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MLA Chapter Level Awards and Grants

Contact MLA Chapters for further information and application details.

Hawaii-Pacific Chapter

Medical Library Group of Southern California and Arizona (MLGSCA)

Lifetime Achievement Award

  • Amount: No dollars assigned
  • Eligibility: Member of MLGSCA for at least five years and is a current member ending a distinguished career in health sciences librarianship.
  • Description: To honor the significant lifetime achievements of a MLGSCA member who has made lasting contributions to the profession of health science librarianship beyond the scope of the local chapter.

Louise Darling MLGSCA Achievement Award

  • Amount: $500.00
  • Eligibility: Membership in MLGSCA at the time of election and be a member for a minimum of two years
  • Description: To honor significant contributions to health sciences librarianship, as well as to the Medical Library Group of Southern California and Arizona.

MLGSCA Outstanding Health Sciences Library Paraprofessional of the Year Award

  • Amount: $250.00
  • Eligibility: A paraprofessional (membership not listed as a criteria)
  • Description: To honor an outstanding library paraprofessional in a health sciences library and to recognize the critical role and important contributions library paraprofessionals make to the development and evolution of modern health sciences libraries and librarianship.

Professional Development Award

  • Amount: Awards range from $100 - $500
  • Eligibility: Regular member of MLGSCA; Hold a graduate degree in library/information science;  Be a practicing medical librarian with at least two years of professional experience; Not have received this award in the past three years.
  • Description: To support professional development activities including attendance at classes, conferences and meetings.

Research Grant Application Information

  • Amount: $1000 has been set aside for the awards program for the July-June fiscal year with $500 being the maximum amount per award
  • Eligibility: All applicants must hold current membership in MLGSCA. Student members of MLGSCA will be required to identify a practicing medical librarian or a library school faculty member as a sponsor for their research project. Sponsors do not have to be members of MLGSCA. In exceptional cases, consideration may be given to outstanding research proposals submitted by individuals who do not meet these eligibility requirements
  • Description: To support research that focuses on topics and issues in health sciences librarianship.

Scholarship for Paraprofessionals in Health Science Libraries

  • Amount: An amount of $1500 shall be given annually
  • Eligibility: Any individual who is enrolled in or entering an ALA-accredited masters program in library and information science and who shows evidence of interest (through their application) in health sciences librarianship. The applicant must be currently employed as a paraprofessional in a health sciences related library. The applicant must be a citizen of or have permanent residence in either the United States or Canada.
  • Description: To support the recipient's educational goals leading to the professional degree in librarianship.

Student Scholarship

  • Amount: One scholarship of $1500 is awarded annually
  • Eligibility: A member of MLGSCA, either as a regular paying member or via a free student membership, having met the criteria for a free student membership. A free student membership application may accompany the scholarship application.  Be enrolled in and actively attending an ALA-accredited master’s degree program such as MLS, MIS, MLIS. Be a citizen of or have permanent residence in the United States or Canada
  • Description: To provide support during a student's course of study. The scholarship funds can be used as desired by the recipient.

Mid-Atlantic Chapter (MAC)

MAC Award for Outstanding Health Sciences Library Paraprofessional

  • Amount: one-year MAC membership, and a cash award of $250
  • Eligibility: A paraprofessional (membership not listed as a criteria)
  • Description: to honor an outstanding library paraprofessional in a health sciences library and to recognize the critical role and important contributions library paraprofessionals make to the development and evolution of modern health sciences libraries and librarianship.

MAC Award for Professional Excellence by a Health Sciences Librarian

  • Amount: $250.00
  • Eligibility: MAC members who have been a member of the health sciences librarian community for more than ten years
  • Description: This award is presented to a MAC member for outstanding contributions in health sciences librarianship

MAC Award for Professional Excellence by a New Health Sciences Librarian

  • Amount: $250.00
  • Eligibility: MAC members who have been a member of the health sciences librarian community for ten or fewer years
  • Description: This award is presented to a MAC member for outstanding contributions in health sciences librarianship.

