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MLA Committees

Members participate in a number of MLA committees and taskforces:

  • Standing Committees have annual responsibilities for furthering MLA's plans, goals, strategies, programs, and projects.
  • Juries recommend recipients of awards, grants, scholarships, and fellowships.
  • Editorial boards are appointed to serve as peer-review and evaluation boards for MLA publications.
  • Taskforces are appointed for a specific study or activity

Committees, Task Forces, and Editorial Boards | Awards and Honors Juries | Grants, Scholarships, and Fellowships Juries

Ad Hoc Committee to Review Core Clinical Journals

Task Force Charge

(January 2015–May 2018)

The Ad Hoc Committee shall consist of at least seven members who serve for three year terms, including two Hospital Library Section members and two non-voting representatives from the National Library of Medicine. The Ad Hoc Committee shall also have a board liaison and staff liaison who are nonvoting members. Representatives from other association units and groups may be appointed as needed.

The Ad Hoc Committee is charged with:

  • Producing a new core clinical journal list for the creation of a revised PubMed filter to include journals that are of immediate interest to practicing healthcare individuals, and journals supporting hospital librarians in their efforts to provide access to the essential biomedical literature to their physician and healthcare providers;
  • Documenting the review process including any additional restrictions or requirements that are deemed important in order to provide a transparent process;
  • Recommending a periodic review process that would keep the list updated; and
  • Preparing and submitting midyear and annual reports.

NamePosition
Andrea M. Ketchum
University of Pittsburgh
Cochair
Michele Klein-Fedyshin, AHIP
Cochair
Julia Esparza, AHIP
Louisiana State Univ. HSC
Member
Elizabeth J. Kiscaden
University of Iowa
Member
David Gillikin
NLM
NLM Representative
Katherine Majewski
National Institutes of Health
NLM Representative
Kimberly K Santoro
National Library of Medicine
NLM Representative
Mary M. Langman, M.S.
Medical Library Association
Staff Liaison
Lisa H. Jacob
Advocate Lutheran General Hospital
Member
Melissa L Rethlefsen, AHIP
University of Utah
Board Liaison

Awards Committee

Committee Charge

(Formerly Honors and Awards Committee)
Established January 1985; Revised February 1998, September 2005
The committee consists of at least seven members, two appointed annually for three-year terms. The chair normally remains for a fourth year in this office; the chair-designate normally is selected from third-year members. The immediate past president serves as a voting, ex officio member. Donors of MLA awards are not eligible for appointment. The committee shall:
  • administer the general MLA awards
  • recommend to the board all policies relating to awards sponsored by MLA
  • review periodically the appropriateness of existing general awards
  • recommend modification, elimination, or suspension of existing awards
  • make recommendations with respect to proposed awards
  • coordinate the work of juries to select recipients of MLA awards
  • provide general guidance regarding procedural aspects of the awards
  • prepare, prior to the annual meeting, a master list of prospective recipients for endorsement by the board
  • recommend, when appropriate, a candidate for the Marcia C. Noyes Award, given only when the committee agrees that a medical librarian should receive it for outstanding achievement
  • prepare and submit an annual budget and midyear and annual reports

Juries

Juries consist of an odd number of members with a minimum of three members appointed annually for one-year terms. One memberof each jury is appointed as chair and serves as an ex officio member of the Awards Committee.

NamePosition
Shelly Burns, AHIP
Chair
Pamela S. Bradigan, AHIP
Member
Megan Besaw Inman
East Carolina University
Chair-designate
Megan S. Nunemaker
Member
Sandra Irene Oelschlegel
University of Tennessee
Member
Jan O. Rice
Bryan Medical Center
Member
Meredith I. Solomon, AHIP
Brigham & Women's Hospital
Member
Maria Lopez
Medical Library Association
Staff Liaison
Michelle Kraft
Cleveland Clinic Foundation
Board Liaison

Awards and Grants Endowment Task Force

Established May 2016

The committee consists of members appointed for the duration of the Task Force (estimate of one year). The committee shall review the use of the restricted funds related to MLA Awards and Grants and make recommendations by April 30, 2017.

NamePosition
Michelle Kraft
Cleveland Clinic Foundation
Chair - MLA Immediate Past President
Chris Shaffer, AHIP
Oregon Health & Science University
Member - MLA Treasurer
Julie K. Gaines
Augusta Univ/Univ of GA Medical Partnership
Member - Grants and Scholarship Representative
Sandra Irene Oelschlegel
University of Tennessee
Member - Awards Representative
Dixie A. Jones, AHIP
Member
Ray Naegele
Medical Library Association
Member - MLA Director of Financial and Administrative Services
Maria Lopez
Medical Library Association
Staff Liaison

Board and Administrative Committees, Executive Committee

Board and Administrative Committees

Established September 1974; Revised May 1988, December 1990, June 1991, May 1997

The committee is composed of the president, immediate past president, president-elect, and treasurer. The executive director serves as an ex officio member. The president serves as chair. The committee shall:

  • meet when necessary between scheduled meetings of the board of directors to act on business of the association
  • report all activities and actions taken no later than at the board meeting immediately following such actions
  • assist, as directed by the board of directors, in the management of MLA's business
  • conduct the annual performance evaluation and determine the compensation of the executive director
  • provide advice and counsel to the president
  • meet annually with the director of the National Library of Medicine to discuss issues of mutual concern
  • identify and develop planning issues and create a planning agenda for the board of directors

Executive Committee

Established September 1974; Revised May 1988, December 1990, June 1991, May 1997

The committee is composed of the president, immediate past president, president-elect, and treasurer. The executive director serves as an ex officio member. The president serves as chair. The committee shall:

  • meet when necessary between scheduled meetings of the board of directors to act on business of the association
  • report all activities and actions taken no later than at the board meeting immediately following such actions
  • assist, as directed by the board of directors, in the management of MLA's business
  • conduct the annual performance evaluation and determine the compensation of the executive director
  • provide advice and counsel to the president
  • meet annually with the director of the National Library of Medicine to discuss issues of mutual concern
  • identify and develop planning issues and create a planning agenda for the board of directors

See the Leaders page for current members

Books Panel

Books Panel

Established in 1976; Revised May 1988, May 1990, February 2001, September 2005, October 2012

The panel consists of at least seven members, two appointed annually for three-year terms. The chair remains for a fourth year, and a chair-designate, selected from the third-year members, succeeds as chair. The panel shall:

  • conduct its business during monthly conference calls, email, and at the MLA annual meeting.
  • actively solicit and propose ideas for new publications, evaluate proposals, and select authors of MLA books within the recommended scope of the publishing program.
  • identify outside reviewers to review manuscripts as needed.
  • increase awareness of MLA Publishing by finding ways to make it more visible to a variety of audiences, including library school professors and MLA members.
  • promote book publishing in order to foster the professional development of members.
  • prepare and submit annual objectives, budget, and midyear and annual reports.
  • conduct evaluation of the book publication program on a regular basis

NamePosition
Kristen L. Young
Chair
Michel C. Atlas
University of Louisville
Member
Carolann Lee Curry
Mercer University School of Medicine
Member
Kelsey Leonard
University of Tennessee
Member
Karen McElfresh
The University of New Mexico
Member
Dorothy C Ogdon, AHIP
UAB Libraries - Lister Hill Library
Member
JoLinda L. Thompson
Member
Charles Harmon
Rowman & Littlefield Publishing
Publisher Liaison
Heidi Heilemann, AHIP
Stanford University
Board Liaison
Martha Lara
Medical Library Association
Staff Liaison

Bylaws Committee

Established prior to September 1974; Revised December 1980, December 1990, May 1992, September 1998

The committee consists of four members, one appointed annually for a three-year term. The parliamentarian and executive director serve as ex officio members. The committee shall:

  • prepare Bylaws changes as recommended by the board
  • continually review the Bylaws so that it can recommend to the board the changes needed to permit the association to accommodate changing conditions and new responsibilities
  • maintain an annotated and accurate copy of the certificate of incorporation, the constitution, and the Bylaws, which are printed in the Directory , including any changes presented to the membership at the annual meeting to be voted on later by mail ballot
  • examine the Bylaws of new or existing chapters and sections and divisions of those bylaws to determine whether or not they are in conformity
  • prepare and submit an annual budget and midyear and annual reports

NamePosition
Ellen Brassil, AHIP
Baystate Health
Chair
Montie L. Dobbins
LSU HSC-Shreveport
Member
Suzanne Ferimer, AHIP
University of Houston
Member
Emily Ginier
University of MI
Member
Patricia Thibodeau, AHIP, FMLA
Duke University
Parliamentarian
Chris Shaffer, AHIP
Oregon Health & Science University
Board Liaison
Mary M. Langman, M.S.
Medical Library Association
Staff Liaison

Communities Strategic Goal Task Force

Established May 2016

The committee consists of members appointed for the duration of the Communities Strategic Goal (estimate of two to three years). The committee shall be responsible for the execution of the goal defined as follows:

Strengthen MLA’s member communities (Sections and SIGs) by analyzing and recommending changes in the areas of community architecture and roles, member leadership development, content and education, and marketing in order to:

  • increase the relevance, effectiveness and value of MLA Sections and SIGs to members;
  • empower MLA members at the grassroots level;
  • better support MLA programs;
  • maximize the value, use and visibility of member content;
  • reduce administrative complexity; and
  • attract more members.

