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MLA Webinars: Instructional Design Series

Join us for an MLA series of four live webinars presenting the principles and practices behind effective face-to-face and online instruction.  Whether or not you can attend the full series, register now for updates and for access to the recorded sessions and supporting material.


What’s Theory Got to Do with It? Learning Theories, Instructional Design, and the Librarian
Date: Tuesday, 10/18/2016  2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Location: Lippincott Library Seminar Room, Van Pelt Library of the University of Pennsylvania

Designing Online Instruction: It’s Not Just for Distance Education Anymore
Date: Wednesday, 10/26/2016  2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Location: Ginsburg Library Room 246A, Temple University

Don’t Flip Out! Exploring Team-Based Learning
Date: Wednesday, 11/9/2016  2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Location: Lippincott Library Seminar Room, Van Pelt Library of the University of Pennsylvania

Setting Yourself Up for Success with Learning Assessment
Date: Tuesday,  11/22/2016  2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Location: Ginsburg Library Room 246A, Temple University



In-Person Attendee – FREE
Select this option if you are planning to come to any of the “live” webinars. You will receive updated location information before the webinar dates.

Recorded Session Only – FREE
Select this option if you are not coming to any of the “live” events. You will receive a link to the webinar recording shortly after each is held.

This series will complete our free continuing education programming for 2016! Stay tuned for more free-to-members CE programming in 2017.  Philadelphia-area Chapter members receive access to hundreds of dollars worth of CE programming as a membership benefit- something to consider as we get ready to ask you to renew your membership in 2017, and something to tell your non-member co-workers about!

Data Management Workshop

On March 4th, the Philadelphia Chapter of the Medical Libraries Association held a workshop on data management roles for medical librarians at Drexel University’s Hahnemann Library. Chapter members joined Lisa Federer, Research Data Informationist at the National Institutes of Health Library for a discussion of how to position library services to react to emerging data preservation and sharing mandates for government-funded research, and gained hands-on experience working with data cleanup tools such as OpenRefine.


Pictured: Lisa Federer, NIH (left) and Maylene Qiu, MLA-Phil (right)

Patient-Worthy Medicine: The Art and Science of Evidence Based Practice

Patient-Worthy Medicine: The Art and Science of Evidence Based Practice

May 6-7, 2016
The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
Historical Library
1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19103

During this interactive two-day conference, participants will be guided through the process of evidence-based practice by being provided with and practicing practical strategies for applying the art and science of medicine.


  • Dr. Allen Shaughnessy, Senior Editor of Essential Evidence Plus, Consulting Editor for Dynamed and co-creator of Information Mastery – Keynote Speaker
  • Dr. Edward Livingston, Deputy Editor for Clinical Content of JAMA, The Journal of the American Medical Association. Physician and PA faculty from the University of Worcester, England and Drexel University will also lecture on both days
  • Dr. Rod Jackson, New Zealand cardiovascular risk factor epidemiologist will discuss his GATE tool for critical appraisal
  • Mr. David Allen, mastectomy scar tattoo artist, will discuss the use of empathy
  • Ms. Adrian Banning, PA-C, recently recognized as one of Philadelphia’s “Who’s Next in Health”

Additional lecturers represent leaders in the field joining us to present their strategies for the interpretation and use of patient-centered evidence.

Consider attending if you use evidence-based medicine in any capacity. (Professionals and students welcome: Physician assistants, nurse practitioners, physicians, registered nurses, public health workers, medical librarians, pharmacists, academic faculty, clinical, medical journalists).


Fall Event: Data Visualization- Current Tools and Future Trends

Join us for our upcoming event on November 12, 2015 5:30 to 7:30 PM
A joint panel presentation from the Philadelphia Regional Chapter of the Medical Library Association (MLA-Phil) and the Philadelphia Chapter of the SLA
Thomas Jefferson University, Bluemle Life Sciences Building, Room 105, 233 South 10th Street, Philadelphia (For directions and parking information use this link:
Cost: $15, Wine and Cheese will be served. Pre-registration required online at
Description: Data is more prolific and more available than ever, and its presentation can be complex and alienating to the public and information professionals alike. With visual clarity, good design, and an increasing number of accessible tools, data can be used to engage stakeholders and customers, and to clarify and simplify research, commercial, and public information.
  • Luis Ahumada, Principal Information Scientist, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Laurie Allen, Coordinator for Digital Scholarship and Services, Haverford College
  • Lauren Ancona, Data Scientist, City of Philadelphia Office of Innovation and Technology
  • Joshua Tapley, Director, Data Visualization, Comcast Enterprise Business Intelligence
During this panel presentation, participants will find out more about engaging and innovative data visualization projects in the Philadelphia area, the tools and strategies used by enterprises of different scales to procure, process, and promote visualized data, and generate ideas on how data visualization tools can be put to work within their own organizations.
Interested in introducing a colleague to MLA? MLA-Phil Members may bring a guest to the meeting for just $5. Members bringing a guest will be entered into a drawing for a $25 gift certificate.



Apply for the MLA – Phil Professional Development Grant to cover the cost of this class!

This workshop will discuss steps for designing research projects that require statistical data, using methods of collecting data, using statistical software for analyzing these data, and drawing accurate conclusions once data have been analyzed.

Three part class-
Lecture via webinar on July 14, 2015, 1:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m., central time,
Access to Moodle for class assignment (including practice data set, video demo, hands-on practice),
Follow up webinar to discuss assignment and questions on July 21, 2015, 1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m., central time

More Information and Registration

This class cost $149, use the MLA – Phil Professional Development Grant to pay for it!