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Cancer Librarians Section 

Members: 66     Discussions: 121     Files: 10

To join CLS:

  1. Go to your membership information.
  2. Click "View" next to your current membership.
  3. Click the "Add package," button to add additional packages, and select the Cancer Librarians Section.

Since 1981, the Cancer Librarians Section has provided leadership to information professionals specializing in clinical and patient-level cancer librarianship. Founded by a group of 40 dedicated librarians, our section has currently grown to over 150 oncology specialists, worldwide, who continue:

  • to provide a forum for cooperation and communications among librarians having a special interest in cancer-related libraries and information services;
  • to promote the continued development of cancer libraries, information resources and services;
  • to meet, network and engage with leaders nationwide who share our interest in improving the public’s health through improved access to cancer information. 

The Cancer Librarians Section won MLA's Section Project of the Year in 2012 for innovative programming.

Have you ever asked:

  • Where can I find cancer information on the Internet?
  • How can I help consumers identify reliable cancer information?
  • How can I continue to improve my cancer database searching?

For answers to these questions, and many others, join the Cancer Librarians Section of the Medical Library Association (MLA). 

Member Benefits

We invite you to join us to share the many benefits of membership, which include:

  • Forum: Meet the leaders in cancer librarianship as you discuss news, trends, and ideas and glean the advice of seasoned professionals and recent learners alike
  • Newsletter: Read about recent developments in our section and in the global cancer community
  • Community website: Connect to tools and publications developed to inform, enlighten and improve your oncology information knowledge-base
  • Member directory

Join the Cancer Librarians Section for just $10 per year! 

Public Resources

The Cancer Section maintains three major public resources:

  • Core Cancer LibraryEssential titles for professional and patient cancer libraries
  • Patient Libraries Listing: List your library and market your services to the global cancer library community. Locate other patient cancer information specialists and connect with experts in the field instantly!
  • Recommended websites covering cancer and related topicsA resource for medical librarians to use in their daily practice and teaching as well as for patients. This curated list includes resources that meet quality criteria for currency, credibility, content, audience, etc. 

Cancer Librarians Section Leaders

NamePosition
Jennifer S. Walker
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chair, Section Council Alternate Representative
Laurissa Gann
University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Chair-elect, Program Chair
Donna Gibson
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Immediate Past Chair, Section Council Representative, Nominating Committee Chair
Margaret Vugrin, AHIP
Texas Tech Univ. HSC
Secretary
David Charles Duggar, AHIP
Treasurer
Ann Marie Clark
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Web Editor
Peter C. Shipman
Augusta University
Newsletter Editor