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Allied Representatives

MLA partners with organizations that have similar interests to ours. The Medical Library Association strives to be a significant and influential force in all decisions affecting the field of health sciences librarianship and biomedical information management. Central to this goal is a consociation with allied associations, agencies, networks, and organizations that share our concerns.

Many of these vital connections are maintained by MLA members, who may also serve as ex officio representatives and resources to MLA standing committees. In some allied organizations, MLA is represented by its membership through the joint sponsorship of meetings and participation in programs of mutual interest. These activities are not funded by MLA.

The representatives to these organizations outside the jurisdiction of MLA serve terms as required by the sponsoring organization or for a three-year term (parenthetical numbers below indicate number of years yet to serve). Appointments are reviewed annually. The duties of these representatives are

  • to represent, interpret, and promote the interests of MLA
  • to attend meetings of the allied organization
  • to serve ex officio on the appropriate committees of MLA to facilitate communication between MLA and the allied organization
  • to make recommendations through the appropriate MLA committee for action to be taken by the board of directors concerning activities of mutual interest to the allied organization and MLA
  • to prepare and submit midyear and annual reports


Allied Organization
MLA Representative
American Association for the Advancement of Science, Section T: Information, Computing and Communication, Consortium of Affiliates for International Programs Diana J. Cunningham, AHIP (2)
American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, Inc., Libraries Section Xiaomei Gu (3)
American Library Association, Committee on Cataloging: Description and Access Amanda K. Sprochi (1)
American Library Association, Reference and User Services Association, Section for Transforming Access and Resource Services (STARS) Executive Committee
Loree Hyde (3)
American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) Douglas L. Varner, AHIP (3)
Association for Health Information and Libraries in Africa (AHILA) Anne Seymour (3)
Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE)  
Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Health Sciences Interest Group Elisa Cortez (3)
Australian Library and Information Association/ALIA Health Libraries Australia Catherine Voutier (3)
Canadian Health Libraries Association (CHLA)/Association des Bibliothèques de la Santé du Canada Susan Murray (3)
European Association for Health Information and Libraries Carol Lefebvre (2)
Federal Library and Information Network (FEDLINK) I. Diane Cooper, AHIP (1)
Friends of the National Library of Medicine, Board of Directors Lucretia W. McClure, AHIP, FMLA (1)
Interagency Council on Information Resources for Nursing (ICIRN) Susan Fowler (1)
Lauren H. Yaeger (3)
International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) Kevin Baliozian
Japan Medical Library Association (JMLA) Kathy Kwan (3)
Joint Commission (JC) Carol Ann Jeuell, AHIP (1)
Kevin Baliozian
Korean Medical Library Association (KMLA) Kathy Kwan (3)
Medical Library Association-Nigeria (MLA-NG) Judy Consales (3)
North American Serials Interest Group (NASIG) Patricia M. Rodgers (3)
Partners in Information Access for the Public Health Workforce Joey Nicholson (2)
Special Libraries Association, Biomedical and Life Sciences Division Gillian Kumagai (3)
Taiwan Medical Library Association (TMLA) Jie Li, AHIP (3)

URAC Health Website Accreditation Committee
URAC Health Standards Committee


Michelle A. Spatz (3)
Melody Allison (3)