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2019 Professional Development Grants

MLA awarded grants to deserving practicing health sciences information professionals at MLA ’19 in Chicago, IL.

MaciasThe Naomi C. Broering Hispanic Heritage Grant provides a librarian who has an interest in Hispanic/Latinx community information services to pursue a professional activity in the latest medical information services. The 2019 recipient is Ana M. Macias, AHIP, Health Sciences Library, Kaiser Permanente, Sacramento, CA. This grant will enable Macias to provide valuable health information to the underserved Hispanic community using mobile technology at a local care clinic in Sacramento.



Edmonds Quesenberry

The MLA Continuing Education Grant provides monetary awards to MLA members to develop their knowledge of the theoretical, administrative, or technical aspects of librarianship. This year’s recipients are Heather Edmonds, Library, New England College of Optometry, Boston, MA, and Alexandria Quesenberry, Health Sciences Library, University of Tennessee Health Science Center–Memphis. Edmonds plans to participate in an online “Evidence-Based Medicine for the Medical Librarian” course. She hopes to bring that knowledge back to her institution to develop programs and best practices that are tailored to the needs of optometrists. As research and learning services librarian, Quesenberry strives to improve her skill set and gain new knowledge to provide the best service to library patrons. She will also participate in the online “Evidence-Based Medicine for the Medical Librarian” course.


Delawska Mills

Established in 1996, the Hospital Libraries Section (HLS)/MLA Professional Development Grant provides librarians working in hospitals and similar clinical settings with support needed for educational or research activities. One of this year’s recipients is Barbara (Basia) Delawska-Elliott, AHIP, Health Sciences Library, Providence St. Joseph Health, Portland, OR. She used the grant to support her travel to MLA ’19. Delawska-Elliott feels strongly that it is the best and most comprehensive professional development opportunity for health sciences librarians. The second recipient this year is Tanisha N. Mills, AHIP, Library Services, Northeast Georgia Health System–Gainesville. Mills will use the grant to support her travel to attend the MLA Research Training Institute, where she will learn how to conduct original research in evidence-based health sciences librarianship.


WinterfeldtThe Medical Informatics Section (MIS) of MLA established the MIS/MLA Career Development Grant in 1997. The section awards one individual a grant to support a career development activity that will contribute to the advancement of the field of medical informatics. Lori Winterfeldt, Department of Veterans Affairs, Ossining, NY, has had a long-term interest in taxonomy and its relationship to the management of information and knowledge management systems throughout an organization or larger enterprise. She will use this grant to participate in a “Taxonomy Bootcamp.”

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