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Marcia C. Noyes Award

The Marcia C. Noyes Award, the Association’s highest professional distinction, was established in 1947 in memory of Marcia Noyes (1869-1946), one of eight MLA charter members, who made numerous contributions to the advancement of the profession. The award recognizes a career that has resulted in lasting, outstanding contributions to medical librarianship. The award considers sustained and notable achievement in at least one area of activity cited in the mission of the Medical Library Association and distinguished service and leadership in health sciences librarianship. The awardee receives an engraved sterling silver bowl at the MLA annual meeting.

Criteria                 

  • Nominees must be members of MLA.
  • Nominees must have demonstrated sustained and notable achievement in at least one area of activity cited in the objectives of the Medical Library Association:
    • Fostering the art and science of health sciences library service;
    • Supporting health sciences research, education, and patient care; or
    • promoting cooperation and communication among members.
  • Nominees must have demonstrated distinguished service and leadership in health sciences librarianship in at least the areas of mentoring, publishing, and service in professional associations.
  • A nominee’s contributions are also assessed for utility (serving the needs of the profession, with usefullness and relevance in practice); durability of influence on the field of health sciences librarianship; comprehensiveness of achievements as a whole; and propriety, i.e., in keeping with the ethical code of the profession and association.

Nominations

  • Nominations and any supporting documentation must be received no later than November 1.
  • Nomination must be in writing and contain at least the following elements:
    • A precise description of the nominee’s achievements;
    • A current curriculum vitae;
    • Any further information which may assist the Awards Committee in the evaluation of the nomination and the selection of the recipient.
  • May submit up to three letters in support of the nomination.  These letters should accompany the nomination.

The recipient will be notified in March before the annual meeting at which the presentation will be made.  The recipient assumes 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.

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

Past Award Recipients

  • 2015: J. Michael Homan, AHIP, FMLA
  • 2014: Joanne Gard Marshall, PhD, FMLA
  • 2013: Rosalind Farnam Dudden, AHIP, FMLA
  • 2012: Jacqueline D. Doyle, AHIP, FMLA
  • 2011: Carol G. Jenkins
  • 2010: Sherrilynne S. Fuller, Ph.D.
  • 2009: Wayne J. Peay
  • 2008: Rick B. Forsman
  • 2007: Betsy Humphreys
  • 2006: none awarded
  • 2005: Judith Messerle
  • 2004: Nancy Lorenzi, Ph.D.
  • 2003: Naomi C. Broering
  • 2002: Robert M. Braude, Ph.D.
  • 2001: Alison Bunting
  • 2000: Rachael K. Anderson
  • 1999: T. Mark Hodges
  • 1998: Fred W. Roper, Ph.D.
  • 1997: Erich Meyerhoff
  • 1996: Lucretia W. McClure
  • 1995: Lois Ann Colaianni
  • 1994: Erika Love
  • 1993: Nina W. Matheson
  • 1992: Susan Crawford, Ph.D.
  • 1991: Irwin H. Pizer
  • 1990: David Bishop (posthumous)
  • 1989: Joseph Leiter, Ph.D.
  • 1988: Gertrude Lamb, Ph.D.
  • 1986: Ursula H. Poland
  • 1985: Thelma Charen
  • 1984: Frederick G. Kilgour
  • 1983: Harold Bloomquist
  • 1982: Samuel W. Hitt
  • 1980: Helen Yast
  • 1978: Emilie V. Wiggins
  • 1977: Alfred N. Brandon
  • 1976: Mildred C. Langner
  • 1974: Louise Darling
  • 1973: Martin M. Cummings, M.D.
  • 1972: Thomas P. Fleming
  • 1971: Estelle Brodman, Ph.D.
  • 1970: none awarded
  • 1969: Scott Adams
  • 1968: Gertrude Annan
  • 1967: none awarded
  • 1966: Thomas Keys
  • 1965: Mildred McMillan Jordan
  • 1964: none awarded
  • 1963: Stanislaw Konopka, M.D.
  • 1962: none awarded
  • 1961: Frank Bradway Rogers, M.D.
  • 1960: Leslie Thomas Morton
  • 1959: none awarded
  • 1958: William D. Postell
  • 1957: Colonel Harold Wellington Jones
  • 1956: none awarded
  • 1955: none awarded
  • 1954: Janet Doe
  • 1953: Mary Louise Marshall
  • 1952: none awarded
  • 1951: James F. Ballard
  • 1950: none awarded
  • 1949: Eileen R. Cunningham

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