Contact Us | Donate | Advertise Follow us on TwitterFollow us on facebookFollow us on LinkedIn


MLA Section Sponsored Awards and Grants

For eligibility and criteria details, see below or contact the section. Some awards are open to all MLA members. Others are open only to section members. 

Collection Development

  • Daniel T. Richards Prize, $250.00 (open to all MLA members): Awarded to the authors of a work, in any format (print, audiovisual, electronic, etc.), related to collection development in the health sciences.

Consumer and Patient Health Information

  • Consumer Health Librarian of the Year (open to CAPHIS members): Presented to a consumer health librarian who exemplifies the best in consumer librarianship.
  • CAPHIS Professional Development Award, up to $500 (open to CAPHIS members): Provides funding for professional development activities. 


  • Harriet L. Steuernagel Award, $250.00 (open to Dental Section members): presented to a health sciences librarian who has joined the section within the last five years and who has contributed to the growth and development of the Dental Section.

Educational Media and Technologies

  • Annual Meeting Grant, $250.00 (open to EMTS members): Presented to cover travel expenses to the MLA annual meeting.

History of the Health Sciences

  • Erich Meyerhoff Prize, $500.00 (open to all MLA members): Awarded for the best unpublished scholarly paper about a topic in the history of the health sciences.

Hospital Libraries

  • Hospital Libraries Section/MLA Professional Development Grants, up to $800 (open to all MLA members): Supports educational or research activitites for librarians in hospital or similar clinical settings. 
  • Professional Development Award, $500.00 (open to HLS members): Recognizes those papers and/or posters at the MLA Annual Meeting that best represent hospital librarianship.
  • Professional Recognition Award (open to HLS members): Recognizes those who have contributed laudably to the field of hospital librarianship may be nominated in the following categories: Leadership; Publication; Research; and Technological Innovation.
  • Catch A Rising Star (open to HLS members): Awarded to a member who has already shown great promise in the field of hospital librarianship through their achievements.
  • Scroll of Exemplary Service (open to HLS members): Awarded to a member who made a difference in advancing the cause of hospital librarianship over the past year.
  • Travel grant to MLA annual meeting, $1000.00 (open to HLS members): Covers travel expenses to the MLA annual meeting.

International Cooperation Section

  • Avraham Reis ICS International Conference Travel Grant, up to $500 (open to ICS members): Presented to support travel and conference-related expenses for attending an international health sciences library conference, such as IFLA, AHILA, or EAHIL.  

Leadership and Management

  • Professional Development Award, $1500.00: Supports leadership skills development through appropriate educational activities.

Medical Informatics

Nursing and Allied Health Resources

  • Award for Professional Excellence, $100.00 (open to NAHRS members): Presented for outstanding leadership and service for a librarian in meeting the information needs of nursing and allied health professionals.
  • Recognition for Lifetime Professional Contribution (open to NAHRS members): Acknowledges a career of service at the time of retirement.
  • Special Recognition Award (open to NAHRS members): Highlights unique efforts contributing to the success of the Section.

Public Health/Health Administration

  • Research Award, $300.00 (at least one applicant must be a member of MLA; PH/HA membership preferred): Recognizes the best paper in the field of public health or health administration librarianship.
  • Travel Stipend, up to $1000 (open to PH/HA members): Assists one section member in attending the MLA annual meeting who would otherwise have difficulty in doing so.
  • Sewell Stipend to Attend APHA: Defrays expenses of attending the American Public Health Association meeting.

Public Services

  • MLA Meeting Travel Stipend, $500.00: Covers travel expenses to the MLA annual meeting.

Technical Services

  • Chamya Kincy Memorial CE Grant: (open to TSS members) Cover the actual tuition costs of a MLA Annual Meeting CE course, up to a maximum of the most expensive, single-day MLA CE course.