Pacific Northwest Chapter
of MLA


Revised March 2018

Previsous MAP:


The Pacific Northwest Chapter/Medical Library Association will be a dynamic force in the professional development of health science librarians and information professionals in the region by fostering key networking and opportunities and communication among members resulting in librarians who add value to our organizations.


The Pacific Northwest Chapter/Medical Library Association promotes excellence and leadership in its members and supports their interests by:


     Supporting professional development of members through educational, research, and publication opportunities

     Advocating for the role of healthcare, medical, hospital, biomedical and related librarians amongst existing and potential places where these librarians do or could work

     Fostering rapid and accurate information delivery services and methods in support of healthcare decision making and biomedical research

     Continually improving the operations, services and governance of PNC/MLA.


Supporting professional development of members through educational, research, and publication opportunities

Objective 1.A: Connect members to quality continuing education courses, programs, scholarly resources, and publications to the membership.



Focus the Annual Meeting and other regional meetings on timely and relevant topics.


Alert membership to upcoming educational opportunities.


Collaborate with other associations or organizations for delivery of useful learning opportunities.


Assess the educational and professional development needs of members.


Promote individual learning.

Measurement Indicators

     Offer educational courses in partnership with other groups or by alerting members to existing opportunities through MLA or other organizations.

     Publicize educational opportunities on HLIB-NW and on the website.

     Survey members on a regular basis for educational needs and publish results on the website.

     Representation on the PNC/MLA Professional Development Committee that includes members from academic, hospital, and other types of institutions

     Budget for and publicize the professional development and scholarship funds annually.

Objective 1.B: Collaborate with other associations or organizations for professional development.



Maintain the relationship with the MLA Continuing Education program and the offerings through MEDLIB-ED (


Co-sponsor educational programs with other groups.


Facilitate early exchange of information for educational programming among local, state, provincial and other organizations.

Measurement Indicators

     Maintain regular communication between PNC/MLA and MLA Education Committees.

     Professional Development Committee will coordinate co-sponsorship of at least one educational program with another group at least every other year.

     Use HLIB and other communication mechanisms to facilitate the exchange of information on educational programming with external organizations.

Objective 1.C: Share new ideas, research, and practical applications in health sciences librarianship.



Encourage avenues of communications among members.


Develop support for projects and research.


Provide opportunities for sharing the results of projects, educational opportunities and research.

Measurement Indicators

     By 2017, provide funding to support projects and/or research

     Survey members by 2019 about interest in research, research collaboration and publishing and create actionable items based on results by 2021

     Annual Program Planning Committee will continue to provide research-focused programming to allow members to communicate their projects and research.

Objective 1.D: Promote professional development and networking



Provide networking opportunities


Share professional development educational opportunities

Measurement Indicators

     PNC/MLA will provide structured networking time at Annual Meetings

     By 2019, create an ad hoc committee to identify a career development workshop for health sciences librarians and advertise this to members.


Foster rapid and accurate information delivery in support of healthcare decision-making and biomedical research

Objective 2.A: Promote technological innovation and scholarly communication in libraries.



Encourage formal or informal sessions on topics related to emerging technology and/or scholarly communication at the Annual Meeting.


Identify and quickly disseminate ways members can access new methods of health information delivery.


Encourage members to explore new technologies and means of scholarly communication.

Measurement Indicators

     By 2019, explore technology for off-site, multiple location meetings, making participation in such events more possible for members

     Leverage logical organizational partnerships to offer classes on evolving technologies, including one class on the use of technology in a teaching environment.

Objective 2.B: Encourage the advancement of scholarly communication.



Disseminate information regarding scholarly communication.


Increase member and researcher awareness regarding evolving publication models.


Increase member and researcher awareness regarding e-science publication and data issues.

Measurement Indicators

     By 2016, the Annual Program Planning Committee will provide programming focused on scholarly communication.

     By 2018, partner with an e-science organization (Beyond the PDF, Force11, etc) to host an event to increase members' knowledge regarding scholarly communication. (Professional Development)


Advocate for and promote the professional role and expertise of members

Objective 3.A: Advocate for the Health Sciences Librarian Profession.



Direct members to existing MLA tools offered to support being effective advocates for their services and their profession.


Educate other health professionals about the role of health information specialist/librarian.


Educate other information professionals and students about the role of health information specialists/librarians.

Measurement Indicators

     Annually provide up to five free PNC student memberships.

     Annually provide scholarships to library school students to attend the annual meeting.

     At the Annual Meetings, highlight members' outreach activities to other information professionals and members of the community. (Professional Development, Board)

     Annually encourage member involvement in other state and local health or information organizations

     Liaise to and communicate with regional library schools to identify opportunities to promote health sciences librarianship.

