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Librarians Active at National Meeting

ArmadilloThe Medical Library Association (MLA) recently held its annual meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana. Of the eight LSU Health Shreveport librarians attending in-person, this was the very first national conference for five. Several LSU Health Shreveport librarians participated in the conference.

Associate Director Julia M. Esparza, as part of the 10-member Hospital Library Advocacy Team, was awarded the Medical Library Association’s President’s Award for the recognition of their work developing the Partner with Hospital Librarians to Improve Patient Care statement.

Assistant Director Montie’ Dobbins, was a member of the 2022 Local Assistance Committee and provided information at the Hospitality Booth.

Librarians David Duggar and Montie’ Dobbins were two of the eight member team presenting the sixth Immersion session of the conference, Cultivating Member Engagement the Armadillo Way: A Practical Guide for Chapters and Caucuses.

Additionally, “The Big Not-So-Easy: A Symposium on 21st Century Health Sciences Collection Development & Resource Sharing” was held during the conference as six sessions over three days. Montie’ Dobbins was the speaker for Session 4, Staying Ahead of the Future: Developing Your Library’s Collection Philosophy and Policy. Julia M. Esparza was the moderator of a four-member panel for Session 6, From Selecting to Weeding: Getting “Hands-On” with Tools That Help Resources Become a Collection.

Will Olmstadt, Library Director, was a member of the 2022 National Program Committee, responsible for planning the meeting.