Sections are large groups of members who coalesce around major themes of long-term concern to the membership, such as, but are not limited to, types of libraries or library functions. Section members share information with each other and the general membership in order to educate, strategize, and further the aims of the Association.
MLA Sections offer diverse opportunities for getting involved in the specific topics you are interested in. Sections may offer:
- networking opportunities
- grants and scholarships
- other programs and services.
MLA members may join one or more of the following 21 sections of the association. To join or add a section, join when you join MLA! Current members, log in, view your profile and your membership area to add a section membership ("membership package"). Dues for each section are noted below. New members may automatically select one section free for one year (a program of Section Council).
Section leaders: Send updates to your public section page or description to Kate Corcoran.
Cancer Librarians | established 1981 | $10
Collection Development | established 1986 | $10
Consumer and Patient Health Information | established 1984 | $15
Dental | established 1933 | $10
Educational Media and Technologies | established 1973 as Health Sciences Audiovisual Section | $15
Federal Libraries | established 1976 as Military Medical Libraries Section | $12
Health Association and Corporate Libraries | established 1952 as Medical Society Libraries Section; name changed 2001; merged with the Corporate Information Services Section in 2016 | $10
History of the Health Sciences | established 1966 | $15
Hospital Libraries | established 1948 | $20
International Cooperation | established 1989 | $10
Leadership and Management | established 1948 as Medical School Libraries Section; name changed 2000 | $10
Medical Informatics | established 1988 | $10
Medical Library Education | established 1973 | $15
Nursing and Allied Health Resources | established 1962 | $10
Pharmacy and Drug Information | established 1948 as Pharmacy Library Group; name changed 1980 | $15
Public Health/Health Administration | established 1974 | $15
Public Services | established 1974 | $10
Research | established 1982 as Library Research Section | No charge when joining after 7/1/2019
Social Justice | established 1972 as the Relevant Issues Section; name changed 2018 | No charge when joining after 7/1/2019
Technical Services | established 1982 | $10
Veterinary Medical Libraries | established 1974 | $15