Call for Reviewers for MLA ’17

Do you want to review abstracts for papers, posters, lightning talks, and Special Content Sessions for MLA 2017? Fill out this Reviewer Interest form

Reviewing will begin October 14, 2016 and end on October 28, 2016. It is anticipated that each reviewer will need to devote ~5-8 hours to reviewing during this time-frame. Reviewing will occur using an online system that can be accessed 24/7 during the review time-frame. You can sign up to review abstracts and also submit your own abstract and help your colleagues with their abstracts—the online reviewing system will not match reviewers with their own abstracts, and will also include a method for reviewers to recuse themselves from reviewing specific abstracts for any reason.

Online training on how to conduct reviews will occur in early October. The training will be recorded and made available online to all reviewers throughout the entire period of review. By filling out the Reviewer Interest form, you will receive an invitation to this training.

Please feel free to forward this message to your colleagues. All MLA members are welcome to participate in reviewing of abstracts. If you have any questions, concerns, or comments, please contact Jeff Williams at or Emily Vardell, Section Council Liaison to the MLA ’17 National Planning Committee, at

Tri-Chapter hotel conference rates extended

Hotel Early Bird Deadline Extended for Tri-Chapter 3Ls Meeting !!

Don’t miss out on great rates for the DoubleTree Hilton!

The DoubleTree Hilton Hotel has very generously extended their early bird deadline for the Tri-Chapter Meeting to this Friday!  So this is a real “last call” for the great rates they are offering us.  Be sure to reserve your room by September 2nd.  You don’t want to miss out and pay more!

MLA Section Project Of The Year Award

Applications are now being accepted for the Section Project of the Year Award.  The winning section will receive an award of $500 given after the annual meeting.

Complete information about the Award and how to apply can be found at:

Don’t be shy!  Apply!

Medical Liaison Librarian, Drexel University College of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA

Drexel University Libraries seeks an innovative and experienced librarian to lead the Libraries’ program of liaison to the Drexel University College of Medicine, focusing on the College’s programs of medical education.


Reporting to the Director of Library Academic Partnerships the Liaison Librarian for Medicine will serve as the primary liaison to the College of Medicine’s medical education programs and administration, and will work with the Liaison Librarian for Life Sciences in supporting the College’s basic science departments (Biochemistry & Molecular Biology; Microbiology & Immunology; Neurobiology & Anatomy; Pathology & Laboratory Medicine; Pharmacology & Physiology).

The Liaison Librarian for Medicine will take a lead role in collection development and management for health sciences, including nursing and health professions. The Liaison Librarian for Medicine is a member of the liaison team, a group of librarians who work in close partnership to develop, implement, and assess instructional and research programs that advance the mission of Drexel University. The liaison team is expanding its expertise and engagement into the evolving areas of digital scholarship, data analysis and management, and data literacy.

The position will be based at the Hahnemann Library on Drexel University’s Center City (Philadelphia) campus. Drexel University Libraries’ professional staff are expected to contribute to the ongoing operations through participation in departmental planning and decision-making, and in implementation of library and departmental policies. Regular reporting of activities and appropriate statistics is required. Librarians are encouraged to participate in university activities and initiatives as well that of their professional associations. Occasional evening and weekend work is required. Continue reading

Bibliometrics & Research Assessment: A Free Symposium & Training

Bibliometrics and Research Assessment:

A Symposium for Librarians and Information Professionals

Monday, October 31, 2016, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm and Tuesday, November 1, 2016, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm (on-site training)

National Institutes of Health

Clinical Center, Bethesda, Maryland

The National Institutes of Health Library and the SLA Maryland Chapter are pleased to present Bibliometrics and Research Assessment: A Symposium for Librarians and Information Professionals.

Join us at the main National Institutes of Health (NIH) campus in Bethesda, Maryland for this free symposium and training.  Librarians and information professionals from academic, corporate, and government institutions will share expertise, ideas and best practices in the production and delivery of research assessment services. Continue reading

Newly updated Online Training in Disaster Health Information

One of the core competencies of disaster medicine is knowing how to “identify authoritative sources for information in a disaster or public health emergency” (Source: National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health Librarians and information professionals with this competency can support their communities with high-quality information throughout the disaster cycle of mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery.

We at the National Library of Medicine have developed a series of courses with an emphasis on disaster health information. We are updating the courses now and formatting them for self-paced study online.

Two updated courses are now available (see below). These courses meet the requirements for the Medical Library Association Disaster Information Specialization, as well as core competencies for public health professionals and others through the Public Health Foundation’s learning management system, TRAIN

By the end of the year, there will be four more courses: US Response to Disasters and Public Health Emergencies; Information Roles in Disaster Management; A Seat at the Table: Working with Local Responders; and Health and Disasters: Understanding the International Context.

Disaster Health Information Sources: The Basics This class provides a comprehensive overview of the essential resources needed to provide health-related information services for supporting disaster mitigation, planning, response, and recovery. This self-paced course introduces key sources from the National Library of Medicine, federal and nonfederal agencies, and international organizations. Tools for locating, organizing and disseminating disaster health information are covered.

CBRNE (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosive): Health Information Resources This class provides an overview of the concepts of CBRNE, including a review of National Library of Medicine resources and tools that provide health-related information to support planning, response, and recovery from the effects of these potential hazards.

FREE event series: Facing Food – What Lies Beneath our Eating Patterns

Facing Food: What Lies Beneath Our Eating Patterns reading and discussion group September 20 – November 1, 2016 Tuesdays, 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM (excluding Tuesday, October 4)

This fall, the Academy will host its second reading and discussion group, supported by a grant from the New York Council for the Humanities Using literary and historical texts, “Facing Food” will explore the varied factors that influence Americans’ current relationship with food. We will consider how history, culture, science, and politics have dramatically altered what, why, and how we eat.

Readings will be drawn from Michael Pollan’s In Defense of Food, Marion Nestle’s Food Politics, and Matt Fitzgerald’s Diet Cults, which will be made available to participants at no charge. Additionally, in each class we will explore a literary representation of food in fiction, memoir, or poetry that relates to that week’s theme.

Starting September 20, six sessions over seven weeks will give participants the opportunity to look at food from many perspectives. The group will be facilitated by Annie Robinson, MS, Narrative Medicine Practitioner, Wellness Coach, and Program Officer for Health Story Collaborative

The reading and discussion group is open to all, but limited to the first fifteen participants to apply. If you are interested in taking part, please email  indicating why the program is of interest to you.

Facilitator: Annie Robinson

Annie Robinson holds a Master of Science in Narrative Medicine from Columbia University. As Narrative Coaching Specialist at EDRS, Annie helps clients use writing and creative expression in their recovery. She also creates wellness and eating disorder prevention programming for schools, writes for the EDRS blog, and teaches mindful eating, yoga, and meditation to clients.

Annie also leads writing and self-care classes for healthcare providers and laypeople, and provides compassionate care for women during abortion, miscarriage, and fetal loss experiences as a full-spectrum doula Annie is cofounder of Pause, Breathe, and Connect , a wellness community which offers workshops, classes, and retreats that explore the interplay between stories and somatic experience.

Free, but advance registration is required. If you are interested in taking part, please email indicating why the program is of interest to you.


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