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  • 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 | Deleted user

    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!


  • 22 Nov 2016 5:04 PM | Committee Chairs (Administrator)

    6 months – but that’s not too soon to Dream to attend MLA’17, Dream Dare Do – and in particular the Chapter Council Roundtable Lunch.  What’s more, you can Dare MCMLA to pay for it.  All you need to Do is apply for the MCMLA 2017 Chapter Council Roundtable Lunch Award!

    The award winner(s) will reimbursed for the full cost of the Chapter Council Sharing Roundtables Luncheon which is held at the annual MLA meeting. The luncheon is an opportunity to network, share experiences and meet with colleagues at MLA.

    Are you interested?

    Selected applicants must:

    1. Be a current member of MCMLA

    2. Register for the Chapter Council Sharing Roundtables Luncheon

    3. Write a summary of the experience for the MCMLA Express after MLA

    Apply now!

    The application deadline is March 1, 2017. Two names will be drawn at random and the winners notified by March 18, 2017.

    If you have questions please email Jerry Carlson, Chair of the MCMLA Honors and Awards Committee. 


  • 10 Nov 2016 2:56 PM | Deleted user

    (The following information comes courtesy of Michel Atlas, University of Louisville.)

    The MLA Books Panel is seeking author(s)/editor(s) for the following proposed monograph:
    Information literacy for the health sciences
    This book will introduce common instructional standards and approaches seen in higher education and discuss how they can be applied in a variety of health sciences environments. How are health sciences librarians interacting with the ACRL standards and the newly released ACRL framework? Are there health science-specific tools that are commonly used along with or in place of these higher education standards? Which instruction methods are being used in the health sciences environment? Which are the most successful with the specific audiences within the health sciences environment? How are health science instructional efforts being assessed? What is the essential content to produce information literate health care professionals? What topics and/or skills are being taught?
    The following instructional audiences will be considered:
    • Health sciences undergraduate students: Associate and bachelor programs
    • Health sciences graduate students: Masters and doctoral-level
    • Post-graduate students: Residents and fellows
    • Faculty, clinicians and staff
    o Medicine
    o Nursing
    o Dentistry
    o Public health
    o Pharmacy
    o Veterinary medicine
    o Allied health professions
    The following instructional formats will be considered:
    • Classroom lectures
    • Small group instruction
    • Online instruction – embedded in LMS course, etc
    • Individual interactions with patrons and students
    • Clinically-embedded opportunities
    • Continuing education courses for working professionals
    The following standards and techniques will be introduced:
    • ACRL standards and framework
    • Interprofessional education initiatives
    • Evidence-based practice; levels of evidence
    • Problem-based learning
    Content will be a blend of introduction to theory and real-world examples from librarians engaged in this instructional realm.
    This book will be useful for all libraries that serve health sciences academic programs: community colleges, universities; allied health, health professions, medical and osteopathic schools. It would be a suitable textbook for LIS classes discussing instructional approaches and special populations.
    If you are interested in authoring or editing this project, or would like to contribute as a chapter author, please email Michel Atlas at

  • 20 Oct 2016 7:51 AM | Deleted user

    (The following information was provided by K.T.L. Vaughan, Director of Research & Education Services and Acting Associate Dean for Libraries & Educational Technologies, James Madison University.)

    Call for Nominations: Thomson Reuters/Frank Bradway Rogers Information Advancement Award

    The Thomson Reuters/Frank Bradway Rogers Information Advancement Award is sponsored by Thomson Reuters. Originally sponsored by the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI), the award was presented for the first time in 1983 to Frank Bradway Rogers, MD, for whom it was subsequently renamed. The award is presented annually by the Medical Library Association (MLA) in recognition of outstanding contributions in the use of technology to deliver health sciences information, in the science of information, or in facilitating the delivery of health sciences information. The recipient receives a certificate at the association’s annual meeting and a cash award of $500 after the annual meeting.

    It is required that an individual nominee be a member of MLA, or if a small group is nominated for a combined effort, that at least one member of the group must be a member of MLA.  

