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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 (blevinsamy@gmail.com) 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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NPC Challenges Chapters, Libraries, Sections, and Special Interest Groups!

The National Program Committee (NPC) is counting on the competitiveness of the Chapters, Sections and Special Interest Groups affiliated with MLA and all libraries (which do NOT have to be institutional members) to donate items to the Party with a Purpose Silent Auction. We know that everyone loves to have bragging rights. The group in each category that has the highest bid (combined multiple small items or one large item) will win those bragging rights. Please note: a donation can be made by an individual for a group but can only count for one!!!

The winners of each category will be announced around 9 pm at the Party with a Purpose and will also be featured in a MLA Focus and MLA News article following the Annual Meeting. Bring your competitive spirit and help make the Party with a Purpose successful for the MLA Scholarship fund, MLA Section Project of the Year Award, and the Chicago adult literacy organization, Literacy Works.

By May 6, please forward your completed Silent Auction Donation Form to the address provided on the form. For more information, please refer to the fact sheet or contact Ray Naegele (email: naegele@mlahq.org or phone: 312.419.9094 ext 17) or Susan Chesniak (email: mlafa4@mlahq.org or phone: 312.419.9094 ext.18).

The MLA Silent Auction is supported by the 2014 National Program Committee lead by Julia M. Esparza and Erinn Aspinall, Co-chairs, Party with a Purpose Committee, of the National Program Committee.

[Thanks to Julie Esparaza and Erinn Aspinall for providing the information for this and the previous post!]

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Donate to the MLA “Party with a Purpose” Silent Auction

MLA is seeking your support as an auction item donor for the Medical Library Association’s first ever Silent Auction during the MLA Annual Meeting.

We ask for your support with a donation of one or more auction items. The items could represent hundreds of dollars in auction funds raised. Please be sure to include a photo and relevant details about the items you donate, so we can include an accurate description for potential bidders. By May 6, please forward your completed Silent Auction Donation Form to the address provided on the form. For more information, please refer to the fact sheet or contact Ray Naegele (email: naegele@mlahq.org  or phone: 312.419.9094 ext 17) or Susan Chesniak (email: mlafa4@mlahq.org  or phone: 312.419.9094 ext.18).

The MLA Silent Auction is supported by the 2014 National Program Committee lead by Julia M. Esparza and Erinn Aspinall, Co-chairs, Party with a Purpose Committee, of the National Program Committee.

Proceeds from the auction will go to the MLA Scholarship fund, MLA Section Project of the Year Award, and the Chicago adult literacy organization, Literacy Works.

Possible donation items:

  • rare books and autographed books
  • electronics and mobile devices
  • gift baskets
  • handcrafted items
  • jewelry, artwork
  • vacation timeshares
  • posters, photos
  • art, sports paraphernalia
  • tickets to sporting events or theatre events
  • gift certificates for online purchases at shops and restaurants
  • candles and collectibles

Thank you for your support!

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MLA 2014 Bloggers Announced, and a Limited Opportunity for More Participants!

Please join us in congratulating and thanking the following MLA members who have been selected as bloggers for the 2014 conference, “Building Our Information Future:”

Distinguished Member – Helen-Ann Brown Epstein
Early Riser – Elizabeth Laera
First Timer – Kerry Dhakal
NLM Activities – Neyda Gilman
Plenary Sessions – Rachel Harrison, Kelly Thormodson
Posters – Amanda McNeil, Elizabeth Stellrecht
Section Programs – Kate Flewelling, Elizabeth Moreton, Virginia Pannabecker
Social Butterfly – A’Lynn Ettien
SIG coverage (Molecular Biology) – Margaret Henderson
SIG coverage (New Member) – Keith Engwall

We still have some areas of coverage that could use additional bloggers, therefore applications have been reopened. Topics available include:

  • Exhibits – Provide information of use from the Exhibit Hall, including important products and changes.
  • Library Student – Posts from the perspective of a current library science student; could include topics such as the intersection of what you are seeing at MLA with what you’re learning at school, the job market and Recruitment Center, or other topics of interest to future medical librarians.
  • Lifelong Learner – Posts on what you’re learning at the meeting; at least one post must be on a CE course taken at the 2014 Annual Meeting.
  • MLA Activities Blogger – Posts on official MLA activities; at least one post must be on an MLA Business Meeting (non-section).
  • Plenary Session Blogger – Posts reporting on the content of Plenary Sessions (in coordination with other Plenary bloggers).
  • Poster Blogger – Reports on posters of interest (in coordination with other Poster bloggers).
  • Section Blogger – Posts on section sponsored programs, papers and posters by section members or relevant to the Section focus, business meetings, incoming/outgoing officers, and other activities. Applicants should indicate their desired section; preference will be given to current or past section members (in coordination with other Section bloggers).
  • SIG Blogger – Posts reporting on Special Interest Group activities, including sponsored programs, papers and posters by SIG members or relevant to the SIG focus, SIG meetings, and other activities. Applicants should indicate their desired SIG; preference will be given to current or past SIG members.

To volunteer, please complete the application at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/RQMM9JG before midnight Pacific on 3/1/2014. Selected bloggers will be notified after this date.

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Contest Deadline Extended: Building Your Case to Attend MLA ’14

The MLA’14 National Program Committee is looking for winning strategies that MLA members have used to obtain funding from their institutions or employers for an MLA annual meeting. Two prizes of $500 each will be awarded for the most original, interesting, and compelling “asks” for funding.

