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Yast, Helen T.*

See also Helen T. Yast's Oral History Summary


MLA Elected Offices and Committee Chair Appointments

  • Board of Directors, Member, 1972–1975
  • Ad Hoc Committee to Review Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospitals Accreditation Manual for Hospitals, Chair, 1974
  • Treasurer and Finance Committee Chair, 1972–1974
  • Ad Hoc Executive Director Search Committee, Member, 1973
  • Annual Meeting Program Committee, Co-Chair, 1972
  • Ad Hoc Committee to Develop a New Certification Code, Member, 1972
  • Nominating Committee, Member, 1967–1969
  • Committee on Standards for Medical Library Technician Training, Chair, 1967–1969
  • Ad Hoc Committee on Small Medical Libraries, Member, 1963–1965
  • Representative to the Joint Commission on Hospital Libraries, 1963–1965
  • Hospital Library Section, Chair, 1963–1964
  • Annual Meeting Program Committee, Co-Chair, 1962
  • “The Small Medical Library in the Hospital,” Designer and Teacher, 1960
  • Midwest Regional Group
    • Bylaws Committee, Chair, 1967–1969
    • Subcommittee on User Needs, Chair, 1967
    • Chair, 1957–1958
    • Treasurer, 1956–1957
Other Accomplishments and Activities
  • American Library Association. Elections Committee, Member, 1972–1973; Chair, 1974–1975
  • American Library Association, Council Member, 1967–1971
  • American Hospital Association, Committee on Library Services, Member
  • Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospitals, Advisory Committee to Revise Library Standards, Member, 1968–1971
  • Association of Hospital and Institutional Libraries, President, 1959–1960
  • Cumulative Index to Hospital Literature, Editor, 1947–1954

Honors and Awards

  • MLA Most Notables
  • Marcia C Noyes Award, 1980
  • Fellow, 1977
Other Awards
  • American Hospital Association Trustees Award, 1975
  • Association of Hospital and Institutional Libraries, Exceptional Services Award, 1976
  • Beta Phi Mu
  • Phi Beta Kappa, 1937

Publications (5 representative)

Articles published in the Bulletin of the Medical Library Association or Journal of the Medical Library Association are available via PubMed Central.


  • Director, Division of Library Services, American Hospital Association, 1954–1975
  • Assistant Librarian, American Hospital Association, Chicago, 1947–1954
  • Librarian, Public Health Service, 1942–1947

MLA published statements about the fellow


  • MS, Library Science, Rosary College, River Forest, IL, 1967
  • AB, Latin, Indiana University, 1937


(Birth 1917; Death 2008)

Contributed by Diane McKenzie

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