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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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      • 30 May 2024
      • 08 Jul 2024

      The MCMLA Research Committee invites paper, lightning talk, and poster abstract submissions on any health sciences librarianship topic for the 2024 MCMLA Annual Meeting. The meeting will take place virtually from October 16-18, 2024. Deadline for submissions is July 8th

      Submission URL: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=wx-POULzbE2WN7R4qD-DcTvOtU16QpZAk6VjhmyY3Q1UMUs2T0gyN0xDM081S1FCN0FJWEZVWjM5Vy4u

      Submission to present at the MCMLA Annual Meeting is open to members and non-members of MCMLA. For accepted submissions, at least one author should be in attendance in order to present at the virtual conference.

      Posters will be accepted again this year and will be available for drop-in viewing throughout the 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 presentation (paper, lightening talk, or poster) and type of abstract (research or program description)  they intend to share if accepted. Descriptions of the "research" and "program description"  abstract formats follow:

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

      • Objective
      • Methods
      • Results
      • Conclusions 
      Program Description Abstract: Non-research presentation, typically about programs or creative ideas being done in libraries; abstracts should include the following:
      • Background
      • Description
      • Conclusion

      Please ensure you select the appropriate category for your proposed presentation. The Research Committee will be evaluating based on the type selected. If you are unsure about which category your abstract would fall under, please reach out to the Research Committee Chair, Abbey Griffith (agriffith@kansascity.edu).

      Deadline for submissions is July 8th. Early submissions are welcomed and appreciated. Acceptance decisions will be sent out by August 16th.

      Never submitted a structured abstract for a conference before?  Check out the slides from last year’s informal Structured Abstract Brown Bag created by Erin Reardon.  https://z.umn.edu/StructuredAbstract

      MCMLA offers a Research Paper Award!  Find out more information here about eligibility criteria and how papers are evaluated.   Https://www.mcmla.org/posterpaperawards/

      Please contact Research Committee Chair Abbey Griffith (agriffith@kansascity.edu) with questions. 

       

      Instructions: 


      • 30 May 2024
      • 01 Aug 2024

      Nomination Form

      Nominate a fellow MCMLA member for one of our prestigious awards. All nominations, including supplemental materials, are due by August 1, 2024. Full eligibility requirements and descriptions are available on the MCMLA Honors and Awards webpage.

      • 17 Jul 2024
      • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
      • Online

      The MCMLA DEI Committee invites you to attend two webinars in July to commemorate Disability Pride Month in July. The Committee would like to support the community by offering these two insightful presentations. Both webinars are free of cost.

      Registration information will be posted soon.

      Disability Pride Month, celebrated each July, is a significant observance dedicated to honoring the history, achievements, experiences, and struggles of the disability community. This month-long event plays a crucial role in transforming societal perceptions of disability, promoting it as a natural and integral part of human diversity.

      The origins of Disability Pride Month trace back to the United States in 1990, coinciding with the landmark signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) into law. The ADA was a monumental step in extending civil rights protections to individuals with disabilities, ensuring greater accessibility and equality across various aspects of life. The first official celebration of Disability Pride Month occurred in July 2015, marking the 25th anniversary of the ADA's enactment.

      • 25 Jul 2024
      • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
      • Online

      The MCMLA DEI Committee invites you to attend two webinars in July to commemorate Disability Pride Month in July. The Committee would like to support the community by offering these two insightful presentations. Both webinars are free of cost.

      Registration information will be posted soon.

      Disability Pride Month, celebrated each July, is a significant observance dedicated to honoring the history, achievements, experiences, and struggles of the disability community. This month-long event plays a crucial role in transforming societal perceptions of disability, promoting it as a natural and integral part of human diversity.

      The origins of Disability Pride Month trace back to the United States in 1990, coinciding with the landmark signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) into law. The ADA was a monumental step in extending civil rights protections to individuals with disabilities, ensuring greater accessibility and equality across various aspects of life. The first official celebration of Disability Pride Month occurred in July 2015, marking the 25th anniversary of the ADA's enactment.


      • 16 Oct 2024
      • 18 Oct 2024
      • Virtual - Online


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