MLA Mid-Atlantic Chapter Annual Meeting Hosted in Pittsburgh

MAC 2023: Confluence. Pittsburgh, PA

The Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Medical Library Association held its annual meeting in Pittsburgh on October 15-17, 2023.

HSLS contributions include:

Committee Participation

Renae Barger co-chaired the meeting and the Plenary, Keynotes, and Speakers Committee.

Kelsey Cowles participated on the Exhibits Committee.

Stephen Gabrielson chaired the Local Arrangements Committee; other members were Julia Dahm, Melissa Ratajeski, Rose Turner, and Alyssa Young.

Rachel Suppok and Rose Turner participated on the MAC Professional Development Committee to provide continuing education classes at the meeting.

Alyssa Young served as Vice-Chair of the MAC Research and Assessment Committee to present research awards at the meeting.

Contributed Papers

Alexis Cenname presented “Unlocking the Potential of All of Us Research Program: Training Researchers to Harness Massive Health Datasets.” Co-authors were Sri Chaparala and Ansuman Chattopadhyay. Their paper tied for first place in the Research Papers category.

Michele Klein Fedyshin presented “The new Clinically Useful Journals filter: Why use it and a new way to implement it.”

Mary Lou Klem presented “From Enablers to Gatekeepers: the Evolution of a Systematic Review Program.” Co-author was Renae Barger.

Lightning Talks

Michael Balkenhol presented “Lessons Learned from Partnerships with Libraries to Support Research Enrollment.”

Kelsey Cowles presented “‘I thought this would be easier!’ Hosting a misinformation escape room in a local public library.” Co-author was Rebekah Miller.

Melissa Ratajeski presented “Leveraging the DMPTool for Data Management and Sharing Plan Creation and Review.” Co-author was Helenmary Sheridan.

Other Conference Activities

Stephen Gabrielson taught the continuing education course “The Rapid Growth of Preprints: New Opportunities to Help Researchers Accelerate Science.”

Rebekah Miller and Rachel Suppok led the group discussion/activity “Generative AI Challenges for Health Sciences Libraries & Librarians.”