NamePosition
Rikke Sarah Ogawa, AHIP
Chair
Ellen M. Aaronson, AHIP
West Hills Hospital & Medical Center
Member
Barbara A. Epstein, AHIP, FMLA
University of Pittsburgh
Member - MLA President-Elect
Janna C. Lawrence
University of Iowa
Member
Elizabeth R. Lorbeer, AHIP
Member - Section Council Liaison
Katie Prentice
University of Oklahoma-Tulsa
Member - Section Council Representative
Anne K. Seymour
Welch Medical Library
Member
Elizabeth C. Whipple
Indiana University School of Medicine
Member
Kevin Baliozian
Medical Library Association
Member - MLA Executive Director
Maria Lopez
Medical Library Association
Staff Liaison

Credentialing Committee

Established December 1976; Revised February 1998

The committee consists of twelve members, who serve for staggered three-year terms, except the chair who serves a fourth year; the chair-designate is normally selected from third-year members. One member is appointed from a pool submitted by the Chapter Council. One member is appointed from a pool submitted by the Section Council. In years when there is a large number of portfolios to review, an ad-hoc task force will be appointed to assist in the reviewing process. The committee shall:

  • review and recommend guidelines governing the MLA program of professional development and recognition
  • recommend the content and skill areas required for initial eligibility for the program
  • monitor the fair and equitable administration of the program
  • maintain active liaison with the Chapter and Section Councils and the Continuing Education Committee
  • support and promote membership participation in the program
  • monitor all aspects of program implementation, and maintain ongoing program evaluation and analysis
  • develop procedures for the review of materials submitted by candidates for membership in the Academy of Health Information Professionals
  • act as referees for all materials submitted by candidates for membership at all levels in the Academy
  • approve candidates for membership in the Academy
  • meet at least one time per year to review and validate procedures
  • prepare and submit annual objectives and budget and midyear and annual reports

NamePosition
David Midyette, AHIP
University Library
Chair
Cynthia Beeler, AHIP
Univ of Tenn Grad School of Medicine
Chair-designate
Patricia C. Baker
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Member
Carolyn K. Bridgewater
LSU Health New Orleans
Member
Janis F. Brown, AHIP
Univ. of Southern California
Member
Kathy D. Broyles, AHIP
University of North Texas HSC
Member
Ruiling Guo, AHIP
Idaho State University
Member
Lori A. Harding, AHIP
Elkhart General Hospiral
Member
Linda M. Hartman, AHIP
University of Pittsburgh
Member
Katie Prentice
University of Oklahoma-Tulsa
Member
Sophie M. Regalado
Northern Ontario School of Medicine
Member
Meredith I. Solomon, AHIP
Brigham & Women's Hospital
Member
Kandace F. Yuen
Western Connecticut State University
Member
Keydi Boss O'Hagan, AHIP
Member
Ana D. Cleveland
University of North Texas
Section Council Liaison
Beverly Murphy
Chapter Council Liaison
Barry Grant
Medical Library Association
Director of Education
Melissa L Rethlefsen, AHIP
University of Utah
Board Liaison
Kate E. Corcoran
Medical Library Association
Staff Liaison
Tomi Gunn
Medical Library Association
Staff Liaison

Education: Education Steering Committee

This committee will be starting on June 1, 2017, with members of the Education Planning Workgroup, a current working group of the Continuing Education Committee.

Established November 2016, effective June 1, 2017.

The Education Steering Committee is the oversight and coordinating body for MLA education. The committee shall, in collaboration with the Director of Education, the Education Annual Programing Committee, and the established Curriculum committees:

  1. set and share the vision for MLA education programming;
  2. develop and monitor MLA’s overall curriculum plan, following MLA’s professional competencies and serving target audiences;
  3. coordinate curriculum planning with non-MLA entities;
  4. request, review, and approve annual or multi-year proposals for educational offering development from the Education Annual Programing Committee, Curriculum committees, or ad hoc groups to ensure alignment with the overall curriculum plan and the optimal use and prioritization of resources;
  5. recommend for approval by the Board the creation and modification of Curriculum committees;
  6. assess the performance of Curriculum committees;
  7. address specific issues as determined by the Board or Director of Education.

The Education Steering Committee is not responsible for:

  1. creation, approval, or implementation of individual educational offerings;
  2. pricing and funding;
  3. resource and operational management; or
  4. marketing.

The Education Steering Committee consists of 9 to 13 members:

  • 6 to 9 members at-large selected for their expertise in education program development, who serve staggered three-year terms;
  • 1 chair selected from one of two outgoing members who serves a fourth year; alternatively, one of the members at-large can be the chair;
  • 1 ex officio non-voting member appointed by Section Council;
  • 1 ex officio non-voting member appointed by Chapter Council;
  • the Education Director as ex officio member.

Transition: to start the committee, the five members of the Education Planning Workgroup (a working group of the Continuing Education Committee) and the chair of the Continuing Education Committee shall be invited to be initial members of the Education Steering Committee, with staggered terms, and the chair of the Education Planning Group shall be invited to be the chair of the Education Steering Committee.

Individuals joining the Committee with a shortened term because of the staggered configuration (one or two years), shall be eligible for a second consecutive term upon completion of their initial term.

NamePosition
Elizabeth Laera
Brookwood Baptist Health
Chair
Beth Hill, AHIP
Member
Merinda McLure
Colorado State University
Member
Stephanie M. Swanberg, AHIP
Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine
Member
Peace Ossom Williamson
University of Texas at Arlington
Member
Carrie L Iwema, AHIP
University of Pittsburgh
Continuing Education Committee Liaison
Melissa De Santis, AHIP
University of Colorado
Board Liaison
Barry Grant
Medical Library Association
Ex Officio
Debra Cavanaugh
Medical Library Association
Staff Liaison

Education: Continuing Education Committee

This committee is renamed as the Education Annual Programing Committee with a modified charge.

Established prior to September 1974; Revised May 1988, May 1989, May 1992, September 1997, February 2000

The committee consists of thirteen members who serve for staggered three-year terms, except the chair, who serves a fourth year. Six members are selected at-large. One member is appointed from a pool nominated by the Chapter Council and one member is appointed from a pool nominated by the Section Council. One member serves on the National Program Committee for the meeting to be held one year hence. One member is named annually to serve on the National Program Committee for the meeting to be held two years hence. One new member is appointed every three years to involve new MLA members in leadership roles in the association, this expansion of the committee was approved by the Board of Directors at the Preconference Board meeting in 1996. The committee shall:

  • coordinate the association's efforts in continuing education and provide leadership and assistance related to continuing education to groups and organizational units of the association
  • develop overall program goals
  • maintain ongoing needs assessment, budget, and program evaluation
  • develop, maintain, and revise the curriculum
  • encourage the development of alternative instructional formats
  • develop criteria for approval of instructional materials and instructors
  • maintain liaison with graduate library and information science programs
  • determine course roster and instructors for the annual meeting educational programs
  • maintain liaison to the chapters and sections
  • prepare and submit annual objectives and budget, and midyear and annual report

Established prior to September 1974; Revised May 1988, May 1989, May 1992, September 1997, February 2000, November 2016

The Education Annual Programing Committee shall, in collaboration with the Education Steering Committee, other Curriculum committees, and the Director of Education:

  1. plan the course roster and instructors for the annual meeting continuing education offerings, symposia, and ad hoc education programs as agreed to with the Education Steering Committee; and
  2. plan the annual roster of webinars and webcasts.

The Education Annual Programing Committee shall also:

  1. provide an annual or multi-year proposal to be approved by the Education Steering Committee for educational offering development that contributes to the MLA’s overall curriculum plan;
  2. maintain an operations manual that accurately reflects its work;
  3. appoint one member to the National Program Committee for the meeting to be held one year hence;
  4. appoint one member to the National Program Committee for the meeting to be held two years hence.

