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Student awarded stipend to travel to GHSLA/AHSLC joint meeting

Denise Farley, a student at Valdosta State University’s master’s degree program in library science, has been awarded a stipend to attend the 2016 GHSLA/AHSLC joint meeting in Decatur, GA, April 7-8, 2016.  A resident of Decatur, Denise’s interest in health sciences librarianship has led her to build her course assignments around health sciences topics, such as analyzing the CDC website and designing LibGuides for consumer and academic health information research.  Her award includes meeting registration, hotel accommodations, CE course registration, and two years of GHSLA membership.

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Rittenhouse Award: Recognizes the best unpublished paper on medical librarianship.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

Jocelyn Rankin Memorial Scholarship

Jocelyn, our 2001 Miriam Libbey speaker.

Jocelyn, our 2001 Miriam Libbey speaker.

The Jocelyn Rankin Memorial Scholarship, established in 2012, honors Dr. Jocelyn Rankin, whose mantra “that every challenge is an opportunity,” will withstand the test of time as librarianship continues to evolve. Her commitment to research was nationally recognized across her storied career.

Southern Chapter was Jocelyn’s professional home. She served as chair of the chapter and as chair of a number of its committees, including the Southern Chapter’s Research Committee which she founded.

This award assists Southern Chapter members in gaining needed skills and knowledge to perform, implement, and promote research projects within their institutions, communities, and across the field of medical librarianship.

Policy:  Applicants must be current, non-student Southern Chapter members who want to attend a research-related continuing education course or workshop. The amount awarded, not to exceed $500.00, can be used to defray expenses necessary for the fulfillment of the course (tuition, travel, etc.).  Preference will be given to courses sponsored by Southern Chapter or MLA, however the jury will consider courses sponsored by other organizations.

Applications will be judged jointly by the Honors and Awards Committee and the Research Committee Chair. Only one award will be given per the Southern Chapter/MLA association year.

Application:  To apply for this award, click HERE. The deadline for application is 30 days prior to course or workshop the applicant wishes to attend.

Guidelines:  Upon completion of the course, the recipient must submit a written report to the Chair of the Honors and Awards Committee for submission to Southern Expressions. Receipts for incurred expenses (up to $500.00) should be submitted to the Chapter Bookkeeper for reimbursement.

Submit applications to the Chair of the Honors & Awards Committee.

Donate: To donate to the Jocelyn Rankin Memorial Scholarship click HERE.

Past Winners: To see past scholarship winners, see the Past Award Winners page.

Nominate a Colleague for the Lois Ann Colaianni Award for Excellence and Achievement in Hospital Librarianship

We want to recognize an exceptional, dynamic hospital librarian!  Is that one of your colleagues, or is it you?  Take a few minutes to recognize the person you feel is a visionary hospital librarian, and be sure to consider yourself for this award. Self-nominations are welcomed and encouraged.

This award recognizes a member of the Association who has made significant contributions to the profession through overall distinction or leadership in hospital library administration or service; production of a definitive publication related to hospital librarianship, teaching, research, or advocacy; or development or application of innovative technology to

hospital librarianship. This award was first presented in 1991, but in 1999 it was renamed in honor of Lois Ann Colaianni.

The nomination form is available on MLANET –   Direct any questions to Priscilla Stephenson, Jury Chair at [email protected]

Nomination deadline is November 1.