Marguerite Abel Service Recognition Award

  • Amount: $250.00
  • Eligibility: MAC member
  • Description: This award is given to a MAC member for exemplary service to the Chapter during the past year.

Research & Assessment Grants

  • Amount: $2000 in any one year with the potential for more funding with MAC Board approval.
  • Eligibility: Applicants must hold a graduate degree in library science and be practicing health science librarians and current member of MAC/MLA.
  • Description: For research projects that promote and stimulate excellence in the field of health science librarianship and health sciences librarianship.

MAC Student Vision

  • Amount: Recipients receive inclusive meeting registration, registration for the Welcome Reception, one night’s accommodation at the conference hotel (reimbursed), and meals that are provided as part of the conference program. The Student Vision Scholarship does not include travel expenses to the conference (airfare, mileage, or car rental), accommodations (hotel) beyond the one night awarded, or meals outside of conference programming.
  • Eligibility: The scholarship is available to students who are currently enrolled in an MLS program. They must live in or attend a program in the MAC region.
  • Description: Students attending the conference are invited to explore the benefits of health sciences librarianship through interaction, networking, and mentorship.

Midcontinental Chapter (MCMLA)

Hetzner Award

  • Amount: $350
  • Eligibility: Member of MCMLA and work in an academic health sciences library.
  • Description: This award recognizes an academic health sciences librarian who has achieved a high level of professional accomplishment.

McDowell Award

  • Amount: $350
  • Eligibility: Member of MCMLA and work in a hospital library.
  • Description: This award honors a chapter member who has made an outstanding contribution to hospital librarianship.

Outstanding Achievement Award

  • Amount: $350
  • Eligibility: Membership in MCMLA for a minimum of five years
  • Description: This award honors a member for contributions to health sciences/hospital libraries, to the profession, goals, and objectives of the chapter.

STARS Program

  • Amount: Three $20 gift certificates
  • Eligibility: MCMLA members
  • Description: This recognition program allows members to share what they've done throughout the year to go above and beyond their regular duties.

Travel Scholarship

  • Amount: $500
  • Eligibility: MCMLA members
  • Description: This scholarship is to be used to help MCMLA members with a financial need attend the annual meeting.

Midwest Chapter

Annual Meeting Grant

  • Amount: Each grant includes a free full conference registration and $500
  • Eligibility: Member of the Midwest Chapter/MLA. Not eligible for the Student Annual Meeting Grant (library school students) or the First-Time Attendee Grant (first-time attendees). Have not received a Midwest Chapter award supporting meeting attendance within the past three years.
  • Description: Supports the attendance of librarians and library staff at the Chapter’s Annual Meeting.

First-Time Attendee Annual Meeting Grant

  • Amount: Each grant includes a free full conference registration and $500
  • Eligibility: Member of the Midwest Chapter/MLA. A resident of one of the following nine states: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, or Wisconsin. Must have a master’s degree in library/information science. Never attended a Midwest Chapter Annual Meeting.
  • Description: Supports the attendance of librarians and library staff at the Chapter’s Annual Meeting.

Student Annual Meeting Grant

  • Amount: Each grant includes a free full conference registration and $500
  • Eligibility: Member of the Midwest Chapter/MLA. Enrolled in an ALA-accredited master’s program in library science/information studies at the time of the annual meeting. A resident of one of the following nine states: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, or Wisconsin.
  • Description: Supports the attendance of a library science student at the Chapter’s Annual Meeting.

Distinguished Librarian of the Year Award

  • Amount: Certificate of recognition
  • Eligibility: Member of the Midwest Chapter at the time of nomination and for at least 3 years prior.
  • Description: Recognizes Chapter members at any career level who have provided outstanding service to Midwest Chapter/MLA.

