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.
On June 1st, 2020, the African American Medical Librarians Alliance (AAMLA) released a statement about police brutality and systemic racism and violence. We at the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the Medical Library Association (PNC/MLA) fully support and stand in solidarity with AAMLA and all Black, Indigenous, and People of Color in this fight against systemic racism and police brutality.
In light of recent events and the need to diversify the predominant “whiteness” of our library profession, the PNC is committed to establishing a Diversity Committee that will help our Chapter to fulfill our values of diversity, equality, and inclusion. This committee will provide our members with educational opportunities to improve our understanding and practice of anti-racism and amplify the voices of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color within our community.
For anyone who needs help getting started, here are some valuable resources specific to the Pacific Northwest region:
- Thompson, Carmen P. “Expectation and Exclusion: An Introduction to Whiteness, White Supremacy, and Resistance in Oregon.” Oregon Historical Quarterly, Winter 2019, 120:4
- Seattle Civil Rights and Labor History Project. African Americans and Seattle's Civil Rights History.
- Oliver, M. (2006). Idaho Ebony: The African American Presence in Idaho State History. The Journal of African American History, 91(1), 41-54. Retrieved June 24, 2020.
- Montana Historical Society. Montana’s African American Heritage Resources.
- Hartman, I.C. (2020). Black history in the last frontier. National Park Service: University of Alaska Anchorage.
- BC Black History Awareness Society
Thanks for a great conference - and thank you for making our first scholarship fundraising campaign a success!
100% of the money raised from the sale of the otter pins will fund our first MLA conference student scholarship for MLA’20.
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.