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Section Program Planning for ’15 starts now!

As I write this, we’re a couple of hours away from the Welcome Reception for 2014, but planning for MLA ’15 is well underway.  The theme for the Austin conference will be “Librarians Without Limits.” As incoming chair-elect for the Relevant Issues Section, I met with leaders from other Sections and Special Interest Groups (SIGs) to begin selecting program themes for next year. Today was just introductions and brainstorming. Throughout the conference, we will be talking to each other and our sections/SIGs to generate ideas on what sessions will be offered in 2015. We’ll meet again on Wednesday, and then work through out the next month or so to finalize themes.

Why am I telling you about the sausage-making of program planning? Because the themes we decide on will be the basis of call for papers. And, section programming makes up the bulk of conference programming. Were you frustrated that you had a great idea to submit this year, but it didn’t fit any of the session themes? Do you have a great idea for a session? Now’s the time to speak up!

The best way to have input in next year’s section programming is to attend your section/SIGs business meeting, where 2015 planning will be discussed. Section and SIG business meetings are listed here.

Not a member of a section? Check out posters from each section and talk to section leaders at the Sunday Poster Session.

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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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Relevant Issues Section Events at MLA

The Relevant Issues Section is holding the following programs and events during MLA ’14, “Building Our Information Future.”

Sunday, May 18, 4:30 – 5:55 PM:
Accessibility and Appropriateness in Our Information Future
Room: Columbus EF, Gold Level, East Tower

  • Collaboration to Expand Accessibility: The Role of Consumers
  • Providing Resources Supporting the Enhanced National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in Health Care
  • If You Build a Patient Portal, Will They Come?
  • Do You Want Me? What Attracts User and What can Repel Them from a Consumer Health Web Site

Tuesday, May 20, 2:00 – 3:25 PM:
Protecting Patron Privacy in the Era of Surveillance
Room: Columbus EF, Gold Level, East Tower

  • Direct-to-Consumer Genetics and Privacy
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Privacy Issues
  • Patron Privacy from the Access Services Perspective

Sunday, May 18, Section Posters are in Poster Session 1, 3:30 – 4:30 PM

Tuesday, May 20, 11:30 AM – 12:25 PM
Relevant Issues Section Business Meeting
Room: San Francisco, Gold Level, West Tower

Tuesday, May 20, 4:30 – 6:00 PM
LGBT SIG Business Meeting and Social
Room: San Francisco, Gold Level, West Tower

Sunday, May 18, 12:30 PM
Health Disparities SIG lunch/discussion
Location: Big Bowl on Ohio Street

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Nursing and Allied Health Resources Section Programming at MLA 2014 in Chicago

The Medical Library Association Annual Meeting, Building Our Information Future, is almost ready for its ribbon-cutting. Monday is ‘NAHRS Day’ at MLA’14 with meetings, program sessions, and a dinner. However, Sunday is the big unveiling of Section Posters. There will not be a Section Shuffle this year. Instead Section and Chapter Posters will be displayed in the hallway of the Section Program rooms. Posters will go up at 5:00 pm Saturday. Section Posters will be staffed during Poster Session 1 on Sunday, May 18 from 3:30 – 4:25 pm. Look for Poster #252 by the Nursing and Allied Health Resources Section. (Hall of Exhibits, Riverside Center, Purple Level, East Tower)

Monday, May 19, 2014 is NAHRS Day!

The NAHRS Executive Board Meeting will be held in the Hong Kong Room from 7:00 – 8:55 am. Be sure to grab something to break your fast before you arrive! Food and drink are allowed but are on your own. If you are a newly elected officer, committee chair or appointment, please come.
(Hong Kong, Gold Level, West Tower)

Architects of the Future: Managing 21st Century Resources is the first of two Program Sessions NAHRS is sponsoring at MLA’14. Join us from 10:30 – 11:55 am. Check your program for the room. The co-sponsors are the Medical Library Education Section and the Department of Veteran Affairs Libraries SIG. (Columbus KL, Gold Level, East Tower)

Resources, such as people, space, knowledge, education, technology, and physical or virtual inventories, are at the heart of library services. As libraries battle for resources, they must find innovative approaches for delivering services, creating/implementing programs, and supporting patrons, all while remaining current on technology trends and the growing field of informatics. What creative solutions has your library used to do “more with less”? Have you made changes to the way you share, create, or “upcycle” resources to your professional, institutional, local, or global communities? Are you building relationships with entities that were not previously considered? This program will explore how trends in resources will impact your institution, your community, health professionals, and your professional development, in the coming years.

