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Marcia C. Noyes Award

The Marcia C. Noyes Award, the association’s highest professional distinction, was established in 1947 in memory of Marcia C. Noyes (1869–1946), one of eight MLA charter members, who made numerous contributions to the advancement of the profession. The award recognizes a career that has resulted in lasting, outstanding contributions to medical librarianship. The award considers sustained and notable achievement in at least one area of activity cited in the mission of the Medical Library Association (MLA) and distinguished service and leadership in health sciences librarianship. The awardee receives an engraved sterling silver bowl at the MLA annual meeting.

Criteria

  • The nominee must be a member of MLA.
  • The nominee must have demonstrated sustained and notable achievement in at least one area of activity cited in MLA's objectives:
    • fostering the art and science of health sciences library service;
    • supporting health sciences research, education, and patient care; or
    • promoting cooperation and communication among members.
  • The nominee must have demonstrated distinguished service and leadership in health sciences librarianship in at least the areas of mentoring, publishing, and service in professional associations.
  • The nominee’s contributions are also assessed for:
    • utility (serving the needs of the profession, with usefulness and relevance in practice);
    • durability of influence on the field of health sciences librarianship;
    • comprehensiveness of achievements as a whole; and
    • propriety (i.e., in keeping with the ethical code of the profession and association).

Nominations

  • The online nomination must be completed and all supporting files uploaded no later than November 1..
  • The nomination must contain at least the following elements:
    • a precise description of the nominee’s achievements;
    • a current curriculum vitae;
    • any further information that may assist the Awards Committee in the evaluation of the nomination and the selection of the recipient.
  • Up to three letters of support may be included with the nomination.
  • The nomination should include descriptions of the nominee’s:
    • A sustained and notable achievement in at least one area of activity cited in the objectives of MLA:
      • fostering the art and science of health sciences library service;
      • supporting health sciences research, education, and patient care; or
      • promoting cooperation and communication among members.
    • Distinguished service and leadership in health sciences librarianship in at least the areas of mentoring, publishing, and service in professional associations.

The recipient will be notified in March before the annual meeting at which the presentation will be made. The recipient assumes all costs of attending the meeting and the ceremony at which the presentation is made. If there are no appropriate candidates, the association may elect not to present the award in a given year.

Ready to Submit a Nomination?

  • The Noyes Award nomination process is closed. 
  • Nominations for the 2021 award will open in September 2020.

Past Award Recipients

Links to oral histories

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