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Professional Development

MLA Rising Stars

The MLA Rising Star program gives members the opportunity to develop skills, knowledge, and personal characteristics needed to become a leader in MLA. The yearly leadership development program matches each Rising Star with a mentor in a curriculum that includes:

  • Monthly classes led by MLA member leaders.
  • Experiences and training to develop self-awareness of skills and dispositions as a leader.
  • Opportunities to discuss, reflect upon, and apply concepts from classic leadership texts.
  • Opportunities to gain a comprehensive, intimate view of all aspects of MLA, from Board meetings to MLA history, with a focus on strategic planning.
  • A group project that relates to current MLA initiatives.
  • Working with a matched career mentor.

Rising Star Criteria

  • The applicant must be an MLA member throughout the duration of the program.
  • The applicant is considered ineligible if they have held a national level MLA position as chair of a committee, jury, or task force; elected officer of a caucus; or have served on the MLA Board of Directors.
  • The applicant must have attended at least one national MLA annual meeting.
  • The applicant must have demonstrated interest and commitment to professional service through participation in activities or conferences related to medical librarianship.
  • The applicant is encouraged to update their MLA member profile page.

Rising Star Program Requirements

  • To fully participate in the one year program, complete all assignments, and participate in 10-12 virtual meetings (90 minutes each).
  • An estimated time commitment of 8-12 hours per month.
  • Attendance at MLA'21 to meet program members and fellow Rising Stars is encouraged, but optional.
  • Attendance at MLA'22 in New Orleans, LA to present your achievements is required.
  • The recipient assumes all costs of attending the annual meetings.

Rising Star Applications

  • The online application must be completed and all supporting documents uploaded no later than November 1. 
  • A brief (one page) personal statement describing the applicant’s background, previous professional service, goals for MLA involvement, how the applicant would benefit from the program, and potentially contribute to the group’s learning;
  • A current curriculum vitae or resume;
  • A letter of support from the applicant’s library director indicating support for time to participate in all aspects of the program and attendance at the annual meetings.
  • Late and incomplete applications will not be considered.

The recipients will be notified in March before the annual meeting at which the project announcements will be made. If there are no appropriate applicants, the association may elect not to run the program in a given year.

Ready to Submit an Application for the Program?

  • Choose the 2021-2022 Rising Star online application.
  • Once saved, the application form remains open for changes or to upload supporting documents until November 1, 2020, 11:59 p.m. (CDT). 
  • Incomplete and late submissions will not be considered.

2020-2020 Rising Stars Leadership Team

  • Program Director, Gregg Stevens, AHIP
  • Project Director, Rachel Lerner, AHIP
  • Assessment Director, Elizabeth Hinton, AHIP 
  • Education & Management Curriculum Committee Chair, Tony Nguyen, AHIP

Rising Stars

2020-2021

  • Rising Star: Alyssa Kathryn Migdalski
  • Rising Star: Kathleen Elizabeth Phillips
  • Rising Star: JJ Pionke
  • Rising Star: Erin M. Smith

2019-2020

MLA Communities Transition Case Study: Looking Back to Guide the Future

See MLA vConnections Series for research presentation. 

  • Rising Star: Kelsa Bartley 
    Mentor: Deborah Sibley
  • Rising Star: Kathryn Houk, AHIP
    Mentor: Marie Ascher
  • Rising Star: Jane Morgan-Daniel, AHIP
    Mentor: Tara Douglas-Williams
  • Rising Star: Elaina Vitale
    Mentor: Amy Gische Lyons, AHIP
  • Program Director, Elizabeth Hinton, AHIP 
  • Project Director, Gregg Stevens, AHIP
  • Assessment Director, Linné Girouard, AHIP
  • Education & Management Curriculum Committee Chair, Erinn Aspinall

2018-2019 

Making Leaders Amazing: A Proposal for a Leadership Training Program   

2018–2019 Rising Stars’ Experience

  • Rising Star: Alexandria Leigh Brackett, AHIP 
    Mentor: Kristine Alpi, AHIP
  • Rising Star: Rachel Helbing, AHIP
    Mentor: Neville Prendergast
  • Rising Star: Liz Kellermeyer
    Mentor: Rikke Ogawa, AHIP
  • Rising Star:Terry Kit Selfe, AHIP 
    Mentor: Michael Kronenfeld, AHIP, FMLA

2017-2018

Defining a project proposal to enhance the Medical Library Association’s Annual Meeting through session-level assessment.

Hypothesis, vol. 30, no. 1, Fall/Winter 2018

MLA'18 Presentation

  • Rising Star: Rachel Keiko Stark, AHIP 
    Mentor: Gail Yokote, AHIP, FMLA
  • Rising Star: Laura Menard
    Mentor: Michael Kronenfeld, AHIP, FMLA
  • Rising Star: Hanna Lee Schmillen
    Mentor: Ruth Holst, AHIP, FMLA
  • Rising Star: Nicole Theis-Mahon
    Mentor: Derek Halling, AHIP

2016–2017

Action Research to Improve MLA’s Communities

Hypothesis, vol. 29, no. 2, Fall/Winter 2017

  • Rising Star: Phill Jo 
    Mentor: Linné Girouard, AHIP
  • Rising Star: Rachel Charlotte Lerner
    Mentor: Karen Liljequist, AHIP
  • Rising Star: Tony Nguyen, AHIP
    Mentor: April Schweikhard, AHIP
  • Rising Star: Gregg A. Stevens, AHIP
    Mentor: Michael Kronenfeld, AHIP, FMLA

2014–2015

  • Rising Star: Roy Eugene Brown, AHIP
    Mentor: Helen-Ann Brown Epstein, AHIP and the Hospital Libraries Section leadership team
    Project: Hospital Libraries Section VALUES@ Initiative
  • Rising Star: Lisa Huang
    Mentor: Laurie L. Thompson, AHIP, FMLA
    Project: MLANews Feasibility Study
  • Rising Star: April Joy Schweikhard
    Mentor: Angela Dixon, AHIP
    Project: Chapter Council Roundtables
  • Rising Star: Debra Werner
    Mentor: Linné Girouard and Linda Hasman
    Project: Public Policy Toolkit for Members, Sections, and Chapters

2012–2013

2012–2013 MLA Rising Stars hosted by MLA Board of Directors

2010–2011

Hosted by MLA Board of Directors

Have a question?

Contact MLA's Education Director, Barry Grant.

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