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MLA identifies new goals for its transformation

MLA has recently posted exciting news about new goals that its executive board has set based on input from its MLA Futures Task Force:

1. Rationalize MLA programs and services and streamline and clarify organizational structure
2. Align MLA programs, services, and governance with new professional members’ needs and expectations
3. Strengthen MLA’s educational curriculum and offerings
4. Rationalize and transform MLA information and communication systems

What do you think about these new goals as applied to health association libraries?

Read more on MLA Prez Linda Walton’s post The Time for Change is Now

HALS sessions at MLA 2015

For the 2015 MLA meeting, HALS will be the lead on one session in 2015: Librarians, Evidence and Systematic Reviews: Limitless Possibilities

Librarians play a critical role in gathering, filtering, appraising and managing evidence to improve the delivery of health care, including health systems improvement and library effectiveness. Not only are librarians engaged in the development of clinical guidelines, they also play a pivotal role on the systematic review team as the expert searcher and information manager. In 2011, the Institute of Medicine released guidelines. Standard 3.1.1 states, “Work with a librarian or other information specialist trained in performing systematic reviews to plan search strategy,” and standard 3.1.3 states, “Use an independent librarian or other information specialist to peer review the search strategy.” These standards emphasize the value information professionals deliver. This session will focus on librarians as team contributors in all aspects of the systematic review process, with particular focus on how librarians navigated challenges throughout the process.

We are also co-sponsoring a History of the Health Sciences session on: Artifacts of Earlier Ages: Keeping the History of the Health Sciences Weird


We’ll post more information here as it becomes available. Hope to see you there at MLA 2015!

Job Opening: AWHONN Library

Please excuse cross-posting–Greetings of the Season to HALS members!

I will retire in early 2015 so am providing a brief job description and how to apply if you are interested. Please send resumes ASAP, or any queries, to AWHONN Human Resources. I’ve worked with a terrific staff during my 5 ½ years here. AWHONN was named a 2013 Best Places to Work by Washingtonian magazine.

It was great to have the opportunity to “meet” and work with you all, whether virtually or in person. As a solo librarian, I’ve benefited from and appreciated your knowledge and dedication. I wish you a wonderful holiday and a terrific new year!        Aleta Embrey, Manager, Library, Archives and Permissions

Manager, Library, Archives, and Permissions

The Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN), an innovative, dynamic professional nursing organization, seeks an experienced health sciences librarian to manage the association’s library, archives and permissions and to provide AWHONN staff, members, and the public with research services and resources that support AWHONN’s mission and goals. Strong knowledge and research skills in health sciences or related sector, exceptional communication and interpersonal skills, and a Master of Library Science degree are required.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

• Utilize best practices to proactively provide staff up-to-date information on AWHONN’s key initiatives and current projects.
• Maintain and provide access to the archives of the organization, including digitization.
• Oversee and manage the internal and external permissions and copyright processes for the organization.
• Manage and upkeep the day-to-day tasks of the library (i.e., journal subscriptions, book purchases, cataloging and budgeting).

Qualification Requirements:

• Master of Library Science degree; health sciences background desirable.
• Minimum of 3 years of related experience.
• Demonstrated knowledge in various aspects of library management.
• Proficiency in use of online information resources, computers and library software.
• Ability to manage multiple assignments, work under pressure and meet deadlines.
• Network with peer organizations and special interest groups for collaboration and information exchange.

AWHONN is located in Washington, D.C. We offer an excellent benefits package with flexible work schedules, and competitive compensation. Please submit resume indicating SALARY REQUIREMENTS to: Human Resources Department, 2000 L Street, NW, Suite 740, Washington, DC 20036 or fax to (202) 728-1864 or email

To learn more about AWHONN, please go to our website

Redesigned HALS website

We hope you find what you need on our updated HALS website, which offers more timely information than the earlier site and allows all HALS members the opportunity to post news relevant to their libraries.

MLA 2014

HALS met at MLA 2014, held in Chicago, IL from May 16-21. Find our most recent minutes from the business meeting which transpired there and a list of our current officers here. Sessions HALS co-sponsored included:

  • Evolution of the Librarian: New and Changing Roles
  • Celebrating Our Information Future Using the Treasures of the Past