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  • 28 Sep 2017 10:43 AM | Amanda Sprochi (Administrator)

    Posting at the request of the Brodman Award Jury. Please address any questions to them--aks

    Please excuse cross postings. 

    Apply now for the Estelle Brodman Award for the Academic Medical Librarian of the Year.”

    The Estelle Brodman Award recognizes an academic medical librarian at mid-career level who demonstrates significant achievement, the potential for leadership, and continuing excellence.  Recipients receive a certificate at the MLA annual meeting and a cash award of $500 following the meeting.

    Criteria for the award are as follows:

    • The nominee must be a member of MLA.
    • The nominee must be in “mid-career” at the time of the award, defined as someone working at least 5 years and not more than 15 years in an academic health sciences library; the nominee may not be a library director.
    • The nominee must have worked in an academic health sciences library for each of the last five years immediately preceding the nomination, and must be an academic health sciences librarian at the time of the award.
    • The nomination may be made for outstanding national or international contributions to academic health sciences librarianship as demonstrated by excellence in performance (leadership), publications, research, service, or a combination of these four elements.
    • The nominee must show potential for leadership and continuing excellence at mid-career in the area of academic health sciences librarianship.

    Self-nominations are accepted and encouraged! 

    For details and a nomination form, see Estelle Brodman Award.

    The deadline for nominations is Wednesday, November 1st (11:59 CT).

    Please direct any questions to Kathleen Carlson, Brodman Award Jury Chair, at .​

    Thank you. We hope to see a lot of applications.

    Kathleen Carlson, MLS, D-AHIP

    Associate and Education Librarian

    UA College of Medicine Phoenix

  • 19 Sep 2017 12:41 PM | Amanda Sprochi (Administrator)

    We know you are coming for the wonderful programming, networking with your colleagues, and yummy food, but here are a few other things to do while you are in Columbia for MCMLA this year:

    Sunday, October 8:

    Paws for a Cause 5K Run, benefitting Columbia Second Chance Rescue. $39, 10am, Stephens Lake Park

    Crush Festival. Free admission, all day, Les Bougeois Winery, Rocheport

    Docent-led theme tour: The Human Face. Free admission, 2pm, Museum of Art and Archaeology

    Collaborative student recital, piano and voice. Free admission, 2:00pm, Whitmore Recital Hall 

    The Esterhazy Quartet. $5, 7:30pm, Whitmore Recital Hall

    Monday, October 9:

    Wind Ensemble Quartet. $5, 7pm, Missouri Theatre

    Tuesday, October 10:

    Interpretations V (art exhibition), Free, 11:30-6, Columbia Art League

    National Acrobats of the People's Republic of China, $38/$28/$18, 7pm, Jesse Auditorium

    Coin, $15, 8pm at the Blue Note 

    The Jaw Gems, $10/advance, $12/door, 8:30pm at Rose Music Hall

    Wednesday, October 11:

    Interpretations V (art exhibition), Free, 11:30-6, Columbia Art League

    The We Always Swing Jazz Series: Peter Bernstein-Larry Goldings-Bill Stewart, $27-34, 7pm (doors 6pm)

    Day Wave, $13/advance, $15/door, 8pm at Rose Music Hall

    Check out some of these great events if you have time!

  • 18 Sep 2017 3:19 PM | Amanda Sprochi (Administrator)

    Our friends at Wolters Kluwer will present a sunrise seminar on October 11, 2017 during the MCMLA 2017 annual meeting.

    Details here! Be sure to RSVP for this great opportunity.

  • 14 Sep 2017 12:34 PM | Committee Chairs (Administrator)

    I can be too subtle, it seems - only announcing that the STARS Nomination Form was available in conjunction with announcements of the main awards, not for themselves, so we've only received five nominations so far.  We're more amazing than that - I want to see more STARS.  According to old cartoons, I could achieve that by hitting myself in the head with a hammer, but there's a better way - extending the deadline to Friday, September 22.

