Call for Participation

Calling all UNYOC members!  Please consider submitting a presentation proposal for the UNYOC 2017 Annual Meeting!

Our meeting will take place in Syracuse, NY, October 25-27, 2017.  This year’s theme is Shake It Up!

Presenters will receive a reduced registration rate of $50 for the full conference – a 50% discount from the regular member package price!

We are accepting submissions for member presentations, posters, and lightning talks at

Member Presentations (Thursday morning, 10/26)

If you have recently completed a research project or created a new program or service, think about submitting a Member Presentation proposal.  Ongoing projects are welcome too! Considering this year’s theme of “Shake It Up,” possible topics of interest may include:

  • Unique services that help you and your users stay on top of research trends
  • Incorporating emerging technologies into library programs and services
  • New ways to conduct library advocacy
  • Changes in program design
  • Innovative information literacy strategies

Member Presentations are about 10-15 minutes in length with a short question and answer period.

Posters (Friday morning, 10/27)

Posters will be on display throughout the day, Thursday, October 26th.  Authors will have the opportunity to discuss their research and/or projects for approximately an hour on Thursday afternoon.

Lightning Talks (Friday morning, 10/27)

These 5 minute presentations are the perfect opportunity to share new ideas, projects, services, or research updates.  Presenters are limited to 3 slides.  Please consider submitting to this quick, easy, and fun category today!

Proposal deadline: August 1st, 2017

Successful applicants will be notified via email by August 15st.

Presentations from our members are what makes our annual meeting a success, so please consider submitting a proposal.

Thank you, and we look forward to hearing from you at UNYOC 2017!

Chapter Activities, Meetings

UNYOC Professional Development Award Blog Post – Nell Aronoff

Last week, I attended the MLA Annual Meeting in Seattle. I look forward to going to these annual meetings in order to see familiar faces, meet new colleagues, and learn about the exciting projects undertaken by medical librarians. Here are some of the highlights for me personally:

  • Scientist and adventurer Julie Angus delivered the John P. McGovern Lecture. With no rowing background, she set out to be the first woman to row across the Atlantic Ocean. Her preparation and determination helped her to complete a harrowing transatlantic journey through an unexpected hurricane and tropical storms.
  • Pamela L. Shaw from Northwestern University spoke about providing NIH Biosketch Support. This includes reviewing Biosketches and offering Biosketch classes. Librarians edit for grammar and formatting, make recommendations about citation impact statements, check citations for NIH Public Access Policy Compliance, and help researchers add manual citations, among other things.
  • University of Chicago medical student Riley Brian presented a lightning talk evaluating the impact of clinical librarians on inpatient rounds. He and his co-authors collected data for 50 days. Half of the time, a librarian was present on inpatient rounds. When the librarian rounded, the number of questions increased and the time spent discussing answers increased, however, the time spent rounding did not drastically increase. Promising evidence to show that librarians add value to clinical teams!
  • Mellanye Lackey from the University of Utah talked about how they built a systematic review service. Before they made changes, reviews were mixed quality, there was a no awareness of what librarians could do, and the amount of time spent on reviews was difficult to measure. Now there are 3 people, 2 working mostly full time, to support high quality systematic review searching. With processes in place, their work is more streamlined and consistent.
  • Clinical Rounding: Tips from the Field. UNYOC’s own Liz Stellrecht presented about her time in the dental clinic at the University at Buffalo. Liz and the other panelists spoke about their victories and challenges while embedded in clinical settings. The bottom line is that it helps to have a library advocate on the team or in the clinic to help get the idea of the ground!
  • At the Public Services Section meeting, members were asked to talk about innovative services at their libraries. Some examples are: a data visualization showcase, a blind date with a book, 3D printing, a fair use workshop/checklist, poster printing, proofreading and editing for medical residents, and a book exchange for medical students.
  • The city of Seattle!
Chapter Activities

UNYOC Professional Development Award Blog Post – Michelle Zafron

Michelle Zafron discusses her experience at MLA. She received a UNYOC Professional Development Award.

