Archives for April 2014

Chapter Post from SCC/MLA

scc mla logoThe South Central Chapter of MLA (SCC/MLA) encompasses the five state region of New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana which is also our NN/LM Region. This means that our partner libraries are truly partners since we work together on everything, a tradition that is 40 years strong.

SCC/MLA sponsors an annual meeting each year in October; for 2014 it’s a joint meeting the (Quint) with 4 other groups in Denver. In 2015, it will be in Little Rock, Arkansas. Our chapter is very active in creating content for these meetings from papers to tech expos to CEs to lightning rounds.

In addition, SCC/MLA offers scholarships to library students to attend our conference and to librarians to take continuing education courses. Two juried awards are given annually for Librarian of the Year and the Distinguished Service Award. We offer to the ability to connect, network and mentor locally.

Please come and take a gander at our Chapter Poster during Session 1, Sunday May 18th from 3:30-4:30. And don’t hesitate to ask about what’s up with the armadillo.

[Thanks to Jennifer Lloyd for providing this post!]

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Highlights from the Public Services Section

Hello MLAers!

We look forward to seeing many of you next month in the Windy City. Come visit the Public Services Section (PSS) at the Section/Chapter poster event on Sunday, May 18th at 330pm. PSS membership is made up of a variety of librarians who work in reference, circulation, ILL, education and more. We always have room for more members. Our section hosts an expert searching listserv and is cosponsoring many sessions at this annual meeting including:

  • Sunday, May 18th 4:30-5:55PM – Information Building Blocks: Open Data Initiatives and Trends;
  • Monday, May 19th 2:00-3:25 p.m. – Librarian’s Role in the Translational Science Research Team;
  • Monday, May 19th 2:00-3:25 p.m. – Building Allies: Supporting the Allied Health Professionals;
  • Tuesday, May 20th, 2:00-3:25 p.m. – Protecting Patron Privacy in the Era of Surveillance
  • Tuesday, May 20th, 3:30-4:25pm – Open Forum: Bad Presentation Bingo: the Communication Game you Want to Lose.

Our Public Services Section Business Meeting is Monday, May 19th from 4:30 PM – 5:55 PM. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Public Services Section. To celebrate, those people in attendance who stay for the whole business meeting (yes, you must be present to win) will be able to enter a drawing for a free MLA membership for 2015. There is a way to add a section membership at It says: Current members, log in and see the “My Account” menu to add section memberships. If you do this by May 10th and attend the business meeting you will be eligible for the drawing.

PS – look forward to seeing you!

[Thanks to Kelly Thormodson for providing this post]

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Join us for good food and conversation at the ICS Dining Circles!

The International Cooperation Section would like to invite you to join us for fine dining, drinks, and conversation at our Dining Circles!  All restaurants are within a 15 minute walk or a 2 minute cab ride from the Hyatt Regency Chicago Hotel.

Join us after the International Visitors Reception and Library School Reunions on Sunday, May 18th for conversation and dining at Bandera. We will meet at 7:15 pm in the lobby of the hotel to walk (or ride depending on the weather and ability!) to Bandera for dining on upscale American fare with the not-to-be-missed experience of Chicago live Jazz to get the flow of conversation going.  If you are planning on attending and want to sit together with the larger group, please RSVP to Martha Knuth at by at least 6pm on Sunday May 18th.  If you want to play it by ear, that is fine too, but please let Martha know so she can put in a later reservation for you!

On Monday, May 19th please join us after the ICS Section Program “M-Health and Information Innovations: Making an Impact in Global Health” for lunch at the Atwood Café at noon.  The Atwood Café specializes in a tasty twist on American cuisine and is located in the historic Reliance Building built in 1895.  Please RSVP to Martha Knuth at if you are interested in attending.  We will leave directly after the ICS Section Program and would love to see you there.

For more information, menus, and directions:

Sunday May, 18th

  • We will meet in the lobby of the hotel at 7:15 pm to walk over
  • Please RSVP to Martha Knuth at or (586) 480-6849 if you would like to sit at the same table with the larger group.  If the weather is nice, there is also an outdoor mingling area.

