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  • 28 Aug 2017 2:43 PM | Tracey Hughes (Administrator)

    (The following information comes courtesy of Rebecca Carlson McCall, member of the MLA 2017 Eliot Prize Jury.  See below for contact information.)

    How do medical librarians make a difference? What are the standards for our profession...and where can we do better? Who has shown us the data that will help shape our future?

    The Ida and George Eliot Prize is presented annually for a work published in the preceding calendar year that has been judged most effective in furthering medical librarianship. Please consider nominating a publication, to honor high-impact medical librarian scholarship from 2017 that has asked (and answered) worthwhile questions about our profession and the communities we serve.

    The deadline for nominations is November 1, 2017.

    Submitters are asked to provide a citation and any other pertinent information regarding the availability, content, and impact of the work. A complete description of requirements and an online nomination form can be found at:

    Below are the last three publications honored by the Eliot Prize. Please take this opportunity to voice your professional values by nominating this year's recipient!

    "Examining the Impact of the National Institutes of Health Public Access Policy on the Citation Rates of Journal Articles "

    2015: "Effects of librarian-provided services in healthcare settings: a systemic review"


    2014: "The value of library and information services in patient care: results of a multisite study"

    If you have questions, please contact Mary Shultz, Jury Chair, at

    Thank you very much,

    Ida & George Elliot Jury


    Kelly Evans

    Rebecca McCall

    Juanita Richardson

    Mary Shultz

    Kathryn Vela

  • 28 Aug 2017 9:16 AM | Amanda Sprochi (Administrator)

    Hey MCMLA'ers! We have GREAT CE courses available during our upcoming annual meeting in Columbia, Missouri, and the early bird and CE course deadline is approaching fast. Check it out! You can register here for CE, or go to our registration page to register for the meeting if you haven't already. See you there!

    Monday, October 9, 2017 8am - 12 pm

    Data and Donuts for Librarians: Launching Data Management Services in Medical Libraries

    Dr. Tobin Magle, Data Management Specialist, Colorado State University

    Are you interesting in offering data management services at your library but aren’t sure where to start? Then this class is for you! During this session, we will

    Outline the data management topics that are commonly offered in libraries

    Present strategies for how to determine what services might be most useful on your campus and create synergistic partnerships with other university entities

    Dive into how to offer support with data management plans

    Present a case study for using an institutional repository to archive and share research data

    Identify additional training opportunities and open educational resources you can use to develop robust DM services

    The class will consist of a mix of presentations, hands on activities, and discussion. So come ready to participate!

    Teach Your Staff to Troubleshoot E-Resources

    Sunshine Carter, Electronic Resources Librarian, and Stacie Traill, Technical Services/Specialized Cataloging Librarian, University of Minnesota Libraries

    E-resource troubleshooting is an increasingly complex and time-consuming activity in the era of web-scale discovery. With multiple systems and access pathways involved, effective problem solving requires a sophisticated bundle of knowledge, skills, and tools. How can librarians and staff become effective and efficient troubleshooters? Through hands-on activities and group discussions, workshop participants will learn several practical approaches to documenting their e-resource access environment, systems, and troubleshooting methods, then create a framework for their own e-resources troubleshooting training curriculum. Presenters will cover key concepts and troubleshooting tools, and help participants understand how to apply those concepts and tools in their own discovery and access environments. Participants will also learn how to evaluate training effectiveness, along with strategies for practical reinforcement of troubleshooting techniques and skills. The presenters work in an Alma/Primo discovery environment, but this workshop is intended to be system agnostic. Participants will leave this session with drafts of training documents specific to their own environments.

    Intro to Health Sciences Resources

    Annette Parde-Maass , NNLM MCR Education and Outreach Coordinator, Health Information Literacy Coordinator, Creighton University

    We invite library science graduate students and new health sciences librarians to learn about free and open resources you and your patrons can use to find health information. Whether you work or aspire to work as a public, academic, hospital, or other health sciences librarian, we'll share relevant resources with examples on how to implement them in the various settings. You will have time to explore the resources, compare and contrast their pros and cons, and share findings with other participants. You may even get to meet librarians from around the region who use these and other health information resources as part of their jobs. 

    Monday, October 9, 2017 1pm - 5pm

    We’re Way Past Peas: Uses of Genetic Information to Understand Human Health and Guide Health Care Decision Making

    Christian Minter, Community Engagement and Health Literacy Librarian , University of Nebraska Medical Center

    This workshop will equip librarians to respond to the information needs of clinicians who are incorporating genetic information into their practice, as well as the information needs of consumers who are making sense of genetic information as it relates to their health. During the workshop, we will: 1) describe uses of genetic information in health care; 2) discuss challenges facing clinicians, consumers, and librarians working with rapidly changing genetic information; 3) introduce selected genomic medicine resources and 4) engage in exercises to use NCBI genomic medicine resources to answer clinically oriented questions. The course will be suitable for librarians from a variety of backgrounds, including those who are relatively unfamiliar with genetics and genetics resources.

  • 23 Aug 2017 12:06 PM | Amanda Sprochi (Administrator)

    We’ve got two great speakers for you at MCMLA 2017!

    Come hear our morning keynote speaker, Dr. Rebecca Johnson, talk on Humans and Animals Together: Wellness for Both Ends of the Lead. As the Director of MU’s Research Center for Human-Animal Interaction, Dr. Johnson is an expert on the scientific evidence underpinning our bonds with our pets and other animals. Her research shows that companion animals may provide a unique source of social support and facilitate motivation for exercise and other wellness-promoting behaviors. More about Dr. Johnson

    At lunch, Lise Saffran will speak on Emotional Life: Creative Writing and Public Health. As the Director of MU’s Masters in Public Health program, Ms. Saffran argues for including art and literature in public health education. Her work with public health storytelling helps practitioners connect not only with their own emotions but also with the emotional lives of others. More about Lise Saffran

  • 22 Aug 2017 6:42 AM | Tracey Hughes (Administrator)

    (The following comes from Taira Meadowcroft, member of the 2017 MCMLA Annual Meeting Planning Committee.)

