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Caucus Project of the Year Award

The Medical Library Association (MLA) Caucus Project of the Year Award* was established by the MLA Board of Directors in 2010. The award was proposed as one of the ways to encourage health sciences librarians to demonstrate their creativity, ingenuity, cooperation, and leadership within the framework of the mandate of the caucus. These attributes must be shown through special projects beyond the normal operational programming of the caucus

*Formally, the Section Project of the Year Award. MLA sections transitioned to caucuses in 2019.

Criteria

  • The nominee must be a caucus of the MLA as defined by the MLA Bylaws.
  • Support by the caucus for the application, as evidenced by an endorsement from the chair on behalf of the executive committee or officiating body of the caucus.
  • Application is made for excellence in special projects or innovative operational programming demonstrating advocacy, leadership, service, technology, or innovations that contribute to the advancement of health sciences librarianship.
  • Evidence and assessment of the achievements and impact of the project on the profession and the members of the affected caucuses must be demonstrated through goals, objectives, and project evaluation or outcome.
  • The project must have been completed within the three years preceding the date of the application or must be an ongoing program that accomplishes the same goals set out for project criteria. Projects/programs achievements and impact of the project on the profession and the members of the affected caucus must be demonstrated through goals, objectives, and project evaluation or outcome.

Applications

  • The online application must be completed and all supporting files uploaded no later than November 1.
  • The application must be accompanied by an acknowledgment and endorsement letter from the caucus chair on behalf of the executive committee or officiating body of the caucus.
  • The applicant must agree to have the project shared on MLANET and highlighted at the annual meeting.
  • Incomplete and late submissions will not be considered.

Submission Checklist

  • A letter of support from caucus chair approving this submission is required.
  • Up to 6 photos featuring the project. (optional)
  • One short (1–2 min.) video highlighting the project. (optional)

All projects submitted for this award will be posted on MLANET and voted on by the Community Council members. The winning caucus will have special ribbons available at the annual meeting for their caucus members. An award certificate will be presented to the recipient caucus chair or another officer/member designated as the representative. The representative of caucus 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 an Application?

  • The application process is closed. 
  • Applications for the 2021 award will open in September 2020.

Past Award Recipients

  • 2020: none awarded 
  • 2019: Pharmacy and Drug Information Section: The Pharmacy Citation Format Guide
  • 2018: Dental Section: A Comprehensive Summary of Services and Resources Provided by Librarians in support of CODA Accredited Predoctoral (DDS/DMD) Dental Education Programs in the United States and Canada
  • 2017: Medical Informatics Section: “Data Discovery Bootcamp!”
  • 2016: Veterinary Medical Libraries Section: “Promoting and Advocating for the Profession: Creating a Multi-Faceted Illustrated History of the Veterinary Medical Libraries Section (VMLS) and Its Impact”
  • 2015: Educational Media and Technologies Section: “Delving into Distance Support: Instructional Design, Library Role and Social Media” webinar
  • 2014: Medical Library Education Section: “New Voices” Program
  • 2013: Federal Libraries Section: Federal Libraries Value Project
  • 2012: Cancer Librarians Section: “Revitalize Your Message,” innovative programming for MLA ’11
  • 2011: none awarded

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