Time is Running Out!




Make sure to register and book your room at the hotel ASAP!  UNYOC 2017 is just one month away! Let’s Shake It Up in Syracuse!


Chapter Activities, Continuing Education, Events, Meetings

UNYOC-MLA Annual Chapter Meeting

Join the Upstate New York and Ontario Chapter (UNYOC) of the Medical Library Association for our 53rd Annual Meeting to be held in Syracuse, NY.

When:  October 25-27, 2017

Where: Double Tree by Hilton Hotel Syracuse (accommodations)

UNYOC provides an informative and fun chapter meeting with a good mix of programming and networking. This year’s theme is Shake it Up” in homage to Syracuse, the “Salt City.” The conference program includes three dynamic speakers who will discuss point-of-care medical apps, explore the changing library landscape, and review essential editing and proofreading skills in an interactive workshop. The Continuing Education opportunity at this year’s meeting centers on instructional design.  Members present papers, lightning talks, and posters to showcase projects happening in our member libraries. There are also lots of opportunities to win one of our many themed baskets to support chapter scholarships and mingle with the amazing line-up of vendors. More details are available on our website by following the links below.

Conference Speakers

  • Joshua Stenberg, MD presents “Point-of-Care Medical Apps: how to use ‘em, how to teach ‘em, how to make ‘em”
  •  Michelle Kraft, MLS, AHIP presents “Wrestlers of Change”
  • · Sherry Larson-Rhodes, MLS, MA presents “Polish Your Prose: Editing Your Scholarly & Creative Works”

Continuing Education

  •  Joey Nicholson, MLIS, MPH presents “Instructional Design: Proven Principles and Practices for Librarians Who Teach”


UNYOC Members receive a $50 reduction in the registration rate, so please join or renew your membership before registering for the conference.

Get ready to “Shake it Up” and join UNYOC-MLA for the 2017 Annual Meeting in October.  We hope to see you there! 


Chapter Activities, Continuing Education, Events, Meetings

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 https://goo.gl/forms/wlAVbC28ECT4ywhD2

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