2013/14 President: Dixie A. Jones, AHIP
Building Our Information Future, Building MLA’s Future: Presidential Priorities for 2013/14
Much excellent work has been done in previous years to establish a solid foundation for the organization and the profession. This foundation is a strong mix of time-honored principles and an acquired body of knowledge. To secure our place in the future, we must build on this foundation with employment of new technology and new ideas, as well as a willingness to take on new roles. In 2011/12, President Gerald (Jerry) Perry, AHIP, encouraged us to change our game. In 2012/13, President Jane Blumenthal, AHIP, invited us to generate positive energy. Now let’s use those game changing ideas and energy to construct a new vision for MLA. To work toward the future that we envision, we will need what all builders need: a blueprint, manpower, and tools. President Blumenthal has appointed the MLA Futures Task Force to structure the design of tomorrow’s organization and provide us with that blueprint. Members have already contributed to this plan through responses to the Leadership and Management Section survey that was conducted prior to MLA ’12, but members can continue to contribute ideas in a number of ways.
In MLA Board member orientations, explanation is provided for the ways that member ideas are translated into actions. Members may submit suggestions for action through any of the organization’s many units, e.g., sections or committees. A motion is developed by a unit in conjunction with its MLA Board liaison who then presents the motion to the MLA Board. The MLA Board’s vote on the motion is communicated back to the unit and to the initiator. If the motion passes, an appropriate unit is tasked with taking action on it.
Thus, we are the architects of our own organizational future. In addition to contributing to the blueprint, we supply the manpower for bringing the plans to fruition. The organization provides us with the tools. With blueprint in hand, we must:
We will employ advocacy, ethical principles, research, education and mentorship, and our historical foundation to build the MLA of tomorrow. As we go about designing our future, let us be mindful of the diverse needs among our own members, the information needs of our constituents, the health information needs of society, and the lessons learned from those who have gone before us.
Medical Library Association
Last Updated: 2013 July 10