    More information and the nomination form can be found at  Nominations are due by November 1 2016.

    Questions may be directed to Jury Chair,  Linda Van Keuren

  • 08 Sep 2016 12:20 PM | Deleted user

    (The following information comes courtesy of Kristen DeSanto, Publicity Committee member for the Joint Chapter Meeting.)

    Have you registered for Merge & Converge: Sixteen in ’16, the joint meeting of MCMLA and the Midwest Chapter? The early bird registration deadline is next Monday September 12. The full meeting registration price for members is currently $275, but will go up to $325 after September 12. Don’t miss out on the discounted price – registration information can be found on the meeting website:

  • 26 Aug 2016 12:50 PM | Amanda Sprochi (Administrator)

    Check it out!

    And, since today is the deadline, if you want to apply for the MCMLA Professional Travel Scholarship (up to $500 to go to Des Moines!), make sure you go there today to apply. Details in the Express or here.

  • 17 Aug 2016 8:52 AM | Deleted user

    (The following information comes courtesy of Jan Rice, member of the MLA Awards Committee.)

    Marcia C. Noyes Award

    We are now accepting nominations for MLA's highest professional award!  If someone you know has made outstanding and lasting contributions throughout their career to the field of medical librarianship, please take time to nominate them for the Noyes Award.  The deadline for nominations is November 1, 2016.  

    See below for details:

    Online nomination form:

    Marcia C. Noyes Award

    The Marcia C. Noyes Award, the association’s highest professional distinction, was established in 1947 in memory of Marcia C. Noyes (1869–1946), one of eight MLA charter members, who made numerous contributions to the advancement of the profession. The award recognizes a career that has resulted in lasting, outstanding contributions to medical librarianship. The award considers sustained and notable achievement in at least one area of activity cited in the mission of the Medical Library Association (MLA) and distinguished service and leadership in health sciences librarianship. The awardee receives an engraved sterling silver bowl at the MLA annual meeting.


    • Nominees must be members of MLA.
    • Nominees must have demonstrated sustained and notable achievement in at least one area of activity cited in MLA's objectives:
      • fostering the art and science of health sciences library service;
      • supporting health sciences research, education, and patient care; or
      • promoting cooperation and communication among members.
    • Nominees must have demonstrated distinguished service and leadership in health sciences librarianship in at least the areas of mentoring, publishing, and service in professional associations.
    • A nominee’s contributions are also assessed for utility (serving the needs of the profession, with usefullness and relevance in practice); durability of influence on the field of health sciences librarianship; comprehensiveness of achievements as a whole; and propriety (i.e., in keeping with the ethical code of the profession and association).


    • Nomination form, including all supporting documentation, must be completed no later than November 1.
    • Nomination must contain at least the following elements:
      • a precise description of the nominee’s achievements;
      • a current curriculum vitae;
      • any further information that may assist the Awards Committee in the evaluation of the nomination and the selection of the recipient.
    • Up to three letters of support may be included with the nomination.
    • Nomination should include descriptions of the nominee’s:
      • Sustained and notable achievement in at least one area of activity cited in the objectives of MLA:
        • fostering the art and science of health sciences library service;
        • supporting health sciences research, education, and patient care; or
        • promoting cooperation and communication among members.
      • Distinguished service and leadership in health sciences librarianship in at least the areas of mentoring, publishing, and service in professional associations.

    The recipient will be notified in March before the annual meeting at which the presentation will be made. The recipient assumes all costs of attending the meeting and the ceremony at which the presentation is made. If there are no appropriate candidates, the association may elect not to make the award in a given year.

    Ready to Submit a Nomination?

    Choose the 2017 Marcia C. Noyes Award online nomination form.  The completed online form and all uploaded supporting documents must be received by November 1.  Incomplete and late submissions will not be considered. 

  • 15 Aug 2016 11:27 AM | Amanda Sprochi (Administrator)

    August Express deadline is today, Monday, August 15th. Please get your articles, etc. in asap to me at



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