Looking back to move forward: a reflection of the Dental Section’s history

Nicole Theis-Mahon, Amanda Nevius, Nena Schvaneveldt

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Background : The history of the Dental Section illuminates our own history as communities of librarians with the Medical Library Association (MLA). Reflections on a community’s history can reveal growth, development and changes, or shed light on similarities between the past and present. Knowledge and awareness of a community’s past can be used to guide members through change.

Description : We examined historical documents from the Dental Section and conducted interviews with community members to generate a history of the community within the broader context of medical librarianship. To add context, a general history of dentistry and its relationship to medicine was also conducted. Themes between dental and medical librarianship and between dentistry and medicine were identified and described.

Conclusion : The history of a community of librarians is important to understand future directions of MLA, and is informed by the history of the practitioners the librarians serve.
Original languageEnglish (US)
StatePublished - May 7 2019
EventMedical Library Association Annual Meeting: Elevate - Chicago, United States
Duration: May 3 2019May 8 2019


ConferenceMedical Library Association Annual Meeting
Country/TerritoryUnited States


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