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Allied Representatives

MLA partners with allied organizations that have similar interests to ours in an effort to influence decisions affecting the field of health sciences librarianship and biomedical information management.

Many of these connections are maintained by MLA members, who are appointed by the MLA President-elect to serve as allied representatives to these partnering organizations. Sometimes, allied representatives also serve as representatives and resources to MLA standing committees.

The representatives to these allied organizations serve terms as required by the sponsoring organization or for a three-year term (parenthetical numbers below indicate number of years yet to serve). Appointments are reviewed annually. In some allied organizations, MLA is represented by its membership through the joint sponsorship of meetings and participation in programs of mutual interest. These activities are not funded by MLA.

The duties of these representatives are

  • to represent, interpret, and promote the interests of MLA
  • to attend meetings of the allied organization
  • to serve ex officio on the appropriate committees of MLA to facilitate communication between MLA and the allied organization
  • to make recommendations through the appropriate MLA committee for action to be taken by the board of directors concerning activities of mutual interest to the allied organization and MLA
  • to prepare and submit midyear and annual reports
Allied Organization MLA Representative
American Association for the Advancement of Science, Section T: Information, Computing and Communication, Consortium of Affiliates for International Programs
American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, Inc., Libraries Section  
American Library Association, Committee on Cataloging: Description and Access
American Library Association, Reference and User Services Association, Section for Transforming Access and Resource Services (STARS) Executive Committee
American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) Douglas L. Varner, AHIP (2016-2024)
Peter D. Cole, AHIP (2024-2027)
Association for Health Information and Libraries in Africa (AHILA) Irene Lubker (2018-2023)
Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE)  
Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Health Sciences Interest Group
Australian Library and Information Association/ALIA Health Libraries Australia Rolf Schafer (2023-2026)
Canadian Health Libraries Association (CHLA)/Association des Bibliothèques de la Santé du Canada
CILIP Health Libraries Group Tom Roper (2022-2025)
European Association for Health Information and Libraries Carol Lefebvre (2016-2026)
Friends of the National Library of Medicine, Board of Directors Tovah Reis (2019-2024)
Japan Medical Library Association (JMLA)
Joint Commission (JC) Kevin Baliozian
Korean Medical Library Association (KMLA)
Medical Library Association of Nigeria (MLA-NG) Biliamin O. Popoula (2021-2024)
Mexican Association of Librarians Alejandra Martinez(2023-2026)
North American Serials Interest Group (NASIG)
Partners in Information Access for the Public Health Workforce
Special Libraries Association, Biomedical and Life Sciences Division
Taiwan Medical Library Association (TMLA)

URAC Health Standards Advisory Council


Melody Allison (2010- )