• 1 Nov 2023 10:47 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Hello Everyone, 

    I hope you all had a wonderful, inspiring, and scenic conference last week. Congratulations to our award winners, presenters, and first-time attendees. We’re already getting to work on next year’s conference so let the ideas ruminate and get ready for submissions next year.

    Caucus News

    1. There are several officer positions open for nominations

    1. Vice-Chair/Incoming Chair
    2. Secretary
    3. Conference Planning Vice-Chair
    4. MLA Credentialing Liaison
    5. Government Relations, New York


    If you are interested, please contact Denise Smith (she/her: dsmith@brocku.ca)  to inquire about descriptions, lengths of commitments, and elections.


    Save The Date

    We’re turning 60! The 2024 Conference will take place in Chautauqua, New York! More information

    To come.


    Continuing Education


    Registration is open to enter the lottery for the University of Michigan's Systematic Review Course in April 2024: Lottery registration is due by January 10th, 2024 at 11:59 p.m. ET: 


    Scholarships & Grants

    There are numerous scholarships and grants accepting applications right now, many of which have November 15th deadlines. These can be easily overlooked in your emails, so consider your projects and what you could possibly be eligible for. Good luck!

    • ·         The Broering Latinx Heritage Grant awards $1,000 annually to a person of Latinx ethnicity, or a person who has an interest in Latinx community information services. Librarians who want to pursue a professional activity in the latest medical information services using the latest technical formats are encouraged to apply. The application deadline is November 15. Information on the grant, criteria, and the online application can be found here: https://www.mlanet.org/p/cm/ld/fid=306  Please contact Jury Chair, Jason Burton [jtburton@library.ucla.edu] with any questions. 

    ·         Hospital Libraries Professional Development Grant: https://www.mlanet.org/page/hospital-libraries-section/mla-professional-development-grants Application deadline: November 15th.

    ·         MLA is now accepting applications for the Research, Development, and Demonstration Project Grant. The purpose of this grant is to provide support for research, development, or demonstration projects that will help to promote excellence in the field of health sciences librarianship and information sciences. More than one grant can be awarded each year, and the amount can range from $100 to $1,000. Application Deadline November 15th.


    Congratulations to Nell Aronoff of the University of Buffalo’s Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. On October 26th, Nell was named the recipient of the 2023 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Librarianship. She has held numerous roles with both UNYOC and the MLA, and this chapter is so proud of her achievements. You can read more about her career and this accomplishment here.

    Jaimi M.

  • 14 Jul 2023 8:51 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Join us at the UNYOC Annual Conference in Clayton, NY, at the beautiful 1000 Island Harbor Hotel! The conference will take place October 25th -27th. 2023.

    We are thrilled to announce the annual Upstate New York and Ontario Chapter (UNYOC) of the Medical Librarians Association Conference 2023. We invite you to contribute your expertise and passion to this incredible event! Whether you are a seasoned professional or studying to be a librarian, this is your chance to share your knowledge, insights, and groundbreaking research with a diverse and engaged audience.

    This conference aims to bring together professionals from various medical and health science disciplines, creating an environment where innovative ideas can flourish, networks can be built, and valuable collaborations can be forged. Your unique perspective and expertise will greatly contribute to the success of this event.

    We are seeking a wide range of presentation formats to accommodate different topics and styles of communication. Whether you prefer to deliver a dynamic lightning talk to ignite inspiration, present a comprehensive poster to showcase your research visually, or have a longer, in-depth presentation to delve into your chosen subject matter, we warmly welcome your submissions. With a diverse range of presentation options available, you have the freedom to select the format that best suits your content and presentation style.

    Moreover, we extend a special invitation to all those interested in librarianship. As a rapidly evolving field, librarianship is crucial in the medical and health sciences sectors, facilitating access to vital information and supporting research endeavors. We encourage aspiring and experienced librarians to share their unique perspectives, challenges, and success stories in this ever-ever-changing landscape. Your contributions will undoubtedly enrich the conference and enhance the overall knowledge-sharing experience.

    Here are just a few suggested topics to spark your creativity:

    1. Emerging Trends in Medical Research: Unveiling the Latest Breakthroughs

    2. Digital Libraries: Navigating the World of Online Resources

    3. Librarians as Knowledge Navigators: Bridging the Gap between Information and Research

    4. Data Management in the Health Sciences: Best Practices and Challenges

    5. Open Access Publishing: Democratizing Knowledge in the Medical Field

    6. Evidence-Based Medicine: The Role of Librarians in Promoting Quality Research

    7. Integrating Technology into Health Sciences Libraries: From Virtual Reality to Artificial Intelligence

    8. Health Information Literacy: Empowering Patients and Caregivers

    However, please note that these topics are only suggestions – we encourage you to submit presentations on any aspect of librarianship or the medical and health sciences you are passionate about! Your unique perspectives and experiences are highly valued and appreciated.

