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Consumer Health Librarian of the Year Award

In May 2016, the MLA Board of Directors approved the elevation of the Consumer Health Librarian of the Year Award, from a CAPHIS section level award to a MLA national level award, to recognize and award librarians who exemplify the best in consumer health librarianship.  The goal is the have this award fully funded by July 2017, which will allow it to be presented in 2018.

DONATE NOW - Thanks to individual members and MLA Sections, the Consumer Health Librarian of the Year Award is well on its way to being funded.  Once the award is fully endowed, applications will be accepted and the award will be presented.

Consumer Health Librarian of the Year Award

Consumer health librarians focus on the continuum of health information services that benefit patients, caregivers, and individuals interested in optimal health and health care for themselves and their families. This award recognizes those who demonstrate excellence in consumer health information services, promote innovation and collaboration, and provide examples to follow for other consumer health librarians.  The award recipient receives a certificate at the MLA Annual Meeting Awards Ceremony and a $1000.00 cash award after the annual meeting.


Consumer health librarian who exemplifies the best in consumer librarianship:

  • Demonstrates excellent communication and search skills on consumer health focused information resources for patrons of all ages.
  • Acts as a role model to peers in consumer health librarianship and works to mentor new librarians to the field.
  • Contributes to the knowledge base of consumer health librarianship by sharing best practices with peers through presentations, posters and publications, or teaching.
  • Works collaboratively with other medical librarians, administrative staff, co-workers and community leaders to provide accessible consumer health information services.
  • Leads by example and is an innovator within the work environment.
  • Maintains professional credentials and pursues appropriate continuing education opportunities as a lifelong learner.


  • The nominee must be a member of MLA.
  • The nominee must have worked in continuously for each of the last 5 years immediately preceding the nomination, and must be working in a health sciences library at the time of the award.
  • The nominee should hold a professional library or information science qualification.
  • It is preferred that nominees be a member of the Consumer and Patient Health Information Section (CAPHIS) for a minimum of two years.

Submission Checklist

The nomination must contain at least the following elements:

  • a precise description of the nominee’s achievements and service to MLA and CAPHIS;
  • a current curriculum vitae or resume;
  • any further information which may assist the jury in the evaluation of the nomination and the selection of the recipient; and
  • up to three letters of support may be attached to the nomination.

Have a question? Contact MLA's awards coordinator.