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SCC/MLA 2020 Virtual Meeting

South Central Chapter of the Medical Library Association

Program & Schedule

Important Information

Deadline for Proposal Submission:
Thursday, September 24, 2020 (EXTENDED!)

Molly Knapp or Anne Howard, Program Co-Chairs

Call for Proposals for Papers & Posters/Lightning Talks

(Note: A PDF version of the Call for Proposals is available for download, if you prefer.)

The virtual meeting will only have contributed papers and contributed posters / lightning talks. It will not feature tech talks or roundtables.

Proposals will be reviewed by the Papers and Posters Subcommittees of the Program Committee. Proposals will undergo blind review. (Subcommittee members will not be given author information.)

This year, the proposal form is streamlined into one form. Please select whether you want to present a paper or a poster/lightning talk, and answer the relevant questions.

  • Contributed Papers: Author(s) are allotted 15 minutes each for online presentation and 5 minutes for questions.
  • Posters/Lightning Talks: Author(s) should plan on 5 minutes for online presentation and one slide.

Submissions should be in the structured abstract format and should be designated whether they are Research or Non-Research. Please remember that only entries in the Research category are eligible for the SCC/MLA and SCAMeL-sponsored Elizabeth K. Eaton, PhD Research Awards for exceptional research.

For guidance in determining whether to submit an abstract as Research or Non-Research, please see MLA’s The Structured Abstract: An Essential Tool for Researchers.

Submit your contributed paper proposal using this online form. Include with your submission:

  • Paper title
  • Abstract of 250 words or less, following MLA guidelines (Reminder: Do not include author identifying information in the body of the abstract.)
  • Author name(s), email(s), and institution(s)

One of the questions asks about having the internet bandwidth to present during a live online meeting. If you do not have this, and you are not able to provide a recorded video, the Program Committee will reach out to you separately. We are committed to reducing barriers to participation.

Continuing Education Classes

Two continuing education (CE) classes will be held on Thursday, October 29, for anyone who is interested in attending.

Grants and Proposal Writing

In this 2-hour webinar, beginning and intermediate grant proposal writers will receive an overview of the grant process including: finding funding opportunities and the standard sections for a proposal (such as documenting the need and program evaluation). Learn about common pitfalls to avoid and gain some tips from the field!

Instructors: Debbie Montenegro & Brian Leaf
Date: Thursday, October 29, 2020
Time: 10 a.m. – noon CST
Credits: 2 MLA CE Credits
South Central Region
South Central Region
What’s in a Data Story? Understanding the Basics of Data Storytelling

A one-hour introductory webinar on the fundamentals of effective storytelling using data collected and visualized by librarians for librarians. Data without a story is just a pile of numbers. Data with an effective story becomes an everlasting narrative that people will remember for a long time and without much effort. In this talk, we’ll look at the basic structure of data storytelling and review exemplars both good and bad of data storytelling. No prior knowledge of the topic is required.

At the end of the talk, attendees will be able to:

  • Name the parts of a data story
  • Apply their knowledge of data storytelling to real data
  • Identify and explain good and bad examples of data storytelling
Instructor: Nancy Shin
Date: Thursday, October 29, 2020
Time: 3 – 4 p.m. CST
Credits: 1 MLA CE Credit
Pacific Northwest Region
Pacific Northwest Region

Conference Location

Connection details will be communicated to you in separate emails after you complete your registration.

Contact Information

For virtual arrangements questions, contact Anne Howard or Montie' Dobbins.

For registration questions, contact Jon Crossno.

For billing questions, contact Steven Self.

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