The Education Annual Programing Committee consists of 6 to 13 members:

  • 6 to 12 members at-large who serve for staggered three-year terms;
  • one chair selected from one of the outgoing members who serves a fourth year; alternatively, one of the members at-large can be the chair.

NamePosition
Carrie L Iwema, AHIP
University of Pittsburgh
Chair
Margaret H. Coletti, AHIP
Beth Israel Deaconess Med. Cntr.
Member
Adele Dobry
University of California, Davis
Member
Kelli Ham
NN/LM Pacific Southwest Region
Member
Kristin Hitchcock, AHIP
MPA Healthcare Solutions
Member
Brenda M. Linares, AHIP
Member
Heidi M. Nickisch Duggan
American Dental Association
Member
Jean Song
University of Michigan
Member
Donghua Tao, AHIP
St. Louis University
Member
Angela Faye Tucker, AHIP
Memorial Health System
Member
Jessi Van Der Volgen
University of Utah
NPC Liaison
Janna C. Lawrence
University of Iowa
Chapter Council Liaison
Merle Rosenzweig
University of Michigan
Section Council Liaison
Barry Grant
Medical Library Association
Director of Education
Melissa De Santis, AHIP
University of Colorado
Board Liaison
Debra Cavanaugh
Medical Library Association
Staff Liaison
Beth Hill, AHIP
Education Planning Workgroup
Elizabeth Laera
Brookwood Baptist Health
Chair, Education Planning Workgroup
Merinda McLure
Colorado State University
Education Planning Workgroup
Peace Ossom Williamson
University of Texas at Arlington
Education Planning Workgroup
Stephanie M. Swanberg, AHIP
Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine
Education Planning Workgroup

Education: Leadership Curriculum Committee

Established November 2016, effective June 1, 2017.

The Leadership Curriculum Committee shall, in collaboration with the Education Steering Committee, other Curriculum committees, and the Director of Education:

  1. design and plan curriculum and educational offerings and resources;
  2. provide direction, expertise, and knowledge to creators and instructors of educational offerings with respect to content and instructional design;
  3. ensure that all education offerings are current and that, as needed, there is a succession plan for instructors and owners of educational offerings;

in the area of leadership for health information professionals and MLA association.

The Leadership Curriculum Committee shall also:

  1. provide an annual or multi-year proposal to be approved by the Education Steering Committee for educational offering development that contributes to the MLA’s overall curriculum plan;
  2. maintain an operations manual that accurately reflects its work.

The Leadership Curriculum Committee consists of 6 to 13 members who are appointed because of their topical, educational, and/or instructional design expertise in the assigned curriculum area:

  • 6 to 12 members at-large who serve for staggered three-year terms, including individuals from MLA Sections and SIGs with a related focus;
  • one chair selected from one of the outgoing members who serves a fourth year; alternatively, one of the members at-large can be the chair.

Transition: individuals joining the Leadership Curriculum Committee with a shortened term because of the staggered configuration (one or two years), shall be eligible for a second consecutive term upon completion of their initial term.

Members of the Rising Star Committee who would have remained on the Rising Star Committee had it not been disbanded (see companion motion on disbanding the Rising Star Committee), and who meet the qualifications required by the new Leadership Curriculum Committee, will be invited to join the Leadership Curriculum Committee.

NamePosition
Barry Grant
Medical Library Association
Staff Liaison - Director of Education

Governmental Relations Committee

Established prior to September 1974; Revised December 1986, August 1988, December 1988, May 2012

The committee consists of nine members, three appointed annually for three-year terms. The committee chair is appointed for a three-year term, with an option of reappointment for a second three-year term. The chair-designate serves a three-year term. The executive director and a representative from the National Library of Medicine serve as nonvoting, ex officio members. The chairs of chapter and section governmental relations committees serve as nonvoting members. Representatives from other groups with which the association may establish legislative liaison may be appointed as nonvoting members of the committee as needed. The committee shall:

  • develop and promulgate a consistent association position on information policy issues, particularly those relevant to medical libraries and librarianship, and on governmental actions affecting medical libraries
  • monitor existing and pending legislation, the implementation of public laws, and actions by federal executive departments as reflected in proposed and existing regulations and their implementation
  • coordinate membership participation in this effort by organizing their responses and activities
  • support a network whose major nodes are the legislation committee chairs of association chapters and sections
  • maintain liaison with associations and organizations that support similar goals
  • prepare and submit annual objectives and budget and midyear and annual reports

NamePosition
Cristina Pope
SUNY Upstate Medical University
Chair
Margaret Emily Ansell, AHIP
Chair-designate
Sandra L. Bandy
Member
Daniel Bearss
National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine
Member
Rachel Becker
Rochester Regional Health
Member
Virginia Carden, AHIP
Duke University
Member
Deborah Chiarella
University of Buffalo
Member
Hannah Rutledge
Emory University
Member
Mary M. Langman, M.S.
Medical Library Association
Staff Liaison
Barbara A. Epstein, AHIP, FMLA
University of Pittsburgh
Board Liaison

Grants and Scholarships Committee and Juries

Established January 1985; Revised February 1998; September 2005

The committee consists of at least seven members, two appointed annually for three-year terms. The chair normally remains for a fourth year in this office; the chair-designate is normally selected from third-year members. The immediate past president serves as a voting, ex officio member. Donors of MLA scholarships and awards are not eligible for membership on the committee. The committee shall:

  • administer grants and scholarships in the name of MLA
  • recommend to the board all policies relating to scholarships and grants made or sponsored by MLA
  • review periodically the appropriateness of existing MLA scholarships and grants
  • recommend modification, elimination, or suspension of existing scholarships and grants
  • make recommendations with respect to proposed new awards
  • coordinate fund-raising activities in support of scholarships and grants sponsored by the association
  • coordinate the work of juries appointed annually to select the recipients of the grants and scholarships
  • provide general guidance regarding the procedural aspects of selecting recipients of the grants and scholarships
  • prepare and submit an annual budget and midyear and annual reports

NamePosition
Rozalynd McConnaughy, AHIP
University of South Carolina
Chair
Julie K. Gaines
Augusta Univ/Univ of GA Medical Partnership
Chair Designate
Nell Aronoff
Member
Marlene R. Derrick, AHIP
Mercy Medical Center
Member
Elizabeth Irish
Albany Medical College
Member
Hanna Kwasik
Member
Anna Beth Morgan
Mayo Clinic
Member
Maria Lopez
Medical Library Association
Staff Liaison
Michelle Kraft
Cleveland Clinic Foundation
Board Liaison

JMLA Editorial Board

Established prior to September 1974; Revised April 1988, May 1989, July 1992, October 2012, February 2016

The JMLA editorial board consists of volunteer editors and peer reviewers. The editor serves as chair.

The board will meet annually for information and guidelines from the editor.

Volunteer editors are appointed as needed by the editor of the Journal of the Medical Library Association, generally for three-year, renewable terms. The roles of volunteer editors shall be defined by the JMLA editor. Volunteer editors may include, but are not limited to:

  • Senior editors: Experienced members, such as previous editors-in-chief, who may provide advice to the editor, spread awareness of the journal to readers and submitters, and perform such duties as may be prescribed from time to time by the editor.
  • Associate editors: Editors who assist with the administrative and editorial tasks of the editor in chief (may also be referred to as coeditors or another title as appropriate).
  • Series editors: Editors with responsibility for particular columns or parts of the journal, such as reviews or obituaries.
  • Peer reviewers consist of at least twenty-one reviewers, seven appointed annually for three-year terms in consultation with the editor of the JMLA. Peer reviewers shall act as referees for papers submitted for publication in the JMLA in accordance with instructions from the editor.

