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    • 05 May 2023
    • 17 Jun 2023

    The MCMLA Research Committee invites paper and lightning talk abstract submissions on any health sciences librarianship topic for the 2023 MCMLA Annual Meeting. 

    The theme for this year’s meeting is “Smart Solutions”. The meeting will take place virtually from October 19-20, 2023.

    Deadline for submissions is June 17th. Early submissions are welcomed and appreciated. Acceptance decisions will be sent out by August 15th.

    Submission to present at the MCMLA Annual Meeting is open to members and non-members of MCMLA. Papers will have approximately 20 minutes for their presentation, while lightning talks will have approximately 9 minutes. For accepted submissions, at least one author should be in attendance in order to present at the virtual conference.
    Submission of work that has previously been presented at MLA but not at an MCMLA Chapter meeting is welcomed and encouraged for this year’s meeting. Both program descriptions and research projects are encouraged. Feel free to forward this announcement to potentially interested parties that may not have received this email.

    This year the MCMLA Research Committee requests submitters to identify the type of abstract and presentation they intend to share if accepted. There are two (2) possible categories for submissions:

     Research Abstract: Traditional library research; abstracts should be structured and include the following sections:





    Program Description Abstract: Non-research presentation, typically about programs or creative ideas being done in libraries; abstracts should include the following:




    Please ensure you select the appropriate category for your proposed presentation. The Research Committee will be using separate rubrics for each category so if you are unsure about which category your abstract would fall under, please reach out to the Research Committee Chair, Abbey Griffith.

    Deadline for submissions is June 17th. Early submissions are welcomed and appreciated. Acceptance decisions will be sent out by August 15th.

    Never submitted a structured abstract for a conference before?

    Check out the slides (links to a Google Doc) from last year’s informal Structured Abstract Brown Bag created by Erin Reardon. 

    MCMLA offers a Research Paper Award!  Find out more information here about eligibility criteria and how papers are evaluated. 

    Please contact Research Committee Chair Abbey Griffith with questions. 



    • Research abstracts should be kept under 250 words. Structured abstracts are preferred. Find more information about structured abstracts here
    • Program description abstracts should be kept under 250 words.
    • If you have additional questions about structured abstracts, you are invited to email John Bramble 
    • Abstracts should be submitted through this form
    • 24 May 2023
    • 16 Sep 2023

    Nomination Form

    Nominate a fellow MCMLA member for one of our prestigious awards. All nominations, including supplemental materials, are due by September 16. Full eligibility requirements and descriptions are available on the MCMLA Honors and Awards website https://mcmla.org/honorsawards

    • 01 Sep 2023

    "Allyship and Advocacy at Work: Moving from Awareness to Action"

    The MCMLA Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee along with the Education Committee have arranged for a special DEI presentation and discussion event, date in early September to be determined, by Dr. Linda Grace Solis. Dr. Solis will speak for 60 minutes and then there will be a 30 minute discussion to follow. The presentation is free of cost to MCMLA members.

    Title: Allyship and Advocacy at Work: Moving from Awareness to Action

    Description: Each of us has a role to play in building an inclusive and equitable workplace. Even if you are not in a position of traditional or positional power, you can be an ally and an advocate for the people around you. In this session, you’ll have the opportunity to explore what it means to be an ally and an advocate at work, and you’ll walk away with concrete tools you can use to build a workplace culture that is inclusive and where everyone can feel a sense of belonging.

    Short Bio: Linda Grace Solis, PhD, has long been passionate about diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) issues as related to medical education and to healthcare in general. Dr. Solis serves as faculty advisor for several learner affinity groups at UIWSOM and loves getting to know the learners through these groups. She delights in mentoring students on their journeys to and through medical school, especially those students who are from communities that are under-represented in medical education and healthcare. A lifelong fan of libraries of all kinds, Dr. Solis is fortunate to be a “librarian-in-law” through her sister, who has been a medical librarian for over 25 years. Dr. Solis holds a PhD in Leadership Studies from Our Lady of the Lake University.

    • 19 Oct 2023
    • 20 Oct 2023

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The Midcontinental Chapter of the Medical Library Association (MCMLA) is a chapter of the Medical Library Association (MLA), a professional organization of individuals and institutions in the health sciences library field.

MCMLA provides an opportunity for discussion of regional and local interests and for continuing education in health sciences librarianship.

MCMLA operates with bylaws, elected officers, and committees. Representatives from MCMLA also serve on various MLA committees and councils.

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