Jean Williams Sayre Innovation Award

  • Amount: Certificate of recognition
  • Eligibility: Nominees can be an individual, a group of individuals, a library, an institution, or an organization. An individual nominee must be a member of the Midwest Chapter. Group, library, institutional, or organizational nominees must include at least one person who is a member of the Midwest Chapter. Library, institutional, or organizational nominees must be located in one of the following nine states: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio or Wisconsin.
  • Description: Recognizes individuals, groups, libraries, or organizations for their creative approaches to the delivery and management of health information.

New York-New Jersey Chapter (NY-NJ)

Chapter Research Grant (link points to former announcement on our blog)

  • Amount: $1000.00
  • Eligibility: All applicants must hold a graduate degree in library science. All applicants must be practicing medical librarians with at least one year of professional experience. All applicants must be members of the NY/NJ Chapter of MLA.
  • Description: The NY/NJ Chapter of the Medical Library Association provides modest support for research projects. The purpose of these grants is to provide members with the opportunity to promote excellence in the field of health science librarianship and the information sciences. Grants may be as large as $1000, and more than one grant may be offered in a year.

Lifetime Achievement Award (points to complete list of all past winners)

  • Amount: Not listed.
  • Eligibility: Not listed.
  • Description: Not listed.

Outstanding Contribution by New Member Award (points to complete list of all past winners)

  • Amount: Not listed.
  • Eligibility: Must be a member for less than one year.
  • Description: Not listed.

Outstanding Contribution by Member Award (points to complete list of all past winners)

  • Amount: Not listed.
  • Eligibility: Must be a member for more than 5 years.
  • Description: Not listed.

North Atlantic Health Sciences Libraries, Inc. (NAHSL)

NAHSL Achievement Award

  • Amount: n/a
  • Eligibility: current member of NAHSL
  • Description: was established to recognize outstanding performance and leadership of members and supporters of the health sciences library community in New England.

NAHSL Professional Development Awards

  • Amount: The maximum yearly dollar amount per NAHSL member is $1,000
  • Eligibility: current member of NAHSL
  • Description: To support and encourage professional development opportunities and promote the profession of health sciences librarianship. Funds are available for educational courses or programs primarily sponsored by NAHSL or MLA. Limited funds are also available for non-NAHSL and non-MLA programs that, by a NAHSL member's attendance, will uniquely benefit NAHSL as a whole.

NAHSL Technology Grant

  • Amount: A maximum of $1000 may be awarded per project per year.
  • Eligibility: current member of NAHSL
  • Description: To assist award recipients to acquire and implement new technologies in their institutions, ultimately improving their users' access to health information.

Northern California and Nevada Medical Library Group (NCNMLG)

Ysabel Bertolucci Award for Professional Excellence

  • Amount: $200.00
  • Eligibility: member of NCNMLG at the time of nomination and has been a member for at least two years
  • Description: The purpose of this award is to recognize members for significant contributions to NCNMLG and to health sciences librarianship

NCNMLG Professional Development grant program

  • Amount: Any number of awards may be granted in a calendar year. The amount of each award is based on the number of applications, though generally there is a $300 limit per individual
  • Eligibility: Applicants must be a regular member of NCNMLG
  • Description: to support NCNMLG members’ professional development activities including attendance at classes, conferences and meetings and to provide NCNMLG members with the opportunity to increase their competence in the theoretical, administrative and/or technical aspects of librarianship and information management.

Locke Morrisey Professional Development Grant for Students

  • Amount: $300.00
  • Eligibility: must be a current student in an ALA accredited MLIS program, and a member of NCNMLG
  • Description: to support conference attendance for a library and information science student interested in medical/health sciences librarianship.

Pacific Northwest Chapter of MLA (PNC)

PNC/MLA Professional Development Fund

  • Amount: Registration at the annual meeting
  • Eligibility: Applicant must be a current PNC member and not have received PNC Professional Development Funds during the past two calendar years.  Only one award will be given per state.
  • Description: to encourage participation in the annual PNC meeting. The aim of the fund is to improve access for members and to equalize opportunities for attendance at our annual meeting, which improves member's professional development.