535 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

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Monday, May 19th

  • We will leave directly after the ICS Section Program “M-Health and Information Innovations: Making an Impact in Global Health”
  • Please RSVP to Martha Knuth at or (586) 480-6849

The Atwood Café
1 W. Washington Street, Chicago, IL 60602

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Chicago Culture – Guest Post by Jeanne Sadlik

Thank you to Jeanne Sadlik, Associate Director of Loyola University Health Sciences Library, for her helpful post on Chicago Culture! 

Chicago Culture

Chicago is a wonderful city to explore and enjoy whether you like museums, theater, or music. There are so many choices and options for everyone.

The Art Institute, a short walk from the Hyatt Regency, is a world renowned museum with many treasures. See Georges Seurat’s “A Sunday on the Grande Jatte”, along with pieces by Picasso, Matisse, and Georgia O’Keefe. There is a great exhibit “When the Greeks Ruled Egypt” with over 75 pieces of art that reveal the influence of foreign rule on ancient Egypt’s culture which runs through July, 2014. For more information go to

Did you read Devil in the White City by Erik Larson, set in Chicago during the planning and execution of the 1893 World’s Fair? The Fair comes to life in the Field Museum’s exhibit Wonders of the 1893 World’s Fair ( ). Some of the “Firsts” at the World’s Fair include the Ferris Wheel, a moving walkway, Cracker Jacks, Juicy Fruit gum, and Quaker Oats. You can take a ride on Chicago’s Ferris Wheel at Navy Pier ( which is modeled after the original Ferris Wheel at the Fair; it is 150 feet high and allows for amazing views of the Chicago skyline and lakefront in a seven minute rotation. is a great site to explore if you enjoy going to plays. Blue Man Group is a classic that combines music, art, science and vaudeville at the Briar Street Theatre. The national tour of the Broadway hit, Motown The Musical is at the Ford Oriental Theatre and delves into people who made the Motown sound famous including Smokey Robinson and Diana Ross. Check the website in April/May to see what other events are playing during MLA.

Looking for a way to unwind at the end of the day? Chicago is famous for its jazz clubs. In fact, according to the Chicago Historical Society’s Encyclopedia of Chicago, Chicago has played a vital role in the evolution of jazz. Chicago Jazz Magazine’s website ( can guide you to some great locations to hear jazz. Andy’s Jazz Club is located at 11 E Hubbard Street, just a few minutes away from the hotel. It is ranked as one of the 8 best jazz clubs in Chicago by Andy’s is a great place to have dinner or relax with friends after a day of meetings.

Another style of music for your enjoyment is Chamber music. The International Chamber Artists are performing May 18 & 19th with their Sounds of Imagination tour. For more information go to!may-18-2014/c1emy and explore their “Sounds of Spain” program.

The Chicago Cultural Center ( is housed in a landmark building. It was built in 1897 as Chicago’s first central public library. According to their website “the building was designed to impress and to prove that Chicago had grown into a sophisticated metropolis”. The building itself is worth a visit with two amazing stained glass domes that are described on their website “On the south side of the building, is the world’s largest stained glass Tiffany dome ? 38 feet in diameter with some 30,000 pieces of glass which was restored to its original splendor in 2008. And on the north side of the building is a 40-foot-diameter dome with some 50,000 pieces of glass in an intricate Renaissance pattern, designed by Healy & Millet.” The Chicago Cultural Center hosts free exhibitions, concerts, theatrical and dance performances, and films at the cultural center and throughout the city. Check out their website for events during your visit.

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ICS activities at MLA2014 to celebrate ICS 25th Anniversary

By Kathy Kwan

International Cooperation Section Chair 2013-14

25 years ago at the 1989 MLA Annual Meeting in Boston, the MLA Board of Directors approved the formation of the ICS to enable more members to participate in the international cooperation.  See the history of ICS at: and an article which looks back on ICS accomplishments at:

To celebrate the ICS 25th Anniversary, the International Visitors Reception at MLA 2014 will include a special birthday party for ICS.  Please plan to attend this party on Sunday, May 18 from 6-7 pm.

As always, the ICS Section Program will be a highlight of ICS activities at MLA 2014.  This year’s program theme is “M-Health and Information Innovations: Making an Impact in Global Health” (Monday, May 19, 10:30-11:55am) and we have a fabulous line up of speakers.  The MLA/ICS International Job Exchange Task Force will host an Open Forum (Tuesday, May 20 at 3:30-4:25pm) to promote the program, answer questions, and get feedback.

