MLA- Eugene Garfield Research Fellowship

The Medical Library Association Eugene Garfield Research Fellowship promotes and supports research in the history of information science. The $5000 fellowship, established in 2013, is to be used for research-related purposes regarding the history of information science to increase the underlying knowledgebase in this area and enhance the current and future practice of the information professions, particularly health sciences librarianship.  Health sciences librarians and information scientists, health professionals, researchers, educators, and administrators are eligible. Applicants must have a master’s or doctor’s degree or be enrolled in a program leading to such a degree and demonstrate a commitment to the health sciences. The fellowship is not designed to support research for a doctoral dissertation or master’s thesis.

The award is not restricted to disbursement in a single year and funding may be disbursed over a period of up to two years depending on the needs of the research fellow. The award may be used to supplement or extend other awards, including other private or government-supported fellowships, but is not contingent on receiving other awards.  Please see the MLA Grants and Scholarships page  (  on MLANET for more information. The submission deadline is December 1.

Deadline approaching: MLA ’14 submissions- NOV. 1

*Call for Participation, MLA’14 “Building Our Information Future” **May 16-21, 2014, Chicago*

Be inspired to think how you can be an architect of a health information landscape that responds to the challenges of growth and an ever-evolving environment.  How will you design your blueprint for the information future? What tools will you need? What skills will be required? How will you know if what you construct is useful?  The Medical Library Association’s 2014 Annual Meeting will offer you an opportunity to plan and style an information future that reflects expanding roles to reach new heights.

The 2014 National Program Committee invites you to submit an abstract for a contributed paper or poster that reflects on the best ideas for the future of information practices in health sciences librarianship. To begin, review the instructions in the paper/poster FAQ at: and then log in to the online submission process.  Abstracts are due November 1, 2013.

Make plans to join your colleagues for MLA’14 in Chicago to build your information future at the largest meeting of medial librarians and heath sciences information professionals in the world!  In January, preliminary programs will be mailed to MLA members and meeting registration will officially open. For more information see:

Deadline approaching: MLA Rising Stars- NOV. 1

The MLA Rising Star program has been developed for MLA members who are interested in attaining leadership roles in MLA but who have not yet become active at a national level. The one-year leadership development program matches each Rising Star with a mentor in a curriculum that includes:

  • learning how MLA succeeds through the volunteer efforts of its members;
  • the roles of the MLA Board and staff; and
  • project management skills applied to an actual MLA project.

Application and information can be found online at:

Applications are due November 1, 2013.

Also, if your chapter, section, or committee is interested in submitting a project for the program, the host/mentor application can be found online at:

Host/Mentor applications are also due November 1, 2013.

Jean Williams Sayres Innovation Award 2013

Jean Williams Sayres Innovation Award – 2013 – MESH and CIHSLC

Congratulations to MESH and the Central Indiana Health Sciences Libraries Consortium (CIHSLC)!

Both MESH and CIHSLC received the 2013 Jean Williams Sayre Innovation Award for disaster education and information partnership in central Indiana.  This award was granted by the Midwest Chapter/ Medical Library Association for the collaboration between the disaster preparedness agency and medical information professionals on multiple projects.  These agencies created a unique partnership to provide disaster education to medical and public librarians as well as medical information resources for first responder agencies during crisis.

CIHSLC consists of medical librarians who are experienced in providing health information to both professionals and consumers, in a hospital, academic and/or clinical environment.  The consortium exists to encourage resource sharing, joint purchases, cost savings, professional camaraderie, and to create, provide and fund unique continuing education & professional development opportunities for members and non-members alike. CIHSLC is a consortium of health science libraries in Indianapolis and Central Indiana. Since its inception in 1979, CIHSLC’s membership has been active in promoting the professional development of health science librarians; advocating for professional concerns in the workplace, library community, and local/national government; advocating for access to quality healthcare information; and promoting resource sharing.

MESH consists of clinicians and non-clinicians who unite the Indianapolis healthcare community.  MESH provides training and education to first responders, including public safety partners such as the Indianapolis Fire Department, Indianapolis EMS, area hospitals, including two Level 1 Trauma Centers,  the Indiana State Department of Health and more.  MESH is a nationally recognized, innovative, public-private non-profit coalition that enables healthcare providers to respond effectively to emergency events and remain viable through recovery. MESH provides four core services to the healthcare, public health, and public safety community: (1) Education and Training; (2) Planning and Exercising; (3) Policy Analysis; and (4) Healthcare Intelligence.  MESH programs increase capacity of healthcare providers to respond to emergency events, and all programs and services are designed to support and promote improved healthcare operations every day.  MESH serves as the Medical Multi-Agency Coordination Center (Medical MACC) for Marion County, providing healthcare intelligence fusion services to the emergency where to buy tramadol online management community by gathering, analyzing, and reporting on intelligence gathered from throughout the healthcare sector. In addition to providing intelligence from the healthcare sector to public sector officials, MESH provides just-in-time information and intelligence to the private healthcare sector about ongoing events and known risks in the community.

