Call for Participation- now Open

Calling all UNYOC members!  Please consider submitting a presentation proposal for the UNYOC 2016 Annual Meeting

Our meeting will take place in beautiful Watkins Glen, NY, October 26-28, 2016.  Show how your library is staying ahead of the curve by showcasing your research and projects that align with our theme: The Inside Track

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, 10/27)

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 “The Inside Track,” possible topics of interest may include:

  • New Services that help you and your users stay on top of research trends
  • Incorporating emerging technologies into library programs and services
  • Trends in program design
  • Innovative information literacy strategies

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

Posters (Thursday afternoon, 10/27)

Posters will be on display throughout the day, Thursday, October 27th.  Authors will have the opportunity to discuss their research and/or projects for approximately an hour on Thursday afternoon.

Lightning Talks (Friday morning, 10/28)

These 5 minute presentations are the perfect opportunity to share new ideas, projects, services, or research updates.  Presenters are limited to 3 slides.

Proposal deadline: July 31st, 5:00pm

Successful Applicants will be notified via email by August 15th.

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 2016!


Chapter Activities, Meetings

Professional Development Award Blog post by Halyna Liszcynskyj

Going to the MLA Annual Meeting gave me the opportunity to find new ideas, learn new things, see and hear movers and shakers of our profession and see what types of projects librarians have been working on. It got my brain working on all sorts of new ideas and projects – it got me excited about my profession which is important I think.

Some of the best opportunities for learning are just talking to people who are at MLA. I so appreciated the many seredipidity moments I had. One of my favorite moments was one morning when I happened to meet the NLM fellow, Praba Naidoo, from Durban, South Africa in the corridor and had a terrific chat with her about her library. Those are the kind of moments you remember and appreciate. Some of the best opportunities come when you least expect them like talking to vendors, or that person in line.

Other learning opportunities come more structured, like the lectures, for instance , I found Dr. Goldacre’s talk interesting and thought-provoking. He was an excellent speaker. The posters were very good and I found the sectional presentations excellent. It was unfortunate I couldn’t attend more of the sessions but too many good ones were held at the same time so I think I missed a few. I really enjoyed the Hospital Section business and Ice Cream Social as usual and caught up with people I have only communicated with online all year. MLA also gives you a chance to get involved in projects, committees as little or as much as you want. I am going to be working on a solo hospital librarian survey with several other librarians I met at MLA. It should prove to be an interesting survey since one has not been done recently.

I can’t end this without mentioning the vendors who play a big role in any MLA meeting. Visiting with them in person gives me a lot of information and I can compare/contrast products old and new. It’s also nice to talk to my reps in person and have training, updates, etc. Time saving for me and then I don’t have to do it when I get home.

The MLA Scholarship was very much appreciated. Thank-you.

Halyna Liszcynskyj, MLS
Director of Library Services
St. Elizabeth Medical Center
Utica, NY

Chapter Activities, Meetings, Member News

Professional Development Award Blog post by Helene R. McMurray, Ph.D.

Data, Data, Everywhere, Even at MLA!

Although it wasn’t a formal theme of the MLA Mosaic ’16 meeting, it seemed that discussions of data were everywhere I looked in Toronto. From the John P. McGovern Award Lecture by physician and academician Ben Goldacre, who focused on rigor and reproducibility in biomedical research, to sessions on data-driven research support, data sharing and data management, “data” was a buzzword throughout Mosaic ’16. There were also several CE classes on data sharing and reuse, research data management and data visualization and posters highlighting how librarians are using their own data to improve services at their own institutions. As the Bioinformatics Specialist Librarian at the University of Rochester Medical Center, this was especially interesting to me.

As a relative newcomer to the library world but no stranger to working with information, I am keenly interested in how data curation, storage, searching, and re-use are being tackled within the library community. This is generally reflected in the work of the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) within the National Library of Medicine, including curation of data from large-scale genome sequencing and gene expression studies as well as linking data to publication records across the many databases and interfaces offered by NCBI. It was also reflected in talks at Mosaic ‘16 by librarians such as Lisa Federer (National Institutes of Health), Kevin Read (New York University), and Tiffany Grant (University of Cincinnati), who discussed their experiences working with scientists at their home institutions to handle their research data.

‘Big data’ is relatively new to biomedical research, and even newer to clinical practice in medicine. The importance of ‘big data’ in these fields appears to grow with each passing day. Whatever the long-term role of the library and librarians in handling this influx of information, being well-informed about the issues with ‘big data’ can only be helpful in our work, and the MLA Mosaic ’16 conference allowed me and many others in the library community to gain insight into working with data.

Chapter Activities, Meetings, Member News

Professional Development Award Blog post by Rachel Becker

UNYOC Blog Post – Rachel Becker

Four Times MLA’16 upended My Expectations (with apologies to Buzzfeed)

  1. Ben Goldacre

I walked away from the John P. McGovern Lecture feeling like my brain had been power-washed, and I’m betting I wasn’t alone. Dr. Ben Goldacre is an Oxford University physician and self-proclaimed “nerd evangelist” who has dedicated his career to fighting ‘bad’ science, or claims not backed up by evidence-based research. While the talk focused primarily on the damaging effects of pharmaceutical companies withholding negative clinical trial data, his concluding remarks were what really got my attention. Dr. Goldacre’s description of interactions with some of the giants of academic publishing were funny, but also raised some uncomfortable questions. When journals place a higher value on positive findings, are negative or inconclusive results concealed at the cost of patient safety? And how do we, as purveyors of those publications, reconcile our role in this system?

  1. Hospital Libraries are rockin’ it

Since my last MLA I started a new position in a hospital library, so this was my first meeting where I attended presentations specific to those institutions. I wasn’t sure what to expect from the non-academic side of things, but it turns out, we are doing some awesome stuff! From bibliotherapy to supporting care transitions, it’s clear that hospital libraries are serious about staying relevant for their users. A special mention goes out to the staff at Geisinger Health System for navigating that most feared of all healthcare events – the corporate merger.

  1. Cell phone-ocalypse 2016

Time for some cheers and jeers: cheers to MLA, the Metro Toronto Convention Centre and the great nation of Canada for being very Wi-Fi-friendly! Jeers to…pretty much every single U.S. cellular service. It seemed like every other person I talked to planned ahead and bought some sort of international data plan for their phone, only to find it worked shoddily (or not at all) the second they crossed the border. Obviously if you stayed in the Convention Centre this was a minor issue, but spending 2+ hours on the phone with Verizon was not something I figured into my itinerary.

  1. Posters, posters et plus de affiches (more posters)

MLA always does well in the poster department, and this year was no exception. Clinical librarianship was a popular theme, as were therapy dogs (!) There were also unique topics, such as “link rot” (the breakdown of hyperlinks over time), and librarian leisure time (yes, it exists). One of the benefits of having an international conference was the number of posters from outside the U.S. In addition to CHLA submissions, this year included posters from the UK, United Arab Emirates, Nigeria and Taiwan. If only our political leaders could collaborate so well…

Overall, MLA ‘16was a great experience. I’m grateful to UNYOC for giving me the Professional Development Award, and hope to find a way to get to Seattle next year!

Chapter Activities, Meetings, Member News