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2018 Changes

Effective January 1, 2018, the Atlanta Health Science Library Consortium (AHSLC) merged with the Georgia Health Sciences Library Association (GHSLA).  AHSLC history and archives have been transferred to the website and is no longer active.

Apply for an MLA Committee

Every year, MLA issues a call for volunteers to serve on MLA committees, task forces, and juries or as allied representatives to fill open positions. The application for 2018/19 volunteers is now available on MLANET. Your involvement in MLA committees is essential to MLA’s success.

The application focuses on your personal volunteering interests, availability, skills, and prior service to MLA. Key dates are:

  • Application start date: November 1, 2017
  • Application close date: December 15, 2017
  • Notification of appointment: March 1, 2018
  • Early bird registration for MLA ’18 ends: April 11, 2018

Note: You must be an MLA member to apply for a committee at the time of your application and during your term as a member of a committee.

For more information about serving on MLA committees go to MLANET. For questions, contact Mary Langman, director, Information Issues and Policy.


Effective January 1, 2018, the Atlanta Health Science Library Consortium (AHSLC) will merge with the Georgia Health Sciences Library Association (GHSLA).

The Executive leadership of GHSLA proposed the merger in 2016 as an opportunity to ensure continued success for each group.  By merging duplicate functions and structures, while respecting the history of each group, it is anticipated that the alliance will broaden the organization’s impact and create a stronger future for its members.

The GHSLA bylaws have been updated to incorporate AHSLC priorities and meeting schedule and were approved by the membership in April, 2017. GHSLA meetings will now be four times a year with the May meeting being considered the State Conference.

In November, GHSLA and AHSLC members will be sent 2018 GHSLA membership applications. AHSLC history and archives will be transferred to the website and will no longer be active after January 2018.

MLA Poster Sessions – Georgia Librarians Represent

Medical Library Association
117th Annual Meeting and Exhibition
Washington State Convention Center
Seattle, Washington
May 26–31, 2017

Heading to Seattle for MLA 2017?
Please support your colleagues by visiting these poster sessions. Congratulations to the presenting Georgia librarians!

Poster Session 1         Sunday, May 28, 2017           2:00 PM – 2:55 PM
Presenter:  Christine Willis
Poster Number: 125
Poster Title: Library Resources Role in Specialty Rehabilitation Services at Model System Center

Poster Session 2         Monday, May 29, 2017         2:30 PM – 3:25 PM
Presenters: Patricia Anderson, Skye Bickett, Joanne Doucette, Pamela Herring, Andrea Kepsel, Tierney Lyons, Scott McLachlan, Carol Shannon, Lin Wu
Poster Number: 46
Poster Title:  Text-Mining PubMed Search Results to Identify Emerging Technologies Relevant to Medical Librarians

Presenters: Connie Machado, Tara Douglas-Williams, Elizabeth Hinton
Poster Number: 106
Poster Title:  DARE to CHANGE: One MLA Chapter’s Dream of Evolution

Poster Session 3         Tuesday, May 30, 2017          1:00 PM – 1:55 PM
Presenter: Hannah Rutledge
Poster Number: 75
Poster Title: Patient Family and Hospital Staff Information Needs at a Pediatric Hospital: An (abbreviated) Analysis of Information Requests Received by the Family Resource Libraries

Presenters:  Shenita Peterson, Amy Allison
Poster Number: 131
Poster Title: Capturing Data to Explore the Use of a Library’s Public Spaces

Presenter: Kim Powell
Poster Number: 51
Poster Title: Searching by Grant Number: Analysis of Web of Sciences and PubMed Search Results

Presenter:  Peter Shipman
Poster Number: 159
Poster Title:  Combining Research Results and Dental Accreditation Requirements to Create Instructional Opportunities

Poster Session 4         Tuesday, May 30, 2017          2:00 PM – 2:55 PM
Presenters:  Amy Allison, Sandra Franklin, Lisa Macklin
Poster Number: 211
Poster Title: Dare to Change: Moving from IP Authentication

Presenters:  Tara Douglas-Williams, Carolann Curry, Skye Bickett and Christine Willis
Poster Number: 68
Poster Title: Pilot Project to Teach Current and Future Health Care Professionals How to Address Patients with Health Literacy in Mind

Congratulations to the New GHSLA Board Members

Thank you to our members for participating in the 2017 elections. 

Our new President – Elect and Program Committee Chair is Lori Graham, Medical Librarian and CME Coordinator at Tanner Medical Center in Carrollton, Georgia.

Continuing officers are:
Immediate Past President – Skye Bickett
President – Christine Willis
Secretary – Anna Krampl
Treasurer – Amy Allison
Web Communication Coordinator –  Sharon Leslie

Committee Chairs:
Membership Committee – Mia White
Continuing Education Committee – Carolann Curry
Nominating Committee – vacant
Strategic Planning Committee – vacant
Outreach Committee – Shannon Glover
Scholarship Committee – Kimberly Powell

We are looking forward to a fantastic year for GHSLA, with the AHSLC merger and the MLA annual meeting being in Atlanta in 2018!

If you are interested in any serving in any of these committee chair roles or have any questions please contact president Christine Willis or any of the officers.