MESH was awarded a grant by the National Library of Medicine to provide enhanced access to up-to-date and accurate health and disaster preparedness information to local and state public health and emergency management agencies.  This innovative collaboration resulted in benefits to Indiana emergency response agencies and the Indiana information professional community.

A CIHSLC librarian working group was established to advise MESH on the best evidence-based print resources to deploy with emergency responders during disaster.  These print resources will be stored with the MESH Mastfs.  A Mastf is a large army-type medical tent, capable of being deployed immediately and establishing a fully functioning mobile field hospital within 4 hours of delivery. This print collection was designed specifically with the needs of first responders and an all-hazards approach in mind.  Reference books were selected based upon established authority, and ease of use in a clinical setting. Subjects covered include primary care, emergency care, vulnerable populations including children, the elderly, the homeless and human companion animals (veterinary care for cats, dogs, etc).

MESH also provided trainings to medical and public librarians in the state of Indiana on continuity of operations, the incident command system, healthcare leadership, emergency triage, family reunification following disasters, and emergency medical services operations.  These trainings help information professionals better understand where their skills and resources can be utilized in disaster planning, during crisis response and recovery.  Libraries have become indispensable resources during natural disasters and man-made crisis.  These trainings help librarians prepare their own institutions for catastrophic events and teach them how to help their local disaster response agencies and their communities.

An important part of the MESH healthcare intelligence program is the Daily Situational Awareness Brief, which was developed as a means to provide emergency preparedness and healthcare providers with critical information about potential threats. The Brief began publication in April 2011 and is a free, subscription-based, service in Marion County Indiana. The Brief is comprised of three sections: (1) Environmental; (2) Threat Analysis with Action Steps; and (3) Events. The Environmental section includes information on environmental conditions that can impact the health and welfare of the population. The Threat Analysis section includes information on current and/or potential threats to the healthcare sector and provides specific action steps the reader can take to mitigate, prepare, respond and/or recover from the threat/potential threat. The Event section includes a listing of local mass gathering events.  MESH consulted CIHSLC on the Brief for feedback on subjects, appropriate literacy/reading comprehension level/ writing, and additional avenues of distribution/increased readership.  Information availability of disaster planning increased by increasing total distribution of the brief and by including information professionals on this dissemination.

This partnership benefits the disaster response community, Indiana libraries and librarians, and the Indianapolis Community.

Congrats again! Many thanks to the Midwest Chapter/MLA.

Kacy Allgood
The Ambulance Riding Librarian

W. Oct 16- FREE Online Conference- The Digital Shift: Reinventing Libraries

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The Digital Shift: Reinventing Libraries
Library Journal | School Library Journal Online Event
October 16, 2013
10:00 am – 5:00 pm ETOur 4th annual online event is back with a dynamic new format, featuring programming designed to take libraries into the future to better serve their community’s evolving needs.The Digital Shift: Reinventing Libraries will offer thought-provoking discussions and actionable solutions to some of the biggest challenges libraries are facing, including rethinking collections, engaging the community, and helping students and patrons learn. The program will feature insights on managing new technologies and services; the latest developments in ebooks and streaming media; optimizing discovery; and much more!

Our expert speakers and panelists will present innovative ideas and actionable solutions for and from libraries of all types – school, academic, and public.

Program tracks will focus on three key areas:

 Community: Programming, Support, and Resource Sharing

 Instruction: Helping Students and Patrons Learn

 New Collections, New Content: Beyond the Container

This free, full-day online event will feature an inspiring cheap cialis super active keynote on“Libraries and Connected Learning” from professor, anthropologist, and author Mimi Ito; a forward-looking panel of thought leaders from the DPLA, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Gates Library Foundation, IMLS, and ALA; and a Who’s Who of library professionals from across the US and Canada.

Sessions include:

 Learning 2.0 Meets MOOC: Professional Development Evolves

 Flipped School Libraries

 The Community Joins In: Library Maker Spaces

 eCollections: Beyond Novelty – Focusing in on Collection
Development, Self-Publishing, and eMagazines

The Digital Shift: Reinventing Libraries (#TDS13) brings a national library conference right to your desktop computer, laptop, tablet, or mobile device, complete with:

 The Exhibit Hall: learn about the latest products and innovations
from our sponsors

 The Librarians’ Lounge: network with library professionals from
across the globe

 A Tote Bag: Download all of the presentations, handouts, and
promotional information you want

Registration for the live event is FREE and includes 3 months of access to the event archives on demand, including the presentations, information and handouts from the show, so sign up today!