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  • 21 Nov 2018 4:49 PM | Amanda Sprochi (Administrator)
  • 22 Aug 2018 11:41 AM | Amanda Sprochi (Administrator)
  • 23 May 2018 11:53 AM | Deleted user

    (The following information comes courtesy of Christi Piper, Chair of the Research Committee.)

    Subject: Call for Research Proposals for the 2018 Virtual MCMLA Annual Meeting

    Share your research and innovative practices at the 2018 Virtual MCMLA Annual Chapter Meeting!

    The Program Committee invites paper and lightning talk proposal submissions on any health sciences librarianship topic for the 2018 Midcontinental (MCMLA) Virtual Chapter Meeting. This year’s theme is Partners in progress…Exploring the possibilities. The meeting will take place online on October 4th and 5th.

    The Virtual 2018 MCMLA Annual Meeting is open to members and non-members of MCMLA and all are welcome to submit paper and lightning talk abstracts for consideration.


    *  Abstracts should be kept under 250 words. Structured abstracts are preferred. Find more information about structured abstracts here:

    *  Send submissions to Christi Piper via this online form:

    Deadline for submissions is June 15, 2018.

    Notifications of acceptance will be made by August 1, 2018.

    Please contact Christi Piper with questions:


  • 20 Mar 2018 9:02 AM | Amanda Sprochi (Administrator)
  • 07 Feb 2018 9:25 AM | Amanda Sprochi (Administrator)

    Laupus Health Sciences Library at East Carolina University seeks librarian applicants with proven leadership experience and an innovative spirit for the Assistant Director of User Services position.

    This position provides overall leadership and management for the User Services, including Information and Access Services.  Responsibilities include managing the delivery and enhancement of public services, overall supervision of staff and faculty, short and long term planning, development of policies and procedures, departmental budgeting, and similar and related tasks.  This position reports directly to the Associate Director and serves on the Laupus Library Administrative Council. Minimum starting salary is $68,000.

    For details and to apply click here:

  • 25 Jan 2018 2:08 PM | Amanda Sprochi (Administrator)

    The deadline for submissions for the February issue of the Express is Friday, February 16. YOU are what makes the Express great, so please consider sending something in to share with your MCMLA colleagues. Please send in a blurb about your work! And don't forget to let me know about any papers, posters, presentations, awards, or any other recognition you or a fellow member have received, so we can recognize your efforts. You can email me at sprochia at



    Amanda K. Sprochi, MA, MLIS, AHIP
    Health Sciences Cataloger
    J. Otto Lottes Health Sciences Library
    The University of Missouri
    1 Hospital Drive
    Columbia, MO  65212
    (573) 882-0461

  • 22 Dec 2017 12:03 PM | Amanda Sprochi (Administrator)

    Check it out!

    Happy Holidays, all.

  • 14 Nov 2017 3:32 PM | Deleted user

    (The following information comes courtesy of Pat Hawthorne (University of Nevada Las Vegas).  See below for contact information and links.)

    2018 LLAMA Career Institute Explores the Transition into Leadership

    Do you see yourself as a supervisor, manager, director or dean some day? If you think leadership is in your future, you can start preparing yourself now by learning from successful leaders as they share the experiences they sought and the steps they took.

    The Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) will present Moving into Leadership: Transitioning into a New Roleon Friday, February 9, 2018, from 10 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., in conjunction with the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting in Denver. This institute will feature a panel of eight experienced academic, public, and health sciences library leaders discussing how they prepared for their leadership roles, followed by facilitated tabletop discussions on a variety of leadership topics.

    Participants will:

    - Learn about the different career paths of library leaders from a variety of types of libraries;
    - Explore how a library leader new to their role identifies priorities, focuses their energy, and manages their time;
    - Hear what library leaders actually encountered – expected and unexpected – in their new leadership roles;
    - Understand the role and importance of mentors and mentoring for aspiring leaders;
    - Identify what knowledge, experience, and competencies they need to develop in order to position themselves for a leadership role.
    - Have an opportunity for informal conversation with panelists and other participants.

    Attendees will increase their competence in several of LLAMA’s 14 foundational leadership competencies including communication skills, change management, collaboration and partnerships, problem solving, and evidence-based decision making.

    Panelists: Michael Levine-Clark, Dean of the University of Denver Libraries; Mark Stover, Ph.D., Dean of the Oviatt Library at California State University, Northridge; Melissa De Santis, Director of the Health Science Library at the University of Colorado’s Anschutz Medical Campus in Denver; Lisa Traditi, Associate Professor and Deputy Director of the Health Science Library at the University of Colorado’s Anschutz Medical Campus in Denver; Michelle Jeske, Denver City Librarian, Colorado, leads the 26-location urban library system; John Spears, Executive Director of the Pikes Peak Library District in Colorado; Gary Shaffer, Ph.D., Assistant Dean/Director of the University of Southern California Libraries Center for Library Leadership & Management; and Head of the USC Master of Management in Library & Information Science; Kimberly Johnson, Chief Executive Officer of the Tulsa City-County Library

    More speaker information is available at:


    $145 for LLAMA Divisional Members; $195 for ALA members; $75 for Students and Retired Members; $295 for Non-Members.

    Register online at: – this takes you to “Ticketed Events” on the ALA Annual site; then search for LLAMA Institute (Event Code: LLA2).

    *Includes workshop materials and lunch. Pre-registration is recommended; on-site registration is subject to availability. The LLAMA Career Institute is open to all.

    About the LLAMA Career Institute

    Introduced at the 2013 ALA Midwinter Meeting, the LLAMA Career Institute is a continuing education offering aimed at early-career professionals and professionals at any career stage seeking to acquire new knowledge, skills, and competencies in support of active and ongoing career development or potential career changes.

    About the Library Leadership and Management Association
    The Library Leadership and Management Association ( advances outstanding leadership and management practices in library and information services by encouraging and nurturing individual excellence in current and aspiring library leaders. LLAMA is a division of the American Library Association.

  • 03 Nov 2017 11:30 AM | Amanda Sprochi (Administrator)

    The MLA Medical Informatics Section (MIS) awards up to $1,500 to support a career development activity that will contribute to the advancement of the field of medical informatics.  If you’ve been wanting to take a course or attend a conference related to medical informatics but haven’t had the funds, then this is an opportunity worth exploring! MIS membership is a preferred qualification, so as a member you already have a step up on the competition! 


    The deadline to apply is December 1, 2017. For further information or to apply, go to the grant information page at

  • 30 Oct 2017 8:13 AM | Amanda Sprochi (Administrator)

    Just a reminder that the deadline for nominations for the Colaianni and Broadman awards are due November 1, 2017. See blog posts below for more details.

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