UNYOC Professional Development Award Blog Post – Michelle Zafron

Michelle Zafron discusses her experience at MLA. She received a UNYOC Professional Development Award.

Thanks to the UNYOC/MLA Professional Development scholarship, I was able to attend the Annual Meeting of the Medical Library Association in Seattle, Washington. My goals were twofold: I had committee work I needed to accomplish and I wanted to hear papers that would be pertinent for my work with my patrons, especially content that was related to systematic reviews.

I am a member of the Professional Recruitment and Retention Committee [PRRC] and this year had the task of organizing and running the Resume Review Clinic and needed to be there to make sure everything went smoothly. Also, I am involved with a subgroup of PRRC that is looking at the mentoring service that MLA offers. At our business meeting, we discussed the results of a survey directed at mentors and what our next steps were for making this service more useful for both mentors and mentees.

I was also able to attend several really interesting papers. These included, “Building Capacity for a Systematic Review Core in an Academic Health Sciences Library,” “Daring to Realize the Dream of Published Systematic Reviews,” and “Kinesiology: Moving the Science of Movement into a New Relationship with the Health Sciences Library.” My hope is to take some of these ideas and incorporate them into my own work at the Health Sciences Library at the University at Buffalo.

Thank you, UNYOC, for making this possible for me!