NamePosition
Katherine Goold Akers
Interim Editor-in-Chief
Kathleen Amos
Assistant Editor
Mark E. Funk, AHIP, FMLA
Senior Editor
Nunzia Bettinsoli Giuse, FMLA
Vanderbilt University Med. Ctr.
Senior Editor
Jeffrey T. Huber
Expert Panel Member (6/1/2016-5/31/2017), Member (6/1/2016-5/31/2018)
T. Scott Plutchak, AHIP, FMLA
Senior Editor
Ellen Gay Detlefsen
Feature Editor, Obituaries
Susan Lessick, AHIP, FMLA
Feature Editor, Virtual Projects
Misa Mi, AHIP
Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine
Member
Nicole Mitchell
Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine
Feature Editor, Proceedings
JJ Pionke
Member
Stephanie Roth, AHIP
Temple University
Member
Sarah Safranek
University of Washington
Member
Darell Schmick
University of Utah
Member
Ansley Stuart, AHIP
Member
Donald Welch
Learning Resource Center
Member
Lauren M. Young
Samford University
Feature Editor, Social Media Dissemination
Jill R Kavanaugh, AHIP
Center on Media and Child Health, Boston Children's Hospital
Member
Janet Crum, AHIP
Northern Arizona University
Feature Editor, Resource Reviews
Ellen M. Aaronson, AHIP
West Hills Hospital & Medical Center
Member
Wichor Bramer
Erasmus MC
Member
Carolann Lee Curry
Mercer University School of Medicine
Member
Julia A. Hause, AHIP
Touro University Nevada
Member
Dixie A. Jones, AHIP
Member
Kellie N. Kaneshiro
Indiana University
Member
Sujin Kim
University of Kentucky
Expert Panel Member
Jonathan Koffel
University of Minnesota
Member
Brenda M. Linares, AHIP
Member
Anne M. Linton, AHIP
The George Washington University
Member
Ayaba Logan
Medical University of South Carolina
Member
Diana Nelson Louden
University of Washington
Member
Mark MacEachern
University of Michigan
Member
Beverly Murphy
Member
Carol L. Perryman
Texas Womans University
Member
Sophie M. Regalado
Northern Ontario School of Medicine
Member
Rebecca Reznik-Zellen
University of Massachusetts Medical School
Member
Janette Schueller, AHIP
Member
Erin Watson, AHIP
University of Saskatchewan
Member
Jeff D. Williams, AHIP
NYU School of Medicine
Member
Kristen L. Young
Member
Lisa K. Traditi, AHIP
University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
Board Liaison
Tanja Bekhuis
TCB Research & Indexing LLC
Feature Editor, Tools and Skills
Nicole Capdarest-Arest
Stanford University
Member
Elizabeth Connor, AHIP
The Citadel
Feature Editor, Book Reviews
Antonio P DeRosa, AHIP
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Member
Stephen J. Greenberg
Feature Editor, History Matters
Carol L. Howe
University of Arizona
Member
Martha Lara
Medical Library Association
Staff Liaison
Lisa Mastin
WellStar Atlanta Medical Center
Member
Susan C. T. Talmage
Medical Library Association

JMLA Editor-in-Chief Search Committee

Established September 2016

The JMLA Search Committee will:

    • Identify key issues and challenges for the JMLA that need to be addressed over the next 2-3 years;
    • Develop a working position description for the JMLA Editor-in-Chief;
    • Lead the search committee to recruit the next JMLA Editor-in-Chief; and
    • Recommend candidates for the post of JMLA Editor-in-Chief to the MLA Board of Directors.

until a new JMLA Editor-in-Chief is appointed

NamePosition
Mark E. Funk, AHIP, FMLA
Cochair
T. Scott Plutchak, AHIP, FMLA
Cochair
Ellen M. Aaronson, AHIP
West Hills Hospital & Medical Center
Member
Kevin Read
NYU School of Medicine
Member
Kevin Baliozian
Medical Library Association
Member - MLA Executive Director
Lisa K. Traditi, AHIP
University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
Board Liaison
Martha Lara
Medical Library Association
Staff Liaison

Joseph Leiter NLM/MLA Lectureship Committee

Established January 1984; Revised September 1995; September 2005

The committee consists of an equal number of members from MLA and the National Library of Medicine appointed by the president of MLA. At least two of the appointed members, including one from the National Library of Medicine, will be appointed each year. The chair, selected from the two most senior members, would be the NLM appointee for the year in which the lecture would be held at NLM, and the MLA appointee the year in which the lecture will be given at the annual meeting. The chair of MLA's National Program Committee serves an an ex officio member during the year in which a lecture is given at the MLA annual meeting. The committee shall:

  • provide for the joint sponsorship by MLA and NLM of an intellectual dialog on subjects related to biomedical communications that will serve to stimulate intellectual liaison between NLM and MLA
  • determine the topic, form of presentation, and identity of sponsored speakers in accordance with the terms of the agreement; presentations may be, but are not limited to, individual lecturers, symposia, or panel discussions
  • make decisions on cosponsoring a presentation with funding from other organizations or individuals
  • prepare and submit an annual budget and midyear and annual reports

NamePosition
Lindsay E. Blake, AHIP
University of Arkansas for the Medical Sciences
Chair
Kathel Dunn
NLM Representative
Deanna Johnson
Member
Sarah E Katz
University Of Delaware
Member
Sharon Willis
NLM Representataive
Chris Shaffer, AHIP
Oregon Health & Science University
Board Liaison
Kevin Baliozian
Medical Library Association
Staff Liaison

Librarians Without Borders® Committee

Established September 2009

The committee is composed of seven members to include a representative from the International Cooperation Section and member program coordinator(s), as well as the MLA Board liaison and MLA’s International Affairs Officer as staff liaison, appointed for a three-year term. For the initial committee appointments, terms for committee members will be staggered. The committee shall:

  • evaluate existing programs and recommend new ones;
  • suggest updates to the program’s website;
  • suggest funding sources for program activities;
  • liaison with the MLA International Cooperation Section; and
  • prepare and submit annual objectives and budget and midyear and annual reports.

NamePosition
Gurpreet Kaur Rana
University of Michigan
Chair
Emma Cryer Heet, AHIP
Duke University
Member
Irena G. Dryankova-Bond
Massachusetts College of Pharmacy &
Member
Donna B. Flake, AHIP, FMLA
SEAHEC
Member
Mellanye J. Lackey
University of Utah
Member
Irene Lubker
Virgina Commonwealth University
Member
Alexa Mayo
Univ. of Maryland, Baltimore
Member
Lenny Rhine, FMLA
E-library Training Coordinator
Heidi Heilemann, AHIP
Stanford University
Board Liaison
Kevin Baliozian
Medical Library Association
Staff Liaison
Maria Lopez
Medical Library Association
Staff Liaison

Membership Committee

Established prior to September 1974; Revised December 1980, December 1988, May 1990, May 1991, September 1999, February 2001, February 2005

The Core Membership Committee shall be composed of eleven members, two appointed annually for three-year terms. The chair normally remains for a fourth year; the chair designate is normally selected from second-year members.

The committee shall include a new member, a student member, a chapter representative, a section representative, a Professional Recruitment and Retention Committee representative; a graduate library school faculty member and five other core committee members included the chair. The section and chapter representatives will be appointed by their respective councils, the library school faculty member by the Medical Library Education Section, and the new/student member terms will be staggered.

The committee shall:

  • Review, recommend, and assist in the implementation of policies to promote membership in the association.
  • Assist with planning and evaluation of membership promotion efforts.
  • Assist with implementing specific membership development strategies, such as prospective member list development, telephone follow-up, and new member welcome and reception.
  • Prepare and submit annual objectives and budget; submit midyear and annual reports to the Board of Directors.

NamePosition
Virginia F. Desouky, AHIP
West Virginia University
Chair
Katherine Downton, AHIP
University of Maryland, Baltimore
Chair Designate
Hannah Norton
University of Florida
Immediate Past Chair, ex officio
Michelle P Rachal
University of Nevada School of Medicine
Chapter Council Liaison
Carolyn G. Biglow
Childrens Hospital of Pittsburgh-UPMC
Member
Karen Gau, AHIP
Virginia Commonwealth University
Member
Stephanie C. Kerns
Oregon Health & Science University
Member
Shelly Warwick
Touro College of Osteopathic Med.
Member
Kate Flewelling
Section Council Liaison
Alexandria Leigh Brackett, AHIP
LSU Health Schreveport
Student Member
Ana D. Cleveland
University of North Texas
Library School Faculty Liaison
Emily Vardell
Professional Recruitment and Retention Committee Liaison
Amy Blevins
Indiana University School of Medicine
Board Liaison
Kate E. Corcoran
Medical Library Association
Staff Liaison
Tomi Gunn
Medical Library Association
Staff Liaison

MLA News Editorial Board

Established October 2012
The panel consists of current column and department editors, appointed as needed by the editor of the MLA News, generally for three-year terms. The editor serves as chair. The MLA executive director serves as an ex officio member. The editorial board shall:

  • carry out their roles in the publication of the MLA News in accordance with instructions from the editor.
  • meet during the MLA annual meeting for information and guidelines from the editor
  • provide for periodic, independent evaluation of the MLA News