Four contributed papers will look at resources, relationships, and how librarians are becoming architects to build our information future:

  • Combining Resources, Combining Forces: Regionalizing Hospital Library Services in a Large State-Wide Health System by Heather Martin, Director of Regional Library Services, Providence Health & Services, Oregon, and Basia Delawska-Elliott, Health Sciences Librarian, Providence St. Vincent Medical Center.
  • Partnering w/Postdocs: a library-hosted “how to” training series taught by postdocs by Carrie Iwema, Molecular Biology Information Specialist, and Ansuman Chattopadhyay, Head, Molecular Biology Information Service, University of Pittsburgh.
  • How a Health Sciences Librarian Creates a Different Approach to Library Instruction by Gwen Wilson, Health Sciences Librarian, Washburn University.
  • Future Technological Practices: Medical Librarians’ Skills and Information Structures for Continued Effectiveness in a Changing Environment by Patricia Anderson, Emerging Technologies Librarian, University of Michigan; Skye Bickett, Reference and Education Librarian, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine; Joanne Doucette, Associate Director of Knowledge Management and Assistant Professor, MCPHS University; Pamela Herring, Electronic Resources Librarian, University of Central Florida College of Medicine; Judith Kammerer, Medical Librarian, UCSF Fresno; Andrea Kepsel, Health Sciences Educational Technology Librarian, Michigan State University; Tierney Lyons, Reference Librarian, Penn State Worthington Scranton; Scott McLachlan, Information Officer, Ruskin College; Ingrid Tonnison, Electronic Services Librarian, Central Coast Local Health District; Lin Wu, Reference Service Librarian, University of Tennessee.

Building Allies: Supporting the Allied Health Professionals is the second of two Program Sessions NAHRS is sponsoring at MLA’14. Join us from 2:00 – 3:25 pm. Check your program for the room. The co-sponsors are CAPHIS, Federal Libraries Section, Public Services Section, Department of Veterans Affairs Libraries SIG, and Health Disparities SIG. (Columbus CD, Gold Level, East Tower)

Allied health professionals are our allies in “Building Our Information Future,” whether they work in hospitals, allied health schools, or in community practice settings. Often busy librarians, especially those in hospitals or medical schools, find that physicians, nurses, residents and students place a greater demand on their time and resources, yet the needs of the allied health professionals must also be supported. This program will explore ways librarians support allied health professionals, schools, and students and meet their informational needs.

An invited speaker, Steven Self, and two contributed papers will look at the needs of the allied health professionals as students and professionals, and how they are building allies as we build our information future.

  • A Two-Year College Library’s Support of Allied Health Programs by invited speaker Steven Self, Librarian/Professor, Austin Community College.

    Objective: This presentation seeks to provide an overview of the characteristics of allied health science programs at Austin Community College and describe some of the obstacles and opportunities libraries face in supporting them.

    Methods: Using the programs at my college as an example, I will outline the various ways community college libraries and librarians support allied health science programs, including collection development, information literacy instruction, serving on search committees, working toward departmental accreditation, serving on advisory committees, and working with community agencies and partners.

    Results: My personal experience as a librarian in a large urban community college system that supports over a dozen allied health science programs across multiple campuses has proven to be quite challenging and rewarding.

    Conclusions: Although Austin Community College might not be typical of two-year colleges that educate allied health professionals, it does provide an example of how libraries can support associate degree and certificate-level allied health education programs.

  • A Unique Collaboration to Facilitate Evidence-based Practice among Statewide Rehabilitation Professionals by Frances Delwiche, Library Associate Professor, and Nancy Bianchi, Library Associate Professor/Health Sciences Librarian, University of Vermont.
  • Mobile Technology and Community College Allied Health Students: New Paths to Information Literacy by Gregg Stevens, Assistant Professor and Health Sciences Librarian, Tallahassee Community College.

The NAHRS Business Meeting will be held in the Acapulco Room from 4:30 – 5:55 pm. Join us as we celebrate our Section’s award recipients. Take part in determining actions for the upcoming year. Meet the officers (new and current), network with members and make your voice heard. Twenty-five members are needed per our bylaws for a voting quorum.
(Acapulco, Gold Level, West Tower)

We end NAHRS Day at 7:00 pm with the Annual NAHRS Dinner! Enjoy a laid back evening with other NAHRS members at the annual dinner. This year we are going to the Emerald Loop Bar & Grill. RSVP by May 13 to David Duggar.

Just like last year, ICIRN will be meeting on Tuesday, May 20, 2014 from 4:30 – 5:55 pm. Look for the Comiskey Room, Bronze Level, West Tower for the ICIRN Membership Meeting.

[Thank you to David Duggar for providing this information!]

