Wednesday, September 30, 2020

MLA 2021: Call for papers, posters, lightning talks, etc



The 2021 National Program Committee invites abstract submissions that support the annual meeting theme of “Transforming our Diversifying Communities." The call has been divided into two calls for submission:

  • Call for papers and immersion sessions: Now open! Deadline is October 21, 2020, 6:00 p.m., central time
  • Call for posters and lightning talks: Will open December 11, 2020. Deadline is January 22, 2021, 6:00 p.m., central time

Accept and decline letters will be sent in early December for immersion sessions and papers, and early February for lightning talks and posters.

How to Submit

  • Submit your paper structured abstract with a description of a research project or program using the guidelines on MLANET.
  • Groups (caucuses, chapters, and others) can submit proposals for substantial, focused content sessions (for example, invited speakers or panel presentations) in the first call. Previously known as special content sessions, these are now called immersion sessions.
  • The MLA Research Caucus awards individuals with the best research-based papers and posters. Details about research awards for MLA ’21 will be provided once MLA’s new community structure is in place.

FAQs and More Information

Questions: Contact the Contributed Content Planning Group

Contributed Content Planning Group

  • Papers: Barbara Ballew, AHIP, Alexa Mayo, AHIP, Kim Mears, and Jennifer Schram, AHIP
  • Posters: Rebecca Carlson, AHIP, Kelsey Grabeel, AHIP, and Jessica Sender, AHIP
  • Lightning talks: Charlotte Beyer, AHIP, Margaret Hoogland, AHIP, and Gregg Stevens, AHIP
  • Immersion sessions: National Program Committee Contributed Content Working Group

Key Dates


  • September 15: Online submission site for papers and immersion sessions (formerly, special content sessions) opens
  • October 21, 6:00 p.m., central time: Deadline for paper and immersion session submissions
  • December: MLA sends notifications of acceptance for paper and immersion session submissions
  • December 11: Submit abstracts for posters and lightning talks


  • January 22, 6:00 p.m., central time: Deadline for poster and lightning talk submissions
  • February: MLA sends notifications of acceptance for posters and lightning talks

Submit Your Abstract Now

Monday, September 28, 2020

The Covid Drug Wars

The Covid Drug Wars that Pitted Doctor Against Doctor 

  • from The New York Times Magazine - August 8, 2020
  • You can also listen to it (like a podcast) if you prefer to multi task.
  • There's a Wisconsin tie-in with a doctor at UW-Madison, who later went to Aurora-Milwaukee
Every once in a while, I stumble across a podcast, article, or discussion that sticks with me, and haunts me enough to share it with you here on the WHSLA Blog in the hopes that it might generate some additional discussion. This is such an article.

I found out about this fascinating article by way of Daniel Griffin, MD, PhD, a NYC physician and instructor at The Columbia University Medical Center.  He works in the trenches of The Covid Pandemic and gives a regular Covid-19 clinical update on the This Week in Virology (TWiV) Podcast.  He talked about this article back on August 23, 2020. 

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  • from August 23, 2020
  • Listen to the first 40 min. (or so) for Griffin's talk.  [Skip the first 5:30 min. of introductions.]
  • They also have a Microbe tv version where you can watch the Zoom mtg, if you prefer.

I think it's helpful to hear Griffin's talk about it because he was seeing some of the same things in real life.   As a Medical Librarian during Covid-19, I was distressed about the lack of best evidence and how people were making treatment decisions.  It just goes to show that physicians are people, too.  Human Beings.  When confronted with so much human suffering,  the emotional drive to do something/anything can override what might be best for the patient -- esp. when you don't really know what treatments work or not.   

It's a fascinating look at what happened, and what went wrong.
I'd love to know what you think ...

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Free Library Carpentry Workshops

The NNLM Training Office is pleased to announce a new opportunity for information professionals to build data skills through online Library Carpentry workshops, at no cost to participants.

Library Carpentry focuses on building software and data skills within library and information-related communities. Their goal is to empower people in these roles to use software and data in their own work and to become advocates for and train others in efficient, effective and reproducible data and software practices.

