From: Brandi Tuttle [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: Monday, November 14, 2016 3:32 PM
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Subject: [MACMLA-L] Call for MLA 2018 CE Course and Symposia Ideas

Greetings MAC members,

MLA is now accepting ideas for thought-provoking and innovative courses and symposia to offer at the 2018 Annual Meeting and Exhibition in Atlanta, GA. What new topics or courses have caught your eye? Who is teaching a class or has expertise you would like to tap into? What classes from past meetings would you like to see offered again? Are you currently a course instructor or would you like to create a new course? The MLA Continuing Education Committee (CEC) wants to hear from you! You can suggest a topic you would like teach or see offered.

Courses and symposia will be held on Friday, May 18, and Saturday, May 19, 2018. Suggestions must be submitted by Friday, December 16, 2016, for consideration.

Courses:  MLA's CEC would like to present a variety of courses, covering the seven professional competencies for health sciences librarians described in MLA's educational policy statement, Competencies for Lifelong Learning and Professional Success ( Continuing education (CE) courses can be two, four, six, or eight hours in length. Active participant involvement must be built into the course for it to qualify. For ideas, look at MLA's Educational Clearinghouse (<>) or offerings at other meetings.

Symposia:  Sections, chapters, or other MLA groups may choose to cosponsor (with MLA) a symposium at the annual meeting. MLA defines a symposium as a "learning opportunity organized for the purpose of providing a forum for discussion of a well-defined topic." Typically, it consists of a series of presentations by experts, followed by an exchange of opinions among participants. Active involvement of the attendees must be built into the symposium schedule to qualify as an educational opportunity.

Submit an idea by completing a short survey at

Be prepared to answer the following on the survey:
1. Title or subject: State the working title or topic of the course or symposium
2. Length of the activity: Specify the length of the course or symposium
3. Brief description of the topic
4. Attendee participation and interaction: Give a brief example of how active participation of the attendees will be built into the schedule (e.g., roundtable discussions, case studies, etc.)
5. Primary contact or suggested instructor: Give name, institutional affiliation, mailing address, telephone number, and email address

Symposium-only questions
* Statement of need
* Target audience(s)
* Sponsor(s): Include section, chapter, or other MLA group who may choose to cosponsor with MLA

If your idea is chosen by the CEC, you will be asked to submit a full proposal for final consideration. If you have questions about CE proposals, please contact Brenda Linares, MLIS, AHIP, CEC liaison, 2018 National Program Committee; [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>.

For more information, check out the MLA annual meeting course selection process ( or contact Debra Cavanaugh, coordinator of continuing education, at [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]> or 312.419.9094 x32.
Brandi Tuttle, MSLIS, AHIP<>
Research & Education Librarian
Liaison to the Physician Assistant & Pathologists' Assistant Programs
Duke University Medical Center Library & Archives
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