GHSLA / AHSLC Joint Meeting, April 2016

This year the Georgia Health Sciences Library Association (GHSLA) is partnering with the Atlanta Health Science Library Consortium (AHSLC) to co-host the annual meeting. The meeting will be held in Decatur, Georgia on April 7-8, 2016.

The theme for this year’s meeting is “Health Science Librarians: Keys to Healthy Communities.”  On April 7, we’ll have a full day of activities, including business meetings for GHSLA and AHSLC, a panel discussing the importance of health science librarians for consumer health, and lightning rounds. A half-day CE, “Planning Outcomes Based Outreach Programs,” will be offered on April 8th.

The theme of the lightning rounds is “Lightning Librarians: How are you key to your community?” This event will give library staff members a chance to share novel ideas about how the library and its staff are an integral part of the community they serve, whether it’s students, health care professionals, faculty, or the public. If you have an idea for a topic, please send a short abstract (less than 100 words) to by January 15, 2016.

Updates regarding registration and other announcements will be sent to the listervs and posted on the GHSLA and AHSLC  websites. Stay tuned!

-GHSLA/AHSLC Programming Committee

Health Literacy Month 2015

GHSLA (represented by Shannon Glover, Tara Douglas-Williams, and Christine Willis) is working with Center for Pan Asian Community Services‘ after school programs as well as a senior community center to promote health literacy.

Additionally, the Georgia governor’s office made an official declaration that October is Georgia Health Literacy month and recognized GHSLA and the Georgia Alliance for Health Literacy for the efforts.

Free NN/LM Class: Promoting Health Literacy Through Easy-To-Read Materials

The Robert B. Greenblatt, M.D. Library will be hosting a 2 hour training by Terri Ottosen of the SEA NN/LM on September 28, 2015 from 1-3pm.  The Course is: Promoting Health Literacy Through Easy-To-Read Materials.

If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Lindsay Blake.

Lindsay Blake, MLIS, AHIP
Clinical Librarian
Robert B. Greenblatt, MD Library
1459 Laney-Walker Blvd.  AB-243
Georgia Regents University
Augusta, GA 30912
(706) 721-3443

MLA Grants and Scholarships – Applications Open

The Medical Library Association (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.

New to the Profession
Rising Star Program: Matches an MLA member with a mentor in a project-based curriculum for a 2-year leadership development program.

Rittenhouse Award: Recognizes the best unpublished paper on medical librarianship.

Mid-Career Professionals
Virginia L. and William K. Beatty Volunteer Service Award: Recognizes a medical librarian who has demonstrated outstanding, sustained service to MLA and the health sciences library profession.

Estelle Brodman Award for the Academic Medical Librarian of the Year: Recognizes an academic medical librarian at mid-career who demonstrates significant achievement, the potential for leadership, and continuing excellence.

Lois Ann Colaianni Award for Excellence and Achievement in Hospital Librarianship: Recognizes an MLA member who has made significant contributions to the profession through overall distinction or leadership in areas related to hospital librarianship.

Louise Darling Medal for Distinguished Achievement in Collection Development in the Health Sciences: Recognizes distinguished achievement in collection development in the health sciences. Ida and George

Ida and George Eliot Prize: Awarded for a published work that has been judged most effective in furthering medical librarianship.

Carla J. Funk Governmental Relations Award: Recognizes a medical librarian who has demonstrated outstanding leadership in the area of governmental relations at the federal, state, or local level.

Murray Gottlieb Prize: Recognizes the best unpublished essay on the history of medicine and the allied sciences written by a health sciences librarian. It is sponsored by the MLA History of the Health Sciences Section.

Lucretia W. McClure Excellence in Education Award: Honors outstanding practicing librarians or library educators in the field of health sciences librarianship and informatics.

Thomson Reuters/Frank Bradway Rogers Information Advancement Award: Recognizes outstanding contributions in the application of technology to the delivery of health sciences information, to the science of information, or to the facilitation of the delivery of health sciences information.

Proven Leader
Fellowship and Honorary Membership: Awarded to MLA members (fellowship) and nonmembers (honorary membership) for sustained and outstanding contributions to health sciences librarianship and to the advancement of the purposes of MLA.

Marcia C. Noyes Award: MLA’s highest professional distinction recognizes a career that has resulted in lasting and outstanding contributions to medical librarianship.

MLA Award for Distinguished Public Service: Recognizes a person whose exemplary actions have served to advance the health, welfare, and intellectual freedom of the public.

Michael E. DeBakey Library Services Outreach Award: Recognizes outstanding service and contributions to rural and underserved communities by a practicing health sciences librarian. The award is presented annually by the Friends of the National Library of Medicine. MLA supports this award.

President’s Award: Presented to an MLA member for a notable or important contribution made during the past association year.

International Focus
T. Mark Hodges International Service Award: Honors outstanding individual achievement in promoting, enabling, and/or delivering improvements in the quality of health information internationally through the development of health information professionals, the improvement of libraries, or an increased use of health information services.

Chapters and Sections
Majors/MLA Chapter Project of the Year: Recognizes excellence by an MLA chapter for a special project or innovative programing that contributes to the profession of health sciences librarianship.

MLA Section Project of the Year Award: Recognizes an MLA section project that demonstrates professional excellence through advocacy, leadership, service, technology, or innovations that enhance health sciences librarianship.

In addition to the national awards listed here, MLA Sections and Chapters also honor individuals who contribute to the profession.

Janet Doe Lectureship: Awarded to individuals for their unique perspectives on the history or philosophy of medical librarianship.

Joseph Leiter NLM/MLA Lectureship: Chosen for their ability to discuss subjects related to biomedical communications.

John P. McGovern Award Lectureship: Significant national or international figures who speak on a topic of importance to health sciences librarianship at the association’s annual meeting.

Have a question? Contact MLA’s awards coordinator.  For more information visit the MLA website.