The target audience is learners who have little to no prior computational experience. The instructors put a priority on creating a friendly environment to empower participants and enable data-driven discovery. Those with some experience will also benefit, as the goal is to teach not only how to do analyses, but how to manage the process to make it as automated and reproducible as possible. To see some great examples of how you might use and apply these new skills, check out

In addition to participating in Library Carpentry workshops, NNLM members will also have the opportunity to receive training to become instructors for Library Carpentry.

To learn more about these opportunities, we invite you to attend an informational session hosted by members of the Library Carpentry community, and The Carpentries Executive Director, Dr. Kari L. Jordan.

Join us Thursday, October 8, 2020 at 11AM Pacific / 12PM Mountain/ 1PM Central/ 2 PM Eastern.

Information on applications and workshop dates will be available soon.

Contact for more information.

Rebecca Brown, MLS, AHIP, CPACC
Training Development Specialist
Network of the National Library of Medicine Training Office (NTO)
Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library
University of Utah

Reposted from Medlib-L. Sept. 18, 2020.


Added October 15, 2020:

The NNLM Training Office is pleased to announce a new opportunity for information professionals to build data skills through online Library Carpentry workshops, at no cost to participants. 5 workshops will be offered October through January. Applications open now and more information. Questions can be directed to 

Jessi Van Der Volgen | Assistant Director | NNLM Training Office
Eccles Health Sciences Library | University of Utah | 801-581-4704

MedlinePlus to become the NLM Home for Information in Multiple Languages


Starting on October 1, 2020, materials that are part of the National Library of Medicine's (NLM) HealthReach will become part of MedlinePlus, NLM's flagship website for health information for patients, families, and the general public. 

Established in 2007 as the Refugee Health Information Network, HealthReach has provided access to free, high-quality multilingual consumer health information resources for those providing services to individuals with limited English proficiency. We invite users to explore health information in multiple languages on MedlinePlus:

This change to integrate HealthReach material into MedlinePlus, ending it as a stand-alone product, is part of the initiative to align and consolidate the Library's consumer health information to make it easier for online health information seekers to find and navigate trusted health information from NLM. 

This enhancement aligns with NLM's second goal of its strategic plan to reach more people in more ways through enhanced dissemination of information. Most material previously available at HealthReach will become accessible via MedlinePlus.

Please contact the NLM Support Center with any questions or suggestions.

Monday, September 21, 2020

More lessons from history

Sometimes when you're in the midst of something horrible, it's hard to imagine there will ever be an end to it.  But this article from the Journal of Hospital Librarianship reminds us that humanity has survived other pandemics.  We'll get through it eventually.

Side note, a man named Tony Labella is thought to have infected more than twice as many people with typhoid as Mary Mallon did.  Why doesn't anyone remember "Typhoid Tony?"

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Science backgrounds for all your videoconferencing needs

Finding yourself in more online meetings lately?  Have kids attending class virtually?  Head on over to the NIGMS Image and Video Gallery for a variety of scientific photos and illustrations to use as backgrounds!  

Thanks to Abbey Bigler for her Biomedical Beat Blog post suggesting this.  Who knew mouse retinas were so pretty under a microscope?

Does this neuron make me look smarter?

Friday, September 11, 2020

WHSLA Professional Development Survey - take by 9/15/20

Hi everyone,

I hope you all had a chance to enjoy some of our lovely Wisconsin summer. It sure seems like fall is upon us! I am writing to ask all of you to participate in the WHSLA survey concerning the use of the WHSLA professional development award money. 

There is an explanation of the issue that was brought up to the board several months ago in the survey.  Please take the time to read it and also read the options that were proposed by the ad hoc committee created to address the issue.

Once you have read through the options please select one and submit the survey. The survey is open now and will close in five days.

You can access it here:


If you have any questions, please let me know. Remember not to reply to this email, but rather email me here: Dora at home


Dora Davis

WHSLA Professional Development Coordinator

WHSLA Fall Board meeting coming up Thursday, Sept 17 at 10 am

WHSLA members, don't forget our fall Board Meeting is scheduled for next Thursday, September 17 at 10 am, held via GoToWebinar.

Board and Committee members please submit your reports asap to WHSLA President, Holly Egebo

If you would like to attend but haven't yet received your invitation, please email WHSLA President, Holly Egebo


Thursday, September 3, 2020

Free Copyright Webinar 13-part Series Runs through the end of 2020


The Miami University Libraries copyright webinar series starts in September! 

