

This is MLA’s premier event and draws more than 2,400 participants including medical librarians and other health information professionals, international attendees, and exhibitors. MLA ’18 offers a variety of opportunities for attending educational sessions, seeing the latest products in the Exhibit Hall, and networking with colleagues.

The meeting is a 4 and 1/2 day interdisciplinary educational experience, with a 3-day commercial exhibition that attracts over 100 exhibitors from around the world. Meeting highlights include the John P. McGovern Award Lecture, the Janet Doe Lecture, and over 200 peer-reviewed papers, lightning talks, and posters.

Organizer Medical Library Association


118th Annual Meeting and Exhibition
May 18-23, 2018


The Hyatt Regency Atlanta
265 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30303
Atlanta, Georgia

Key Dates

Friday and Saturday, May 18–19: Pre-Meeting Continuing Education (CE) Courses
Saturday, May 19 (5:00pm): Welcome Reception and Opening of the Hall of Exhibits
Sunday–Wednesday (noon), May 20–May 23: Meeting programs
Tuesday-Wednesday (noon), May 22-May 23: Symposium on Health Information for Public Librarians

Look forward to several innovations for MLA's 118th meeting:

  • Diversity and inclusion: plan to attend programming an open forum on diversity and inclusion, including Wednesday keynote presentations by Dara Richardson-Heron, MD, chief engagement officer, All of Us Research Program, National Institutes of Health, and by David Satcher, MD, founding director, Satcher Health Leadership Institute, Morehouse School of Medicine.
  • Health Information for Public Librarians: 150 public librarians will be joining the meeting for a 1 and 1/2 day symposium of interest to both public librarians and health sciences librarians. The symposium offers programming in the area of health information to the public and provides a unique opportunity for public and health sciences librarians to network.
  • Silver and Gold Networking Dinner: the Tuesday dinner will be about community and fun, with a regional theme highlighting MLA chapters and NNLM regions, and MLA’s first international talent show. Awards and recognitions will be presented during plenary sessions on Sunday and Tuesday mornings.

Public librarians interested in registering for the symposium on health information, please go to the specific information page.

We've listed links to common questions below. Please click on the left menu for additional information:

Meeting Content

Continuing Education

Join your colleagues at MLA ’18 for innovative and practical continuing education (CE) courses. CE courses are a great way to learn new roles and stay at the forefront of the health information profession. Courses will take place on Friday, May 18, and Saturday, May 19.

Program Sessions

Program sessions feature contributed papers, lightning talks, and special content sessions. Special content sessions may include a panel of invited speakers, a single invited speaker, a facilitated book discussion, and so on. Learn more about program sessions and how to submit an abstract. The online Submission Form for author abstracts opened August 1, 2017 and closed October 10, 2017.


Posters are located near the Hall of Exhibits. Attendees can view peer-reviewed posters on MLANET starting three weeks before the meeting.

Online Program Search Overview by Topic
The MLA '18 Online Program shows room assignments, abstracts, speakers, and many other program details. The Online Program is searchable so that you can browse through the program or use keyword search to quickly find specific sessions that match your interests. Get started, and search for:

Coming soon, the Itinerary Planner will allow you to save selected sessions into your custom itinerary. Important, in order to save your itinerary, you must be registered for the meeting.

We've sorted through key content and grouped it by a few major themes. There's a lot more, but you can start here if you want to:


Read the MLA ’18 blog.

Career Services

Job seekers looking to make a move and employers seeking a great candidate are welcome to submit resumes and job listings at the MLA '18 Placement Center

Have an experienced colleague take a look at your resume, CV and/or cover letter at the Resume Clinic. Advance appointments and walk-ins are welcome.


The SIGnificance (and Future) of SIGs

Hall of Exhibits: Closed Until Next Year