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  • 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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  • 11/07/2022 2:21 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The December Liberty Chapter Journal Club will take place Wednesday, 12/07/2022 from 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EST Online (link will be sent via email one day before the session). Registration is free and open only to members of the Liberty Chapter (Please log in to your member account before registering). The facilitator will be Helen-Ann Brown Epstein.



    Durand M, Schnitzer ME, Pang M, et al. Effectiveness and safety among direct oral anticoagulants in nonvalvular atrial fibrillation: A multi-database cohort study with meta-analysis. Br J Clin Pharmacol. 2021;87(6):2589-2601. doi:10.1111/bcp.14669. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/33242339/


    Aims: There are conflicting signals in the literature about comparative safety and effectiveness of direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs) for nonvalvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF).

    Methods: We conducted multicentre matched cohort studies with secondary meta-analysis to assess safety and effectiveness of dabigatran, rivaroxaban and apixaban across 9 administrative healthcare databases. We included adults with NVAF initiating anticoagulation therapy (dabigatran, rivaroxaban or apixaban), and constructed 3 cohorts to compare DOACs pairwise. The primary outcome was pooled hazard ratio (pHR) of ischaemic stroke or systemic thromboembolism. Secondary outcomes included pHR of major bleeding, and a composite of stroke, major bleeding, or all-cause mortality. We used proportional hazard Cox regressions models, and pooled estimates were obtained with random effect meta-analyses.

    Results: The cohorts included 73 414 new users of dabigatran, 92 881 of rivaroxaban, and 61 284 of apixaban. After matching, the pHRs (95% confidence intervals) comparing rivaroxaban initiation to dabigatran were: 1.11 (0.93, 1.32) for ischaemic stroke or systemic thromboembolism, 1.26 (1.09, 1.46) for major bleeding, and 1.17 (1.05, 1.30) for the composite endpoint. For apixaban vs dabigatran, they were: 0.91 (0.74, 1.12) for ischaemic stroke or systemic thromboembolism, 0.89 (0.75, 1.05) for major bleeding, and 0.94 (0.78 to 1.14) for the composite endpoint. For apixaban vs rivaroxaban, they were: 0.85 (0.74, 0.99) for ischaemic stroke or systemic thromboembolism, 0.61 (0.53, 0.70) for major bleeding, and 0.82 (0.76, 0.88) for the composite endpoint.

    Conclusion: We found that apixaban use is associated with lower risks of stroke and bleeding compared with rivaroxaban, and similar risks compared with dabigatran.

  • 10/21/2022 10:35 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    In-person attendees who are driving to Rutgers University Inn and Conference Center, PLEASE READ! 

    As of November 2022 visitors must use this link to register their vehicles.

    Until this process is completed their vehicles are not registered and they may receive a citation.   

    Please park in Lot 82 (closest to the Rutgers University Inn and Conference Center), or use Lot 74A or Lot 76 when Lot 82 is full.

    Directions to parking lots can be found at maps.rutgers.edu.   

    Google map to the Lot 82 is here.

    If you have any questions or need assistance regarding parking, please call Rutgers University DOTS at 848-932-4809. Or contact Donna Binstein, Conference Services Manager at 732-932-9144.

  • 10/17/2022 11:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    There is still time to vote for the MLA Liberty Chapter Bylaws Revision and Elections Ballot 2022!

    Voting will conclude at the end of the day on October 20, 2022. 

    Voting is open to Liberty Chapter members. Access the poll here: https://libertymla.org/Sys/Poll/38094

    Please note that you will have to sign in via Wild Apricot in order to vote, which can be done here: https://libertymla.org/Sys/Login

    If this is your first time signing into your MLA Liberty Chapter account you may need to reset your password. There is a “forgot password” option on the login page that can be accessed via https://libertymla.org/Sys/ResetPasswordRequest

    If you are unable to log in, you can reset your password. Make sure that you are using the email address at which you received this notification. You should receive a password reset link shortly after. If you run into any issues, please email Gary Childs. 