In our first webinar  Hope O’Keeffe, Associate General Counsel of the Library of Congress, will be talking about copyright and legal issues associated with 3D scanning and printing [This one is already past.] 

We'll be hosting 13 other webinars in the coming months that cover a variety of copyright topics, including:

  *   Copyright and Online Education
  *   Works Made for Hire
  *   Copyright as Professional Development
  *   Uncovering Copyright Training/Needs Data
  *   The Surprising Power of “Such As” and “Include” in the Fair Use Clause
  *   Developing a Copyright Instruction Program from the Ground Up
  *   Copyright Support for Open, Multimodal Assignments
  *   Using a Multi-Modal Project to Teach Ethical and Legal Use of Information
  *   Considering DMCA 1201 in 2020 and Beyond
  *   Legacy Video Access after Section 108
  *   The Threat to Perpetual Access: Licensed Electronic Resources & Open Access
  *   Copyright Coffee Series at the World Bank Group Library
  *   A Research Forum/Virtual Poster Session

You can learn more about these webinars and register for them through our website.

Information about webinar presenters.  

Posted to the Medlib-L on Aug. 28, 2020.

Genetics Home Reference Merged into MedlinePlus


Thanks to WHSLA Member Barb Ruggeri for recommending this article for the WHSLA Blog.

As of October 1, 2020, the National Library of Medicine (NLM) will no longer offer Genetics Home Reference as a stand-alone website. Most of the content from Genetics Home Reference will be available in MedlinePlus, the NLM flagship website for health information for patients, families, and the general public. Please visit to access genetics content in MedlinePlus.

The decision to merge Genetics Home Reference into MedlinePlus is in line with our commitment to the NLM Strategic Plan 2017-2027: A Platform for Biomedical Discovery and Data-Powered Health.  This change is also part of the initiative to align and consolidate the Library's consumer health information to make it easier for online health information seekers to find and navigate trusted health information from NLM.

The genetics section of MedlinePlus includes information on more than 1300 genetic conditions, 1475 genes, all of the human chromosomes, and mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA). There you will also find the Help Me Understand Genetics primer, which offers a basic explanation of how genes work and how mutations cause disorders, as well as current information about genetic testing, gene therapy, genetics research, and precision medicine. As knowledge of the genetic basis of diseases steadily increases and genetic testing becomes more prevalent, MedlinePlus will continue to produce reliable genetic disease information.

Starting on October 1, 2020, the URLs for Genetics Home Reference content that has been integrated will redirect to the corresponding pages on MedlinePlus. Additionally, selected information from Genetics Home Reference will be available via data files and API, and via MedlinePlus Connect.

Additional information is available on the MedlinePlus is the New Home of Genetics Home Reference page.

NLM welcomes feedback on its products and services. Please contact the NLM Support Center with any questions.

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Merck Manuals Medical Myths Podcast: Setting the Record Straight on Medical Misinformation

Setting the record straight on medical misinformation

  • All eight episodes of season two of the Merck Manuals Medical Myths Podcast are now available! 
  • Started in 2019, these podcasts were created to help dispel common medical myths and misconceptions. 
  • The Merck Manuals Medical Myths Podcast features nationally recognized physicians setting the record straight on a wide variety of topics, from what's really happening when you crack your knuckles to whether or not a stick of gum really stays in your body for seven years.

This season's topics and physicians include:

1. Rheumatology Myths featuring Brian F. Mandell, MD, PhD, Professor and Chairman of Academic Medicine, Department of Rheumatic and Immunologic Diseases, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University

2. Vertigo Myths featuring David M. Kaylie, MS, MD, Duke University Medical Center

3. Hypertension Myths featuring George L. Bakris, MD, University of Chicago School of Medicine

4. Gastrointestinal Myths featuring Jonathan I. Gotfried, MD, Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University

5. Vision Myths featuring Sunir J. Garg, MD, Retina Physician and Surgeon, Wills Eye Hospital

6. COVID-19 and its Effects on Kids featuring Catherine Soprano, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University; Attending Physician, Diagnostic Referral Division, Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children

7. Dental Myths featuring David F. Murchison, DDS, Texas A&M College of Dentistry

8. Hangovers Myths featuring Rika O’Malley, MD, Albert Einstein Medical Center

Visit to download the Merck Manuals Medical Myths Podcast from your favorite platform.