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MLA Board Highlights: May 2014

The MLA Board of Directors met May 14, 15, and 21, 2014, in Chicago, IL. All meetings of the MLA Board of Directors are open to members, with the exception of executive sessions, in which matters discussed could affect personal or institutional privacy. For further information, please contact MLA Executive Director Carla J. Funk, CAE, 312.419.9094.

Significant Actions Approved

  • Approved the changes to the Canadian Health Libraries Association/Association des bibliothéques de la santé du Canada (CHLA/ABSC)/MLA Bilateral Agreement.
  • Approved the recommendation of the Ad Hoc Journal of the Medical Library Association (JMLA) Editor Search Committee to appoint I. Diane Cooper, AHIP, as editor of the JMLA.
  • Approved the changes to the Thomson Reuters/MLA Doctoral Fellowship criteria.
  • Approved the changes to the David A. Kronick Traveling Fellowship criteria.
  • Approved the changes to the MLA Scholarship for Minority Students criteria.
  • Approved the changes to the jury appointment for the Murray Gottlieb Prize.
  • Approved the policy that Nominating Committee members may not be nominated for a position while serving on the Nominating Committee.
  • Approved the resolution honoring the Public Services Section on the occasion of its 30th anniversary at MLA ’14.
  • Approved the provision that MLA headquarters will provide section content, including section histories, to MLA sections to restore to section websites no later than December 31, 2014.
  • Approved the revision of the information retention policy for MLA, taking into account the value of retaining organizational history and formats other than paper.

Significant Actions Discussed

  • The priorities of 2014/15 President Linda Walton, AHIP:
    • Based on the recommendations of the MLA Futures Task Force, work on the structure and focus of the association to ensure it is meeting the future needs of the membership.
    • Develop and implement an environmental scan of the current membership to look at reporting structures, staffing, and retention of members in the workforce so that the board has a clear picture of what priorities need to be in redefining the health sciences librarian.
    • Develop specialization programs that recognize expertise in areas such as e-science and big data, instructional skills, and clinical research. This may involve collaborating with other organizations to develop classes and workshops that may be online or in-person.
    • Membership expansion issues and next steps.
  • The appointment of an Executive Director Search Committee.