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UNYOC Professional Development Award blog post – Molly K. Maloney

6 Jun 2022 5:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

*This post is shared on behalf of Molly K. Maloney, one of the 2022 Professional Development Award Winner*

MLA '22 Reconnect, Renew, Reflect

As a recipient of the UNYOC 2022 Professional Development Award, I was able to attend, present and serve as a paper judge at the Medical Library Association's Annual Meeting, MLA '22, in person in New Orleans, LA. I am a relatively new pharmacy librarian and had only had the opportunity to attend MLA virtually in 2021. While it was an eye-opening experience, it could not compare to attending this year in person.

Events such as the New Members' Breakfast, Gathering of Caucuses and Domain Hubs, and the Opening of the Hall of Exhibits allowed me to connect with colleagues from across the country whom I had only ever interacted with virtually. These discussions are invaluable and inspiring to me as we discussed current projects, trends, and new ideas. Through MLA's Colleague Connect, I was also able to meet up with mentors who offered their insights into the field of health sciences librarianship and our organizations. I look forward to continuing to build these relationships and growing them into collaboration.

At the same time, these conversations paired with updates from vendors provided vital input for services and planning at my own institution and for my individual practice. Engaging with sessions and posters from other pharmacy librarians have had a direct impact on my planning for the next academic year, including employing active learning strategies for Evidence Based Practice instruction.

Together with my colleague Nell Aronoff, we presented "Health Sciences Library Workshops in the COVID Era: Librarian Perceptions and Decision-Making" based on the survey we conducted earlier this year. While time was short, the audience had great questions for us and responded positively during the discussion. The photo I included is of Nell (left) and myself (right) at the podium just after our session.

Other education sessions such as the lightning talks "Flipping Z Switch: Adapting Educational Practices for the New Generation" (Rebecca Arriola and Colleen Bannon) and "Telling Stories: Health Information Literacy Through Media Coverage" (Karen Heskett and Korey Brunetti) were great ways to learn and grow.

I would like to share my profound gratitude to UNYOC and the Awards Committee for this opportunity.


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