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Fellows and Honorary Members

Throughout its history, MLA has recognized individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the advancement of the purposes for which the Association stands by conferring a special membership status.  "Honorary Member" was the term used until 1976, when a distinction was then made between MLA members and non-members who made contributions.  MLA Fellows are members and elected by the Board of Directors for sustained and outstanding contributions to health sciences librarianship and to the advancement of the purposes of MLA.  Fellows may use "FMLA" following their names.  Honorary Members are individuals who are not regular members of MLA.

MLA Fellows and Honorary Members

See the complete listing of Fellows for selected biographical information that illustrates each Fellow's contributions to MLA. Honorary Members are listed below.

Fellows Criteria

  • Nominee must be a current Regular member of MLA and must have held Regular or Institutional membership for at least fifteen (15) years prior to the nomination for Fellowship. (see below)
  • Nominee must possess an ALA-accredited MLS, or Academy of Health Information Professionals (AHIP) accepted post-baccalaureate degree.
  • Nominee must have at least ten (10) years of professional experience in health information science.
  • Nominee must have five (5) or more years of notable leadership in MLA, demonstrated by one or more elected or appointed offices in the national MLA as a committee, task force, or board member; or one or more elected or appointed offices in an MLA section or chapter; or a position as an elected or appointed officer in an allied national association such as ALA, SLA, HeSCA, etc.
  • Nominee must have demonstrated outstanding achievement as evidenced by a highly significant contribution to the goals of the association in a relatively short period of time; or durable achievement by a sustained level of commitment to the goals of the association over a long period of time.
  • Nominee must have demonstrated significant scholarship as evidenced by publication of one or more refereed publications in the area of health sciences librarianship; teaching or development of a course over a sufficient period of time for professional recognition of subject expertise; or research documented by grant funding, publication, or invited presentation of a paper.
  • Nominee must have garnered a professional reputation as evidenced by letters of support or commendation from professional colleagues; being cited by colleagues in the literature; or evidence of adherence to the MLA Code of Ethics.

 Nominations 

  • Nomination form, including all supporting documentation, must be completed no later than November 1.
  • Nominations are accepted from the membership-at-large and from members of the Fellowship and Honorary Members Jury.
  • Nominations should include documents or web links verifying the criteria noted above, plus any other pertinent information regarding suitability of the nominee for Fellowship.
  • Up to three letters of support may be included with the nomination. 
  • Nominee's MLA membership history may be confidentially confirmed by contacting MLA Member Services.
  • "Model" Nomination Portfolio - this sample serves as a guide to what the jury expects to use for considering nominees for this prestegious honor.

Recipients of MLA Fellowship will be notified in March before the annual meeting at which the presentation will be made. The recipient assumes all costs of attending the meeting and the ceremony at which the presentation is made. If there are no appropriate candidates, the association may elect not to make the award in a given year.

Ready to submit a nomination for a MLA Fellow?

  • Choose the 2018 Fellows online nomination form
  • Complete online form and upload all documents no later then November 1, 11:59 p.m. (CT). 
  • Incomplete and late submissions will not be considered.

Honorary Member Criteria

  • Nominee must be a non-member of MLA who has made outstanding contributions to the advancement of the purposes of the Medial Library Association.
  • Nominee must be outside of the library profession.
  • Nominee must have demonstrated outstanding achievement in an appropriate field, such as library/health science education; medical informatics; legislation; information services; or systems development/management/administration.
  • Nominee must have demonstrated notable leadership in his or her chosen field, such as positions held; honors/awards received; refereed publications; adherence to/promulgation of standards; or educational attainments.
  • Nominee must have demonstrated impact on the advancement of MLA’s mission as evidenced by acceptance of advocated philosophical tenets; adoption of new/modified methodologies in information management; promulgation of standards of performance; or influence on educational/service programs.
  • Nominee must have garnered a professional reputation as evidenced by letters of support or commendation from professional colleagues; being cited by colleagues in the literature; or evidence of adherence to a professional code of ethics.

Nominations 

  • Nomination form, including all supporting documentation, must be completed no later than November 1.
  • Nominations are accepted from the membership-at-large and from members of the Fellowship and Honorary Members Jury or the MLA Board of Directors.
  • Nominations should include documents or web links verifying the criteria noted above, plus any other pertinent information regarding suitability of the nominee for Honorary Membership.
  • Up to three letters of support may be included with the nomination.  

Recipients of MLA Honorary Membership will be notified in March before the annual meeting at which the presentation will be made. The recipient assumes all costs of attending the meeting and the ceremony at which the presentation is made. If there are no appropriate candidates, the association may elect not to make the award in a given year.

Ready to Submit a Nomination for a Honorary Member?

  • Choose the 2018 Honorary Member online nomination form
  • Complete online form and upload all documents no later then November 1, 11:59 p.m. (CT). 
  • Incomplete and late submissions will not be considered.

Honorary Members

(* = Deceased)

Marion Ball, 1996

William G. Cooper, PhD, 1999

Nicholas E. Davies, 1990*

Michael E. DeBakey, MD, 1997*

Lois DeBakey, PhD, 1989

Dale P. Dirks, 2003

Carla J. Funk, CAE, Hon. FCLIP, 2009 (See Oral History)

Laura Shane Godbolt, 2000

R. Brian Haynes, MD, Phd, 1998

Frances Humphrey Howard 1990*

Edward Janavel Huth, MD, 1993

Henry M. Kissman, PhD, 1992

Donald A.B. Linderg, MD, 2013 (See Oral History)

William Harcourt Majors, 1998

John Albert Majors, 1998*

John P. McGovern, MD, 1985*

Harold M. Schoolman, MD, 2000*

Paul M. Schyve, MD, 1995

Norman F. Stearns, MD, 1978

David W.C. Stewart, 1997*

David W.C. Stewart, 1997*

Marjorie P. Wilson, MD, 1984*

Have a question? Contact MLA's Awards Coordinator