    Planning on attending MCMLA 2017? Great because we have some fun things planned!

    • Have an old conference bag at home? Bring it with you because we are having the oldest conference bag contest, and the person who has the oldest bag wins. It’s BYOB this year: Bring Your Own Bag (saving the environment, y’all), so you might as well play our game. J
    • Prepare yourself to explore Columbia, Missouri with a good ol’ scavenger hunt. Maybe you’ll have to find the luckiest place on campus or where to get some tiger stripe. Who knows what you’ll find on this adventure, but we do know you’ll have fun.  
    • Did you know it’s MCMLA’s 50th conference? In order to celebrate, we will celebrate the best way we know how: with a photobooth! Who doesn’t love a good photobooth?
  • 18 Aug 2017 1:24 PM | Committee Chairs (Administrator)

    My tux just got home from performing in four concerts in Barcelona hoping to find a reason to go to Columbia.  Nope.  No nominations for MCMLA Awards yet.  C'mon!  We've got some great people!  Nominate them!

    The deadline is now September 1.  More information and nomination forms are at

    Also (an admittedly easier task), be sure to nominate yourself or another for MCMLA Stars at by September 8.

    Jerry Carlson

    Honors & Awards Chair 


  • 17 Aug 2017 11:05 AM | Amanda Sprochi (Administrator)

    Just a reminder: MCMLA2017 EarlyBird Registration is ending soon! 

    Join us for the MCMLA Annual Meeting in Columbia, Missouri! This event takes place Monday, October 9th to Wednesday, October 11th, 2017.  The meeting will include keynote speakers, paper and poster presentations, RML and MLA updates, exhibits, and CE sessions.  We're looking forward to having you join us at the beautiful Tiger Hotel in the District, steps away from shops, restaurants, and the flagship campus of the University of Missouri.

    For registration, see the MCMLA 2017 homepage or registration page . For CE classes, see the CE page for registration. Hope to see you all in Columbia!

    MCMLA 2017 Planning Committee

  • 26 Jul 2017 2:46 PM | Tracey Hughes (Administrator)

    (The following information comes courtesy of Elizabeth Hinton, Chair of the Janet Doe Lectureship Jury.)

    Call for Nominations for the 2019 Janet Doe Lectureship

    The Janet Doe Lectureship is a unique award, offering both significant recognition and the opportunity to present a major plenary session lecture at the annual meeting of the Medical Library Association. “The Janet Doe Lecturer is an individual chosen annually by the Medical Library Association for his or her unique perspective on the history or philosophy of medical librarianship.”

    Nominations for the 2019 Doe Lectureship, to be delivered during the MLA annual meeting in Chicago, IL, will be accepted starting in August 2017.

    Nominations are due to the MLA Headquarters by November 1, 2017, and should be submitted by members of the Association. Self-nominations are accepted. General information, criteria, and the nomination form can be found at the following link:

    For more information, please contact the Doe Jury Chair, Elizabeth Hinton (

    2017-2018 Janet Doe Lectureship Jury:

      Elizabeth Hinton, Chair: University of Mississippi Medical Center

      Dede Rios: University of Incarnate Word

      Ellen Rothbaum: North Shore University Hospital

      Chris Shaffer: Oregon Health & Science University

      Linda Walton: University of Iowa Libraries

      Maria Lopez: MLA Staff Liaison

  • 19 Jul 2017 1:05 PM | Amanda Sprochi (Administrator)

    Join us for the MCMLA Annual Meeting in Columbia, Missouri! This even takes place Monday, October 9th to Wednesday, October 11th, 2017.  The meeting will include keynote speakers, paper and poster presentations, RML and MLA updates, exhibits, and CE sessions.  We're looking forward to having you join us at the beautiful Tiger Hotel in the District, steps away from shops, restaurants, and the flagship campus of the University of Missouri.

    For registration, see the MCMLA 2017 homepage or registration page . For CE classes, see the CE page for registration. Hope to see you all in Columbia!

    MCMLA 2017 Planning Committee

  • 13 Jul 2017 4:33 PM | Committee Chairs (Administrator)

    It's almost the Ides of July, named for Julius Caesar, whose story as told by Shakespeare you may have read in high school.  That means you have a little over two weeks to get your nominations in for MCMLA awards.

    You may be wondering, "Who should I nominate?"

    At one point in that play, Cassius says, "The fault, dear Brutus, lies not in our stars."  In the case of MCMLA awards, the fault lies not there, but an answer does - in the MCMLA STARS Program - our recognition of individual achievements (new AHIP membership or higher status, articles or books published, awards received, classes taught,  committees and boards served, grants received, innovations launched, colleagues mentored, offices held, posters and presentations shared, promotions earned at work) from the past year.  But those achievements add up.

    Just look at the annual lists linked from the STARS Program page.  You'll see that several names appear again and again from year to year.  And that under many of the names there are multiple items.  You get the idea?

    So take a stab at nominating someone.  Details of the awards (including past winners - no sense duplicating) are linked from the Honors and Awards page.  Hope to hear from you by August 1, and to see you and your nominee again not at Philippi but in Columbia.

    BTW, the Stars Nomination Form is now live on the STARS Program page to encourage future award winners. 

    Jerry Carlson

    MCMLA Honors & Awards Chair

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