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  • 18 Sep 2017 4:19 PM | Amanda Sprochi

    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 1:34 PM | Committee Chairs

    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 12:05 PM | Amanda Sprochi

    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 10:04 AM | Amanda Sprochi

    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

    $              under $10

    $$           $11-30

    $$$         $31-60

    $$$$       over $61

  • 30 Aug 2017 11:18 AM | Amanda Sprochi

    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 3:43 PM | Deleted user

    (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

  • 28 Aug 2017 10:16 AM | Amanda Sprochi

    Hey MCMLA'ers! We have GREAT CE courses available during our upcoming annual meeting in Columbia, Missouri, and the early bird and CE course deadline is approaching fast. Check it out! You can register here for CE, or go to our registration page to register for the meeting if you haven't already. See you there!

    Monday, October 9, 2017 8am - 12 pm

    Data and Donuts for Librarians: Launching Data Management Services in Medical Libraries

    Dr. Tobin Magle, Data Management Specialist, Colorado State University

    Are you interesting in offering data management services at your library but aren’t sure where to start? Then this class is for you! During this session, we will

    Outline the data management topics that are commonly offered in libraries

    Present strategies for how to determine what services might be most useful on your campus and create synergistic partnerships with other university entities

    Dive into how to offer support with data management plans

    Present a case study for using an institutional repository to archive and share research data

    Identify additional training opportunities and open educational resources you can use to develop robust DM services

    The class will consist of a mix of presentations, hands on activities, and discussion. So come ready to participate!

    Teach Your Staff to Troubleshoot E-Resources

    Sunshine Carter, Electronic Resources Librarian, and Stacie Traill, Technical Services/Specialized Cataloging Librarian, University of Minnesota Libraries

    E-resource troubleshooting is an increasingly complex and time-consuming activity in the era of web-scale discovery. With multiple systems and access pathways involved, effective problem solving requires a sophisticated bundle of knowledge, skills, and tools. How can librarians and staff become effective and efficient troubleshooters? Through hands-on activities and group discussions, workshop participants will learn several practical approaches to documenting their e-resource access environment, systems, and troubleshooting methods, then create a framework for their own e-resources troubleshooting training curriculum. Presenters will cover key concepts and troubleshooting tools, and help participants understand how to apply those concepts and tools in their own discovery and access environments. Participants will also learn how to evaluate training effectiveness, along with strategies for practical reinforcement of troubleshooting techniques and skills. The presenters work in an Alma/Primo discovery environment, but this workshop is intended to be system agnostic. Participants will leave this session with drafts of training documents specific to their own environments.

    Intro to Health Sciences Resources

    Annette Parde-Maass , NNLM MCR Education and Outreach Coordinator, Health Information Literacy Coordinator, Creighton University

    We invite library science graduate students and new health sciences librarians to learn about free and open resources you and your patrons can use to find health information. Whether you work or aspire to work as a public, academic, hospital, or other health sciences librarian, we'll share relevant resources with examples on how to implement them in the various settings. You will have time to explore the resources, compare and contrast their pros and cons, and share findings with other participants. You may even get to meet librarians from around the region who use these and other health information resources as part of their jobs. 

    Monday, October 9, 2017 1pm - 5pm

    We’re Way Past Peas: Uses of Genetic Information to Understand Human Health and Guide Health Care Decision Making

    Christian Minter, Community Engagement and Health Literacy Librarian , University of Nebraska Medical Center

    This workshop will equip librarians to respond to the information needs of clinicians who are incorporating genetic information into their practice, as well as the information needs of consumers who are making sense of genetic information as it relates to their health. During the workshop, we will: 1) describe uses of genetic information in health care; 2) discuss challenges facing clinicians, consumers, and librarians working with rapidly changing genetic information; 3) introduce selected genomic medicine resources and 4) engage in exercises to use NCBI genomic medicine resources to answer clinically oriented questions. The course will be suitable for librarians from a variety of backgrounds, including those who are relatively unfamiliar with genetics and genetics resources.

  • 23 Aug 2017 1:06 PM | Amanda Sprochi

    We’ve got two great speakers for you at MCMLA 2017!

    Come hear our morning keynote speaker, Dr. Rebecca Johnson, talk on Humans and Animals Together: Wellness for Both Ends of the Lead. As the Director of MU’s Research Center for Human-Animal Interaction, Dr. Johnson is an expert on the scientific evidence underpinning our bonds with our pets and other animals. Her research shows that companion animals may provide a unique source of social support and facilitate motivation for exercise and other wellness-promoting behaviors. More about Dr. Johnson

    At lunch, Lise Saffran will speak on Emotional Life: Creative Writing and Public Health. As the Director of MU’s Masters in Public Health program, Ms. Saffran argues for including art and literature in public health education. Her work with public health storytelling helps practitioners connect not only with their own emotions but also with the emotional lives of others. More about Lise Saffran

  • 22 Aug 2017 7:42 AM | Deleted user

    (The following comes from Taira Meadowcroft, member of the 2017 MCMLA Annual Meeting Planning Committee.)

    Planning on attending MCMLA 2017? Great because we have some fun things planned!

    • Have an old conference bag at home? Bring it with you because we are having the oldest conference bag contest, and the person who has the oldest bag wins. It’s BYOB this year: Bring Your Own Bag (saving the environment, y’all), so you might as well play our game. J
    • Prepare yourself to explore Columbia, Missouri with a good ol’ scavenger hunt. Maybe you’ll have to find the luckiest place on campus or where to get some tiger stripe. Who knows what you’ll find on this adventure, but we do know you’ll have fun.  
    • Did you know it’s MCMLA’s 50th conference? In order to celebrate, we will celebrate the best way we know how: with a photobooth! Who doesn’t love a good photobooth?

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