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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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Two Jobs at the University of Minnesota

Clinical Information Librarian (UL351)

Job No. UL351
Job ID# 305190
Dept. Name: Health Sciences Libraries
Position Available: Immediately
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

External Candidates please use the following link:


Public Health Liaison & Data Curation Specialist (UL350)

Job No. UL350
Job ID# 305189
Dept. Name: Health Sciences Libraries
Position Available: Immediately
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

External Candidates please use the following link:

Dedication of Historical State Marker Honoring the Founding of MLA

The Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission and The Philadelphia Chapter of the Medical Library Association cordially invite you to a reception celebrating the dedication of an official Pennsylvania Historical Marker commemorating the site of the founding of the Medical Library Association in 1898.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015
2:30pm – 4:30pm
The Union League of Philadelphia
McMichael Room,
1450 Sansom Street Philadelphia, PA

R.S.V.P. by Wednesday, October 28, 2015.

Business casual attire appropriate (a collared shirt and pressed slacks for men and comparable attire for women). There is a parking garage across the street from this entrance at 1415 Sansom Street for those of you who are driving.

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.

2016 Theme Contest Extended Deadline

As you are probably aware the presidents/chairs and the boards of three regional MLA associations, Mid-Atlantic Chapter (MACMLA), Philadelphia Chapter (PHIL) and New York/New Jersey Chapter (NY/NJ) recently agreed to host a Joint Conference in 2016 in Philadelphia, the nation’s birthplace.

The Local Arrangements Co-Chairs, PJ and Micki are challenging our members to create an inspiring tagline/theme that will capture the essence of the 2016 Joint Meeting. The contest winner must be a current member of one of the three participating MLA chapters and he/she will receive an all-expense paid Early Bird Registration (a basic meeting registration), valued at several hundred dollars.

To jumpstart your creative vibe, please see the attached PDF for full contest details including where to send theme suggestions and the deadline. The winner will receive an all expense-paid Early Bird Registration (exclusive of lodging and optional events).

We are looking forward to an exciting time in Philadelphia next year!