Submitting your strategy or story will help build a repository of tips, methods, and examples of how you and your colleagues were able to successfully secure institutional funding to attend MLA.

Entries can be submitted until midnight on January 31, 2014 Central time.

Winners will be notified by February 15, 2014, and the winning entries will be reported in the February 20, 2014, issue of MLA-FOCUS. All submissions will be displayed online and available for your fellow librarians to read and learn from. Please note: Your name will only be known to contest judges.

Also, please visit the Sources of Funding to Support MLA Attendance page to learn about opportunities for funding assistance.

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Submit Your Abstracts Now! MLA 2014 Deadline is November 1

Quick reminder: abstract submissions for MLA 2014 Building Our Information Future are due next week Friday, November 1.

Learn more and send your submission

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Call for Participation, MLA ’14 “Building Our Information Future,” May 16-21, 2014, Chicago

Building Our Information FutureBe inspired to think how you can be an architect of a health information landscape that responds to the challenges of growth and an ever-evolving environment. How will you design your blueprint for the information future? What tools will you need? What skills will be required? How will you know if what you construct is useful? The Medical Library Association’s 2014 Annual Meeting will offer you an opportunity to plan and style an information future that reflects expanding roles to reach new heights. The 2014 National Program Committee invites you to submit an abstract for a contributed paper or poster that reflects on the best ideas for the future of information practices in health sciences librarianship.

To begin, review the instructions in the paper/poster FAQ at: http://mlanet.org/am/am2014/sect_prog/index.html and then log in to the online submission process. Abstracts are due November 1, 2013.

Make plans to join your colleagues for MLA’14 in Chicago to build your information future at the largest meeting of medial librarians and heath sciences information professionals in the world! In January, preliminary programs will be mailed to MLA members and meeting registration will officially open. For more information see: http://mlanet.org/am/am2014/index.html.

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The Flipped Meeting Format Explained

If you’ve perused the MLA 2014 Section Program Themes, you may have noticed a new format this year – the flipped meeting. 

This year, the Educational Medial and Technologies Section (EMTS) will flip their contributed paper session, “Structural Adjustments: Changes in Education.” The session will explore changes in education as reflected in the practice of librarianship, and in hindsight, it was aptly named, because we plan to flip the entire model of contributed papers on its head.

Basically, the contributed papers will be pre-recorded and available to view in advance of the meeting. The session itself will be dedicated to breakout discussions of paper topics among attendees & paper authors. We are very excited to bring the flipped meeting to MLA, and know it will be a lively session.

If you’d like to submit a paper to the flipped meeting session, please read the description of Section Program 10: Structural Adjustments: Changes in EducationThe deadline to submit contributed paper proposals is  Friday, November 1, 2013. 

Infographic after the jump has more information for presenters and attendees.

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Call for MLA 2014 Blog Correspondents

Participate in the 2014 annual meeting by applying to be an official Blog Correspondent!

Blog Correspondents will help attendees catch up on events they missed, and provide insights into the meeting for those who couldn’t make it to Chicago. Apply to blog in a specific category below or suggest your own angle for coverage. Some categories may have multiple correspondents. All correspondents who complete at least 3 postings will receive 3 AHIP points for their participation.

Applications will be accepted through September 30 via http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/FLTS5B7. Contact Rachel Walden (rachel dot walden, vanderbilt dot edu) if you have questions.

Categories:

  • Distinguished Member (10+ years): Posts from the perspective of an experienced MLA member/librarian, including observed changes and the long view on the profession and the meeting.
  • Early Riser: Posts on events that take place prior to 9 a.m., such as Sunrise Seminars, the YBP Health Walk, the New Members Program, and other events.
  • Exhibits Correspondent: Posts bringing attention to resources of interest in the Exhibit Hall, including first-time exhibitors.
  • First Timer: Posts from the perspective of a first-time annual meeting attendee; could include experiences with events and services such as the New Members Program and Colleague Connection, or other topics.
  • Library Student: Posts from the perspective of a current library science student; could include topics such as the intersection of what you are seeing at MLA with what you’re learning at school, the job market and Recruitment Center, or other topics of interest to future medical librarians. 
  • Lifelong Learner: Posts on what you’re learning at the meeting; at least one post must be on a CE course taken at the 2014 Annual Meeting.
  • MLA Activities Blogger: Posts on official MLA activities; at least one post must be on an MLA business meeting (non-section).
  • National Library of Medicine Blogger: Posts on NLM activities and programming, such as the NLM Update and NLM Theater schedule and programming.
  • Plenary Session Blogger: Posts reporting on the content of plenary sessions.
  • Section Blogger: Posts on section-sponsored programs, papers and posters by section members or relevant to the section focus, business meetings, incoming/outgoing officers, and other activities. Applicants should indicate their desired section; preference will be given to current or past section members.
  • Special Interest Group Blogger: Posts reporting on Special Interest Group activities, including sponsored programs, papers and posters by SIG members or relevant to the SIG focus, SIG meetings, and other activities. Applicants should indicate their desired SIG; preference will be given to current or past SIG members.
  • Social Butterfly: Posts on social events.
  • Choose Your Own Adventure: Have an idea for a theme for which you can contribute at least three blog posts? Suggest it in the application!

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