Philadelphia Regional Chapter

Grant Program for Professional Development

  • Amount: Grant amounts range from $65.00 to $500.00 and are paid at the time of the award.
  • Eligibility: The applicant must be a member of the Philadelphia Regional Chapter/MLA.
  • Description: to provide Chapter members with the opportunity to increase their knowledge of the theoretical, administrative, or technical aspects of librarianship by participating in a class, conference or some other educational opportunity.

Beatrice Davis Education Award

  • Amount: $600.00 plus registration at the Annual Dinner
  • Eligibility: Individuals who are enrolled in an ALA accredited masters program in Library and Information Sciences and are interested in health science librarianship.
  • Description: to foster and encourage library students to pursue educational activities related to health sciences librarianship.

Randy Brenner Memorial Consumer Health Award

  • Amount: certificate at the MLA-Phil Annual Business Meeting, plus complimentary registration for the meeting
  • Eligibility: Nominees (or at least one nominee) must be current members of the MLA-PHIL.
  • Description: This award is given to an individual (or group of individuals) in recognition of outstanding contribution to consumer health information services and patient education.

Robert Preston Lee Memorial Award

  • Amount: certificate at the MLA-Phil Annual Business Meeting, plus complimentary registration for the meeting
  • Eligibility: Nominees (or at least one nominee) must be current members of the MLA-PHIL.
  • Description: This award is given to an individual (or group of individuals) in recognition of outstanding contribution in the application of technology to the delivery of technical services in one or more of these areas: collection development, collection management, cataloging and acquisition, information services, information technology and information systems.

South Central Chapter (SCC)

William D. Postell, Sr. Professional Development Award

  • Amount: A total of $2000.00 will be available to fund SCC/MLA members’ continuing education experiences this year
  • Eligibility: To qualify, applicants must be SCC members with an MLS (or equivalent) and work in a professional position. Applicants who have received an award within the last 3 years are ineligible.
  • Description: This award partially or completely covers the registration fees and travel-related expenses for an SCC/MLA member to attend a continuing education course (CE) or workshop

Mayo Drake Student Scholarship Award

  • Amount: This scholarship includes a free student registration, a single ticket to the SCC business luncheon, a complimentary CE (subject to availability), and a $1000 award for travel/lodging expenses.
  • Eligibility: Applicants should be a current member of SCC/MLA and enrolled in or accepted for admission to an ALA-accredited graduate school as a master’s degree candidate. Also must be a resident of or attending graduate school in one of the following states: Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, or Texas 
  • Description: This scholarship enables eligible library science students to attend the SCC/MLA annual meeting.

Distinguished Service Award

  • Amount: not listed
  • Eligibility: not listed
  • Description: Recognizes outstanding service to SCC/MLA. Recipients are selected on the basis of their contributions in measurable ways to Chapter achievement and effectiveness.

Librarian of the Year Award

  • Amount: not listed
  • Eligibility: Current member of SCC/MLA.
  • Description: recognizes a mid-career librarian for outstanding contributions in health sciences librarianship. . The purpose of the award is to celebrate expertise and creativity in the provision of library service.

Southern Chapter 

Academic Librarian of the Year Award

  • Amount: $250
  • Eligibility: member of both SC/MLA and MLA and in “mid-career” at the time of the award, defined as someone working at least 5 and not more than 15 years in an academic health sciences library; the nominee may not be a library director. The nominee must have worked in an academic health sciences library for each of the last 5 years immediately preceding the nomination, and must be an academic health sciences librarian at the time of the award.
  • Description: May be made for outstanding regional, national or international contributions to academic health sciences librarianship as demonstrated by excellence in performance (leadership), publications, research, service, or a combination of these 4 elements.