    Here's how it works:

    • All MCMLA members can self-nominate, identifying achievements like articles or books/chapters published; offices held; presentations given; awards, AHIP status changes, or promotions received; etc.
    • MCMLA members who are in attendance at the MCMLA annual meeting will receive a star pin when they check in for the meeting to wear with their name badge.
    • A poster will be created with the names of all the STARS and displayed at the MCMLA annual meeting.
    • A list of all the STARS’ accomplishments will be created and posted on the MCMLA website.
    • All STARS participants will have their name put in a container for a drawing to be held at the MCMLA annual business meeting. Winners do not need to be present at the MCMLA meeting to win the prize(s).
    • Prizes will be three $20 gift certificates.

    Click 2017 Stars Nomination Form to Show Me (and everybody else) what you've done.

    Jerry Carlson

    Honors & Awards Chair  

  • 14 Sep 2017 11:05 AM | Amanda Sprochi (Administrator)

    There are plenty of rooms left in the Tiger Hotel for MCMLA 2017! Make sure you tell them you are registering for the Midcontinental meeting room block. If you have any problems, or you are told there are no rooms, please contact Rebecca Graves at, or Tosha Jones, Sales and Catering Manager 573-875-8888

    See you in Columbia!


  • 05 Sep 2017 9:04 AM | Amanda Sprochi (Administrator)

    Get excited for the Dine Arounds we have planned on Tuesday October 10 at 6:30pm! Columbia is full of wonderful, original restaurants, and we’ve chosen four of our favorite places for you to try:

    Shakespeare’s: a Columbia staple and a must visit since 1973. They have fantastic pizza and a yellow brick road to help you to your booth. Shakespeare’s was name Best College Hangout in America by Good Morning America. Yes, it’s busy at times, but if you ask any resident of Columbia where you should eat, they will almost always tell you Shakespeare’s. $$

    Flat Branch: Columbia’s first brewery since 1841, this upscale industrial setting restaurant offers a delicious menu, an outdoor patio and award winning hand-crafted beers. A casual dining experience you won’t want to miss out on.  $$

    Sycamore: If you are interested in a cozy, sophisticated venue, Sycamore is the place for you. Ingredients are locally sourced to create seasonal dishes. While you eat, take a look at artwork by local artists featured around the room.  $$$

    Seoul Taco: Starting out as a food truck in St. Louis, Missouri, Seoul Taco is a Korean-Mexican fusion restaurant that offers up casual food in an eclectic space. You choose the filling (beef, chicken, pork, or tofu), and what it goes in (tacos, burritos, quesadillas, and a gogi bowls). Don’t forget the Seoul Sauce! $


    Price Range (according to

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    $$$$       over $61

  • 30 Aug 2017 10:18 AM | Amanda Sprochi (Administrator)

    That's what I'm going with, not that someone (ahem) inadvertently left something out.

    A new item on upcoming changes to the MCMLA Bylaws to be voted on at the annual meeting has been added to page 15 of the current issue of the Express. If you've already read the Express--and of course you have!--please check out the new item as we will need to vote on it in October. 

    If you haven't already read the Express, shame on you and why not! LOL.


  • 28 Aug 2017 2:43 PM | Anonymous

    (The following information comes courtesy of Rebecca Carlson McCall, member of the MLA 2017 Eliot Prize Jury.  See below for contact information.)

    How do medical librarians make a difference? What are the standards for our profession...and where can we do better? Who has shown us the data that will help shape our future?

    The Ida and George Eliot Prize is presented annually for a work published in the preceding calendar year that has been judged most effective in furthering medical librarianship. Please consider nominating a publication, to honor high-impact medical librarian scholarship from 2017 that has asked (and answered) worthwhile questions about our profession and the communities we serve.

    The deadline for nominations is November 1, 2017.

    Submitters are asked to provide a citation and any other pertinent information regarding the availability, content, and impact of the work. A complete description of requirements and an online nomination form can be found at:

    Below are the last three publications honored by the Eliot Prize. Please take this opportunity to voice your professional values by nominating this year's recipient!

    "Examining the Impact of the National Institutes of Health Public Access Policy on the Citation Rates of Journal Articles "

    2015: "Effects of librarian-provided services in healthcare settings: a systemic review"


    2014: "The value of library and information services in patient care: results of a multisite study"

    If you have questions, please contact Mary Shultz, Jury Chair, at

    Thank you very much,

    Ida & George Elliot Jury


    Kelly Evans

    Rebecca McCall

    Juanita Richardson

    Mary Shultz

    Kathryn Vela

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