MLA PSS Annual Meeting Travel Stipend

MLA Annual Meeting Travel Stipend

The Public Services section offers one $500 travel stipend for the annual MLA meeting this year in Chicago.  You must be a current member of PSS to apply. Applications must be received by  (deadline has not been determined but will likely be mid-February 2014) and all applicants will be notified by (not yet determined but likely to be the end of February 2014).

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MLA 2013, Boston

Our last meeting was in MLA ’13 in Boston

The Public Services Section business meeting took place on Tuesday, May 7

PSS sponsored Integrating Our Expertise: Engaging Our Partners in Resources at the Bench or at the Point of Care. A contributed paper session  on Monday, May 6, Papers included:

  • Integrating Patient Education across the Continuum of Care: Linking Materials to the Electronic Medical Record, the Public Website, and Internal Resources and Tools. Author: Ruti Volk, AHIP
  • A System for Interdependency: A Quality Improvement Study. Authors: Aislinn Conway and Jacqui LeMay
  • An Interdisciplinary Collaboration to Design a Next-Generation, Evidence-Based Radiology Report. Authors: Jonathan B. Koffel, Brent Backhaus, Kenny Shores, John Riedl, Joseph A. Konstan, Dan Steinberger, Terry Adam, and Brandon Maus
  • Reverse Information Specialists in Context? Bringing Users Back into the Library by Creating Research and Innovation Centers and Customized Support and Tools. Authors: Jean P. Shipman, AHIP, FMLA, Peter Stevens Jones, AHIP, Abby L. Adamczyk, AHIP, Joan Marcotte Gregory, AHIP, Joan M. Stoddart, AHIP, and Shelli King

PSS  also co-sponsored two paper sessions.

International Clinical Librarian Conference 1: Quality Assurance for Clinical Librarians, Informationists, and Embedded Librarians, co-sponsored by Corporate Information Services Section and PSS and held Monday, May 6,.  Papers in this session:

  • Starting from Scratch: Establishing a Role for an Informationist on Rounds.  Authors: Alison Aldrich and Stephanie J. Schulte
  • The Impact of Library and Information Services on Patient-Care Outcomes: A Canadian Perspective.  Author:  Joan C. Bartlett
  • Converting Care to Currency: The Impact of UpToDate on Tests Avoided, Length of Stay, Time Saved, and Referrals Prevented in a Large UK Acute Hospital Trust. Author:  Jane Surtees
  • Measuring Value: A Survey for Assessing Our Impact.  Authors:  Jaime Friel Blanck, AHIP, Victoria H. Goode, Nancy K.Roderer, AHIP, Lori Rosman, Stella Seal, and Sue M. Woodson
  • Providing Expert Collaboration for the Development and Implementation of Evidence-Based Practices. Authors: Rachel R. Walden, Jack Starmer, Robert Dittus, Zachary E. Fox, Melissa McPheeters, Tracy C. Shields, and Nunzia Bettinsoli Giuse, FMLA

Librarians at Work: Building a One Health Perspective   sponsored by the Veterinary Medical Libraries Section, and cosponsored by Public Services Section, African American Medical Librarians Alliance SIG, Institutional Animal Care and Use SIG, Library Marketing SIG, and New Members SIG.  This session was on Tuesday, May 7, Papers include:

  • Establishing an Integrated Study Resource for Veterinary Students: The Library and the “Study Landscape.” Author: Fiona J. L. Brown
  • Interprofessional Role of Librarians in Medical Students’ Specialty Selection Process. Authors: Sarah Cantrell and C. Scott Dorris
  •  Interprofessional Small Group Assignments for Medical and Pharmacy Students.  Authors: Heather A. McEwen, Michelle Cudnik, Kristin R. Baughman, Michael Hewit, and Lisa N. Weiss
  • From Bench to Bedside: Building Interprofessional Innovations. Authors:  Jeanne Marie LeBer, AHIP, Jean P. Shipman, AHIP, FMLA, Joan Marcotte Gregory, AHIP, and Alice I. Weber, AHIP
  • Animals, Humans, and Librarians: A Library’s Partnership Experience with the Institutional Review Board and Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee. Authors:  Katie A. Prentice, AHIP, Angela E. Myatt, Luke Rosenberger, Christine S. Gaspard, and Eric Willman
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Proposed PSS Bylaws Change

Last fall changes to MLA’s Model Bylaws for Use by Sections were approved. Accordingly, the PSS Bylaws Committee, with input from the PSS Board, prepared a draft revision of our section’s bylaws that conform to the new model bylaws.

The changes in the proposed revision relates to Article III, Section 2 A: Rights and Privileges; Article IV, Section 5 A: Candidate for the MLA Nominating Committee Membership; and Article X: Amendment of Bylaws. The proposed revision, if approved, will (finally!) allow voting on the section bylaws amendments electronically.

Recently our proposed revision was approved by the MLA Bylaws Committee. With the MLA Bylaws Committee’s blessing the proposed revision can now be distributed to the section membership for your review.

Here is the existing wording for Article III, Section 2 A in our current bylaws:

Voting members of this Section shall consist of all members, except that only Voting Members of the Medical Library Association shall be qualified to move or to vote on recommendations to the Section Council regarding MLA policies or actions.

…and here is the proposed revision:

Voting members of this Section shall consist of all members, except that only Voting Members of the Medical Library Association shall be qualified to move or to vote on recommendations to the Section Council regarding MLA policies or actions, and to vote on the selection of a candidate for the MLA Nominating Committee.

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Here is the existing wording for Article IV, Section 5 A in our current bylaws:

The name of the one voting member of the Medical Library Association, chosen by the Section Chair, shall be submitted each year to the Section Council as a potential candidate for membership on the MLA Nominating Committee. This submission shall be made to the Council (before its final assembly at the MLA Annual Meeting). The potential candidate shall prepare a biographical statement and a signed statement of willingness-to-serve if elected as a member of the MLA Nominating Committee. This statement shall accompany the name submitted.

And here is the proposed revision:

The name of the one voting member of the Medical Library Association, chosen by the Section Chair election, shall be submitted each year to the Section Council as a potential candidate for membership on the MLA Nominating Committee. This submission shall be made to the Council (before its final assembly at the MLA Annual Meeting). The potential candidate shall prepare a biographical statement and a signed statement of willingness-to-serve if elected as a member of the MLA Nominating Committee. This statement shall accompany the name submitted.

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Here is the existing wording for Article X. in our current bylaws:

These bylaws may be amended at any regular meeting of the Section by a two-thirds vote of those attending, provided that the amendment has been submitted in writing to the membership at least thirty (30) days prior to the meeting at which the vote shall be taken.

…and here is the proposed revision:

These bylaws may be amended at any regular meeting of the Section by a two-thirds vote of those attending ballots cast, provided that the amendment has been submitted in writing to the membership at least thirty (30) days prior to the meeting at which the vote shall be taken vote being taken.

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In accordance with procedures spelled out in our current bylaws the bylaws may be amended at any regular business meeting of the section provided that the amendment has been submitted in writing to the membership at least thirty (30) days prior to the meeting at which the vote is taken. An email has been sent to all members which constitutes that submission. Let PSS President Mary Markland and me know if you have any questions concerning the proposed revision.

A vote on amending the bylaws will be one of the agenda items at the PSS business meeting that will be held at the Minneapolis MLA Annual Meeting. If the above proposed bylaws amendment is approved at that meeting, future votes on section bylaws amendments will be able to be conducted electronically.

Best regards,

Montie’ Dobbins
Chair, PSS Bylaws Committee

P.S. PSS’s current bylaws can be found here.

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