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MLA Rising Stars
The MLA Rising Star program has been developed for MLA members who are interested in attaining leadership roles in MLA but who have not yet become active at a national level. The one-year leadership development program matches each Rising Star with a mentor in a curriculum that includes:
- learning how MLA succeeds through the volunteer efforts of its members;
- the roles of the MLA Board and staff;
- project management skills applied to an actual MLA project.
Rising Star Criteria
- The applicant must be an MLA member throughout the duration of her/his program.
- The applicant must not have held a leadership office, task force or committee position at the national MLA level.
- The applicant must have attended at least one national MLA annual meeting.
- The applicant must have demonstrated interest and commitment to professional service through participation in activities or conferences related to medical librarianship.
Rising Star Applications
- Applications and any supporting documentation must be received no later than November 1 for Rising Star applicants.
- Applications must be in writing and contain at least the following elements:
- A brief (one page) personal statement describing the applicant’s background, previous professional service, goals for MLA involvement, how she/he would benefit from the program, and potentially contribute to the group’s learning;
- A current curriculum vitae or resume;
- A letter of support from the applicant’s library director indicating support for time to participate in all aspects of the program and attendance at the annual meetings (funding is available to attend one day of the MLA Board meeting only).
Rising Star program applications are accepted bi-annually in odd numbered years. The Rising Stars begin their one year project at the MLA annual meeting in May during an even numbered year. The recipient will be notified in March before the annual meeting at which the project announcements will be made. The recipient assumes all costs of attending the meeting and the ceremony (except as noted above) at which the presentation is made. If there are no appropriate applicants, the association may elect not to make the awards in a given year.
Ready to Submit an Application for 2016/2017 Program? Proceed to the Rising Star Application
- The hosting applicant must be an MLA unit including the Board, Sections, Councils, Committees, or Task Forces. SIGS are eligible to apply in partnership with Sections.
- The mentor should be an experienced member of the hosting body and a member of MLA and have the time to commit to the yearlong program.
- Applications and any supporting documentation must be received no later than November 1 for Rising Star host/mentor applicants.
- Rising Star Host/Mentor applications must be in writing and contain at least the following elements:
- An application signed by the current unit chair and including the names of proposed mentors for each proposed project, indicating their willingness to meet program requirements if selected;
- A description of one or more projects that will provide a learning and leadership development opportunity for a Rising Star (e.g., learning how MLA functions, project management skills, etc.) The project should not focus solely on carrying out unit operations.
- Identification of how any anticipated costs for the projects will be funded (no funding is provided by MLA).
The host/mentor will be notified in March before the annual meeting at which the project announcements will be made. The mentor assumes all costs of attending the meeting and the ceremony (except as noted above) at which the presentation is made. If there are no appropriate applicants, the association may elect not to make the awards in a given year.
Ready to Submit an Application for 2016/2017 Program? Proceed to the Host/Mentor Application
Past Rising Stars
- Rising Star: Roy Eugene Brown, AHIP
Mentor: Helen-Ann Brown Epstein, AHIP and the Hospital Libraries Section leadership team
Project: Hospital Libraries Section VALUES@ Initiative
- Rising Star: Lisa Huang
Mentor: Laurie L. Thompson, AHIP, FMLA
Project: MLANews Feasibility Study
- Rising Star: April Joy Schweikhard
Mentor: Angela Dixon, AHIP
Project: Chapter Council Roundtables
- Rising Star: Debra Werner
Mentor: Linné Girouard and Linda Hasman
Project: Public Policy Toolkit for Members, Sections, and Chapters
2012/2013 - Host: MLA Board of Directors
- Rising Star: Heather L. Brown
Mentor: Julia Shaw-Kokot, AHIP
Project: Work with a Chapter Council team to implement recommendations for interactive web features in the communications plan drafted by 2010 Rising Star Karen L. Hanus, AHIP.
- Rising Star: Elizabeth V. Fine
Mentor: Diane G. Cooper, AHIP
Project: Work with the Federal Libraries Section web committee to evaluate the section's website.
- Rising Star: Rolando Garcia-Milian
Mentor: Mary Riordan, AHIP
Project: Work with the Awards Committee to increase the number of nominations for MLA awards.
- Rising Star: Kristi L. Holmes
Mentor: Jerry Perry, AHIP
Project: Serve on and work with the Task Force on MATE.
- Rising Star: Annabelle Nunez
Mentor: Nancy Allee, AHIP
Project: Work with the Leadership and Management Sectionâs New Members/Emerging Leaders Survey Project
- 2012/2013 MLA Rising Stars
- Heather Brown: A Website Resign
- Elizabeth Fine: Federal Libraries Section Website Evaluation Project
- Rolando Garcia-Milian: Increasing the Number of Nominations for MLA Awards
- Annabelle Nunez: Leadership and Management Section: MLA Professional Association Value and Planning Survey Project
- Heather Brown: Reflections on the MLA Rising Stars Program
- Elizabeth Fine: Assessment of the Federal Libraries Section Website, Participation in the 2012-2013 Rising Stars Program
- Annabelle Nunez: Association Value and Planning Survey Project
2010/2011 - Host: MLA Board of Directors
- Rising Star: Karen Hanus
Mentor: Julia Shaw-Kokot
Project: Communications Plan for Chapter Council
- Rising Star: Emily Hurst
Mentor: Connie Schardt
Project: Evaluate CORE Toolbox
- Rising Star: Bob Johnson
Mentor: Rikke Ogawa
Project: Assist in planning section programs for MLA '11
- Rising Star: Rex Robison
Mentor: Julia Kochi
Project: Review MLA benchmarking program and recommend ways to use data more effectively
- Summary Report, MLA '11 Open Forum on Emerging Leaders
- Karen Hanus: "Reflections on my experience as a Rising Star"
- Karen Hanus: Communication Plan for Chapter Council
- Emily Hurst: MLA CORE Toolbox Assessment & Recommendations
- Rex Robison: Benchmarking interviews report: "Tracking Trends in Hospital Libraries" (please contact via email for copy of report)
Have a question? Contact MLA's Awards Coordinator