Keep checking back as our site migrates to the new Medical Library Association (MLA) platform, Socious, next month! HALS members will benefit from having easier access to our member list as well as more and improved options for communicating information of interest to our section and others.
HALS members: Our business meeting will take place bright and early Sunday morning, May 17th. If you will be at MLA this year, please join us from 7-8:55 in Hilton Austin, Sixth Floor, Room 617. Hope to see you there!
MLA has recently posted exciting news about new goals that its executive board has set based on input from its MLA Futures Task Force:
1. Rationalize MLA programs and services and streamline and clarify organizational structure
2. Align MLA programs, services, and governance with new professional members’ needs and expectations
3. Strengthen MLA’s educational curriculum and offerings
4. Rationalize and transform MLA information and communication systems
What do you think about these new goals as applied to health association libraries?
Read more on MLA Prez Linda Walton’s post The Time for Change is Now
HALS will be presenting a poster on its scope, members and activities at the Medical Library Association meeting in Austin this May. Come by the Hall of Exhibits on Sunday, May 17th from 2-2:55 to meet some of us and learn about the section.
On Tuesday, May 19th from 3-4:25 for the 2015 MLA meeting, HALS will be the lead on a session titled: Librarians, Evidence and Systematic Reviews: Limitless Possibilities
Librarians play a critical role in gathering, filtering, appraising and managing evidence to improve the delivery of health care, including health systems improvement and library effectiveness. Not only are librarians engaged in the development of clinical guidelines, they also play a pivotal role on the systematic review team as the expert searcher and information manager. In 2011, the Institute of Medicine released guidelines. Standard 3.1.1 states, “Work with a librarian or other information specialist trained in performing systematic reviews to plan search strategy,” and standard 3.1.3 states, “Use an independent librarian or other information specialist to peer review the search strategy.” These standards emphasize the value information professionals deliver. This session will focus on librarians as team contributors in all aspects of the systematic review process, with particular focus on how librarians navigated challenges throughout the process.
We are also co-sponsoring a History of the Health Sciences session on: Artifacts of Earlier Ages: Keeping the History of the Health Sciences Weird. This session will transpire Monday, May 18th from 3-4:25.
We’ll post more information here as it becomes available. Hope to see you there at MLA 2015!
Health association librarians are taking on a number of non-traditional roles to serve their parent organizations and constituents. This finding is reflected in a recently authored article based on a HALS survey and published in the October 2013 JMLA.
Find more of our research here.
We hope you find what you need on our updated HALS website, which offers more timely information than the earlier site and allows all HALS members the opportunity to post news relevant to their libraries.
HALS met at MLA 2014, held in Chicago, IL from May 16-21. Find our most recent minutes from the business meeting which transpired there and a list of our current officers here. Sessions HALS co-sponsored included:
- Evolution of the Librarian: New and Changing Roles
- Celebrating Our Information Future Using the Treasures of the Past