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  • 30 May 2017 2:03 PM | Committee Chairs (Administrator)

    Medical librarians are high achievers.  We all know that.  But the world – especially healthcare execs – don’t know that.  We need to SHOW them. 

    One way we do that is through MCMLA Awards – we recognize the highest achievers among us, and tell their higher-ups about it, and make it easy for them to tell the rest of the world.  That’ll be my job at and after the 2017 MCMLA Annual Meeting, “SHOW ME – ONE HEALTH” in the Show Me State of Missouri October 9-11 – SHOW YOU the best of the best at the meeting, and then SHOW THEM (them being the world) with followup letters and press releases.

    But first – you need to SHOW ME who you consider the best.  Nominations are open for the 2017 Awards. 

    The Big Three are:

    Hetzner Award
    This award recognizes an academic health sciences librarian who has achieved a high level of professional accomplishment. The individual must be a member of MCMLA and work in an academic health sciences library.

    McDowell Award
    This award honors a chapter member who has made an outstanding contribution to hospital librarianship. To be eligible, an individual must be a member of MCMLA and work in a hospital library.

    Outstanding Achievement Award
    This award honors a member for contributions to health sciences/hospital libraries, to the profession, goals, and objectives of the chapter.

    Nominations for all awards are due by August 1. The nomination form and instructions are available on the MCMLA website [].  Send any questions to Honors and Awards Committee Chair Jerry Carlson [] or call 970-495-7770.


  • 17 May 2017 3:16 PM | Anonymous

    (The following information comes courtesy of Katie Dayani.  For questions, please use the contact information listed in the post.)

    The Kansas-Western Missouri Chapter of the Special Libraries Association is hosting our second annual conference on Friday, October 20th in Kansas City.

    We invite proposals for 45-minute informational sessions on topics of interest to librarians, students, and information professionals from all backgrounds - public, academic, and special.  We also have opportunities for poster sessions, "lightning round" sessions (10 minutes), or panel sessions.

    Submit your proposal via the link below by June 1st and candidates will be notified of acceptance by June 15th.  Please contact with any questions.

  • 12 May 2017 11:17 AM | Amanda Sprochi (Administrator)
  • 14 Apr 2017 8:37 AM | Committee Chairs (Administrator)

    Create a display? Have a great elevator speech?  Have an email tag line?  Promotion?  Share your ideas and success!  We are calling these blog posts LibInterst (think Pinterest combined with Librarian Design Share)

    To start I am sharing a promotion I did for Doctors' Day to promote our offsite access product.

    Let us know your ideas and success!

    Angela Spencer - MCMLA Advocacy Chair


  • 29 Mar 2017 12:48 PM | Amanda Sprochi (Administrator)

    Call for Paper and Poster Abstracts 

    2017 MCMLA Annual Meeting

    The Program Committee invites paper and poster abstract submissions on any health sciences librarianship topic for the 2017 Midcontinental Chapter Meeting in Columbia, Missouri. The meeting will take place from October 9-11 at the Tiger Hotel, with paper and posters sessions being held on Tuesday, October 10th. 

    Deadline for abstract submission is June 9, 2017.

    Notifications of acceptance will be made by July 19, 2017.

    Please contact Christi Piper, or 719-255-3027 with questions.


    • Abstracts should be kept under 250 words. Structured abstracts are preferred. Find more information about structured abstracts at []
    • Submissions should be sent to Christi Piper via this online form []

  • 28 Feb 2017 5:04 PM | Amanda Sprochi (Administrator)
  • 25 Jan 2017 5:17 PM | Committee Chairs (Administrator)

    From MEDLIB-L:

    Date:    Mon, 23 Jan 2017 17:10:40 +0000

    From:    "Dina J. McKelvy" <MCKELD1@MMC.ORG>

    Subject: Chapter Council Sharing Roundtables!

    Time to register for

    Chapter Council Sharing Roundtables

    At MLA 2017 Seattle!

    So many great topics to choose from!  

    1.      Makerspaces

    2.      Hospital Libraries

    3.      Library Redesign

    4.      Diversity & Inclusion in Libraries   

    AND MANY MORE! Find details here:

    Want to be a Facilitator and earn AHIP points? Visit the forms here<> to learn more and contact Mina Davenport FMI or to sign up!<> (Deadline for facilitator sign up is May 1.  First to contact gets dibs on the topic of her/his choice)

    All this, and lunch with your colleagues too!  A plated lunch is offered -  Smoked Washington Chicken entrée with sides and dessert. Leave it to Seattle folks to smoke a chicken! Options available for dietary restrictions.

    PRICE: $40  

    Sign up here when you register for the conference!  

    -Dina McKelvy. AHIP

    Chapter Council Alternate -NAHSL  

    Dina McKelvy, MLS, AHIP | Manager, Library & Knowledge Services | Maine Medical Center

    22 Bramhall Street | Portland,  Maine 04102 | (207) 662-4080 |<>  


     MMC Library: Connecting you with knowledge to learn, share & create  

    Remember that that $40 can be out of MCMLA's pocket instead of yours if you register for a Roundtable and at, you're one of the two lucky winners, and you write about what you learned for the MCMLA Express.

    Jerry Carlson

    MCMLA Honors & Awards Chair

  • 25 Jan 2017 12:15 PM | Amanda Sprochi (Administrator)

    The deadline for submissions for the February issue of the Express is Friday, February 10. 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



  • 15 Dec 2016 4:03 PM | Amanda Sprochi (Administrator)
  • 15 Dec 2016 11:37 AM | Anonymous

    The MCMLA Endowment Piggy reminds you that it's not too late to donate to the MCMLA Endowment and receive a 2016 tax deduction.  Donations can be mailed to:


    PO Box 221465

    St. Louis, MO 63122

    Be sure to include "MCMLA Endowment" in the check memo line!


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