Southern Chapter of MLA

SC/MLA is a professional organization made up of health sciences librarians from the states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina, Tennessee, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands.

The organizations' goals include promoting health care excellence through timely access to information, raising interest in health sciences libraries and information management, providing continuing education opportunities to health sciences librarians and providing a network of health sciences librarians, and to promote and foster cooperation among medical and allied health sciences librarians.

SC/MLA 2018 Call for Papers and Posters

The 2018 SC/MLA Programming Committee invites you to submit proposals for contributed papers and posters for the 2018 SC/MLA 68th annual meeting in Orlando Florida during October 25 – October 28. The meeting will be held at the Wyndham Lake Buena Vista Disney Springs Resort. This year’s theme is “Experience the Magic: Libraries of Tomorrow.” Check the conference website (coming soon) for full meeting details and up-to-the-minute information.  This year’s posters’ and papers’ theme is “Warp speed ahead: keeping up with trends, managing change, and anticipating the unknown”.


Consider the following as you develop a proposal for submission:

  • Keeping up with Trends. Discuss the newest technologies, changing service models, and big ideas that your library and other libraries are exploring.
  • Managing Change. Demonstrate some of the ways your library’s service model, job responsibilities, and place within the wider organization have changed.  Discuss how you have managed this evolution and the lessons you learned in the process.
  • Anticipating the Unknown. Explore ways your library can stay abreast of changes in its user communities so you are poised to respond and adapt to these changes.



Submit two copies of the structured abstract (300-word maximum) using the format of MLA’s Research Section information on creating a structured abstract:

  • ·         In the first copy of the abstract, include a list of authors, their institutional affiliations, email addresses, and telephone numbers.
  • ·         The second copy will be used in a blind review process and must not include any specific information that would identify authors or institutions.


Both posters and papers will be evaluated based on their originality, innovation, organization and clarity of presentation, as well as their relevance to the meeting’s theme.


The deadline for submitting abstracts is Sunday, July 15th. Authors will be notified of acceptance no later than Friday, August 17th If accepted, the deadline for submitting final, revised abstracts will be Friday, September 28th. Completed paper presentations and poster displays will be due in the weeks leading up to the conference.


Additional information (i.e. time, location, setup instructions, etc.) will be sent with acceptance notification. Those presenting in Orlando must be registered for the meeting.



  • Papers: Email paper abstracts to using a Microsoft Word attachment.  You will receive a confirmation receipt within two business days.
  • Posters: Email poster abstracts to using a Microsoft Word attachment. You will receive a confirmation receipt within two business days.  



If you have questions, please contact Lisa Ennis at, Nicole Mitchell at, Frank Fajardo at (posters), or Rebecca Roth at (posters).


SCMLA Annual Meeting 2018

  • October 25-28, 2018 Wyndham Lake Buena Vista Resort - Orlando, FL

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