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  • 22 Apr 2014 10:44 AM | Deleted user
    (This message is sent on behalf of Cindy Perkins, chair of the Honors and Awards Committee.  If you have any questions, contact her by clicking on the above hyperlink.)

    Once again MCMLA is sponsoring attendance for 2 chapter members to attend the Chapter Council Sharing Roundtable Lunch at the annual MLA meeting in May. Attending this lunch is a great way to network, share experiences and generally have fun.

    There are 3 criteria that must be met:

    1.     -- MCMLA member

    2.     -- Must register for the Chapter Council Sharing Roundtable Lunch

    3.     -- Must write a short summary of your experience for the MCMLA express after the MLA meeting.

    I am a bit slow, however, in putting out this announcement and we have a very short time frame. The applications are due by May 1st. After that date, there will be a random drawing and the 2 winners will be notified.

    The application can be found at:

    Thanks and if you have questions, please call me.

  • 15 Apr 2014 2:32 PM | Deleted user
    (This message is sent on behalf of Melissa De Santis, MCMLA Chapter Council Representative.)

    Help Choose Your Leaders -- Call for Nominations for MLA Offices  

    The MLA Nominating Committee is identifying potential candidates for the 2014/15 election. If you would like to recommend someone to be nominated for president or the board, or would like to be considered yourself, please send a current curriculum vitae and a paragraph outlining why the recommended person would be a good candidate to one of the members of the Nominating Committee (see below) by May 12th.

    The 2014 Nominating Committee members have reviewed the job descriptions for President Elect/President/Past President and Board members, and have discussed key qualifications needed for candidates, including a person who has broad experience within MLA, significant professional achievements,  a great capacity for leadership, a vision of the future of health sciences libraries, and an infectious enthusiasm for the excitement of librarianship at the present time.  We also discussed the importance of diversity in selecting the slate – key issues to consider are geographic region, library or information service type, and amount of experience.

    The process for selecting candidates and electing the MLA president-elect and members of the MLA Board is described on pages 2–3 of the MLA Bylaws (log in to MLANET to read this document). The slate will contain at least two candidates for president-elect (president during 2016/17) and at least four candidates for the two vacant board positions (2015–2018).  Job descriptions for president and board members are available on MLANET. The Nominating Committee will meet at MLA ’14 to finalize the list of potential candidates.

    MLA 2014/2015 Nominating Committee:

    Jane Blumenthal, Chair

    Amy Blevins        

    Jonathan Eldredge

    Susan Fowler      

    Mark E. Funk      

    Sally Gore           

    Heather N. Holmes

    T. Scott Plutchak

    James Shedlock  

    Laurie L. Thompson

  • 14 Apr 2014 8:56 AM | Holly Henderson (Administrator)
    A link to the recordings of the AHIP webinar held on April 1, 2014 and links to other files used during the session are now available on the Education Committee webpage.
  • 07 Apr 2014 11:30 AM | Deleted user
    The MCMLA Executive Board has made available a total of $1000 to fund first-time, successful AHIP applications, awarded in the order applications are received.    Awards will be made as viable applicants are identified; awards will be made until funds are exhausted.  Applications must be received no later than January 31, 2015.

    Click the link for full details on the AHIP First-Time Applicant Award.

    Contact Jan Rice, MCMLA Credentialing Liaison, if you have questions (; 402.481-3296).

  • 19 Mar 2014 1:12 PM | Deleted user

    The MCMLA Nominating Committee (Merinda McLure, Marty Magee, and Brenda Pfannenstiel) is very pleased to announce the election results. We would like to extend our sincere thanks to all candidates for their willingness to stand and serve, and to Tracey Hughes, Web Editor & MCMLA-L Discussion List Owner, for her expert facilitation of the online ballot.

    MCMLA 2014 Election Results

    Vice Chair

    Lisa Traditi

    Recording Secretary

    Jenny Garcia

    Representative to the MLA Nominating Committee

    John Bramble

    Representative to MLA Chapter Council

    Heather Brown

    Alternate to MLA Chapter Council

    Kate Anderson

  • 05 Mar 2014 8:05 AM | Holly Henderson (Administrator)
    The MCMLA Education Committee is hosting a one hour webinar for MCMLA members on MLA's AHIP program, The Academy of Health Information Professionals.  During the session, learn about AHIP, the benefits of AHIP, how to apply, and hear from chapter members who are currently AHIP members. Get more information and register here.
  • 06 Feb 2014 9:44 AM | Deleted user
    (Thanks to Assako Holyoke and Timothy Kenny for permission to post this notice.)

    Dear MCMLA Members:

    The MCMLA 2014 annual meeting will be a joint meeting with four other MLA Chapters: the Medical Library Group of Southern California & Arizona (MLGSCA), the Northern California & Nevada Medical Library Group (NCNMLG), the Pacific Northwest Chapter of MLA (PNCMLA), and the South Central Chapter of MLA (SCCMLA). 

    Here is the opportunity for you to share with a larger audience your new research, your new project, your library’s new services, and your new ideas.

    The MCMLA Research Committee would like to invite you to start planning for those papers and posters as the annual meeting Planning Committee may soon start calling for submissions. So, don’t get caught by surprise and think ahead! 

    The MCMLA ‘14 annual meeting will be held in Denver, Colorado.


    MCMLA Research Committee

  • 06 Feb 2014 9:24 AM | Heather Brown

    The MCMLA 2015 Virtual Meeting planning committee is seeking volunteers from the MCMLA membership to serve on committees for the meeting. Being a virtual meeting, committee tasks will be altered and some committees that existed for the face-to-face meetings will not be necessary.

    Established committees include Program and CE, which will be the responsibilities of the Research and Education Committees, respectively.

    The two committees that seek members are Registration/Website and Technology. The Registration/Website committee will be responsible for coordinating online registrations, which includes the registration process, handling of fees, and communication of meeting codes and URLs. Additionally, this committee will coordinate with the other committees for content to be included on the website. The Technology committee will be in charge of selecting an online platform for the meeting, running tests, coordinating troubleshooting, and facilitating the meeting in the online environment from a technological standpoint.

    Please consider volunteering for one of these two committees and be a part of the next era of annual meetings!

    Email your interest or questions to Heather Brown by March 1, 2014.

  • 16 Dec 2013 2:01 PM | Deleted user

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