Contact Us | Donate | Advertise Follow us on TwitterFollow us on facebookFollow us on LinkedIn

tfzfnvxz.jpg

For the most complete display of articles, please login.

Editor - Christine Willis, AHIP
Copy & Production Editor - Charlene M. Dundek
Full Editorial team - Access here
MLAConnect is updated continually. Most articles are restricted to MLA members and/or to members of specific MLA sections. For the most complete display of articles, please login.
Submit to MLAConnect.
Refer to the MLA Style Manual when writing articles.
Products, services, and events published in MLAConnect do not constitute MLA’s endorsement or approval. Opinions expressed in MLAConnect are the authors’ and do not necessarily express those of the association.

No Calendar Items Exist.

MLAConnect < Article detail

Guidelines for MLA & Member Engagement in Societal Issues

Submitted by Magaret Ansell, AHIP, Cochair, and Irene Machowa Lubker, AHIP, Cochair, MLA Societal Issues Task Force

---

The Board of Directors announces the release of guidelines that will facilitate advocacy initiatives undertaken by the Association and its member units (caucuses, chapters, and committees).

MLA Engagement with Societal Issues Guidelines

  • Defines the definition and scope of association engagement;
  • Process for association engagement; and
  • Makes recommendations for engagement in societal issues.

The MLA Board of Directors established the Societal Issues Task Force in 2022 to create and recommend guidelines, objectives, and processes to address MLA’s engagement in social justice and human rights issues, and charged the task force to:

  • Clarify how MLA selects issues it will address, taking into account the MLA mission in health sciences, the MLA audience of health sciences information professionals, the diversity of opinions of MLA members, MLA’s limited resources in volunteer and staff time and in budget, and MLA’s 501c(3) nonprofit status;
  • Further clarify the role of MLA caucuses who currently are encouraged to issue their own statements as part of MLA, the role of the DEI committee, and MLA as the overall organization;
  • Prioritize action-taking and practical impact over issuing or co-signing statements;
  • Define strategies for engaging MLA communities in the process, including subject matter experts, and for partnering with other organizations;
  • Set expectations for response time and scope.

The Board of Directors thanks the following members of the Task Force:

  • Irena Lubker, AHIP, Cochair
  • Maggie Ansell, AHIP, Cochair
  • Barbara Epstein, AHIP, FMLA
  • Margaret Henderson, AHIP
  • Andy Hickner
  • Melissa De Santis, AHIP
  • Deidre Rios, AHIP
  • Amy Blevins, Board Liaison
  • Mary M. Langman, Staff Liaison

If no content displays, it may be because the access to this article is member-only. Please login below, and then use the back page control to get back from the home page to the page displaying the article.