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The Tri-Chapter Meeting in Philly is Coming!

The Philadelphia Chapter, MAC Chapter, and the New York/New Jersey Chapter are sponsoring a joint meeting in Philadelphia, September 25 – 28, 2016.

The meeting theme is “L3: Librarians, Leadership and Learning” and will take place at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Philadelphia Center City, just minutes away from the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, the Philadelphia Academy of Music, and numerous other arts, dining, shopping and entertainment venues.  Registration is now open.

Poster and Paper presenters are needed.  For more information and to submit poster and paper abstracts online go here   The deadline for submissions has been extended to May 27, 2016


Join us for Spring Social & Private Museum Tour

Join us Thursday March 31st for a social reception and private tour of Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion, Philadelphia’s finest Victorian house museum. Guests will have ample time to meet and relax with other chapter members, explore this hidden gem, and visit the NLM touring exhibitionThe Literature of Prescription: Charlotte Perkins Gilman and the Yellow Wallpaper.” Wine and light hors d’oeuvres will be served. The Mansion has ample free on-street parking, and is a short walk from Septa’s Tulpehocken station.



When:  Thursday, March 31st, 2016,  5:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Location:  Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion, 200 W. Tulpehocken St., Philadelphia


MLA-Phil Member – $20.00 (USD)
Current MLA-Phil members are welcome to bring a guest at the members’ price.

Other Organizations – $20.00 (USD)
Current TCLC and SLA members are welcome to attend!

We look forward to seeing you at our first social event of 2016!


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).


Highlighting Events of the 2015 MAC/MLA Annual Meeting

Rebecca Landau recently attended the 2015 MAC/MLA Annual meeting, “Find Your Inspiration” in Asheville, North Carolina, October 18-25, 2015.  Download Rebecca’s full article, highlighting information presented at the meeting.

Featured speakers:

  • Dr. Sam Gosling, Professor of Psychology at the University of Texas, led a fun session on how individuals leave clues to their identity in their private and person spaces, and what can be learned through snooping.
  • Tamara Walser, Director of Assessment and Evaluation and Associate Professor of Educational Leadership at the Watson College of Education at the University of North Carolina, spoke on the value of evaluation.
  • Dr. Itifat Husain, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of, described how to find and determine “Legit”apps. The second part of his talk was about FOAM (Fee Open Access Medical Education).
  • Dr. Stevo Roksandic, Director of Library Services at Mount Carmel Health System (MCHS), Columbus, Ohio spoke to hospital librarians. Embedded in the article are links to video, articles, a blog, and MAC/MLA conference papers and poster information.

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