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

MLA 125: Building a Better Future

MLA turned 125 on May 2, 2023. That means it’s time to celebrate a century-and-a-quarter of incredible traditions, people, connections and more.

This website highlights MLA programs, initiatives, and resources that will help us understand MLA’s 125-year-past to build a better future inclusive of all communities and will further our knowledge and appreciation of MLA’s achievements and contributions. We'd also like to acknowledge MLA members and volunteers on MLA's Building a Better Future Strategic Goal Task Forces:

Throughout our anniversary year (May 2023 – May 2024) celebrate with us as MLA builds upon and delivers its commitment to support a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community of professional practice and leadership of health sciences information professionals—now and in the future.

MLA History Over the Years

The MLA community has been growing and evolving for 124 years and counting. Learn about our history and today’s initiatives that will propel us to build a better future. 


Vision 2048: Envisioning the Future

As MLA forges ahead into the future, the Vision 2048 Task Force is working on 5 areas of focus. We also want to hear what you wish to see in the next 25 years!


Join the Anniversary Celebration

 MLA Caucuses and Chapters are sharing their group's histories to showcase how much MLA has grown in 125 years. Share your stories by submitting an MLAConnect article.

Submit an Article

Check in often for information and updates about how we are transforming our environment into a community that embraces, celebrates, and practices diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Anniversary Celebration Kick-Off at MLA | SLA '23

Historical markers

Twelve historical markers, assembled by the MLA 125-Retrospective Task Force, were on display at MLA | SLA '23. Select the image below to start your virtual journey with not-quite-as-large web versions. Each image offers a more in-depth look at related content.

MLA members at MLA-SLA-2023

MLA members share a quick connection in the Hall of Historical Markers at MLA | SLA '23.

Visit the markers >>>

Photo gallery of past conferences

A popular stop at the MLA Connections Booth at MLA | SLA '23 was the 10-minute (silent) looping slideshow of MLA members from past conferences. View as a video below (expand to full screen if preferred).


Snapshots from anniversary photo booth

From the serious to the silly, MLA | SLA '23 attendees lined up to take single and group snapshots in the booth and at the final plenary session, combined here as a video. Video is 33 minutes long; to view at a faster rate, visit on MLA's Vimeo channel and change viewing speed.