First Time Attendee Scholarship (Annual Meeting Scholarship Award)

  • Amount: not listed
  • Eligibility: SC/MLA member in good standing (non-student)
  • Description: is designed to pay for registration, travel, accommodation, meals, and one (1) CE course at the SC/MLA annual meeting

Hospital Librarian of the Year Award

  • Amount: $250
  • Eligibility: Nominee must be a member of MLA and SC/MLA and currently be a hospital librarian and must have worked in a hospital library for at least five (5) years immediately preceding the award.
  • Description: to recognize a hospital librarian who exemplifies excellence, promotes leadership, and pursues continued high levels of achievement in the field of library science.

Jocelyn Rankin Memorial Scholarship

  • Amount: The amount awarded, not to exceed $500.00, can be used to defray expenses necessary for the fulfillment of the course (tuition, travel, etc.).
  • Eligibility: Applicants must be current, non-student Southern Chapter members who want to attend a research-related continuing education course or workshop
  • Description: assists Southern Chapter members in gaining needed skills and knowledge to perform, implement, and promote research projects within their institutions, communities, and across the field of medical librarianship.

Library & Information Science (LIS) Student Award

  • Amount: $250
  • Eligibility: Applicants must be currently enrolled in an ALA-accredited library school within the region and be a current member of SC/MLA
  • Description: is designed to encourage LIS students to attend the annual SC/MLA meeting by helping to offset registration and travel costs. 

Martha C. Watkins Memorial Scholarship

  • Amount: amount awarded will not exceed $500.00, and can be used to defray any expenses necessary for the fulfillment of the course (tuition, travel, etc).
  • Eligibility: Applicants must be current Southern Chapter members, who work in a hospital library and who want to take a course or workshop at the Southern Chapter annual meeting.
  • Description: To help Southern Chapter members gain skills and knowledge needed to improve their roles in providing optimum patient care and to enhance the role of hospital librarians in maintaining their cutting-edge managerial skills in the face of changing social forces which affect hospitals.

Research Grant

  • Amount: Grants may be used to support all or part of the costs of a study, up to a maximum of $1000. SC/MLA may award more than one grant in a year for a maximum of $1000 in any one year.
  • Eligibility: Current member of SC/MLA
  • Description: for research projects in order to promote and stimulate excellence in the field of health science librarianship and the information sciences.

T. Mark Hodges Outstanding Service Award

  • Amount: $250
  • Eligibility: Nominees must have been a member of the Southern Chapter and the Medical Library Association for at least 10 years.
  • Description: to recognize a chapter member whose service to the chapter and profession have been exceptional and of lasting importance.

Upstate New York and Ontario Chapter (UNYOC)

Katy Nesbit Service Award

  • Amount: paid registration to the next Annual Meeting.
  • Eligibility: UNYOC member
  • Description: recognizes a UNYOC member for exemplary service to the Chapter.

UNYOC Fellows

  • Amount: no monetary award but Fellows are exempt from dues
  • Eligibility: Regular or Emeritus members of UNYOC/MLA for at least the prior 10 consecutive years and passed the mid-point of their career with significant and continuous contributions to UNYOC and/or to the profession of health sciences librarianship.
  • Description: Regular or Emeritus members of UNYOC who have made significant contributions to the chapter or to health sciences librarianship. Fellows are exempt from dues and have all the rights and privileges of Regular Members.

Professional Development Award

  • Amount: $500. One such award will be given per UNYOC membership year (Jan.-Dec.).
  • Eligibility: Current member of UNYOC and have a graduate degree in library/information science or information systems to apply. 
  • Description: The Professional Development Award is intended to provide an opportunity for a librarian/information specialist to pursue a continuing education/professional development opportunity in the area of health sciences librarianship

Ursula H. Poland Scholarship Award

  • Amount: Two scholarship awards in the amount of $500.00 (There will be one scholarship awarded to a Canadian applicant and one to a US applicant). Each awardee will also receive a one-year membership in UNYOC.
  • Eligibility: The applicant must currently be enrolled in, or working toward, a Masters in Library Science from an accredited college or university in New York State or Ontario.
  • Description: To provide an opportunity for library school students to pursue or explore health sciences librarianship