Call for Proposals

Since March 2020, health libraries around the world have adopted a virtual service mandate, while continuing to assist healthcare professionals with their research needs during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Health library organizations within the western region of Canada and the United States have joined together to host the inaugural Mountain Pacific Health Science Libraries (MPHSL) Conference, emphasizing the theme of Adapting to Change in Health Librarianship.

The MPHSL Conference is open to all working within a health sciences/medical library environment.

Why submit your proposal to MPHSL?

Health libraries are seen as much more than mere information gathering places; for many, they are community centres, serving the needs of clinicians, researchers, patients, and members of the public.  Greater emphasis on supplying information digitally has been relied on during the current COVID-19 pandemic like never before.  Yet, despite the focus on all form of research surrounding the coronavirus, several other worldwide events taking place since March 2020 has renewed interest in locating material on social injustice, instructional platforms, and newfound ways to search for and evaluate this material.

Key Topics of Interest

  • COVID-19 in Health Librarianship – Experiences, Changes, Strategies
  • Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
  • Social Injustice
  • Instructional Platforms

Proposal Categories

  • presentation (20 minutes: 15 minute talk and 5 minute question period)
  • poster (2 minute introduction and discussion in Zoom breakout rooms)
  • lightning talk (5 minute overview of a completed project or work in progress, followed by a brief question period)

Submission Guidelines

Participants who wish to be considered for a presentation, poster, or lightning talk specific to one of the above conference themes are invited to submit a proposal.

The proposal should address the problem/goal, the research method/procedure, as well as the anticipated results of the research.  Please also indicate which proposal category you would like to be considered for.

Due Date and Method of Submission

Proposal Deadline is November 30, 2020 at 5pm PST.

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