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MLA delivers its programs to members and the public through the following organization:

  1. Elected Members and Appointed Officials
    Membership elects the MLA Board of Directors from a slate of candidates selected and vetted by the MLA Nominating Committee, elected as well by the membership. The Board of Director sets MLA strategy, approves the budget and appoints the Executive Director, and the editors of the MLA News and Journal of the Medical Library Association (JMLA) publications. The Executive Committee is part of the MLA Board of Directors.
  2. Committees
    Members participate in a number of MLA committees and taskforces:
    • Standing Committees have annual responsibilities for furthering MLA's plans, goals, strategies, programs, and projects.
    • Juries recommend recipients of awards, grants, scholarships, and fellowships.
    • Editorial boards are appointed to serve as peer-review and evaluation boards for MLA publications.
    • Taskforces are appointed for a specific study or activity
  3. Councils
    Members create and share resources, and network in MLA Caucuses and Chapters. Those entities are represented in two councils, whose respective chairs sit on the Board of Directors as ex-officio voting members:
    • Community Council 
    • Chapter Council
  4. Academy of Health Information Professionals (AHIP)
    Members and non-members are credentialed by the Academy, led by a specific committee of expert members
  5. Fellows
    Members who become MLA Fellows are recognized as leaders in the profession, and contribute to MLA in various ways.

As an MLA member, you are invited to participate in MLA committees and other activities.

Useful Documents and Information (members only)

  1. Governance Documents
    • Bylaws are the rules that provide for the orderly management of the association. In August 2016, the membership approved revised Bylaws, effective on January 1, 2017, replacing the 2009 Bylaws and eliminating the Special Rules of Order.
      • In August 2016, the Board of Directors approved the new policy on membership, effective January, 2017 (2017 membership season), in compliance with the revised Bylaws.

  2. File libraries
  3. Leader Orientation
    • Orientation familiarizes leaders with MLA's structure, organization, and program areas
    • Instructions for annual and midyear reports