    Submitting your presentation proposal is quick and easy. The following link will take you to the submission form and the guidelines.


    The deadline for submissions is September 15th. 2023, so take advantage of this fantastic opportunity to showcase your work and inspire others in the field.

    Join us at the forefront of innovation, collaboration, and discovery in the medical and health sciences community. Together, let's shape librarianship's future and advance medical knowledge's frontiers. We eagerly await your presentation submissions and welcome you to our esteemed conference.

  • 14 Jul 2023 8:47 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Registration for UNYOC 2023 is NOW OPEN at https://unyoc.wildapricot.org/Member-Registration

    We invite you to register and join us for the 2023 UNYOC Annual Conference at 1000 Island Harbor Hotel, Clayton, NY. The meeting will take place on October 25th- 27th, 2023.

    Conference Registration prices:

    • Early Bird: $185 – ends 8/25/23
    • Regular: $ 215 – ends 9/22/23
    • Late: $ 240 – ends 10/18/23
    • Onsite: $ 280

    To reserve a reduced-rate hotel room, you can call the hotel reservation desk at (315) 686-1100 and request the Upstate New York and Ontario Chapter (UNYOC) of the Medical Library Association room block or by going to their website at https://www.1000islandsharborhotel.com/ and using the block code UNYOC to secure your Group Attendee reservation.

    Rates: Govt. Per Diem/Tax Exempt Reduced Rate = $118.00

               Regular Reduced Rate = $159.00

    Rooms at this rate will only be available until they are filled, or September 25, 2023.

    Rooms at this rate are also limited. Book early to guarantee this special rate!

    Reservations made after September 25 will not be eligible to receive the group rate.

    1000 Island Sunset – Come See for Yourself!

  • 6 Feb 2023 3:05 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)



         UNYOC Conference 2023 will be held on October 25-27th at the 1000 Island Harbor Hotel in Clayton, NY

         Clayton is a quaint village in Northern New York. The hotel rests on the banks of the St. Lawrence River amid the beauty of the 1000 islands. Restaurants and unique shops are within walking distance, and the hotel is less than 10 miles away from the 1000 Island Bridge and Bolte Castle in Alexandria Bay, New York.

         If you have never been to the region, it’s a must-see. If you’ve been, you already know why you need to come back!

         Additionally, we have had repeated requests for more member/supporter content in our conference programming. We are unable to do that without member/supporter submissions. If you have an idea, no matter how big or how small, we are the group to share it with. We build our program around the submissions we receive. Your content can be a poster, a lightning talk, or more. Please consider presenting; you won’t find a more welcoming group. We will begin soliciting submissions in the spring. Stay tuned!

         As this year’s conference chair, I look forward to hosting you in a region I hold dear to my heart.

    Enjoy the day,

    Kimberly A. Nolan MLS, AHIP
    UNYOC Conference Chair 2023

    1000 Island Sunset: Just Gorgeous!!

  • 17 Oct 2022 11:08 AM | Deleted user

    Beatriz LeBron executes Healthi Kids’ Play ROCs campaign, developing strategies and tactics that advance play as a cornerstone of whole child health in schools and in neighborhoods. LeBron currently serves as The Vice-President of the RCSD Board of Education, chairs the Finance and Human Resources Committees. She is currently attending law school at the University Of Arizona James E. Rogers College Of Law. She earned her associate degree in Liberal Arts from Monroe Community College, a bachelor’s degree in Public Relations & Economics from St. John Fisher College, her certificate in Finance from Georgetown. LeBron has served more than 23 years in the human services sector and has extensive experience as a supervisor, educator, trainer and community health worker. In her spare time, LeBron enjoys art, reading and spending time with her grandchildren, children, partner and puppy Barkley.

    Through the personal journey of navigating through trauma, violence, addiction, and poverty there is hope at the end of the tunnel. These stories, from the block to the board, are often romanticized when in reality it requires daily work and consistency in moving forward and upward. Most importantly it requires the development of a support system. This is where community health models come into play. Community Health Work looks at the whole self and supporting individuals in navigating through social determinants of health. It is a critical model we have today to affect sustainable changes in our society; it is also one of the most undervalued.  

    Beatriz LeBron is our opening keynote speaker on Friday, October 28th.

  • 17 Oct 2022 10:40 AM | Deleted user

    A critical care nurse by training, Dr. Mary G. Carey is a researcher, educator, and mentor whose work has made significant contributions to the understanding of ECG monitoring. As Director of the Clinical Nursing Research Center at URMC, Carey also mentors, advises, and supports the scholarly aspirations of nurses throughout their careers. She is a guiding force in prompting nurses to partake in clinical research projects to improve the quality of care. She is also highly involved in the management and direction of the nursing discipline and nursing faculty. She currently serves on numerous committees at the university, national and international levels. A prolific publisher, Carey has authored more than 200 peer-reviewed and scholarly articles. Carey has earned numerous honors in her 30-year career, most recently being inducted into the International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame. Dr. Carey is a champion of librarians and is delighted to present to our group of Upstate New York and Ontario Chapter of the Medical Library Association members.