     Possibly create a PNC/MLA Chapter Library Student Liaison role on the Board whose job it is to reach out to library science students in the region.

     As funds permit, provide small grants to help members market their services.

Objective 3.B: Provide information on legislative issues and support lobbying efforts where appropriate.



Maintain formal link with MLA Governmental Relations committee and other library organizations


Alert membership to relevant legislative issues.


When appropriate, support lobbying efforts for critical issues.

Measurement Indicators

     Governmental Relations Committee Chair will annually subscribe to the electronic version of ALA Washington Newsletter (ALAWON) and will disseminate relevant issues to PNC/MLA membership via HLIB-NW.

     Governmental Relations Committee will inform membership about relevant issues via HLIB-NW or other appropriate means, and will promote relevant online governmental relations resources to members.

Objective 3.C: Promote and increase membership.



Recruit health science information professionals within the region.


Promote PNC/MLA to students in the region.

     Annually provide scholarships to library school students to attend the annual meeting.

     Maintain a membership list on the website.

     Annually provide up to five free PNC student memberships.

     By 2020, PNC will develop a webpage listing library internship, co-op, and practicum programs and shadowing opportunities with participating libraries in the Pacific Northwest.

     The Annual Program Planning Committee will invite library school students to present at annual PNC meetings.

     By 2017, the Membership Committee will survey potential members of PNC/MLA regarding their reasons for not joining.


Continually improve the operations, services and governance of PNC/MLA

Objective 4.A: Ensure the continuity of governance of PNC/MLA



Continue to develop an organized process for transferring responsibility and documents from past to incoming officers and committee chairs.


Publish all core documentation, including minutes, the Bylaws, Responsibility Manual, Procedure Manual, Chapter MAP, and Conference Planning Manual, on the PNC/MLA website.


Improve exchange of information between Board and Committee Chairs.

Measurement Indicators

     Continue to make all core documentation available on the chapter website.

     By 2019, create a Procedure Manual and post it to the PNC website.

     Hold an orientation meeting of current and incoming officers and committee chairs at the Annual Meeting or by the end of the calendar year.

     In 2017, the Board will review the MAP to make any necessary interim revisions.

     In 2019, Board members will meet to revise the PNC MAP.

     Prior to each Board Meeting, invite all committee chairs to attend the Board meeting in person or virtually to present their committee report.

Objective 4.B: Facilitate Chapter meeting planning.



Annually update the Annual Meeting Planning Manual.


Maintain access to Annual Meeting registration software.

Measurement Indicators

     Maintain the Annual Meeting Planning Manual on the PNC/MLA website.

     Board will establish the annual meeting locations at least two years in advance.

Objective 4.C: Foster excellence and leadership through communication.



Encourage members to provide ideas for the Annual Meetings.


Share meeting plans with other Chapters and groups.


Monitor progress toward MAP goals.

Measurement Indicators

     PNC/MLA Chair will post a regular HLIB update including MAP accomplishments.

     Send preliminary information about the PNC/MLA Annual Meeting(s) to MLA News, other chapter communication vehicles and other relevant groups annually. (Annual Meeting Committee)

     Committees Chairs will, with the Chapter Webmaster, keep their Committee information on the Chapter web site current (including annual goals, committee membership, annual reports and other relevant content.



History of MA revision committees


Debbie Ketchell, Edean Berglund, Susan Long, Patricia Lysyk, Cathy Jordon, Patrice O'Donovan, Jim Morgan, Kathy Murray


Kathy Murray, Jeri Van Den Top, Edean Berglund, Jim Henderson, Leilani St. Anna, Patrice O'Donovan, Mary Campbell, Sylvia Macwilliams


Marcy Horner, Maryanne Blake, Leilani St. Anna, Janice Bacino, Natalie Norcross, Pamela Spickelmier, Nancy Press, Bonnie Chadbourne


Bob Pringle, Kathy Murray, Janice Bacino, Dolores Judkins, Patrice O'Donovan, Kathy Martin, Peggy Baldwin


Lea Starr, Kathy Martin, Cheryl Goodwin, Nanette Welton, Liisa Rogers, Anne Girling, Dolores Judkins, Kathy Murray


Noelle Harling, Kathy Murray, Laurel Egan, Sally Bremner, Valerie Lawrence, Judith Hayes, Leilani St. Anna


Karri Alderson, Kim Granath, Douglas Hambley, Todd Hannon, Tori Koch, Mahria Lebow, Kathy Murray, Mary Beth Simiele, Jackie Wirz

2018 March revision

Laura Zeigen, Daina Dickman, Michele Spatz

2019 (scheduled)

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