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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!

Volunteer Positions Available

The Philadelphia Regional Chapter of MLA board is seeking three new members, Education and Credentialing Chair, Communication Chair and AHIP Liaison.  Each of these positions creates community in our chapter.

Are you interested in a particular area of Medical Librarianship?  Do you wish the chapter would finally get around to presenting a program you’re interested in? Consider becoming Education and Credentialing Chair.  The chair creates opportunities for learning and networking with peers. And you get to choose the topics!

Do you like being able to share what you know? Of course you do!  You’re a librarian! Do you want to learn more about developing websites?  Consider becoming Communication Chair.  The position is only limited by imagination and interest in technology.

Do you have AHIP certification? Do you enjoy being a mentor to others?  Do you like sharing your skills to help people grow in the profession?  Consider the position of AHIP Liaison and create an environment for profession growth unlike any other. Plus you get AHIP points!  It’s the circle of life AHIP!

You don’t need to have been in the profession forever to apply.  All you need it a desire to add some excitement to your life while giving back.

For more information about the specifics of each position see below. Email Jenny Pierce for information.


Education and Credentialing Chair


With Programming Chair surveys chapter membership concerning preferred types of courses and/or workshops

Provides continuing education programs and/or workshops within the Chapter

Works with annual meeting planning committee or Programming chair for any educational events at Chapter Annual Meeting

Attends quarterly MLA-Phil Chapter Board meetings and provides updates


Must be a Voting Member of MLA, Inc. and the Philadelphia Regional Chapter/MLA


Two-year term with option of reappointment subject to approval by the Executive Committee


Communications Committee Chair


Serves as the public relations body and information channel for the Chapter

Oversees the publication of information on the Chapter website,

Oversees Chapter discussion list: and board list

Works with committee members on content including job postings, and web site management

Communicates to the Chapter membership information about publication activities

Identifies areas of need for communications and publication preparation

Serves as an advisory body to the Board on matters involving publications and communications

Makes regular reports to the Board regarding annual objectives and activities

Provides official correspondence, reports and publications to the Archives

Attends quarterly MLA-Phil Chapter Board meetings and provides updates


Must be a voting member of MLA, Inc. and the Philadelphia Regional Chapter/MLA


Two-year term with option of reappointment subject to approval by the Executive Committee


AHIP Liaison


The AHIP Liaison acts as a liaison between MLA’s Academy of Health Information Professionals (AHIP) and the Chapter Board of Directors.

Assists Chapter members in the process of applying for AHIP credentialing on an individual basis by holding workshops and/or giving presentations

Attends quarterly MLA-Phil Chapter Board meetings and provides updates on AHIP activities and news.

Attends National Credentialing Committee meetings at MLA, Inc. national conferences (attendance at the credentialing committee meeting at MLA is optional, but encouraged for liaisons)

Attends quarterly conference call meetings of the National Credentialing Committee


The AHIP Liaison shall be a Voting Member of MLA, Inc., a member of AHIP, and a member of the Philadelphia Regional Chapter/MLA.


Two years, renewable at the discretion of the Chapter Chairperson