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Talking with ICS: Open Forum and Dining Circles


One of the best parts of any MLA conference is connecting with all the attendees.  And if you add good food and atmosphere to the mix: all the better!  The International Cooperation Section was lucky to have many members both national and international attend their Open Forum on starting a job exchange project and the informal Dining Circles.  The Open Forum was attended by representatives from the European Union, the United Kingdom, Japan, Taiwan, Austria, Mexico, and many more!  Also attending were many MLA and ICS members who had been on international exchanges of their own or hosted an international guest.  It was wonderful to have everyone’s input on how to start a visiting medical librarian program.  With so many great ideas, it should be much easier to get the project going!

The conversation was extended to the ICS dining circles which were held after the ICS birthday party and the ICS programming.  Everyone got to know each other a little better while listening to Jazz at Bandera and in a 1930′s atmosphere with fresh local food at the Atwood Cafe.  Thank you everyone for attending!  We hope to see you next year!

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Be sure to listen to the ICS program if you missed it in person!

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If you missed it in person, be sure to check out ICS’s programs on M-Health and Information Innovations.  Gupreet Rana, the incoming chair of ICS, moderated some amazing talks on a variety of projects.  Dana Abbey from the Health Sciences Library at the University of Colorado and NN/LM MidContinental region presented her work with her colleagues on providing internet access to members of the community without or with limited access.  She and her team demonstrated how providing a more mobile access to the internet had an impact health in the community and for public health initiatives.  Elizabeth Norton from the Disaster Information Management Research Center at the NLM showcased their work in mobile apps and support in terms of disaster health information.  In particular she highlighted the work they have done in Central and South America.  Finally, the talks ended with Julia Royall’s presentation on her and her colleagues work in Africa.  In particular she demonstrated how empowering it can be to provide the tools to local community members so that they can carry out their own projects with mobile technology.  She emphasized the importance of sustainability, practicality, involvement, and demonstrable results in m-health projects.  Her efforts with communities on taking on the challenge of malaria made for an excellent discussion on how to make a lasting impact on global health.  A wonderful program with wonderful presentations, it was a pleasure to attend!

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Happy 25th Birthday ICS!


The International Cooperation Section celebrated their 25th birthday with a lovely party hosted by Kathy Kwan.  Attended by many MLA members both national and international, everyone had a lovely time reminiscing about ICS’s involvement and achievements over delicious hors d’oeuvres and birthday cake.  Guests also were encouraged to dress in traditional clothing from their home country which made for a beautiful gathering!

MLA President, Dixie Jones, kindly dropped by to give a lovely speech on behalf of MLA thanking ICS for all their work over the years.  ICS also thanked Tovah Reis for her generous contribution to the ICS Treasury on behalf of her late husband.  Everyone enjoyed the display table of past activities and pictures. Also included was a magnificent basket to be included in the scholarship auction that included many donations from our international guests.  Thank you everyone for attending!  It was a lovely time.

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Come see the International Cooperation Section programs!

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This is an exciting year for the International Cooperation Section: it’s our 25th anniversary!  The business meeting was abuzz some of the amazing achievements that have occurred over the years, including this past year.  The plan for 2014/2015 is an exciting one and it’s so much fun to be a part of this section!

If you missed the meeting, I recommend attending the International Visitors Reception this evening Sunday, May 18 from 6-7 pm for a look back at ICS’ accomplishments and eat some birthday cake!  The reception will be followed by a Dining Circle at Bandera for food and live Jazz.  Please email Martha Knuth if you would like to join us at Bandera.

Also, plan on attending the ICS Section Program M-Health and Information Innovations: Making an Impact in Global Health” (Monday, May 19, 10:30-11:55am).  There is a fabulous line up of speakers and a discussion and Dining Circle at the Atwood Café afterwards. Please email Martha Knuth if you would like to join us at the Atwood.

Of particular interest in the upcoming year for ICS is the MLA/ICS International Job Exchange.  There will be an Open Forum to promote the program, answer questions, and get feedback on Tuesday, May 20 at 3:30-4:25pm.  Please plan on attending if you or your institution is interested in participating in the exchange of medical librarians internationally!


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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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Don’t forget to attend the ICS Section Programming!

M-Health and Information Innovations: Making an Impact in Global Health (#16)
By Gurpreet Rana


We are delighted to have such an engaging section program for MLA 2014 to enhance celebrations of our section’s 25th anniversary.  The program is co-sponsored by the Public Health/Health Administration Section and the Educational Media and Technologies Section.


See below for program information.  For details (i.e. program theme, presentation abstracts and additional information) please see the attached PDF document.

1.  Contributed paper presentation
Title: Unfettered and Untethered: Internet access in the hands of under connected community based organizations
Presenter: Dana Abbey, Health Information Literacy Coordinator, Anschutz Medical Library, University of Colorado

2.  Invited presentation
Title: Capacity Building and Sustainability: The Role of Mobile Apps
Presenter: Elizabeth Norton, Disaster Information Management Research Center, National Library of Medicine

3.  Invited presentation 
Title: From one small satellite to gadgets galore:  what’s health got to do with it?
Presenter: Julia Royall, Global Health Consultant

4.  ”Mini” Open Forum: mHealth and Innovation
A discussion with presenter panel and participants
This will provide a time for the presenter panel members and participants to share further experiences on the use of mHealth and technology in improving health outcomes and empowerment in low-resource communities.  This will also provide an opportunity for participants to discuss mHealth, ask questions, share personal experiences and consider opportunities for future involvement.

Download the program here for more details:

MLA 2014-ICS section program


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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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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