April 10, 2019

2019 SC/MLA Annual Meeting: Call for Papers & Posters

The SC/MLA Programming Committee invites you to submit proposals for contributed papers and posters for the 2019 SC/MLA 69th Annual Meeting in Savannah, GA on October 10-13.

The meeting theme is "Squaring the Circle: Libraries Shaping the Future"

Please submit a blinded abstract through this form following the structured abstract format by MLA's Research Section. There is a 300-word maximum. The blinded abstract, which will be used in a blind review process, must not include any specific information that would identify authors or institutions. The deadline for paper and poster abstract submissions is June 10, 2019.

Please consider the following when submitting abstract proposals:
  • "Squaring the Circle" is an impossible mathematical task and a metaphor for trying to accomplish the impossible. Please share experiences in which you have attempted the impossible, and either failed or succeeded.
  • Shaping the Future: Please describe how you are shaping the future of libraries and the health sciences in the areas of technology, resources, services, or library spaces.

December 4, 2018

Two Job Opportunities: Allied Health Sciences Librarian and Nursing Information Librarian (Augusta University)

The Robert B. Greenblatt, M.D. Library of Augusta University in Augusta, GA invites applications for the position of Allied Health Sciences Librarian. The primary focus of this full-time, non-tenure track faculty position is to provide customized library services to the College of Allied Health Sciences faculty, students and staff.

The Robert B. Greenblatt, M.D. Library of Augusta University in Augusta, GA also invites applications for the position of Nursing Information Librarian. The primary focus of this full-time, non-tenure track faculty position is to provide customized library services to the College of Nursing faculty, students and staff.


  • Master’s degree in library science from an ALA accredited program
  • Experience in a health sciences library or other health sciences environment
  • Knowledge and experience with current electronic health information resources and services
  • Flexibility to work collaboratively in a cross-trained team environment
  • Excellent written communication and interpersonal skills
  • Strong user-focused customer service skills and abilities
  • Evidence of ability to meet university standards in librarianship, teaching, publication and research, and service commensurate with faculty status

For more information, please see the full job postings at:

Please supply a cover letter, resume or CV, and three professional references as one PDF document.

October 17, 2018

Sign-Up for the Orlando Meeting Dine Arounds

We have created an electronic sign-up for the SC/MLA Annual Meeting dine arounds in Orlando on Friday, October 26. Groups will meet in the Wyndham Hotel lobby at 6 p.m.

If you are a new member and haven’t had a chance to meet many of your new colleagues this is a great way to meet some new friends and enjoy dinner. Sign up here as a facilitator (to lead the group) or as an attendee.


As of 10/17, two of the restaurants still need facilitators: Morimoto Asia and Paddlefish. Please consider leading one of these groups. Reservations have already been made. We just need someone to lead the group to the restaurants which are all in Disney Springs right next door to the hotel.

Special thanks to Carrie Cullens (USF) for creating the sign-up for us and Faith Schafer-Moody (UCF) for reserving the restaurants!

Don't Forget to Nominate! Beatty MLA Volunteer Service Award

The Beatty MLA Volunteer Service Award recognizes a medical librarian who has demonstrated outstanding, sustained service to the Medical Library Association (MLA) and the health sciences library profession.

  • Current member of MLA and for the last 10 years
  • Nominee should have made exceptional contributions to furthering the mission, goals, and objectives of MLA and the profession as demonstrated by outstanding and significant service in the association’s leadership, publications, research, special projects, or combination of these four elements
  • Nominee must not have served on the MLA Board of Directors or received a national MLA award prior to the time of nomination.

Nominate a colleague! Nominate yourself! (Don’t be shy.)  Due November 1, 11:59 p.m. (CDT). Find out more here.

October 12, 2018

SC/MLA...Just Around the Corner!

The 68th SC/MLA Annual Meeting is just around the corner! If you haven’t given much thought to the meeting venue, now’s the perfect time to take a look at what the Orlando has to offer. The Wyndham Lake Buena Vista is located within walking distance of the Disney Springs area, which might be worth exploring if you find yourself with some time to spare. And be sure to keep an eye out for more information about the Welcome Reception and Banquet – two popular events you won’t want to miss.

Temperatures will range from the upper 60’s to the lower 80’s, but it looks like there might be some rain on first day or so of the meeting. Don’t forget to pack an umbrella! You’ll find key information about the hotel and getting to and from the meeting on the website.

We’re looking forward to seeing you all in Orlando at the end of the month!

September 24, 2018

SC/MLA Annual Meeting: Sneak Peek of the Poster Presentation, "Flying without a Text: Using Open Educational Resources, E-books, and LibGuides for Nursing Education"

This week, we are offering you a preview of the poster, "Flying without a Text: Using Open Educational Resources, E-books, and LibGuides for Nursing Education," by Gregg Stevens, Stony Brook University. 

In recent years, many universities have supported efforts to reduce student textbook costs through encouraging faculty to incorporate Open Educational Resources (OERs) and other alternatives to expensive textbook purchases. What are the opportunities and challenges for this in health sciences education? This poster describes the experiences of a nursing librarian working with faculty to make the shift. 

If you’re interested in learning more about the possibilities, check out Poster S-02, “Flying without a Text: Using Open Educational Resources, E-books, and LibGuides for Nursing Education” during the Saturday poster session on October 27.

September 13, 2018

CE Offerings: Communicating Clinically

Are you looking to get move involved with clinicians in their environment, but aren’t exactly sure how to communicate with them? Do you want to learn about “rounds” and the common dialogue? If so, this Thursday afternoon CE, Communicating Clinically, might be exactly what you need!

It’s important for librarians to reach out to clinicians outside the library and this course will teach you common techniques to better communication with physicians, nurses, and other healthcare professionals in their environment. Julia Esparza, the course instruction, will illustrate what clinicians see as useful information. In addition, participants will listen and identify information needs from actual clinical rounds.

Sign up for this course and receive 4 MLA CE credits. It’s being held on Thursday, October 25 from 1:00pm to 5:00pm. The price is $100/member or $125/nonmember. For more information, please see the website.