NamePosition
Cheryl Rowan
MLA News Editor
Tara Douglas-Williams
Morehouse School of Medicine
Column or Department Editor - Leadership and Management
Gayle Graham, AHIP
Nova Scotia Provincial Health
Column or Department Editor - International
Jean M. Gudenas
Loyola University
Column or Department Editor - Technology
Saori Wendy Herman, AHIP
Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine
Column or Department Editor - Section/SIGs
Lara Killian, AHIP
Nova Scotia Health Authority
Column or Department Editor - Social Media
Jennifer K. Lloyd, AHIP
LSUHSC- New Orleans
Column or Department Editor - Chapters
Lucretia W. McClure, AHIP, FMLA
Column or Department Editor - Honoring Our Past
Melanie Norton
Yale University
Column or Department Editor - Expert Searching
Jodi L. Philbrick, AHIP
University of North Texas
Column or Department Editor - Medical Library Education
Angela Spencer
St. Lukes Hospital
Column or Department Editor - Hospital Librarianship
Talicia A. Tarver
Virginia Commonwealth University
Column or Department Editor - Internet Resources
Donald Welch
Learning Resource Center
Column or Department Editor - FYI
Christine Willis
Shepherd Center
Column or Department Editor - Consumer Health
Melissa De Santis, AHIP
University of Colorado
Board Liaison
Martha Lara
Medical Library Association
Managing Editor, Staff Liaison

National Program Committees

Established December 1976; Revised December 1987

The chair of the committee is appointed by the board of directors at least three years prior to the meeting date. The chair, in consultation with the executive director, recommends to the president-elect for appointment the cochair; a local assistance chair for the host city; a representative from the Continuing Education Committee for the meeting to be held two years hence; a representative from the Section Council, selected in consultation with the council chair; and as many additional members as deemed necessary. The committee shall:

  • schedule all events that constitute the official program
  • plan the general sessions
  • select the meeting theme (if any)
  • invite speakers
  • call for and evaluate contributed papers
  • present dates, program, and other meeting plans for approval by the board of directors
  • follow as closely as possible the meeting format recommended by the Program and Convention Committee [disbanded].
  • operate in accordance with guidelines in the Annual Meeting Planning Guide
  • prepare and submit an annual budget and midyear and annual reports

Subcommittees

The local assistance chair appoints a group of subcommittees to assist headquarters in making necessary local arrangements and to provide staffing for such activities as hospitality. The number of subcommittees and their type will vary from city to city. The chairs of these subcommittees, together with the local assistance chair, serve as the local steering committee.

2016 Joint MLA/CHLA/ABSC/ICLC Planning Committee

NamePosition
Anne K. Seymour
Welch Medical Library
Jeff Mason, AHIP
CADTH
Vanessa Kitchin
David Lightfoot
St. Michaels Hospital
Amy Chatfield
University of Southern California
Orvie Dingwall, AHIP
University of Manitoba Health Sciences Libraries
Pip Divall
UHL NHS Trust/Leicester General Hospital
Carrie L Iwema, AHIP
University of Pittsburgh
Michelle R Lieggi
UCSF Medical Center
Elizabeth Moreton
UNC Chapel Hill
Rikke Sarah Ogawa, AHIP
James Dale Prince, AHIP
University of Maryland
Gurpreet Kaur Rana
University of Michigan
Melissa Ratajeski, AHIP
University of Pittsburgh
Connie Schardt
Brenda L. Seago
Sarah Sutton
University Hospitals of Leicester
Michelle Kraft
Cleveland Clinic Foundation
Ray Naegele
Medical Library Association
Staff Liaison
Paul Graller
Hall Erickson, Inc.
Meeting Consultant
Tina Vickery
Hall-Erickson, Inc.
Meeting Consultant

2017 National Program Committee

NamePosition
Deborah Sibley
LSUHSC-New Orleans
Chair
Donna R. Berryman
University of Rochester MC
CoChair
Tania P Bardyn, AHIP
University of Washington
Local Assistance Chair
Catherine M. Burroughs
University of Washington
Local Assistance Cochair
Ryan Harris
University of Maryland
Member
Gary E Kaplan, AHIP
Thomas Jefferson University
Member
Dana D. Kopp, AHIP
Providence St. Patrick Hospital
Member
Lisa A. Marks, AHIP
Mayo Clinic Scottsdale
Member
Mary Piorun, AHIP
UMass Medical School
Member
Kelly Thormodson
University of North Dakota
Member
Michele Whitehead
UNT Health Science Center
Member
Jeff D. Williams, AHIP
NYU School of Medicine
Member
Jessi Van Der Volgen
University of Utah
CE Committee Liaison
Emily Vardell
Section Council Liaison
Teresa L. Knott, AHIP
Virginia Commonwealth University
Board Liaison
Ray Naegele
Medical Library Association
Staff Liaison
Paul Graller
Hall Erickson, Inc.
Meeting Consultant
Tina Vickery
Hall-Erickson, Inc.
Meeting Consultant

2018 National Program Committee

NamePosition
David A. Nolfi, AHIP
Duquesne University
Cochair
Debra Berlanstein
Hirsh Health Sciences Library
Cochair
Sandra G. Franklin, AHIP
Emory University
Local Assistance Chair
Joe Swanson, Jr
Morehouse School of Medicine
Local Assistance Committee Cochair
Molly Knapp, AHIP
NNLM Training Office
Section Council Liaison
Meredith I. Solomon, AHIP
Brigham & Women's Hospital
Member
Susan Steelman
Univ. of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Member
Joey Nicholson
NYU Langone Medical Center
Member
Brandi Tuttle
Duke University
Member
John C. Bramble
University of Utah
Member
Tallie Casucci
University of Utah
Member
Emily M Johnson, AHIP
University of Illinois at Chicago
Member
Montie L. Dobbins
LSU HSC-Shreveport
Chapter Council Liaison
Brenda M. Linares, AHIP
Continuing Education Committee Liaison
Barbara A. Epstein, AHIP, FMLA
University of Pittsburgh
Board Liaison
Ray Naegele
Medical Library Association
Staff Liaison
Paul Graller
Hall Erickson, Inc.
Meeting Consultant
Tina Vickery
Hall-Erickson, Inc.
Meeting Consultant
Nancy Tannery
University of Pittsburgh
Former Cochair

Nominating Committee

Established prior to September 1974 (from Article V, sec. 1–2 of the bylaws); Revised December 1987, January 1992

Nine Voting Members shall be elected annually to the committee. The immediate past president shall serve as ex officio, nonvoting chair of the committee. Members of the Board of Directors may not serve as voting members of the committee. All ten shall serve for a term beginning as soon as the votes of the mail election in which they were elected have been counted and ending when votes have been counted in the election using the ballot they prepared. Any vacancy arising in the offices of committee members shall be filled by the Board of Directors. No one shall serve on the committee as a voting member for more than one term during a period of five years. Each chapter and each section of the association shall submit to its council annually the name of one Voting Member, chosen in accordance with chapter or section bylaws, as a potential candidate for membership on the Nominating Committee; this submission shall be made to the appropriate council before its final assembly at the association's annual meeting. Each potential candidate shall prepare a biographical statement and a signed statement of willingness-to-serve if elected as a member of the committee. These statements shall accompany the names submitted. The Chapter Council and the Section Council, while assembled at the association's annual meeting, shall each select six candidates from the names submitted by the chapters and sections and shall present those names to the chair of the Nominating Committee immediately thereafter. The Board of Directors shall present to the chair of the Nominating Committee no later than September 25 the names of six Voting Members as its candidates and any additional names needed to achieve a minimum of nine candidates on the ballot, all with the accompaniments as stipulated in Section 2 of this Article. No person shall consent to being a potential candidate or a candidate for membership on the committee who is already such a potential candidate or candidate from some other unit of the association; no candidate for membership on the committee shall also be a candidate for an elective office of the association, or vice versa. The committee shall

  • prepare annually a slate of at least two nominees for president-elect and for each director elected by the membership at large whose term expires
  • accompany the slate with a biographical statement for each candidate, a photograph of the candidate, a written statement of the candidate's consent to serve if elected, and a statement prepared by the candidate describing his or her aims as an officer of the association
  • submit midyear and annual reports

NamePosition
Michelle Kraft
Cleveland Clinic Foundation
Chair
Heidi Sue Adams, AHIP
Kalispell Regional Medical Center
Member
Kristine M. Alpi, AHIP
North Carolina State Univ.
Member
A. James Bothmer, AHIP
Creighton University
Member
Diana Delgado, AHIP
Weill Cornell Medicine
Member
Ayaba Logan
Medical University of South Carolina
Member
Fatima M Mncube-Barnes
Howard University
Member
Katie Prentice
University of Oklahoma-Tulsa
Member
Peace Ossom Williamson
University of Texas at Arlington
Member
Michael A. Wood
Weill Cornell Medicine
Member

Oral History Committee

Established June 1977; Revised December 1984, September 1996, September 2005

The committee consists of at least seven members, two of which are appointed annually for three-year terms. The chair serves a four-year term. The chair-designate is selected from first year members, serves as chair the third year in this office, and then serves a fourth year as immediate past chair. The project director is appointed for a four-year term. The immediate past-chair of the History of the Health Sciences Section serves a two-year term as an ex officio member. The committee shall:

  • administer the association's oral history program, which is devoted to the history of North American health sciences librarianship, especially the history of the Medical Library Association;
  • assist the project director, who has overall responsibility for the oral history program;
  • determine criteria for selection of those to be interviewed and make recommendations for interviewees to the project director;
  • assist in training interviewers and editors for the oral history program
  • assist in writing summaries of interviews;
  • promote the oral history program, including maintaining the oral history program web site and including links to chapter and section web sites as well as other oral history sites;
  • with the permission of the board, undertake special projects that support the creation of and access to oral history in the health sciences;
  • prepare and submit annual objectives, budget, and midyear and annual reports.

