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Call for MLA ’14 CE Course and Symposia Ideas

MLA is now accepting ideas for thought provoking and innovative courses and symposia to offer at MLA ’14 in Chicago, IL.  Courses and symposia will be held on Friday, May 16, Saturday, May 17, and Wednesday, May 21, 2014.  Suggestions must be submitted by Friday, December 14, 2012, for consideration by the MLA Continuing Education Committee (CEC) at its midwinter meeting in January 2013.

If you have a course idea, even if you think someone else should teach it or already is teaching it, please nominate the course by filling out the form: http://www.mlanet.org/pdf/ce/course_submission_2014.doc

Detailed information on courses and symposia is below and on the MLA web site.

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 <http://www.mlanet.org/education/policy/>. MLA CE courses are four, six, or eight hours in length.  Active participant involvement must be built into the course to qualify.  For ideas, look at MLA’s Education Clearinghouse or offerings at other meetings.

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?  The MLA CEC wants to hear from you!  Are you currently a course instructor or would you like to create a new course?  You may nominate yourself.

For more information check out the MLA annual meeting course selection process or contact Debra Cavanaugh, continuing education coordinator, at mlapd3@mlahq.org or 312.419.9094 x32.

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.

If your idea is chosen by the CEC, you will be asked to submit a proposal, using the official MLA Symposium Guidelines for final consideration at its May 2013 meeting.

Send in Your Ideas

Ideas for courses or symposia must be submitted by Friday, December 14, 2012, to ensure consideration.  For more information and submission forms go to: http://www.mlanet.org/education/callcourses2014.html.

Send your submission form to: Joey Nicholson, CEC Liaison, 2014 National Program Committee, NYU Health Sciences Libraries, New York University Langone Medical Center, 550 First Ave., New York, NY  10016; email:  Joseph.Nicholson@med.nyu.edu.

Questions?  Contact Joey Nicholson, at the contact information listed above or contact Debra Cavanaugh, continuing education coordinator, MLA, 65 East Wacker Place, Suite 1900, Chicago, IL 60601-7246; 312.419.9094 x32; fax, 312.419.8950; email, mlapd3@mlahq.org

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