Thanks to the UNYOC/MLA Professional Development scholarship, I was able to attend the Annual Meeting of the Medical Library Association in Seattle, Washington. My goals were twofold: I had committee work I needed to accomplish and I wanted to hear papers that would be pertinent for my work with my patrons, especially content that was related to systematic reviews.

I am a member of the Professional Recruitment and Retention Committee [PRRC] and this year had the task of organizing and running the Resume Review Clinic and needed to be there to make sure everything went smoothly. Also, I am involved with a subgroup of PRRC that is looking at the mentoring service that MLA offers. At our business meeting, we discussed the results of a survey directed at mentors and what our next steps were for making this service more useful for both mentors and mentees.

I was also able to attend several really interesting papers. These included, “Building Capacity for a Systematic Review Core in an Academic Health Sciences Library,” “Daring to Realize the Dream of Published Systematic Reviews,” and “Kinesiology: Moving the Science of Movement into a New Relationship with the Health Sciences Library.” My hope is to take some of these ideas and incorporate them into my own work at the Health Sciences Library at the University at Buffalo.

Thank you, UNYOC, for making this possible for me!

Member News

UNYOC Professional Development Award Blog Post – Alice Graves

Alice Graves writes about her experience at MLA. She was awarded a UNYOC Professional Development Award.

Thanks to the UNYOC Professional Development Award I was able to attend my very first MLA annual conference in Seattle. As Manager of the Hospital Library Services Program for the Southeastern NY Library Resources Council, I represented the 13 member hospitals in my region.

I was welcomed at the First Time Attendees program, where I learned about MLA’s sections and SIGs. I became a member of the Hospital Library Section when I joined MLA. It’s great to receive regular email updates. There was a breakfast buffet and I chatted with people in line. Everyone was so friendly.

Afterwards, at the Presidential Address, when Teresa L. Knott stood at the podium, I realized I had been talking with her on the food line! No wonder she knew so many people! At that moment I truly felt that MLA was a community, and that I had access to the expertise of each and every member.

I am not an adventurer, but I found Julie Angus, who rowed across the Atlantic and has cycled around the world, an engaging and inspiring speaker. She made me realize that I can do so much more to advocate for hospital librarians.

Two sessions that I found most pertinent were the Round Table on Issues in Hospital Librarianship and the Hospital Libraries Section business meeting. In the first, we discussed proving the value of hospital libraries in a time of eliminations, downsizing and repurposing. People shared best practices in research, teaching, and other daily activities. I realized how hospital librarians support their institutions, and I learned alternative means for hospitals to have library services. That sense of community returned. At the business meeting, it was suggested that we form a task force to address library closings by lobbying the Joint Commission, the ANCC, and the ACGME. I am thinking about getting involved.

Activism in a Time of Turbulence was a most timely and apropos session. One of the speakers, Katie Gibbs, is a Canadian scientist and organizer who encouraged us to “get political.” She attributed Canada’s new liberal government to political activism on the part of the nation’s scientists, who held a public mock funeral for the death of evidence. This made science a key election issue and local candidates were forced to address their support for scientific evidence. Ms. Gibbs stressed the need to communicate to evoke emotion, to fight misinformation by writing op-eds and calling people out if they post misinformation. And she said we must build community. The other speaker, M.J. Tooey, talked about change through legislation and about separating the personal from the political.

I found the issues presented in the sessions to be useful and timely, such as systematic reviews, clinical rounding, and emerging technologies.

The MLA was a great experience for me. I met people I knew only from listservs and emails, I reconnected with a library school friend who lives 1200 miles away, I made new friends, I chatted with sales reps, relaxed with a chair massage, compliments of McGraw Hill Education, and learned so much from the speakers and my peers.

Not only was this my first MLA, it was also my first time in Seattle, which proved to be a great location. I ate freshly caught northern Pacific salmon and I sipped a Pike Street blend on Pike Street. I saw the breathtaking Mt. Rainier rising in the distance. I went to the incredible public library with its funky architecture, glass walls and ceiling that lets in tons of light, and the fourth floor, painted fire-engine red top to bottom, and accessed by red stairs. This is where the meeting rooms are located. The 10-story library is welcoming, comfortable, and in my opinion, Seattle’s greatest asset.

A gigantic thank you to the UNYOC Scholarship Committee.

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