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The Medical Library Association (MLA) Liberty Chapter serves the people of Delaware, New Jersey, New York, and the Philadelphia region of Pennsylvania.

The Liberty Chapter is a merger of the former New York-New Jersey Chapter and the Philadelphia Regional Chapter.

Upcoming events

    • 10/04/2023
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Online

    Join us online for the 2023 Business Meeting on October 4th 10:00am - 3:00pm

    This event is separate from the in-person and online Annual Meeting occurring on October 11th. 

    Please join us for the online business meeting and continuing education event. The 2023 Business Meeting is free to attend for all chapter members. Please register to receive the meeting link. Jordan Correia will be leading the CE event portion titled, Trans Competency, MedEd, & MedLib: What We Know and What We Can Do. Please see the schedule below for further details. 

    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

    • 10/11/2023
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • The Eakins Lounge at Thomas Jefferson University 1020 Locust Street, Philadelphia, Pa. 19107

    Our 2023 Annual Meeting will take place on Wednesday, October 11 at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA. The program will run from 9:00am - 4:00pm. There is also a virtual option available for those who cannot attend in-person.

    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 and resources, 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 (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.

    Note: This meeting follows after the Liberty Chapter Business meeting, which will take place virtually on the afternoon of Wednesday, October 4. Registration details for the business meeting to follow shortly.

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