Also, ICS will participate in the poster section organized by the Section Council (Sunday, May 18, 3:30-4:25pm).  This is the first time that there is a Section Poster session which aims to promote MLA sections.  Please come by the ICS poster to chat with ICS members and learn more about ICS.

Last, but not the least, ICS Dining Circles will bring people interested in international cooperation together over lunches and dinners held during MLA2014.

Below is a summary of ICS activities at MLA2014.  Hope you to see you there!

Date/Time Activity
Sunday, May 18: 8-10 pm

The Purple Pig

Monday, May 19: noon-2pm

The Atwood Cafe

ICS Dining Circles

RSVP: Martha Knuth

Sunday May 187:30-8:55 amRoom:  Toronto, Gold level, West Tower ICS Business Meeting
Sunday, May183:30-4:25 PMRoom:  Columbus Foyer, Gold Level, East Tower ICS Section Poster
Sunday, May 186-7pmRoom: Regency C, Gold Level, West Tower International Visitors Reception-Celebrate ICS 25th Anniversary!
Monday, May 1910:30-11:55 amRoom: Columbus CD, Gold Level, East Tower ICS Section program –“M-Health and Information Innovations: Making an Impact in Global Health”
Tuesday, May 203:30-4:25pmRoom: Columbus GH, Gold Level, East Tower Open Forum–“Introducing MLA/ICS International Job Exchange Program”

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Introducing MLA/ICS International Job Exchange Program

Interested in learning medical librarianship from a different cultural perspective, either through first-hand experience or through interaction with a visiting librarian from another country?   If so,  the MLA/ICS International Job Exchange program is for you!   This program is administered by the MLA International Cooperation Section (ICS) in collaboration with international medical library associations that have a bilateral agreement with the MLA.

In May 2010, the MLA Board approved a motion allowing the ICS to establish a job exchange program with the Korean Medical Library Association. In the fall of 2013, the scope of the program was expanded to allow for partnering with any medical library associations that have a bilateral agreement with the MLA.

The program exists to enable medical librarians and their institutions to provide the best information and services possible to medical professionals and health consumers globally. By facilitating a job exchange, MLA hopes to foster international cooperation, communications, awareness, exchange of ideas, and professional excellence.

For program participation, please see   Please send questions and comments to

To learn more, please attend the Open Forum at MLA2014 in Chicago:

“Introducing MLA International Job Exchange Program”
Tuesday, May 20 from 3:30-4:25 pm

Room: Columbus GH, Gold Level, East Tower

Please bring your questions and suggestions!

Organized by the MLA/ICS International Job Exchange Task Force


Sign Up for One of These Chicago Library Tours!

The organizers of the MLA ’14 meeting in Chicago invite you to join one of three library tours that have been organized for MLA participants. Details for each tour are given.

Tour of Galter Health Sciences Library, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University
May 17th 1:00-2:00 PM
303 E. Chicago Avenue

Meet at the Galter Health Sciences Library, 303 E. Chicago Avenue. Transportation is not provided. Cab fare is approximately $10 from downtown. Public transportation options can be found at:
Please note, Galter Health Sciences Library is located on the CHICAGO campus.

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Please sign up by sending an email to with the subject line “MLA TOUR – GALTER” (please note space is limited).

Tour of the Newberry Library
May 17th 10:30 AM
60 West Walton Street

“A world-renowned independent research library in Chicago, the Newberry offers readers an extensive non-circulating collection of rare books, maps, music, manuscripts, and other printed material spanning six centuries.”

Meet at the Newberry Library, 60 West Walton Street. Transportation is not provided. Cab fare is approximately $10 from downtown.

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Please sign up by sending an email to with the subject line “MLA TOUR – NEWBERRY” (please note space is limited).

Tour of the University of Chicago Library
May 15th 1:00-4:30 PM
1100 East 57th Street

The tour includes the Joe and Rika Mansueto Library (including a demonstration of the automatic book retrieval system), the University of Chicago Library Preservation Department, the Imaging/Imagining the Human Body in Anatomical Representation Exhibit in Special Collections Research Center and the John Crerar Library.

Joe and Rika Mansueto Library
Imaging/Imagining the Human Body in Anatomical Representation Exhibit in Special Collections Research Center
John Crerar Library
Meet at the Joseph Regenstein Library, 1100 East 57th Street. Transportation is not provided. Cab fare is approximately $25.00 from downtown. Public transportation options can be found at:

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Please sign up by sending an email to with the subject line “MLA TOUR – UCHICAGO” (please note space is limited).