    Question 1 includes the following provisos:

    1. This revision shall not go into effect until the close of the Chapter's 2022 annual meeting. Officers elected during the 2022 election shall have their terms of office adjusted so as to comport with this Bylaws revision.
    1. To view the Bylaws revision please see: https://libertymla.org/sys/website/?pageId=1793866

    Candidate bios can be read here: https://libertymla.org/page-1793868

    Thank you for voting!

    The Liberty Chapter Nominating Committee & Liberty Chapter Leadership

  • 10/06/2022 11:23 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Abstracts for MLA Liberty Chapter Annual Meeting (11/1/2022, New Brunswick, NJ)

    Author: Matthew Bridgeman, Rutgers University

    Title: Integrating the Library into the Physician Assistant Evidence Based Medicine Curriculum


    This lightening talk will discuss a successful integration a librarian into the Evidence-Based Medicine component of a Physician Assistant program. Evidence-based medicine has become a critical component of an accredited Physician Assistant Program, and the number of programs is rapidly growing with 47 added in the past 3 years. This talk will provide an overview of techniques and tools used to build and effective instruction series to meet the needs of the students and faculty.

    Author: Elaine Wells, SUNY College of Optometry

    Title: Post Pandemic Puzzles:  Hedging our Bets



    To examine changes in student behavior with the goal of modifying our practices for the “post-pandemic patron.”

    The pandemic upended library policies and practices.  The Kohn Vision Science Library is a welcoming physical environment that provides many virtual access options. In 2020, library staff quickly moved to prioritize remote service delivery. 

    Since the return to in-person operations, we note that patron behavior patterns have changed. In order to move to a new service paradigm that accommodates our “post-pandemic patron” we have some puzzles to solve and decisions to make about moving forward. 

    This lightening talk will highlight:

    • Examples of patron behavior change in follow-up to the pandemic; notably in the areas of resource utilization, attendance patterns, and staff/patron communication.
    • Potential impact of these behavioral changes on future service delivery and resource allocation.


    In order to make sound decisions regarding the potential modification of our services in response to evolving patron behavior, we will examine the following:

    Utilization of Resources:  What happened to Circulation Rush Hour?

    Before:  Our highly specialized reserve collection volumes were the bedrock of our circulation activities.  Checkout could be chaotic, requiring multiple circulation desk staff to handle the crowd of students. Since the pandemic, it appears that the reserve collection is rarely used.

    The puzzles:  Are the students…

    • using e-books instead? 
    • skipping the reading assignments?

    Attendance patterns:  Did Absence NOT make the heart grow fonder?

    Before: Although we no longer use a “people counter” it is clear that since the pandemic student census in the library has dropped considerably.  Group study rooms now accommodate single students and the study carrels are empty.  

    The puzzles:

    • Has physical distancing transformed study habits?
    • Since students no longer share reserve books, do they not form study groups?

    Staff/patron communication:  Is the “virtual librarian” the wave of our future?

    Before: Although the library website featured “ask a librarian” forms, technical issue reporting mechanisms, and “suggest a book” boxes, they were rarely used.  The pandemic fostered a more robust development of online patron assistance tools, including “how to” documents and LibAnswers. These platforms facilitated the provision of how-to information, answers to basic library questions, solutions to online access problems, etc.

    The puzzles:

    • Should we continue to develop and enhance online communication tools?
    • Will patrons be more interactive with our online tools than they were in the past?


    In response to these observed changes, our next steps will involve the following: 

    • Examination of pre and post-pandemic print reserve circulation numbers;
    • Analysis of usage statistics for corresponding electronic books;
    • Documentation of changes in reading requirements on course web sites.
    • Monitoring of changes in study room reservation statistics;
    • Other statistics as relevant


    We are “hedging our bets” that the changes we have seen will be permanent.  Unless research contradicts our observations, our budget request will reflect plans for the acquisition and promotion of electronic resources such as online e-books, online communication platforms, remote delivery service delivery options and possibly different staffing patterns.

