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  • 15 Nov 2013 4:18 PM | Amanda Sprochi (Administrator)
  • 19 Sep 2013 12:40 PM | Deleted user

    The Medical Library Association Eugene Garfield Research Fellowship promotes and supports research in the history of information science. The $5000 fellowship, established in 2013, is to be used for research-related purposes regarding the history of information science to increase the underlying knowledgebase in this area and enhance the current and future practice of the information professions, particularly health sciences librarianship.  Health sciences librarians and information scientists, health professionals, researchers, educators, and administrators are eligible. Applicants must have a master's or doctor's degree or be enrolled in a program leading to such a degree and demonstrate a commitment to the health sciences. The fellowship is not designed to support research for a doctoral dissertation or master’s thesis.


    The award is not restricted to disbursement in a single year and funding may be disbursed over a period of up to two years depending on the needs of the research fellow. The award may be used to supplement or extend other awards, including other private or government-supported fellowships, but is not contingent on receiving other awards.  Please see the MLA Grants and Scholarships page  (  on MLANET for more information. The submission deadline is December 1.


    Inquiries: E-mail, telephone or written inquiries are welcomed. Please direct inquiries to Maria Lopez, 312.419.9094 x15,

  • 13 Sep 2013 1:00 PM | Deleted user

    Do you really need fresh sheets and towels every day?  Probably not. During your stay at the University Guest House, make use of their “You Choose – Wash or Reuse” program to ensure only soiled linens are sent out for cleaning.  Linen & Towel Reuse Programs makes a large impact, saving 6,000 gallons of water and 40 gallons of detergent per 150 room hotel every month.

  • 11 Sep 2013 4:37 PM | Deleted user
    Use refillable containers to stay hydrated throughout the meeting rather than purchasing bottled water. A reusable bottle will be provided to you at registration courtesy of our conference sponsors!  There will be water filling stations throughout the Conference Center… and Salt Lake City’s water has been voted best-tasting in the nation.  Give it a try!
  • 10 Sep 2013 3:25 PM | Deleted user

    If you like to tote things around during the conference, please bring a bag from home.  We will NOT be distributing a MCMLA conference tote bag.

  • 10 Sep 2013 3:22 PM | Deleted user
    Tuesday morning’s General Session will focus on reimagining and revitalizing our libraries’ physical spaces. In preparation, we are offering a tour of the award-winning Frederick Albert Sutton Building. Home of the Department of Geology & Geophysics at the University of Utah, this innovative facility features state-of-the-art classrooms, laboratories, and offices that foster collaboration and innovative research.  The building’s distinctive architectural design and educational display areas provide a magnificent showcase for discoveries in the fields of geology and geophysics, and highlight the many contributions of University of Utah faculty and alumni to these fields. Don’t miss your chance for a guided tour of this inspirational space.
  • 09 Sep 2013 1:02 PM | Deleted user
    Consider taking the light rail from the Salt Lake airport to the University Guest House Conference Center. Riders can board at the Welcome Center just outside Terminal One. Fare is $2.50 and trains run every 15 minutes on weekdays and every 20 minutes on weekends. Get on the Airport TRAX (Green line) to downtown Salt Lake City, and transfer to the University (Red line).  Get off at the "Fort Douglas" stop on the University of Utah campus, and proceed up the elevator, across the Legacy Bridge, and to the University Guest House and Conference Center.  Cheap, easy, and good for the environment!
  • 04 Sep 2013 10:53 AM | Deleted user

    If your budget allows, consider making a $10 donation to Tree Utah to offset the carbon footprint of our conference.  Every $10 donated will offset the carbon emissions associated with 1,500 miles of travel and will pay for the purchase and care of a young native tree species to be planted along the Jordan River.  You can make your donation as part of the conference registration process.  You may also make your donation at the conference.

  • 24 Jun 2013 1:56 PM | Deleted user
    (Posting per request from Barbara Folb, University of Pittsburgh.)

    Librarians with an interest in public health, make this the year you attend the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting.  Stipends funded by The Grace and Harold Sewell Memorial Fund for this purpose will be awarded to at least 11 librarians in 2013.  This year’s APHA meeting will take place in Boston, MA from November 2-6, 2013. Its theme is Think Global, Act Local: Best Practices Around the World.

    Applications are now being accepted.  The deadline for application is Friday July 26, 2013, 5pm EST.  For the complete Call for Applicants, application forms, and FAQs, go to

    For more information on the 2013 APHA meeting see .

    For more information on the Sewell Fund, see  

    What is the Value of Attending APHA as a Sewell Stipend recipient?

    The mission of the Fund is to increase librarians’ identification with medical and health care professionals.  Stipends have been awarded annually since 2001.  Past participants testify to the value of attending APHA:

    ·        Connecting with my fellow library and information professionals and public health colleagues was energizing…The spirit of true collaboration shone through the programs.”  (Feili Tu)

    ·        Many of the things I learned were not specific, as in tangible facts, more of an understanding of what Public Health is. I learned it covers just about everything…for Public Health you need to be knowledgeable about the issues, the potential impact of legislation, and knowledgeable about the ‘agendas’ of the interested parties…” (Kristin Kroger)

    ·         “Overall the conference really helped me to better understand the scope of public health as well as the latest development in the areas of public health that I am most likely to have to deal with as a librarian….It was an incredible learning experience.” (Manju Tanwar)

    ·        The fact that I’m working on a Masters in Public Health was very interesting to her (public health colleague) because she didn’t realize that some librarians also have another graduate degree. I think this helped solidify the idea that librarians could be peers to teaching faculty.” (Amber Burtis)

    ·        As a result of the meeting I gained a deeper understanding of my patrons’ needs”  (Peggy Gross)

    ·        I feel like I now have a cohort of people to whom to turn when I have questions about what I am doing as I move into supporting my institution’s public health program.” (Laure Zeigen)

    The committee is looking forward to reading your applications!

    Barbara Folb

    Barbara Folb, MM, MLS, MPH
    Public Health Librarian / Informationist
    Health Sciences Library System
    University of Pittsburgh

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