[Thanks to Andrea Twiss-Brooks for providing this post!]

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Planning for the Plenaries

With so many great keynote speakers lined up for this year’s plenary sessions, a little preparation will go a long way towards getting the most out of the plenary sessions.  Here are some suggestions for how you can prepare.

Reading the information available in the conference program and on the conference website is a great start, but that information represents only a selection of the speaker’s career, areas of interest, and accomplishments.  To learn more about the speakers, a simple Google search is a great way to start.  Taking Anna Deavere Smith as an example, there are entries for her in Wikipedia and the Internet Movie Database (IMDb).  Furthermore, Ms. Smith gave a TED Talk in 2007 that is freely available on the web.  Each of this year’s speakers has a similarly rich web presence.

Anna Deavere Smith GoogleSearch

Before you leave Google, be sure to toggle over to the Videos results tab.  While Anna Devere Smith’s TED Talk surfaced on the initial Google results page, Dr. Adam Carroll’s “Colbert Report” appearance only appeared once I clicked over to view the Videos results. Further videos of Dr. Carroll are available on his blog, The Incidental Economist, as part of the Healthcare Triage series of posts.

Your next stop after Google should be PubMed.  Dr. Carroll and MLA’s own Margaret Moylan Bandy have both published fairly extensively. Even if your institution does not license all the journals in which these authors have published, you can still access some of their work, as they both have freely available articles accessible in PubMed Central.

Lastly, the full production of Anna Devere Smith’s play Let Me Down Easy is viewable on the PBS Great Performances site at the following link:

Let Me Down Easy on Great Performances

(A quick note about the link: It seems to be problematic in Firefox, generating a “Plugin not found” message, but works just fine in Internet Explorer and Chrome, so I would recommend using one of those browsers.)

If you don’t have time to watch the full 1:54 performance, several great clips from the performance are available on YouTube.

Happy reading and watching.  See you at the plenaries!

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MLA 2014 Resume Clinic

The resume clinic at MLA ’14 can help improve and enhance your resume so that your best qualities and content shine through. Don’t miss this opportunity to have fresh eyes review your resume and/or cover letter. Each member will have fifteen to twenty minutes with an experienced and skilled librarian reviewer, who will critique and offer tips and advice.

Documents should be sent to Amy Blevins ( by May 9. Volunteer to review resumes or sign up to have your resume reviewed.

If you can’t make it to MLA ’14, you can find a list of MLA members who are happy to mentor others regarding resumes, cover letters, and interviews. Log into the Members Area, select the membership directory, and select “Willing to mentor those needing help with resumes, cover letters, job interviews” from the “Mentoring Capacity” drop box. You can also select a state if you would like to talk to someone in your region.

This is a wonderful event and much appreciated by all who attend. One of last year’s attendees commented “This was a wonderful service! I very much appreciated the opportunity for my resume to be critiqued/reviewed. I found all suggestions/revisions very helpful. Thank you for providing this!!”

Please feel free to share information about this event with your new and experienced colleagues.

[Thanks to Amy Blevins for providing this information!]

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Videos now available for Section Program 10 – “Structural Adjustments: Changes in Education”

Pre-recorded papers for Section Program 10: Structural Adjustments Changes in Education (MLA’s first flipped conference session) are now available to view in the online conference scheduler.  Getting there is easy, but you must be registered for the conference to see the videos.


1.  Go to

2. Log in with your email & badge number.

3. Navigate to the middle of the page under “Mid-April” & click on the session name “Structural Adjustments: Changes in Education.”

4. You’ll see the list of presentations.

5. Click on one and along the bottom you’ll see a blue “Video” button.

6. Click on the blue “Video” button and a new window will pop up and play the video.

7. Join us Sunday, May 18 from 4:30 – 5:55 pm in Room: Regency A, Gold Level, West Tower to discuss the presentations. Topics include: open access educational resources for allied health, active and team-based learning techniques for evidence based practice instruction, and reflections on flipped information literacy instruction. This session will be a free flowing, multi-room conversation, facilitated by the paper presenters.

(7.5. Tweet us at the hashtag  #mlaflip.)