The Ad Hoc Committee for Advocating Scholarly Communication sponsored an Open Forum to discuss the issues that have surfaced in the past year regarding the NIH Public Access Policy. Since April 7, 2008 all investigators funded by the NIH have been required to submit their final, peer-reviewed manuscripts to PubMed Central (PMC) and these submissions must be publicly available no later than 12 months after the official date of publication. In addition, anyone submitting an application, proposal, or progress report to the NIH must include the PMC or NIH Manuscript Submission reference number when citing applicable articles that arise from their NIH funded research. (NOT-OD-08-033 <http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-08-033.html>) Principal investigators and institutions are responsible for full compliance of this law. Libraries and research offices across the country have been establishing new procedures to enable the research community to meet the terms of both the government requirement for public access as well copyright compliance with the journal publishers. Read more» » »
MLA held its annual conference in Hawaii this May, thirty years since its last
Click on the image above to view an audiovisual slideshow summation of MLA ’09 created and narrated by Gary Childs
visit. Coordinated by Michelle Kraft, conference planners used social media to make it easier to follow the proceedings, both for those onsite and for those unable to attend. Eric Schnell put together a replay of the Twitter feed along with links to official and unofficial coverage <http://bones.med.ohio-state.edu/mla09/>. We put out a call to those MLA-Phil Chapter members in attendance for brief, informal reflections. Responses were received from Karen Albert, Fox Chase Cancer Center; Barbara Cavanaugh, University of Pennsylvania; Christine Chastain-Warheit, Christiana Care Health System; Marie FitzSimmons, Penn State College of Medicine; Gary Kaplan, Thomas Jefferson University; and Rebecca Landau, Penn Presbyterian Medical Center.
Your overall impressions?
KA: It was a good meeting, didn’t seem like the attendance was that much smaller than usual, and the Philadelphia Chapter was well represented! Some of the vendor-sponsored special events were wonderful, like EBSCO’s evening outing to the Bishop Museum.
BC: Lots of networking opportunities. Themes of synthesizing and linking information, sharing information within our own profession,new roles for librarians. Read more» » »
Please contact me if there is a lecture, seminar, presentation, poster, event, etc. that you are planning to attend, co-chair, or present, and would like to write an article about. I’m looking for two-page (roughly) articles describing the activity, identifying the presenters, presenting information about the content, and commenting on the applications and usefulness of the information. For those of us who cannot attend you would be performing a much appreciated service to the chapter.
The 2009 National Program Committee (NPC) invites submissions of abstracts for a special poster session featuring new technology trends and late-breaking research at MLA ’09, May 15-20, 2009, at the Hawaiian Convention Center in Honolulu, HI. Submissions sought include new technology trends, innovative library programs, and notable projects or research which have taken place (or been completed) since the original October poster submission deadline. Use the late breaking poster submission form <http://snipr.com/bq5jg> to submit your abstract by Monday, March 16, 2009.
Priority will be given to original submissions. Previously submitted abstracts should only be resubmitted if they include new information or results. As with previous poster submissions, authors are encouraged to submit a structured abstract as described at <http://www.research.mlanet.org/structured_abstract.html>. Posters will be available for viewing during MLA ’09. Posters and related handouts will be posted to MLANET prior to the meeting.
Twenty-five posters will be selected. Posters will be presented during the regularly scheduled poster sessions. The primary author will be notified of acceptance by email sent the week of March 23, 2008. The lead or presenting author must be identified at the time of submission and is expected to pay for that day’s registration. Presenters will be required to staff their posters at one of the following assigned times:
- Sunday, May 17, 2009 from 2:30pm-3:30pm
- Monday, May 18, 2009 from 1:30pm-2:30pm
- Tuesday May 19, 2009 from 10:00am-11:00am
See the original Call for Participation <http://www.mlanet.org/am/am2009/pdf/mla09_call.pdf> for additional information about poster boards and other information about the exhibition space. For more information about posters, see the frequently asked questions on the MLA ’09 website or contact 2009 NPC members Julia Kochi (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Lisa Oberg (email@example.com).
submitted by Anne K. Seymour
Chapter Council Representative, 2008-2011
One of the goals of the Educational Media and Technologies section (EMTS) of MLA for 2008-2009 was to create a sustainable award that would encourage attendance of EMTS members at the annual meetings. While we are not the wealthiest section in MLA, we thought it important to use our money in this way not only to help the members of our section, but also to enhance the experience of MLA at large by our awardees’ attendance.
The section will award up to two individuals $250 each to support attendance at the MLA annual meeting. Applicants must be a current member of EMTS. Priority is given to applicants presenting a paper, poster, presentation or other professional commitment in the area of educational media and technology. Newer members of the EMTS section and/or of MLA are encouraged to apply.
Applications are due to Judy Spak via email by January 2nd and will be reviewed by a jury of EMTS members including both new and long-standing members to the section. Please direct any questions to Judy Spak.