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  • 03/23/2024 1:15 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Programming Committee is pleased to announce the 4th Annual Liberty Chapter Meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 16, 2024, from 10:00am-4:00pm at The Great Hall at The Rockefeller University; 1230 York Avenue, New York, NY 10065. The meeting will be held in-person and virtually.

    The programming committee is actively meeting to create an engaging program for all our attendees. The theme for this year's meeting is “Making an Impact.”

    Please join us for this event! 

    Allison Piazza
    Programming Committee, Chair 
    Jaclyn Morales
    Elizabeth Blake Melissa Brown
    Helen-Ann Epstein
    Mina Ghajar
    Rie Goto
    Gary Kaplan
    Lara Lasner-Frater
    Ryan Norman
    Theresa Rienzo
    Mahnaz Tehrani

  • 01/07/2024 7:16 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Drexel University is hosting the NLM traveling exhibit this winter from February 12th – March 23, 2024.

    This year the exhibit is entitled Aids, posters, and stories of global health: A people’s history of the pandemic. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

    A detailed description is available here:  https://libcal.library.drexel.edu/event/11526534

  • 10/20/2023 11:46 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee of the Liberty Chapter of the Medical Library Association would like to invite you to take part in an online Racial Equity Training Series, offered by Health Resources in Action

    This series is offered in three sessions. We recommend signing up only if you can attend all three sessions as the training is interactive and builds upon the last one.

    • Session 1: Health Equity: Wednesday, November 29th, 11am-1pm
    • Session 2: Unpacking Our Biases: Wednesday, December 6th, 11am-1pm
    • Session 3: White Supremacy Culture and Organizations: Tuesday, December 12th, 11am-1pm

    Here is  a full description of each training session.

    Cost is $75 per participant (for Liberty Chapter MLA members) for all 3 sessions.  Registration will be open until Friday, Nov 17.

    If the cost of the program is a potential barrier for you, consider applying for one of three full scholarships for the training series. The application is due by Wednesday, Nov 15. Scholarship recipients will be notified by Friday, Nov 24, and a full invoice waiver will be set up for them. 

    If you have any questions about this training, please reach out to Sarah Jewell, the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee Chair at stj4006@med.cornell.edu

  • 10/12/2023 3:43 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We are excited to announce that our chapter member, Kristine Alpi, Associate Dean for Libraries and Information Sciences at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, will showcase our beloved profession, Health Sciences Librarianship, in the event hosted by the Special Library Association’s New York Community (SLA-NY)!! 

    Please register to attend and/or forward this invitation to library students and/or other librarians who may be interested in learning more about Health Sciences Librarianship!

    Event: SLA NY and MLA Liberty Chapter - Basics of Health Sciences Librarianship

    When: Wed, Oct 18, 6-7:30 p.m. (ET)
    Where: Virtual (Zoom)

    The presentation will explore the contexts and impacts of health information professional work on

    • Health practitioners
    • Creators of biomedical knowledge
    • Patients, consumers, and caregivers

    For more information:
    Please visit https://connect.sla.org/newyork/home  

  • 09/08/2023 11:53 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On behalf of the Liberty Chapter Board and the Programming Committee, I’d like to invite you to our Business Meeting and Continuing Education program, which will take place on Wednesday, October 4 from 10:00am to 3:00pm.

    The 2023 Business Meeting is free to attend for all chapter members. After NNLM and MLA updates, we will have the Liberty Chapter Business Meeting, followed by a CE event led by Liberty Chapter member, Jordan Correia, titled, “Trans Competency, MedEd, & MedLib: What We Know and What We Can Do.” Please see the schedule below for further details.

    Register for the Business Meeting (Virtual) Here

    Are you still deciding whether to attend our Annual Meeting on Wednesday, October 11 in-person or virtually? We’re a little over a month out from the event, so register soon! Check out our website for Schedule, Speaker, and Hotel & Transportation information.

    Register for the Annual Meeting (Hybrid) Here

    October 4 Business Meeting Schedule:

    10:00am – 10:10am Welcome and Introduction

    10:10am – 10:40am NNLM Region 1& 7 Update (Speakers: Tony Nguyen, Region 1, NNLM & Jessica Kilham, Region 7, NNLM)

    10:40am – 10:45am Participant break/tech set-up

    10:45am – 11:15am MLA Update (Speaker: Amy Blevins, President, Medical Library Association)

    11:15am – 11:20am Participant break/tech set-up

    11:20am – 1:00pm Liberty Chapter Business Meeting (Led by: Gary Childs & Yingting Zhang, Co-Chairs, Liberty Chapter)

    1:00pm – 1:30pm Lunch Break

    1:30pm – 3:00pm Continuing Education program:

    "Trans Competency, MedEd, & MedLib: What We Know and What We Can Do." (Speaker: Jordan Correia)

    LGBTQ+ competency is an increasing topic of interest for healthcare professionals, particularly those who want to support and care for their transgender patients. Medical libraries and their institutions can play a role in supporting LGBTQ+ competency within medical education and help address the needs of transgender patients.

    Objectives: Understanding the role medical librarians play in LGBTQ+ competency for healthcare professionals and what barriers exist to help support this education; understanding what topics about LGBTQ+ competency are taught; discussing how to further support transgender patients and what gaps about LGBTQ+ competency exist


    • Chapter awards, grants, and their associated application forms are now available! The deadline to submit nominations and grant applications is September 30, 2023.
    • 2023 MLA Liberty Chapter Officer Elections are now open! You should have received an announcement on September 1. The deadline to vote is September 30, 2023.

