The Pacific Northwest Chapter/Medical Library Association promotes excellence and leadership of health information professionals through education, research and communication; fosters the utilization of information systems and services in support of informed health care decision making; promotes cooperation among library/information services; and represents chapter members' interests to MLA and other groups and agencies.
As you may have heard, the Network of the National Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) will be re-drawing their component regions for the next five-year grant cycle. This change will take place on May 1, 2021; the member states of our Chapter (bolded) will be affected as follows:
- Pacific Northwest Region: Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington. The Pacific Northwest Region is based in Seattle, WA, at the University of Washington.
- Pacific Southwest Region: Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, and US Territories in the Pacific Basin. The Pacific Southwest Region is based in Los Angeles, CA, at the University of California, Los Angeles.
- Region 4: Arizona, Idaho, Montana, Colorado, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming
- Region 5: Alaska, Oregon, Washington, California, Hawaii, Nevada, and U.S. Territories and Freely Associated States in the Pacific
Despite these changes to the NNLM Regions, PNCMLA is not planning to make any changes to our boundaries based on the new regions -- we value our colleagues in Idaho and Montana! We are also looking forward to working closely with our Pacific Southwest Region neighbors as part of Region 5.
Medical Library Association
Founded in 1898, the Medical Library Association is a professional organization of more than 1,200 institutions and 4,000 professionals in the health information field. MLA fosters excellence in the professional achievement and leadership of health science library and information professionals to enhance the quality of health care, education, and research. Members interested in MLA's peer-reviewed professional development and career recognition program should visit the AHIP page. Contact the PNC AHIP Liaison if you have questions about this program. MLA also provides financial support (awards) to health sciences librarians at a variety of levels, including grants, scholarships, and fellowships. MLA has guidelines, tip sheets, and resources for mentoring on their site. Visit the MLA web site at www.mlanet.org for additional information.