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MLA is Winding Down, but the Quint Chapter Meeting Submission Deadline is Coming Up!

Registration is now open for the Quint-Essential Chapter Meeting, to be held October 12 through 16, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. This is a joint meeting of the Midcontinental Chapter of MLA (MCMLA), Medical Library Group of Southern California & Arizona (MLGSCA), Northern California & Nevada Medical Library Group (NCNMLG), Pacific Northwest Chapter of MLA (PNCMLA), and South Central Chapter of MLA (SCCMLA). We have an exciting line-up of speakers and CE programs.

The first call has already gone out for posters and papers. Submissions are due no later than June 2nd.

Read more and register for this event on our website at

[Thanks to Ann Gleason for providing this information!]


Sunday Morning Review and Monday Preview

I hope you had a chance to attend one (or more!) of the wonderful morning activities today. I attended the New Members Breakfast to meet up with my Colleague Connection mentee. What a great turnout! I really enjoyed meeting so many new members and it sounded like everyone was really excited for the meeting.

The planners organized a really great networking event during the breakfast – a “2 minute mingle”. It was a great way to meet lots of people. While mostly I talked to new members and first time MLA attendees, it was nice to talk to other members and to catch up with friends.

The schedule shows lots of great learning opportunities for early Monday morning. Here’s a preview of what’s coming up. Unless otherwise stated, all of these events take place from 7-8:55 in the specified room on the Gold Level of the East Tower.

Sections, SIGs, and Chapter Meetings:
Health Association Libraries Section (HALS) – New Orleans, Gold Level, West Tower
Veterinary Medical Libraries Section Business Meeting – Columbus GH

Sunrise Seminars:
American Psychological Association Sunrise Seminar – Columbus AB
Coffee Talk: How to Enable Patient-Centered Care (sponsored by Swets)- Columbus CD
Embase: Current, Comprehensive, and Colorful – Columbus IJ
Nursing Reference Center Plus – Columbus EF
Secrets of Successful Rollouts (sponsored by Ovid)- Acapulco, Gold Level, West Tower

Other Events:
bepress Digital Commons Community Meeting – Columbian, Bronze Level, West Tower
Books Panel – 8:00-8:55, Atlanta, Gold Level, West Tower


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Rise and Shine!

Good morning MLAers!  I hope everyone is looking forward to their first official day.  As your early riser blogger, it’s my job to make sure you know what is happening in the mornings.  I’ve done this morning blogging gig a couple of years now, so I hope to impart my wisdom of early morning MLA activities on you.  My plan is to share my own experiences at various morning activities as well as to preview the upcoming events.

So let’s take a look at what is coming up bright and early Sunday morning!  Unless otherwise noted, all of these events take place from 7:00-8:55 in the rooms listed which are located on the Gold Level of the West Tower.

Section, Chapter, and SIG Meetings:

Federal Libraries Section Business Meeting – Hong Kong Room
Informationist SIG Business Meeting – Gold Coast Room
New York-New Jersey Chapter Meeting – San Fransisco Room
Pharmacy and Drug Information Section Business Meeting -  Water Tower Room, Bronze Level, West Tower
International Cooperation Section Business Meeting – 7:30-8:55, Toronto Room

Sunrise Seminars:

Quality vs. Evidence vs. Research vs. Innovation: Embracing All Types of Clinical Inquiry – Acapulco Room
Seven Things Librarians Forget When Choosing an Integrated Library System (ILS) – Columbus AB Room

Other Events:

New Members/First Time Attendees Breakfast – Regency CD Room (must have ticket to attend)
Sunrise Yoga – Buckingham Room, Bronze Level, West Tower


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History and Highlights from MLA-Phil

The first official meeting of the Philadelphia Regional Group took place on November 16, 1951. According to the bylaws, the purpose of the organization was “to foster the aims and strengthen the membership of the Medical Library Association by means of meetings and closer professional association within the Philadelphia area.” Dues were set at $1 per year!

Informally known as MLA-Phil, we may be the smallest in MLA, but four National MLA Presidents have come from our chapter. While most members are located in Philadelphia, our regional member institutions run from New Jersey and Delaware to Reading PA.

Unlike most chapters, we hold our annual meeting in the spring. This year’s daylong meeting included an educational component, whose theme was systematic reviews. Our keynote speaker, Dr. Craig Umscheid, of the Penn Center for Evidence-Based Practice, spoke about “Leveraging the Library to Improve Evidence-Based Practice Across an Academic Healthcare System”. The lecture provided an in-depth look at the work of the Center and biomedical librarians’ integral role in that work. Dr. Umscheid will be speaking at MLA’14 on 5/20/14 as part of the Hospital Library Section’s invited panel. Susan Fowler, Coordinator of Systematic Reviews at the Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine, conducted the afternoon-long continuing education session. Her class, “Introduction to Systematic Review for Librarians,” was very well received by attendees.

MLA-Phil has a history of supporting our members through grants and awards. Our most recently created grant is the Linda Katz AHIP First-Time Applicant Award. The purpose of this award is to increase MLA-Phil member participation in AHIP. We will present a poster, “An MLA Chapter Shouts AHIP, Hip, Hooray!”, on the grant creation and process at MLA ’14. Please stop by to speak to chapter members during Poster Session 1 by the MLA Registration Center on Sunday, May 18, from 3:30 p.m. to 4:25 p.m.

[Thanks to Jenny Pierce for providing this information!]

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NCNMLG Poster at MLA ’14

Attention all medical librarians from Northern California and Nevada!

The Northern California and Nevada Medical Library Group (NCNMLG) will have a poster at the chapter poster display in Chicago.

Come visit us and hear what our chapter has to offer. Membership benefits include mentorship, professional activities and outreach events.

A member will be available to answer your questions. Please stop on by Poster Session 1, Sunday May 18th from 3:30-4:30.

[Thanks to Carmen Huddleston for providing this information!]

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Highlights from the Medical Library Group of Southern California and Arizona

The Medical Library Group of Southern California and Arizona shares the following highlights of their activities at the upcoming meeting:

MLGSCA members & Tri-Chairs of the 2013 MLGSCA/NCNMLG Joint Meeting held at University of California, San Diego, Robert Johnson, Danielle Linden & Nita Mailander will be presenting a poster at MLA ‘14, Building Our Information Future entitled “Building on a Solid Foundation: A New Model for Chapter Meetings.” The poster will detail the development, content and outcomes of a lower cost, yet high quality “summer camp” style of annual MLA chapter meeting. Visit Robert, Danielle & Nita at poster Number: 51 on Sunday, May 18, 2014, between 3:30 PM – 4:25 PM to learn more.

MLGSCA President Mary White and Tri-Chairs of the 2013 MLGSCA/NCNMLG Joint Meeting held at University of California, San Diego, Robert Johnson, Danielle Linden & Nita Mailander will be accepting the 2014 Majors/MLA Chapter Project of the Year award on behalf of MLGSCA for its execution of the ‘Substance over Style’ 2013 Joint Meeting. MLGSCA will be honored at the Awards Luncheon at MLA ‘14, Building Our Information Future on Monday May 19 from 12 – 1:30pm.

Several other MLGSCA members will be presenting posters as well.

The group is having an Advisory Council meeting on Tues 5-20 from 4:30-5:55 in the Buckingham room bronze level west tower.

[Thanks to Danielle Linden for providing this information!]

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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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