    This presentation to the Upstate New York and Ontario Chapter of the Medical Library Association UNYOC/MLA, aims at presenting the strength of the Academic Practice Partnership at the University of Rochester Medical Center. The attendees will understand the significance of academic medical centers and magnet designation has on improving nursing science and how librarians have historically supported nursing research. Nurses rate the information found by librarians to be high quality; thus, librarians play an important role in selecting resources and evaluating information.

    Dr. Mary G. Carey is our opening keynote speaker on Thursday, October 27th.

  • 1 Sep 2022 1:39 PM | Deleted user

    Hello everyone, 

    Please join us for our UNYOC 2022 Conference CE Session with Dr. Lyle Q. Foster of Missouri State University!

    This year's session, "Critical Conversations: Building Workplace Communication Skills" will take place on Wednesday, October 26th from 1-4pm at the RIT Inn and Conference Center. The cost for the session is $65 USD (purchase with registration). 

    For full CE description please visit our website here: https://unyoc.wildapricot.org/Annual-Meeting-CE

  • 1 Sep 2022 1:35 PM | Deleted user

    Hello everyone! 

    Please register and join us for the 2022 UNYOC Annual Conference at the RIT Inn and Conference Center in Rochester, NY. The meeting will be taking place on October 26th, 27th, and 28th. Visit our website here to register: https://unyoc.wildapricot.org/Annual-Meeting

    Conference Registration prices:

    · Member price: $100

    · Student/retiree: $25

    · Non-Member: $150

    To reserve a hotel room at a special rate of $109 :

    · Reservations may be made by calling the front desk at 585 359 1800 and requesting the Upstate New York and Ontario Chapter of the Medical Library Association room block or by going to our website at https://www.rit.edu/ritinn and selecting the Reservations tab. Under “Add Code” your guests can choose “Group Attendee” from the drop down menu and then input the block code 221016UNYO.

    · Rooms at this rate will be available until they are filled, or October 15th. Rooms at this rate are limited! Book early to guarantee this special rate! Reservations made after October 15th will not be eligible to receive the group rate.

    Stay up to date on conference planning developments at http://unyoc.mlanet.org/

  • 15 Jul 2022 10:57 AM | Deleted user

    *This post is shared on behalf of one of our professional development award winner, Marie Ascher.*

    Thanks to a UNYOC professional development award, librarians at New York Medical College attended the virtual Charleston Conference in November 2021. Most were first-time attendees. The Charleston Conference is an annual gathering of librarians, publishers, electronic resource managers, consultants, and vendors of library materials. We thought it was an outstanding conference and a good opportunity for professional development. Originally Marie Ascher received the award but due to travel restrictions she opted to open virtual attendance to multiple colleagues. 

    This is what the NYMC librarians had to say: 

    • The practical aspects of this conference were especially rewarding. Hearing about actual transformative agreements that libraries have developed and successfully executed, which vendors they are working with and what the publishers’ perspectives are, is valuable information when you are forming your own agreement. 
    • The Charleston Conference provided a deep dive into current issues in electronic resource management and collection development. This helped me feel more confident when facing tasks at work that are new to me. The conference was an ideal opportunity to engage with librarians across disciplines about the common challenges to our profession. In this way we discover solutions and find a sense of community and connection.

    • I found this conference to be particularly rewarding for professional development involving collection management, topics in scholarly communication, and career planning.

    • We appreciate the opportunity that the UNYOC Professional Development Award gave us to attend the Charleston Conference. It was a great experience and several of us are looking forward to attending again in the future, maybe in person next time.
    • One of us had attended the Charleston Conference in the past and highly recommend every librarian attend. The practical knowledge that is shared during the sessions provides effective solutions to everyday issues in library collections and management. Thanks to UNYOC for providing the resources for NYMC librarians to attend the 2021 conference.
    • I’ve always wanted to attend the Charleston Conference. It was a great conference although I’m sure it could be better in-person. I attended several sessions on transformative agreements, on diversity and inclusion, and on new document delivery options. I plan to attend again in the future. The content covered here was very different from what you normally see at a Medical Library Association meeting. 

    If you are interested in attending this conference, the registration and call for papers for 2022 are now open. For more information, see https://www.charleston-hub.com/the-charleston-conference/ Maybe we’ll see you there! 

  • 20 May 2022 3:33 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Vendor Registration is now live for the UNYOC Annual Meeting 2022!

    When: October 26th -- 28th, 2022

    Where: RIT Inn and Conference Center, Rochester NY (lodging details TBA)

    Sponsorship information is available on the registration page.

The Upstate New York and Ontario Chapter of the Medical Library Association is a 501(c)6 non-profit organization. 

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