    Authors: Stacy Posillico, Northwell Health Libraries; Jaclyn Morales, North Shore University Hospital; Saori Wendy Herman, Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell

    Title: Consolidating and Delivering Comprehensive Library Services Following a Health Care System Merger or Acquisition: A Delphi Study


    Objectives: When healthcare system mergers occur, full financial and cultural integration provides the most benefit. While there are well-researched standards for healthcare executives to follow during a merger, little empirical research is available for librarians to use in these situations. As a result, librarians are often left to develop their own methods of providing access and services in the newly merged system. Our objective is to present an update on the progress of an e-Delphi study intended to achieve expert consensus from library professionals in the development of research-based recommendations for delivering library services through one comprehensive, geographically distributed system following a merger or acquisition.

    Methods: An e-Delphi research method is being used over a period of three rounds. Expert panelists for the study were solicited through email campaigns to library professionals from each of the seven NNLM regions. Active involvement in a U.S. hospital or healthcare merger in the last 10 years was the primary requirement for selection. The study was approved by the Northwell Health IRB with "Exempt" status. The research team created a validated qualitative questionnaire that was based on existing literature. Once empaneled, the survey was sent to expert panelists, who were asked to identify key tasks to be addressed during a merger. Thematic analysis was performed and serves as the foundation for the quantitative Round 2 and 3 questionnaires.

    Results: This study is currently underway, and the results are anticipated to be finalized in 2023. This presentation is intended to update and inform the Liberty Chapter about the how the 2021 Liberty Chapter Research Grant supported the research team, with particular emphasis on the qualitative analysis conducted for Round 1.

    Conclusions: Healthcare system mergers are the present and the future of hospital patient care. The expert panel will identify action-oriented priorities for librarian professionals to address before, during, and after a hospital or healthcare system merger. The results of this e-Delphi study will fill an existing gap in the literature on research-based recommendations for providing library services as healthcare systems transformatively expand. Hospital librarians, who are often unrepresented at merger negotiations, will be able to use this guidance to address library assimilation after a merger occurs.

    Author: Helen-Ann Brown Epstein

    Title: Personally Navigating the Changing Tide


    Being a health information professional is a demanding, challenging, ecstatically, rewarding job. It's a service profession that requires smarts, time management and flexibility. What can the librarian personally do for his/herself to navigate the changing tides that come with all of this? This lightning talk will suggest the value of yoga, exercise, mindful meditation, aromatherapy, pets, diet, books to read, getting away and colleagues for personal enrichment to handle whatever crosses your desk or is anticipated.

    Authors Laurel Scheinfeld, Stony Brook University; Sunny Chung, Stony Brook University

    Title: Citation On Demand Tools: Are They Helpful or Hurtful?


    Many database platforms include a ‘citation on demand’ feature that provides a formatted reference list entry in a selected style which can be copied and pasted into a reference list.  These automatically-generated references are appealing for saving time and effort but librarians often caution patrons about relying on these tools because of inaccuracies.  We were interested to know if there is research evidence about the accuracy of these tools on which to base our guidance to our health sciences students. Van Ullen and Kessler found an unacceptably high error rate in the citation help found in several humanities and social sciences databases in an initial study in 2006 and a follow-up study in 2012.  One would assume there would be advances in citation software since that time, but recently Laing and James (2022) found high error rates when analyzing EBSCO and Summon citation generators. This suggests there may not be much improvement.  Citation managers such as EndNote and Zotero have also been studied and their accuracy tends to be disappointing as well (Homol, 2014; Kratochvil, 2017). We are not aware of any recent study of the ‘citation on demand’ feature in health sciences databases. This investigation will look at the accuracy of 30 APA Style citations generated for articles in the Medline database from both the PubMed and Ovid platforms. We will look at the accuracy of: author names, date of publication, appropriate case and capitalization of article title and journal title, volume and issue numbers, page numbers, and the DOI.

    Author: Michelle B. Bass, Penn Medicine

    Title: Clinical Information Librarian


    On August 1, 2022, I jumped ship from academic health science libraries to take on a new voyage, that of a clinical hospital librarian.  In this lightning talk, I will share my insights from the first few months navigating this new tide.  I will talk about the importance of networking with colleagues from the Medical Library Association, including the Hospital Library and Clinical Librarians and Evidence-Based Health Care Caucuses, as well as reflecting on the translation of skills I gained as a manager in my previous position being used in my new non-managerial role.

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