NamePosition
Andrea Wright
University of South Alabama
Chair
Lindsay E. Blake, AHIP
University of Arkansas for the Medical Sciences
Chair Designate
Rebecca O'Kelly Davis
University of Southern California
Member
Julia A. Hause, AHIP
Touro University Nevada
Member
Gale A. Oren
University of Michigan
Member
Rachel Keiko Stark, AHIP
California State University, Sacramento
Member
Carolyn E. Lipscomb, AHIP, FMLA
Project Director
Richard H. Nollan
Texas Tech University HSC
History of the Health Sciences Liaison
Mary M. Langman, M.S.
Medical Library Association
Staff Liaison
Keith W. Cogdill, AHIP
National Institutes of Health
Board Liaison
Leila Ledbetter
Duke University
Immediate Past Chair

Professional Recruitment and Retention Committee

Established December 2003 as ad hoc committee; approved as standing committee September 2006; charge revised 11/2014

The Committee consists of at least seven members, two appointed annually for three-year terms. If a third-year member is chosen for chair designate, that person may remain for a fourth year to serve as chair. The committee also has a board liaison and staff liaison that are non-voting members of the committee. Liaisons from the Chapter and Section Councils and the Medical Library Association’s Membership Committee and other MLA units may be appointed as nonvoting members as needed. The committee shall attract and retain individuals from diverse populations into the health sciences librarianship field. It should determine ways to offer mentoring, outreach, and training opportunities to organizations and to individuals already in the field, transitioning to new roles or seeking information about the field. Specifically, this standing committee is charged to:

  • Collaborate with local chapters to support relationships with career counselors and faculty advisors, especially those serving minority students, to promote health sciences librarianship as a viable career option.
  • Collaborate with local chapters to promote health sciences librarianship to library and information school educators to encourage the inclusion of health sciences courses and curriculums.
  • Collaborate with local chapters to partner with library/information schools to develop health sciences librarianship programs for distance learning, including Web-based courses, to aid those students who are geographically bound in an area without an ALA-accredited library/information science program.
  • Identify and implement strategies to inform other types of librarians and second-career-seeking individuals about health sciences librarianship.
  • Facilitate, staff and promote the annual Resume Clinic and provide additional career resources as needed.
  • Refine and promote the Mentor Database.
  • Collaborate with Special Interest Groups (SIGS) and other MLA groups to recruit and retain professionals.
  • Recommend new or update current career recruitment materials as needed.
  • Maintain inventory of MLA chapter and section recruitment efforts and encourage MLA chapters to conduct recruitment efforts at the local level.

NamePosition
Emily Vardell
Chair
Nadia Lalla
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Immediate Past Chair, ex officio
Michelle B. Bass
Stanford School of Medicine
Member
Amy C Knehans
Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
Member
Mary Ellen Nolan
Member
Allison Piazza
New York Academy of Medicine
Member
Wanda Whitney
Member
Michelle L Zafron
University at Buffalo
Member
Heather L. Brown, AHIP
University of Nebraska Medical Center
Chapter Council Liaison
Kelly Thormodson
University of North Dakota
Section Council Liaison
Lisa K. Traditi, AHIP
University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
Board Liaison
Kate E. Corcoran
Medical Library Association
Staff Liaison
Tomi Gunn
Medical Library Association
Staff Liaison

Rising Stars Committee

NOTE: This committee will be disbanded as of May 31, 2017. The Rising Star program will continue under the direction of the new Leadership Curriculum Committee, effective June 1, 2017.

Established August 2013

The committee consists of twelve members, three appointed annually for three-year terms and includes liaisons from the Rising Stars Jury, MLA Fellows, Leadership and Management Section, a board liaison, and a staff liaison. One member serves as an ex officio member of the Rising Stars Jury. The committee shall:

  • plan and administer the Rising Stars Program on a biennial cycle;
  • revise and maintain a broadly accepted set of leadership competencies needed for MLA leadership roles as the basis for curriculum planning and program evaluation;
  • revise and provide a leadership curriculum based on desired competencies and participant feedback;
  • review and recommend changes as needed in selection criteria for stars and mentors to the Awards Committee;
  • solicit applications for mentors and projects from within MLA units, and select and match them to the stars selected by a jury as part of the MLA awards process to form a cohort of up to five pairs;
  • maintain effective communication channels among cohort members during the program;
  • assure that participants' accomplishments are recognized during the culminating annual meeting and in other appropriate ways, working with the Board and Awards Committee;
  • periodically evaluate the program via participant feedback and other means and use the results to improve its effectiveness; and
  • prepare and submit an annual budget and midyear and annual reports

NamePosition
Roy Eugene Brown, AHIP
Chair
Linné Girouard, AHIP
Member
Emily J. Hurst
VCU Libraries
Member
Michael R. Kronenfeld, AHIP, FMLA
A.T. Still Univ. of the Health Sci. Az.
Member
Karen L. Liljequist
University of Rochester
Member
April Joy Schweikhard
University of Oklahoma-Tulsa
Member
Scott Thomson, AHIP
Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science
Member
Kristen L. Young
Member
Heidi Heilemann, AHIP
Stanford University
Board Liaison
Maria Lopez
Medical Library Association
Staff Liaison

Scholarly Communications Committee

Established May 2012

The committee consists of seven members who serve for staggered three-year terms. The Chair serves a fourth year. Nonvoting, ex officio members include a representative from the Governmental Relations Committee, a representative from the AAHSL Scholarly Communications Committee, a liaison from the National Library of Medicine, and representatives from the Collection Development Section, Hospital Libraries Section, and Technical Services Section. Representatives from other association units and groups may be appointed as nonvoting members of the committee as needed.

The Scholarly Communications Committee provides leadership within the association about trends and issues in scholarly publication and their impact on biomedical libraries, and recommends and implements programs, special initiatives and other activities in this area. In recognition of the diversity of the MLA membership and their involvement in scholarly communication issues, the Committee's focus is on broad issues of concern to health science libraries and their institutional settings. In cooperation with other MLA units, including the Continuing Education Committee and relevant sections and chapters, the Committee supports development of educational opportunities on scholarly communications topics, including trends and issues in the STM (scientific, technical and medical) publishing arena impacting the dissemination, access, and cost of biomedical information.

The Committee shall:

  • Identify initiatives for MLA to pursue in addressing member interests;
  • Monitor and provide comments about Congressional, agency and other government activities and policies as they relate to scholarly communication, working in collaboration with the Governmental Relations Committee (GRC) and Joint Legislative Task Force;
  • Facilitate the identification, development and sharing of resources and tools about scholarly publishing issues and emerging publishing models, using MLANET and other appropriate mechanisms, such as CORE, for distributing the materials;
  • Recommend and assist in developing and providing educational opportunities to enhance members' undersanding of publishing trends, including topics such as new models of informtion dissemination, licensing, federal policies, etc. working in conjunction with the Continuing Edcation Committee (CEC), MLA sections, GRC, other MLA units, the Joint MLA/AAHSL Legislative Task Force and/or chapters as appropriate;
  • Identify and develop strategies for communicating and collaborating with health care leaders, administrators, faculty, patrons, libraries, publishers, and scholarly societies on the issues, trends, and challenges facing libraries and their institutions; and
  • Prepare and submit annual objectives and budget and midyear and annual reports.

