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Janet Doe Lectureship

The Janet Doe Lectureship was established in 1966 by an anonymous donation to support a lecture in honor of Janet Doe (1895–1985), former librarian of the New York Academy of Medicine, historical scholar, past president of the association, and editor of the first two editions of the Medical Library Practice handbook. The selected lecture is presented at the association's annual meeting and is subsequently published in the Journal of the Medical Library Association. The lecturer receives a certificate at the annual meeting, a $500 honorarium, and up to $1,700 to reimburse out-of-pocket expenses for travel, one day hotel and per diem, conference registration, guest ticket(s) for non-MLA members, and expenses related to research and/or preparation of the presentation. 

Criteria

  • Nominee must be a member of MLA.

  • The nominee shall have been an active member of the profession a sufficient number of years to have acquired a broad perspective of medical librarianship and possess the qualities to communicate his or her experiences and ideas articulately.

  • Nominees should be regular members of the association who have made a substantial contribution to its work through one or more of the following:
    • leadership;
    • contribution to medical librarianship as a profession;
    • development of or sustained work within a particular area within the association;
    • dedicated service to medicine and the allied health sciences;
    • contributions to research or scholarship;
    • effectiveness in administration/management;
    • contributions to technology application and library practice; and/or
    • effectiveness in teaching and training.

Nominations

  • Nomination form, including all supporting documentation, must be completed no later than November 1.
  • Nominations are accepted from the MLA membership at large and from the members of the Janet Doe Lectureship Jury.
  • The recipient will be notified in March, fourteen months before the lecture is to be given.

Supporting Documentation

  • Include a brief summary of the nominee’s career, including a description of the nominee’s contributions to medical librarianship, and addressing substantial contributions to one or more of the following:
    • leadership;
    • contribution to medical librarianship as a profession;
    • development of or sustained work within a particular area within the association;
    • dedicated service to medicine and the allied health sciences;
    • contributions to research or scholarship;
    • effectiveness in administration/management;
    • contributions to technology application and library practice; and/or
    • effectiveness in teaching and training.
       
  • Provide evidence that the nominee will be able to deliver a significant address at the annual meeting (if available, please provide links to an audio or video presentation given by the nominee).
  • Provide any further information that may assist the jury in the evaluation of the nomination and the selection of the recipient.
  • A current curriculum vitae of the nominee is required.
  • Up to three letters of support may be included with the nomination. 

Ready to Submit a Nomination?

  • The 2019 Doe Lectureship nomination process is now closed. 
  • The 2019 lectureship recipient and lectureship nominators will be notified in March 2018.
  • Nominations for 2020 Doe Lectureship will be accepted starting in August 2018.

Past Award Recipients

Recipients and links to published lectures are noted below; also visit "Janet Doe Lectures: A Virtiveual Arch," compiled by W. John MacMullen.  Annual meeting plenary session videos and slides are available online to MLA members.

Have a question? Contact MLA's awards coordinator.