Looking to share a suite at this year’s conference?

Now, sharing a room is better than ever with this year’s unique apartment-style accommodations. The Lofts on Pearl offer two bedroom units which include 2 private bedrooms, a full kitchen, and a furnished living room. Looking for a suite-mate? Connect on out our Facebook page!

The conference hotel, the Lofts on Pearl offer  1 and 2-bedroom apartment-style suites have dark wooden floors, leather furnishings, exposed redbrick walls and gas fireplaces.  See photos of the suites. Room with a colleague and still have your own private space! 

To book, visit our Accommodations page.



Registration Open – 2015 UNYOC Annual Conference

Join the Upstate New York and Ontario Chapter (UNYOC) of the Medical Library Association for our 51st annual conference to be held in Buffalo, NY.

When: October 21-23, 2015
Where: Lofts on Pearl in the Buffalo Brewery District in Buffalo, NY (accommodations information)

This year’s theme is “Making Change in the Nickel City” and the conference program includes nationally recognized speakers and enlightening topics to inspire all attendees.

What’s on tap?
Conference Speakers

  • R. David Lankes, PhD presents “From Bringer of Doom to Bringer of Hope”
  • Sally Gore, MS, MS LIS presents “JUMP! You’ve Got a Parachute”
  • Melissa Rethlefsen, MLS, AHIP presents “Changing Roles, Changing Perceptions: Using Research to Explore and Promote Value”
  • Heather Holmes, MSLIS, AHIP presents “Save Some Nickels: Using Lean Six Sigma to Make Change”

Continuing Education

  • Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe presents “Engaging Assessment to Show Value and Make Decisions: Making the Case for Your Library”

Looks great! But REALLY, what’s on tap??pearlstreettap2

The conference banquet will be held at the Pearl Street Brewery. Check out the latest beer selection.

Register by 9/25 to receive the early registration rate ($25 off!)



UNYOC Scholarship Opportunities

Applications are currently being accepted for the 2015-2016 Professional Development Award and the Ursula H. Poland Scholarships.  Please consider applying! Please encourage any talented library school students you know to apply as well.  Applications will be accepted through the end of July.
Professional Development Award
The Professional Development Award is intended to provide an opportunity for a librarian/information specialist to pursue a continuing education/professional development opportunity in the area of health sciences librarianship. Continuing education opportunities can include: registration fees for courses, programs, workshops, and conferences sponsored by UNYOC, professional organizations, regional library councils, graduate schools of library/information science or colleges and universities.  The amount of the award is $500. One such award will be given per UNYOC membership year (Jan.-Dec.).  Please apply here.  Applications will be accepted until July 31, 2015.
Ursula H. Poland Scholarship
The Ursula H. Poland Scholarship, sponsored by UNYOC, provides an opportunity for library school students to pursue or explore health sciences librarianship.  The scholarship is intended to offset the cost of a course in a topic related to health sciences librarianship.  Course work must be taken for credit and must be scheduled after June 1, 2015 but before June 15, 2016.  There will be one scholarship awarded to a Canadian applicant and one to a US applicant.  Please apply here.  Applications will be accepted until July 29, 2015.
Chapter Activities

UNYOC Awards – call for Nominations

It is that time of year when we need to think about honoring our colleagues with UNYOC’s Katy Nesbit Service Award or UNYOC Fellow Award.  The awards will be presented at our annual conference in Buffalo, October 21st- 23rd, 2015.

Katy Nesbit Service Award

The Nesbit Service Award is given to a UNYOC member for exemplary service to the chapter.  Criteria used to determine the recipient may include serving as a chapter officer, working on UNYOC projects, teaching courses for members or presenting at the annual meeting.  The recipient receives a plaque and paid registration to the next annual meeting.  For more information visit http://www.unyoc.mlanet.org/blog/membership/recognition-and-awards/kathy-nesbit-service-award

UNYOC Fellow Award

The UNYOC Fellow Award is given to a member of UNYOC who has made significant contributions to the chapter or to health sciences librarianship.  Candidates for the award must be members for the prior ten years, past the mid-point of their careers and recognized leaders in health science librarianship.  Fellows are exempt from dues and have all the rights and privileges of regular members.  For more information visit http://www.unyoc.mlanet.org/blog/membership/recognition-and-awards/unyoc-fellows

Nominations are due to Jennifer McKinnell no later than Friday, August 21, 2015.

Chapter Activities