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Register Now: Annual Spring Meeting on March 11-12, 2019

Reserve your hotel room by Feb 9, 2019, to get the meeting rate of $156-$175/night. Call 706-342-7040 or email and indicate you are attending the GHSLA meeting.

Register for the meeting online here!

After registering, you can pay via the instructions on the registration form or via the PayPal link below.

2019 GHSLA Registration Fees


Accomplishments by Emory Librarians

Kimberly R. Powell co-authored “A bibliometric services workshop for subject librarians,” published in Library Management, DOI:

Hannah Rutledge published an article, “Diving into Data: Analyzing Information Requests to Understand Information Needs at a Pediatric Hospital,” in the Journal of Hospital Librarianship, DOI: 10.1080/15323269.2018.1509190.

Amy Allison completed a yearlong leadership program sponsored by the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries and the National Library of Medicine. In October she participated in a three day capstone program in Washington, D.C., and received a certificate of completion presented by Patricia Brennan, RN, PhD, Director of the National Library of Medicine.

Congratulations on these accomplishments!

GHSLA Nov. 9th Meeting and Systematic Review Workshop Registration Open

Click here to register for the November meeting

The Fall 2018 GHSLA meeting will be held at Mercer University School of Medicine on Friday, November 9th in Macon, GA. The meeting will feature a 6-hour Systematic Review Workshop and is free to all GHSLA members. Those who aren’t current members can join GHSLA online for $20.

Meeting Schedule:

Mingle and Coffee—————————————- 9:00am – 9:30am
Pieces of the Systematic Review: Part I———– 9:30am – 12:30pm
Lunch Dine Arounds———————————– 12:30pm – 1:45pm
GHSLA Business Meeting—————————— 1:45pm – 2:00pm
Pieces of the Systematic Review: Part II———- 2:00pm – 5:00pm


Attendees may park in the Mercer University School of Medicine lot located directly adjacent to the School of Medicine (#34). Click here for a campus map. Preferred parking locations are highlighted in yellow. Please display the linked parking pass on your vehicle dashboard to ensure your car is not ticketed.

Directions to Campus and Parking Lots

From I-75, take Exit 163 (Mercer University Drive) toward campus. To get to the School of Medicine parking lot, take a left onto College Street. At the 4-way stop on Prince Street, take a right. At the next stop sign you will be at the School of Medicine lot. If there is no parking available in the School of Medicine lot, overflow parking is available in the Engineering Lots (#37 & #38).

Pieces of the Systematic Review Workshop Details:

Thanks to a Professional Development Award from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM)’s Southeastern Atlantic (SEA) Region, we are happy to be able to host instructor Margaret Foster, AHIP. Margaret is the associate professor at Texas A&M University–College Station and serves as the systematic reviews coordinator at the Medical Sciences Library.

Full Course Description

It is estimated that at least 25 health-related systematic reviews are published daily and with the requirement from several standards to have a librarian collaborate on the search process, medical librarians are invited more than ever before to join in these endeavors. This course will detail the processes librarians are most likely to be involved in- determining the feasibility of a research question for the systematic review method and designing, documenting, evaluating, and reporting a search. In addition, participants will discuss authorship issues, software selection, registering protocols as well as potential roles of librarians in other parts of the process- selecting, appraising, and coding articles.

At the conclusion of this workshop, attendees will be able to:

• differentiate between narrative, systematic, scoping, mapping, realist, and other review types
• list key organizations that provide standards, guides, protocols, and/or databases of systematic reviews
• determine if a research question is feasible for the systematic review method
• detail the steps involved in completing a systematic review
• list potential software to consider when collaborating on systematic reviews
• list the potential roles that librarians can collaborate on during each step of the review process
• explain how to design a systematic review search, including the selection of appropriate standards for developing the search
• describe how to document and write the search process
• critically analyze a systematic review search
• describe issues in the authorship of a systematic review and how to advocate for inclusion

GHSLA Members Present at 2018 SCMLA Annual Meeting

Heading to the Southern Chapter of the Medical Library Association (SCMLA) annual meeting later this week in Orlando, Florida? Then be sure to check out the following presentations by fellow GHSLA members.

Thursday, Oct. 25th: 8am – 12pm

Activity: CE Course
Title: Transforming a Needs Assessment into a Marketing Tool
Presenters: Skye Bickett, Christine Willis

Friday, Oct. 26th: 2:15pm – 3:15pm

Activity: Poster F13
Title: Collaboration to Achieve Innovation
Presenters: Wanda Thomas

Activity: F19
Title: Library Opportunities for Increasing Engagement: Educating Users About Questionable and Predatory Publishing
Presenters: Carolann Lee Curry, Anna Krampl, Kim Meeks, Carolyn Klatt

Activity: Poster F25
Title: Credit Where Credit is Due: Authorship Among Systematic Review Service Librarians
Presenters: Shenita Peterson and Hannah Rogers

MLA Research, Development, and Demonstration Project Grant Now Accepting Applications

The Medical Library Association (MLA) is now accepting applications for the MLA Research, Development, and Demonstration Project Grant.

The purpose of this grant is to provide support for research, development, or demonstration projects that will help to promote excellence in the field of health sciences librarianship and information sciences. Grants range from $100 to $1,000. Grants will not be given to support an activity that is operational in nature or has only local usefulness. More than one award may be granted in a year.

• The applicant must hold a graduate degree in library science.
• The applicant must be a practicing health sciences librarian with at least two years of professional experience.
• The applicant must be a citizen of or have permanent residence status in either the United States or Canada.
• The applicant must be a member of the Medical Library Association (MLA).
• In the case of a research group, at least one person in group must be a MLA member and meet the above criteria.
• Consideration will be given in exceptional cases to an outstanding candidate not meeting the criteria above.

• The completed application form must be received by December 1.
• The applicant must submit the names of two references not related to the applicant/group. The references must be persons who are knowledgeable about the applicant/group’s character, education, and abilities.
• The scope and nature of the proposed project should give evidence of an established methodology and a viable research design.
• The application should show how the proposed project would contribute conceptually and practically to the applicant/group’s competence and the well being of the library community.
• The proposal should contain title, goals, objectives, methodology, significance, and budget of project; vital and special qualifications of the research; knowledge of the state of the art and existing published literature on the proposed research topic; and proposed means of disseminating the results.
• The applicant may upload a current photo to member profile for promotional purposes (optional).

Additional details are available on the grant page: MLA Research, Development, and Demonstration Project Grant

To apply, complete the application form online and upload all documents no later than December 1, 11:59 p.m. (CT).