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Highlights from the History of the Health Sciences Section

HHSS Pre-Meeting Tour – Friday, May 16
The History of the Health Sciences Section of MLA is sponsoring a pre-meeting tour of the International Museum of Surgical Science at 1524 North Lake Shore Drive in Chicago on Friday, May 16th. They are meeting at 9:20am at the conference hotel (Hyatt) main entrance and will take public transportation to the museum which opens at 10:00. The tour cost is $10.00 each and will probably be 2 to 2 ½ hours long. Please contact Joan Stoddart ( by May 9th if you are interested.

Section Poster
Join us! Come talk to members of HHSS, the Section that stimulates and supports interest and scholarship in the history of medicine and allied health fields. We will display our poster on Sunday, May 18 from 3:30-4:30 in the Columbus Foyer, Gold Level, East Tower. Meet up at our poster after the session at 4:30 PM, and we’ll find a place to dine together. We look forward to seeing you!

History of the Health Sciences Section Sponsored Program
Celebrating Our Information Future Using the Treasures of the Past
Sponsor: History of the Health Sciences Section
Cosponsors: Consumer and Patient Health Information Section, Corporate Information Services Section, Health Association Libraries Section, Technical Services Section, and Osteopathic Libraries SIG
Monday, May 19, @ 2-3:30, Regency B, Gold Level, West Tower
Description: The time to collect and preserve your archival, historical, and special collections is today. Come learn how libraries and associations have collected, preserved (both physically and digitally), and used their treasures to celebrate the past and prepare for the future. Treasures such as archives and special collections, whether in physical or digital format, can help the library provide information about their institutions’ histories. They are useful in physical and virtual exhibits. They can celebrate events such as 10th, 25th, and 100th anniversaries and begin or end friends and fund-raising campaigns. Rather than waiting for a last minute request, attend this session and start planning for your organization’s future by celebrating its past.

Megan Rosenbloom, University of Southern California, “Branching out of the Rare Book Room: Expanding the Role and Reach of the Health Sciences Special Collections Librarian”

Polina E. Illieva & Karen Butter, University of California, San Francisco, “Preserving the Past for the Future: University of California-San Francisco Library Recipe for Success”

Sarah McCord, Joanne Doucette, Paul Kiritsy, Kathy Krathwohl, & Greg Martin, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences University, “The New England Prescription Images Database: Building a Strong Foundation for Future Research”

Martha E. Meacham, University of Massachusetts Medical School, “Collaborative Connection to the Past and Future: Introducing an Archival Program and Creating a History and Image Web Exhibit”

Judit Ward and Bill Bejarano, Rutgers University, “Looking Forward, Looking Back: Celebrating Seventy-Five Years of Alcohol Studies”

HHSS Business Meeting
History of the Health Sciences Section will hold its business meeting on Tuesday, May 20 from 7:00-9:00 AM in the San Francisco Room, Gold Level, West Tower of the Hyatt Regency. We would love to have you join us. Bring a beverage, and we will have some breakfast items. We look forward to seeing you!

[Thank you to Susan Sanders for providing this information!]

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Highlights from the Educational Media and Technologies Section

From bingo to fitbits, the Educational Media and Technologies Section has you covered with all things active and educational! Here’s a list of our activities at the annual meeting, by date:

Sunday, May 18
EMTS Poster Session (#245)
Stop by and say hello to EMTS members.
3:30 PM – 4:25 PM

Structural Adjustments Changes in Education **featuring the flipped conference format**
More info:
4:30 – 5:55 pm in Room: Regency A, Gold Level, West Tower

Monday, May 19th
Evolution of the Librarian: New and Changing Roles
10:30 AM – 11:55 AM Room: Regency B, Gold Level, West Tower

Mobile Devices in Health Sciences Education and Clinical Practice
10:30 AM – 11:55 AM Room: Columbus GH, Gold Level, East Tower

M-Health and Information Innovations: Making an Impact in Global Health
10:30 AM – 11:55 AM Room: Columbus CD, Gold Level, East Tower

Innovation and Leadership in Health Sciences Education: Scholarship and Publishing
2:00 PM – 3:25 PM Room: Columbus IJ, Gold Level, East Tower

All are welcomed. Join us for section updates and raffles for section membership & FitBits
4:30 PM – 5:55 PM Room: Toronto, Gold Level, West Tower

Tuesday, May 20th
Educational Technology: We Build It—Do They Come?
2:00 – 3:25 Room: Columbus AB, Gold Level, East Tower

Bad Presentation Bingo: the Communication Game You Want to Lose
3:30-4:25 PM Room: Columbus KL, Gold Level, East Tower

Top Technology Trends VII
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM Room: Columbus AB/CD, Gold Level, East Tower

[Thanks to Molly Knapp for providing this information!]

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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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