News from MLA

2011/12 MLA Election Results
On December 8, 2010, the 2011/12 MLA election results were certified and notarized by Survey and Ballot Systems, MLA’s election contractor. All candidates have been given the results, and MLA thanks everyone who agreed to run. The candidates listed below will assume office at the conclusion of MLA ’11 in Minneapolis.

President-elect
Jane L. Blumenthal, AHIP, Director, Taubman Health Sciences Libraries, University of Michigan–Ann Arbor

Board of Directors (2011–2014)

  • Michelle Kraft, AHIP, Senior Medical Librarian, Alumni Library, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH
  • Gabe R. Rios, Deputy Director, Lister Hill Library of the Health Sciences, University of Alabama–Birmingham
  • Joy Summers-Ables, AHIP, Associate Director and Head of Library Computing and Information Services, Robert M. Bird Health Sciences Library, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center–Oklahoma City

Nominating Committee

  • Margaret (Peg) Allen, AHIP, FMLA
  • Janet L. Cowen, AHIP
  • Melissa De Santis, AHIP
  • Rosalind F. Dudden, AHIP, FMLA
  • Patricia C. Higginbottom, AHIP
  • Joanne Gard Marshall, AHIP, FMLA
  • Mary Fran Prottsman, AHIP
  • Melissa Rethlefsen, AHIP
  • Patricia L. Thibodeau, AHIP, FMLA

Connie Schardt, AHIP, MLA’s 2010/11 immediate past president, will chair the Nominating Committee.

Second Dues Notice in the Mail
Second notices for 2011 individual membership dues are being mailed via US postal service. If you recently sent your payment and you receive a notice in the mail, please disregard it. Questions? Contact Tomi Gunn, 312.419.9094 x11, or Kate Corcoran, 312.419.9094 x12.

MLA ABCs of E-books DVD Now Available
If you missed MLA’s “ABCs of E-books: Strategies for the Medical Library,” you can purchase the program through the MLANET Online Store. Join Mark E. Funk, AHIP, FMLA, Elizabeth R. Lorbeer, AHIP, Meg White, Karen Fischer, Michael Wright, Michelle Kraft, AHIP, and Marian Simonson, AHIP as they:

  • provide an overview of electronic books management in the health sciences library environment;
  • cover e-book purchasing issues, such as choosing a platform; individual titles versus packages; licensing issues; pricing models; terms of ownership; and site license versus concurrent users; and
  • discuss related management issues, such as cataloging, subject lists and title lists, federated searching, and usage statistics.

Registration Now Open for the 2011 Disaster Information Outreach Symposium
The Disaster Information Outreach Symposium will be held March 29–30, 2011, at the National Library of Medicine (NLM). Seats are limited, so register early! The symposium will focus on providing disaster-related health information to hospitals, universities, government agencies, emergency management personnel, and the community. Speakers from the federal government, military, academic institutions, medical settings , and voluntary agencies will describe their information needs. Librarians will share their efforts to provide high-quality health information during all phases of a disaster. Attendees will also learn more about MLA’s new specialization program in disaster health information outreach.

For more information, please contact the NLM Disaster Information Management Research Center by email.

JMLA Moves to Online Submission System
Effective December 1, 2010, the Journal of the Medical Library Association (JMLA) has moved to a new online submission system for peer-reviewed material. Manuscripts intended for peer review should now be submitted at www.edmgr.com/jmla/. Full instructions for the new submission process can be found on the JMLA Information for Authors website. Other types of submissions, such as editorials, the Janet Doe Lecture, and commentary and opinion, as well as general inquiries, should continue to be sent to the editor.

Donation Opportunities
The Board of Directors gratefully acknowledges and thanks members who have made donations over the past year. As 2010 comes to a close, opportunities for year-end giving exist in the following areas:

  • assisting medical libraries impacted by natural and man-made disasters throughout the world through MLA’s Medical Library Disaster Fund;
  • furthering MLA’s research agenda through the Donald A. B. Lindberg Research Fellowship Fund; and
  • providing continued professional development and recognition opportunities through MLA’s Grants and Scholarship Fund.

If you wish to contribute to any of these funds or others, please make your payment payable to the Medical Library Association and designate the fund of your choice in your check’s subject line or in an accompanying note. Contributions may also be made online through the MLA store. MLA is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit professional educational organization, and your donation is fully tax deductible.

Fiscal Year 2011 Appropriations Update
On December 8, the US House of Representatives passed a continuing resolution for fiscal year 2011 that funds most departments, agencies, and programs of the federal government at current fiscal year 2010 levels through September 30, 2011. The resolution provides funding (up to $25 million) for the “Cures Acceleration Network” at the National Institutes of Health. This new program was authorized in the health reform legislation and is designed to speed the translation of basic biomedical research findings into new treatments. The resolution also provides additional funding to the Health Resources and Services Administration for health professions training activities, with a focus on primary care. The continuing resolution is now in the Senate for consideration.

Call for Nominations: Daniel T. Richards Prize
The MLA Collection Development Section seeks nominations for the Daniel T. Richards Prize. The Richards Prize is presented to an individual who creates a written work in any format related to collecting in the health sciences. The work must be widely accessible to the library community and written or produced within the last two years. The deadline for nominations is Friday, January 14, 2011, 5:00 p.m., central time. Self-nominations are acceptable. Nominations should include the complete names of authors, addresses, institutional affiliations, and the complete citation along with a final version of the work. Email nominations to Rebecca Raszewski. The winner, the winner’s institution, Developments, and the MLA News will be notified prior to the MLA annual meeting.

DeBakey Library Services Outreach Award Deadline Extended!
The Friends of the National Library of Medicine have extended the deadline for nominations for the 2011 Michael E. DeBakey Library Services Outreach Award. The DeBakey Award recognizes outstanding service and contributions to rural and underserved communities by a practicing health sciences librarian. The nomination deadline is now March 1, 2011. Please nominate a colleague today!

Help Shape MLA’s Electronic Publishing Program
Take this 10–15 minute survey and share your thoughts on the electronic delivery of the upcoming book The MLA Master Guide to Authoritative Information Resources in the Health Sciences. Your input is invaluable to the MLA Books Panel and Neal-Schuman Publishers, co-publishers of the MLA Books imprint.

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