  • 08/05/2023 2:03 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We are pleased to announce the 3rd Annual Liberty Chapter Meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 11, 2023, from 9:00am-4:00pm at the The Eakins Lounge at Thomas Jefferson University (1020 Locust Street, Philadelphia, Pa. 19107). The meeting will be held in-person and virtually. Registration is now open!

    The programming committee has been actively meeting to create an engaging program for all our attendees focusing on the suggestions you provided in a survey many of you answered earlier this year. These suggestions are captured in our theme: “Raising Our Voices.” With the assistance of our keynote speaker, Kathy Dempsey (author, The Accidental Library Marketer), we will learn and share practical advice for communicating to and for various stakeholders: deans/chairs in academia, c-suite executives and program directors in hospitals, medical and allied health students, people of color, the LGBTQIA+ community, etc.

    We are beyond excited to share this with you.  Please join us for this important event!

    Note: SAVE THE DATE! The Liberty Chapter Business Meeting will be taking place the week before our Annual Meeting on Wednesday, October 4. Registration information will follow shortly for this virtual meeting.  


    Allison Piazza, Programming Committee, Chair

    Gary M. Childs, Advisor
    Yingting Zhang, Advisor
    Marie Ascher

    Helen-Ann Epstein
    Mina Ghajar

    Rie Goto
    Ben Hoover

    Gary Kaplan
    Janice Lester

    Lara Lasner-Frater
    Janice Masud-Paul

    Jaclyn Morales
    Ryan Norman

    Stacy Posillico
    Theresa Rienzo

    Mahnaz Tehrani
    Daniel Verbit

  • 07/20/2023 11:13 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Do you know someone who would be a great addition to the MLA Liberty Chapter Board? The call for nominations for candidates is now open!

    The MLA Liberty Chapter is now seeking nominations/self-nominations for the following positions:

    1 BOARD MEMBER AT LARGE (2 year term): Duties include attending virtual board meetings (usually every other month for 2 hours) and discussing and voting on items brought to the group. Additional opportunities to join subcommittees and support special projects are available.

    3 NOMINATING COMMITEE MEMBERS (2 year term). Work involves providing virtual assistance to the Nominating Committee Chair during the summer and early fall.

    Please note that candidates for the Board Member at Large position need to be national MLA members. Members of the nominations committee, however, are not required to be national MLA members, only Liberty Chapter members.

    Service on the MLA Liberty Chapter Board is an excellent way to add to your resume and network with your fellow librarians. Committee service will also earn you AHIP points! You can receive 10 points for serving for two years on the Nominating Committee, 40 points for serving for two years as a Board Member at large.

    Please e-mail nominations or questions to: Laralu@gmail.com

    The deadline for nominations is July 31st.

    -Larissa Gordon, Chair, MLA Liberty Chapter Nominating Committee

  • 07/20/2023 11:09 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Please submit your proposal for a lightning talk (5 slides in 5 minutes) for the Third Annual Meeting of the MLA Liberty Chapter to be held Oct. 11, 2023 using this form:


    Think about items to share with colleagues around the meeting theme, "Raising Our Voices."

    They can be research or project descriptions.

    All project stages from conceptual development to final results are acceptable.

    Proposal abstracts should be 500 words or less. (See MLA '23 rubrics p.13-17 to help craft better proposals.)

    Slides will be available to the public unless you opt out. This will not affect acceptance decisions.

    Presenters must be registered for the conference and can present in person or virtually.


    • 8/21 Deadline for submission
    • 8/24 Acceptance announced
    • 10/6 Submit final slides
    • 10/11 Conference

    Send comments and questions to Helen-Ann Brown Epstein at habepstein@gmail.com, Gary Kaplan at Gary.Kaplan@jefferson.edu, Jackie Morales at JMorales31@northwell.edu and Mahnaz Tehrani at mtehrani@nyit.edu.


    Helen-Ann Brown Epstein

    Gary Kaplan

    Jackie Morales

    Mahnaz Tehrani

  • 06/13/2023 12:04 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On behalf of the 2023 Annual Meeting Program Committee, I’d like to invite you to our Annual Meeting, which will take place on Wednesday, October 11 at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA. The program will run from approximately 9:00am - 4:30pm. There will also be a virtual option available for those who cannot attend in-person. Registration details to follow in the coming months.

    Our official theme is “Raising Our Voices.” As a profession, we are facing a number of new and emerging issues, including, but not limited to, shifting services, resources and collaborative opportunities, diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives, medical misinformation, and artificial intelligence. Historically, librarians are (in general) not skilled in advocating for ourselves and our services, though this advocacy is essential to our survival and growth. On October 11, with the assistance of our keynote speaker, Kathy Dempsey, we will learn practical advice for communicating to and for various stakeholders: deans/chairs in academia, c-suite executives and program directors in hospitals, medical and allied health students, people of color, the LGBTQIA+ community, etc.

    The 2023 Annual Business Meeting date will be announced shortly.

    Will we see you at the 2023 Annual Meeting on October 11? Please complete this non-binding 1 question survey.


    Allison Piazza

    Chair, Programming Committee

    Programming CommitteeBen Hoover, Gary Childs, Helen-Ann Brown Epstein, Jaclyn Morales, Janice Lester, Janice Masud-Paul, Lara Lasner-Frater, Mahnaz Tehrani, Mina Ghajar, Ryan Norman, Stacy Posillico, Theresa Rienzo and Yingting Zhang.

  • 01/17/2023 2:57 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    You should have received an email on January 17, 2023 to renew your Liberty Chapter membership, which will expire on February 1, 2023.

    To renew your membership, log in to your profile with your email and password. Then click the Renew button under your renewal due date to update your profile information and renew your membership.

    Don't know your password? Reset it here.

    If you're experiencing financial hardship that could impact your ability to renew your membership, please contact us.

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