NamePosition
Drew Wright
Weill Cornell Medical Library
Chair
Roxann W. Mouratidis, AHIP
FL. State University
Chair Designate
Katherine V. Chew
University of Minnesota
Member
Lilian Hoffecker
Univ. of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
Member
Erica Hazel Lenton
University of Toronto
Member
Carolyn Schubert
James Madison University
Member
Shirley Zhao
The University of Utah
Member
Mary M. Langman, M.S.
Medical Library Association
Staff Liaison
Keith W. Cogdill, AHIP
National Institutes of Health
Board Liaison
Patricia Devine
National Network of Libraries of Medicine
Hospital Libraries Section Liaison
David Gillikin
NLM
NLM Representative
Ann Gleason, AHIP
University of Washington
AAHSL Representative
Hanna Kwasik
Technical Services Section Liaison
Nicole Theis-Mahon
University of Minnesota
Collection Development Section Liaison

Joint MLA/Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL) Legislative Task Force

Established 1985; revised December 1987, May 1991, February 2002 (effective May 2002)

The task force develops and promotes a joint legislative agenda both externally and internally. MLA is represented on the task force by the executive director, the president (one year), the Governmental Relations chair (four-year term beginning the final year as chair-designate of the Governmental Relations Committee), and three members at large (one serves a three-year term, two serve four-year terms). The Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL) is represented by the association's president, and four AAHSL members at large with legislative experience. AAHSL members serve four year terms. MLA and AAHSL members at large may be appointed for a consecutive second term.

NamePosition
Sandra L. Bandy
Chair (2016-2018), MLA Representative
Ruth A. Riley
Vice Chair (11/1/2016 - 10/31/2017)
Kevin Baliozian
Medical Library Association
MLA Representative
Cristina Pope
SUNY Upstate Medical University
MLA Representative
Teresa L. Knott, AHIP
Virginia Commonwealth University
MLA President
Irma Ivette Quinones
University of Puerto Rico
AAHSL Representative
M.J. Tooey, AHIP, FMLA
Univ. of Maryland, Baltimore
MLA Representative
Esther E. Carrigan
Texas A & M University
AAHSL Representative
Michelle Kraft
Cleveland Clinic Foundation
MLA Member
Mary M. Langman, M.S.
Medical Library Association
Staff Liaison
Neville D. Prendergast
Tulane University
AAHSL Representative
Neil Rambo
NYU Langone Medical Center
AAHSL President

Research Imperative Task Force

(March 2015–May 2018)

The Task Force is charged with leading the MLA strategic goal five on the research imperative.

NamePosition
Susan Lessick, AHIP, FMLA
Chair
Margaret Emily Ansell, AHIP
Member
Kevin Baliozian
Medical Library Association
Member
Margaret Bandy, AHIP, FMLA
Member
Martha Earl, AHIP
University of Tennessee
Member
Mark MacEachern
University of Michigan
Member
Caitlin Ann Pike
Member
Emily Vardell
Member
Melissa De Santis, AHIP
University of Colorado
Board Liaison
Mary M. Langman, M.S.
Medical Library Association
Staff Liaison

Task Force to Review MLA's Competencies for Lifelong Learning and Professional Success

(January 2015–May 2017)

The Task Force shall be comprised of seven members including representatives from the Continuing Education and Credentialing Committees and the Medical Library Section, as well as, a board and staff liaison. The task force shall be charged with:

  • Reviewing and revising "Competencies for Lifelong Learning and Professional Success" in light of the needs of MLA members and the changing educational environment, making recommendations for changes in content, structure, and title. The review should take into consideration the goals stated in MLA's strategic plan, the association's priorities, and other relevant documents, and should result in an overall strategic statement of MLA's approach to educationand professional development for its members in the future;
  • Exploring how the revised statement can be used to restructure and enhance current programs and to develop new programs as required in collaboration with the Continuing Education Committee;
  • Initiating a dialogue among MLA members about the educational policy statement through an open forum at the 2015 annual meeting; and
  • Liaising with the Task Force to Revitalize MLA's "Research Imperative," as appropriate.

NamePosition
Gale G. Hannigan
Chair and Medical Library Education Section Liaison
Christopher Childs
University of Iowa
Member
Terri Ottosen
Member
Elizabeth Laera
Brookwood Baptist Health
Continuing Education Committee Liaison
Barry Grant
Medical Library Association
Director of Education
Jodi L. Philbrick, AHIP
University of North Texas
Board Liaison
Debra Cavanaugh
Medical Library Association
Staff Liaison
Martha Earl, AHIP
University of Tennessee
Research Imperative Task Force Liaison
Kate Kelly
Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI)
Member
Susan Lessick, AHIP, FMLA
Research Imperative Task Force Liaison
Caitlin Ann Pike
Research Imperative Task Force Liaison

Awards and Honors Juries

Awards and honors juries serve under the auspices of the Awards Committee. Juries consist of an odd number of members with a minimum of three members appointed annually for one-year terms. One member is appointed as chair and serves as an ex officio member of the Awards Committee. Juries annually review nominations and applications for awards and honors and make recommendations to the committee.

Virginia L. and William K. Beatty Volunteer Service Award

NamePosition
Elizabeth R. Lorbeer, AHIP
Chair
Carolyn Martin, AHIP
NN/LM PNR
Member
Heather J Martin, AHIP
Providence Health & Services
Member
Karen McMullen, AHIP
University of South Carolina
Member
David W Petersen, AHIP
Florida Gulf Coast University
Member
Nena Schvaneveldt
Roseman University of Health Sciences
Member
Maria Lopez
Medical Library Association
Staff Liaison

Estelle Brodman Award for the Academic Medical Librarian of the Year

NamePosition
Emily J Glenn, AHIP
McGoogan Library of Medicine
Chair
Kathleen Carlson, AHIP
Member
David Charles Duggar, AHIP
Member
A'Llyn Ettien, AHIP
Member
Mary Elizabeth Melvin, AHIP
CoxHealth
Member
Maria Lopez
Medical Library Association
Staff Liaison

Lois Ann Colaianni Award for Excellence and Achievement in Hospital Librarianship

NamePosition
Janna C. Lawrence
University of Iowa
Chair
Barbara Gushrowski
Community Health Network
Member
Dena Fracolli Hanson, AHIP
Cook Childrens Medical Center
Member
Nha Huynh
Texas Medical Center Library
Member
Maria Lopez
Medical Library Association
Staff Liaison

Louise Darling Medal for Distinguished Achievement in Collection Development in the Health Sciences

NamePosition
Kimberly Loper, AHIP
Chair
Victoria Burchfield
Member
Erin RB Eldermire
Cornell University Library
Member
Elizabeth Quinlan Huggins
Member
Jessica Koos, AHIP
Stony Brook University
Member
Maria Lopez
Medical Library Association
Staff Liaison

Janet Doe Lectureship

NamePosition
Virginia Carden, AHIP
Duke University
Chair
Anna Crawford
West Virginia University
Member
Elizabeth G. Hinton
University of Mississippi Medical Center
Member
Amy Suiter
Washington University in St. Louis - School of Medicine
Member
Laura Zeigen, AHIP, AHIP
Oregon Health & Science University
Member
Maria Lopez
Medical Library Association
Staff Liaison

Ida and George Eliot Prize

NamePosition
Kristin Hitchcock, AHIP
MPA Healthcare Solutions
Chair
Rebecca Harrington, AHIP
Florida State University College of Medicine
Member
Andrea C. Kepsel, AHIP
Michigan State University
Member
Taryn Resnick
Member
Mary Shultz
University of Nevada School of Medicine
Member
Maria Lopez
Medical Library Association
Staff Liaison

Fellows and Honorary Members

NamePosition
Beverly Murphy
Chair
Elizabeth R. Lorbeer, AHIP
Member
Michele R. Tennant, AHIP
University of Florida
Member
Linda Walton
University of Iowa Libraries
Member
Maria Lopez
Medical Library Association
Staff Liaison

Carla J. Funk Governmental Relations Award

NamePosition
Jonathan Koffel
University of Minnesota
Chair
Karin Bennedsen
Member
Laura C. Davison
University of Kentucky
Member
Eric P. Delozier, AHIP
Member
Saori Wendy Herman, AHIP
Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine
Member
Maria Lopez
Medical Library Association
Staff Liaison

Erich Meyerhoff Prize

NamePosition
Stephanie M. Swanberg, AHIP
Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine
Chair
Deanna Johnson
Member
Nichelle Lynn Mack
Baptist College of Health Sciences
Member
Lisa McGuire
University of Minnesota
Member
Megan Rosenbloom
University of Southern California
Member
Maria Lopez
Medical Library Association
Staff Liaison

T. Mark Hodges International Service Award

NamePosition
Jamie Gray, AHIP
Stanford University
Chair
Ricardo Andrade Jr
Columbia University
Member
Christopher Childs
University of Iowa
Member
Jamie L. Conklin
Member
Sandra Irene Oelschlegel
University of Tennessee
Member
Maria Lopez
Medical Library Association
Staff Liaison

