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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 THE 2016/2017 PROGRAM?  Click here to proceed to the Rising Star Application

HOST/MENTOR CRITERIA     

  • 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.

HOST/MENTOR APPLICATIONS

  • 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 A HOST/MENTOR APPLICATION FOR THE 2016/2017 PROGRAM?  Click here to proceed to the Application

Past Rising Stars

  • 2014/€“2015
  • 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 Section’s New Members/Emerging Leaders Survey Project

Have a question?  Contact MLA's Award Coordinator