August 31, 2017

MOOCs for Librarians

Many of us are planning on taking advantage of the CE offerings at this year's SC/MLA meeting. Even more of us enjoy the training opportunities provided by the NN/LM. But how many of us make use of another (mostly free) form of professional development: Massive Open Online Courses or MOOCs?

While fitting a MOOC into our busy schedules may not be an easy task, most of the major MOOC providers (Coursera, edX, Udacity, etc.) allow learners to "audit" courses free of charge and at their own pace. There a several MOOCs currently on offer that relate to the work that we do. Perhaps you're interested in learning more about data science or, more specifically, research data management? Or maybe you wish you were more familiar with  open education or bioinformatics? Or perhaps you're interested in how people learn and would enjoy taking one of the most popular MOOCs around?

Have you taken any MOOCs? Did you have a good learning experience?

August 2, 2017

Annual Meeting Website Up and Running

The SC/MLA 2017 Local Arrangements Committee and Program Committee are excited to announce that the website is up and running for members and others to register to attend the Annual Meeting in Knoxville, TN this October!

The Annual Meeting website is also accessible via the SC/MLA website. We look forward to a wonderful Knoxville experience! 

August 1, 2017

Janet Doe Lectureship Call for Nominations

Nominations for the 2019 Janet Doe Lectureship are now being accepted! The 2019 Doe Lectureship will be delivered during the MLA annual meeting in Chicago, IL.

The Janet Doe Lectureship was established to support a lecture in honor of Janet Doe. The Doe Lectureship offers both significant recognition and the opportunity to present a major plenary session lecture at the annual meeting of the Medical Library Association. The lecturer receives a certificate at the annual meeting, a $500 honorarium, and up to $1,700 to reimburse out-of-pocket expenses for travel, one day hotel and per diem, conference registration, guest ticket(s) for non-MLA members, and expenses related to research and/or preparation of the presentation.

Nominations are due to the MLA Headquarters by November 1, 2017, and should be submitted by members of the Association. Self-nominations are accepted. General information, criteria, and the nomination form can be found at the following link:

For more information, please contact the Doe Jury Chair, Elizabeth Hinton (