Majors/MLA Chapter Project of the Year

NamePosition
Janene Batten
Yale University
Chair
Frances Chu
Member
Michelle P Rachal
University of Nevada School of Medicine
Member
Annie Thompson
University of Southern California
Member
Kate Anderson
University of Missouri
Member
Maria Lopez
Medical Library Association
Staff Liaison

Lucretia W. McClure Excellence in Education Award

NamePosition
Lisa Federer
Chair
Robert Alexander Cagna, AHIP
West Virginia University Charleston Division
Member
Barbara (Basia) Delawska-Elliott, AHIP
Providence Health & Services
Member
A'Llyn Ettien, AHIP
Member
JJ Pionke
Member
Nancy Schaefer, AHIP
University of Florida
Member
Maria Lopez
Medical Library Association
Staff Liaison

Rising Stars Award

NamePosition
Shannon D Jones
Medical Univ. of South Carolina
Chair
Marilyn M. Goff
Member
Shanda Hunt
University of Minnesota
Member
Jo-Anne Petropoulos
McMaster University
Member
Scott Thomson, AHIP
Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science
Rising Stars Committee Liaison
Maria Lopez
Medical Library Association
Staff Liaison

Rittenhouse Award

NamePosition
Carol Seiler
EBSCO Information Services
Chair
Beth Hill, AHIP
Member
Kim M Mears
Augusta University
Member
Kristine Petre, AHIP
Lehigh Valley Health Network
Member
Katie Zybeck
Methodist University
Member
Maria Lopez
Medical Library Association
Staff Liaison

Section Project of the Year Award

NamePosition
Ahlam Saleh
University of Arizona
Chair
Nancy Glassman, AHIP
Albert Einstein College of Med.
Member
Karen L. Hanus
Medical College of Wisconsin
Member
Claire B. Joseph, AHIP
South Nassau Communities Hospital
Member
Emily Mazure
Duke University
Member
Suzanne Shurtz
Texas A&M University
Member
Maria Lopez
Medical Library Association
Staff Liaison

Thomson Reuters/Frank Bradway Rogers Information Advancement Award

NamePosition
Linda Van Keuren, AHIP
Georgetown University Medical Center
Chair
Matt Hoy
Member
Madeleine Still, AHIP
North Tees & Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust
Member
Rose L Turner
University of Pittsburgh
Member
K. T. Vaughan, AHIP
James Madison University
Member
Maria Lopez
Medical Library Association
Staff Liaison

Grants, Scholarships, and Fellowships Juries

Juries serve under the auspices of the Grants and Scholarships Committee and annually review applications and provide recommendations to the committee for grants, scholarships, and fellowships to be awarded.

Ysabel Bertolucci MLA Annual Meeting Grant

NamePosition
Eve Melton, AHIP
Kaiser Permanente
Chair
Majid Anwar, AHIP
Health Professions Division Library
Member
Carolyn Ching Dennison, AHIP
University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Library
Member
Xan Goodman
Member
Porcia Vaughn
University of Houston
Member
Maria Lopez
Medical Library Association
Staff Liaison

Naomi C. Broering Hispanic Heritage Grant

NamePosition
Patricia C. Baker
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Chair
Carmen Bou-Crick, AHIP
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
Member
Rachel Helbing
University of Houston
Member
John D Jones, Jr
Member
Lin Wu, AHIP, AHIP
Texas A&M University
Member

Continuing Education Award

NamePosition
Natalie Clairoux
Université de Montréal
Chair
Rolando Garcia-Milian
Yale University
Member
Merinda McLure
Colorado State University
Member
Lara Sapp
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
Member
Elizabeth Stellrecht
University at Buffalo
Member
Maria Lopez
Medical Library Association
Staff Liaison

Cunningham Memorial International Fellowship

NamePosition
Sarah Wade, AHIP
Campbell University
Chair
Lenny Rhine, FMLA
Member
Terrie R. Wheeler
Weill Cornell Medical College
Member
Yumi Yaguchi
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
Member
Maria Lopez
Medical Library Association
Staff Liaison

MLA/EBSCO Annual Meeting Grant

NamePosition
Jeanne Sadlik
Loyola University of Chicago
Chair
Patricia Devine
National Network of Libraries of Medicine
Member
Andy Hickner
Yale University
Member
Leah C. Osterhaus Trzasko
Mayo Clinic
Member
Cynthia Louise Sheffield
National Institutes of Health
Member
Maria Lopez
Medical Library Association
Staff Liaison

Eugene Garfield Research Fellowship

NamePosition
Nancy E. Adams
Chair
Holly Ann Burt, AHIP
University of Southern California
Member
Dixie A. Jones, AHIP
Member
Scott Thomson, AHIP
Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science
Member
Toni Yancey
Evidera
Member
Maria Lopez
Medical Library Association
Staff Liaison

MLA/HINARI/Research4Life Grant Jury

NamePosition
Gurpreet Kaur Rana
University of Michigan
Chair
Timothy Kenny
UNT-Health Science Center
Member
Mellanye J. Lackey
University of Utah
Member
Lenny Rhine, FMLA
Member
Ahlam Saleh
University of Arizona
Member
Maria Lopez
Medical Library Association
Staff Liaison

MLA/HLS Professional Development Grant

NamePosition
Helen-Ann Brown Epstein, AHIP, FMLA
Virtua
Chair
Paul Bielman, AHIP
Kaiser Permanente
Member
Carole M. Gilbert
Member
Elisabeth E. Rowan
Shriners Hospital for Children
Member
Marilyn G. Teolis, AHIP
James A. Haley VA Hospital
Member
Maria Lopez
Medical Library Association
Staff Liaison

David A. Kronick Traveling Fellowship

NamePosition
Robert Johnson
University of Southern California
Chair
Eric D. Albright, AHIP
Tufts University
Member
William Olmstadt, AHIP
LSU Health Shreveport
Member
Maria Lopez
Medical Library Association
Staff Liaison

Donald A. B. Lindberg Research Fellowship

NamePosition
Nancy J. Allee, AHIP
University of Michigan
Member
Pamela S. Bradigan, AHIP
Member
Michael Lee Newman
Stanford University
Member
Darell Schmick
University of Utah
Member
Maria Lopez
Medical Library Association
Staff Liaison
Patricia Thibodeau
Duke University
Jury Chair

Librarians Without Borders® Ursula Poland International Scholarship

NamePosition
Nancy Olmos
University of Southern California
Chair
Emily Couvillon
Texas Medical Center Library
Member
Adela V. Justice, AHIP
UT MD Anderson Cancer Center
Member
Gary E Kaplan, AHIP
Thomas Jefferson University
Member
Kathy Kwan
National Library of Medicine
Member
Jeanne Strausman
NYIT/College of Osteopathic Medicine
Member
Maria Lopez
Medical Library Association
Staff Liaison

MLA/MIS Career Development Grant

NamePosition
Janis F. Brown, AHIP
Univ. of Southern California
Chair
Kacy Allgood, AHIP
IUPUI
Member
Alexander J. Carroll
North Carolina State University Libraries
Member
Nathalie Reid, AHIP
Member
Maria Lopez
Medical Library Association
Staff Liaison

MLA Research, Development, and Demonstration Project Grant

NamePosition
Darra R. Ballance
Georgia Statewide AHEC Network
Chair
Iris Kovar-Gough, AHIP
Michigan State University
Member
Mari Monosoff-Richards
Member
Stephanie J. Schulte
Ohio State University
Member
Randall Watts, AHIP
University of Tennessee Health Science Center
Member
Maria Lopez
Medical Library Association
Staff Liaison

MLA Scholarship

NamePosition
Shalu Gillum, AHIP
University of Central Florida College of Medicine
Chair
Elena Azadbakht
University of Southern Mississippi
Member
Alexander J. Carroll
North Carolina State University Libraries
Member
Terri Ottosen
Member
Taryn Resnick
Member
Maria Lopez
Medical Library Association
Staff Liaison

MLA Scholarship for Minority Students

NamePosition
Ricardo Andrade Jr
Columbia University
Chair
Melody M. Allison
Univ. of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Member
Stephen Kiyoi, AHIP
UCSF
Member
Leila Ledbetter
Duke University
Member
Elizabeth Mamo
Rochester Regional Health
Member
Maria Lopez
Medical Library Association
Staff Liaison

MLA/Thomson Reuters Doctoral Fellowship

NamePosition
Maria Lopez
Medical Library Association
Staff Liaison