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

The Louise Darling Medal is presented annually to recognize distinguished achievement in collection development in the health sciences.  The medal honors Louise Darling’s significant accomplishment in this professional specialty.The award was established in 1987 and first awarded in 1988, with a contribution by Ballen Booksellers International, Inc. In 1995, Ballen Booksellers was purchased by Blackwell North America, Inc.   

Criteria                

  • Nominees may be individuals, institutions, or groups of individuals; nominee must be a member of MLA.  In the case of a group nomination, at least one person must be a member of MLA.   
  • Nominations may be made for overall distinction or leadership within collection development, production of a definitive publication related to collection development, teaching of collection development, for the development of an extraordinary national information resource or collection in any format (e.g. printed materials, audiovisuals, electronic files, etc.) or for any other collection development activity deemed appropriate by the Board of Directors, the Awards Committee, and the Louise Darling Medal Jury.
  • Nominations are accepted from the MLA membership at large and from the members of the Louise Darling Medal Jury.​

Nomination

  • Nominations and any supporting documentation must be received no later than November 1.
  • The recipient(s) will be notified in March before the annual meeting at which the presentation will be made.  The recipient receives an engraved medal and certificate at the association’s annual meeting and a $1,000 cash award after the annual meeting.  The recipient(s) assume all costs of attending the meeting and the ceremony at which the presentation is made.  If there are no appropriate candidates, the association may elect not to make the award in a given year.

Supporting Documentation

Please include on your nomination, a precise description of the nominee’s outstanding contributions to collection development in the health sciences, including specific comments on the following:

Professional Achievements

  • Nominees will be evaluated for accomplishments which have promoted awareness in or have served as educational contributions to collection development in the health sciences.  Achievements worthy of consideration for the award may include overall distinction or leadership in collection development, or a specific accomplishment which may include, but not be limited to, a significant publication in the area, the creation or teaching of a course in collection development, the creation of a unique methodology relating to collection assessment or management, or the development of an extraordinary information resource or library collection in any format

Leadership

  • Assess the impact of the nominee on the profession and the extent of their influence on the actual practice of collection development.

Cooperative Efforts

  • Describe the involvement of the nominee in activities which have promoted cooperation in collection development among a group of institutions or for the creation of specific innovative approaches which have resulted in successful cooperative programs.

Service

  • Describe the nominee’s overall service to the Medical Library Association and to the profession of health sciences librarianship.

Additional

  • A current resume or curriculum vitae for individuals and appropriate background information for institutions.
  • Any further information which may assist the jury in the evaluation of the nomination and the selection of the recipient(s).

Optional

  • May submit up to three letters in support of the nomination.  These letters should accompany the nomination form.

Ready to Submit a Nomination?  Proceed to the nomination form.

Past Award Recipients

  • 2015: HINARI Access to Research in Health Programme, World Health Oragaization
  • 2014: Library Network Office, Department of Veteran Affairs
  • 2013: none awarded
  • 2012: Laurie L. Thompson, AHIP
  • 2011: none awarded
  • 2010: Trenton Boyd
  • 2009: none awarded
  • 2008: Grey Literature Report
  • 2007: Esther Carrigan
  • 2006: Core Public Health Journals Project
  • 2005: Deborah Blecic
  • 2004: Gayle Willard
  • 2003: Frank O. Mason
  • 2002: none awarded
  • 2001: none awarded
  • 2000: none awarded
  • 1999: Jonathan Eldredge
  • 1998: none awarded
  • 1997: Alfred N. Brandon (posthumously)
  • 1996: National Library of Medicine's Preservation Program for Biomedical Literature
  • 1995: David Morse
  • 1994: Nancy W. Zinn
  • 1993: Anne M. Pascarelli
  • 1992: none awarded
  • 1991: Dottie Eakin
  • 1990: Virginia M. Bowden
  • 1989: Daniel T. Richards
  • 1988: Dorothy R. Hill

Have a question?  Contact MLA's Awards Coordinator