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Volunteer roles & leadership

  • Vision, Values, and Mission


    The Medical Library Association (MLA) believes that quality information is essential for improved health. MLA aspires to be the association of the most visible, valued, and trusted health information experts. To that end, MLA fosters excellence in the professional practice and leadership of health sciences library and information professionals in order to enhance the quality of health care, education and research throughout the world.

    Core Values

    On behalf of the profession, MLA will:

  • 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.

  • Join an Email Discussion List

    The following email lists offer health sciences librarians opportunities to share ideas and advice.

    General Lists

    • MEDLIB-L

      Open discussion for medical librarians. List is sponsored and managed by MLA and generously hosted by the University of Vermont.


      Association, career, and job discussion and postings for library school students.

  • MEDLIB-L: An Email List for Medical Librarians

    The MEDLIB-L email discussion list is sponsored by MLA and generously hosted by the University of Vermont. It is a public list (i.e., indexed by Google) and provides a forum for MLA members and other health sciences information professionals to discuss important professional issues.

    MLA's volunteer MEDLIB-L Coordinator handles education and policy issues for the list, which includes posting instructional messages, helping subscribers make best use of the medium, and responding to questions about what is appropriate to post.

  • David A. Kronick Traveling Fellowship

    David A. Kronick Traveling Fellowship is endowed by the Bowden-Massey Foundation and was established in 2002.  One $2,000 fellowship is awarded each year to cover the expenses involved in traveling to three or more medical libraries in the United States or Canada, for the purpose of studying a specific aspect of health information management. Activities that are operational in nature or have only local usefulness will be considered.

  • Grants, Scholarships and Fellowships

    MLA offers a variety of funding opportunities to assist qualified students in graduate library science programs and to enable practicing health sciences librarians to pursue professional development.

    Deadline for applications is December 1, except as noted. Email submission is preferred.




  • Thomson Reuters/MLA Doctoral Fellowship

    Thomson Reuters sponsors a fellowship in the amount of $2,000 to foster and encourage superior students to conduct doctoral work in an area of health sciences librarianship or information sciences and to provide support to individuals who have been admitted to candidacy.  The award supports research or travel applicable to the candidate's study within a twelve-month period. The award and may not be used for tuition.

  • Cunningham Memorial International Fellowship

    The purpose of the Cunningham fellowship is to assist in the education and training of health science librarians from countries outside the United States and Canada. The MLA Cunningham Memorial International Fellowships were established in 1967 with a bequest from the estate of Eileen R. Cunningham.  The first fellowship was awarded in 1972 at the annual meeting in San Diego, CA.  This program continues to train and motivate international librarians with the latest advances in the health information profession.