Pacific Northwest Chapter
of MLA
  • 23 Aug 2022 9:37 AM | Ekaterini Papadopoulou (Administrator)

    Starting in 2020, the PNCMLA Scholarship Committee advocated for changes to the MLA scholarships to help remove barriers to access. In response to this, there are now substantive changes to the MLA Scholarship application process!

    In summary:

    • Transcripts will not be required at the initial application stage; and will no longer be scored by the jury.
    • The "Experince section" will also be no longer be part of the jury scoring process.
    • There is no longer a requirement to list science courses

    In the 22-23 cycle even more changes have been made, including removing the requirement for letters of reference. This decision was driven by many stakeholders providing feedback about how this requirement often presents a barrier to underrepresented groups!

    An update from the MLA scholarship committee provides the new questions, which have broadened the scope to include academic goals rather than being focused exclusively on career.

    1. What would receiving a scholarship from MLA mean to you?
    2. What are your career and/or academic objectives? How do you plan to achieve your goals? Please describe current or future activities that support your plan.
    3. How have your career or academic activities, achievements, and contributions impacted the communities you serve? Describe how these activities, achievements, and contributions impacted you personally. You may include personal, academic, work-related or advocacy examples.

    Changes like these are intended to help make access to these scholarships more equitable - thank you to the PNCMLA Scholarship Committee for advocating for more inclusive applications!

  • 29 Oct 2021 2:47 PM | Ekaterini Papadopoulou (Administrator)

    The PNC-MLA Diversity Committee invites you to an upcoming webinar as part of the new Health Equity and Diversity Speaker Series.

    The committee is excited to announce that we have put together a series of speakers to present on issues of health equity and diversity.

    Diversity Speakers Series

  • 30 Jun 2021 3:34 PM | Ekaterini Papadopoulou (Administrator)

    Timeline of Oppression Project

    The Diversity Committee has been working on ways to create opportunities for education, outreach, and support in service of DEI.

    One project we're working on is creating an interactive timeline of historical examples of oppression and discrimination in the medical field.  This project will be a work in progress, and is intended to serve as an awareness building tool for folks to get a sense of the injustice and discrimination that is hiding in plain sight in our history.

    The Diversity Committee is also working on other events and resources to further educate our profession about issues relating to diversity, inclusion and health equity.

  • 31 Mar 2021 2:45 PM | Ekaterini Papadopoulou (Administrator)

    Statement of Support

    In light of recent events, the PNC/MLA Group recognizes and strongly condemns anti-Asian hate crimes that have spread across our country over the past year.  The PNC/MLA Group aligns itself and affirms the Asian Pacific American Librarians Association’s (APALA) recent statement that condemns the increase in anti-Asian hate crimes across America in the last year.

    PNC/MLA stands in solidarity with our Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities. We encourage our library community to stand with the AAPI community by publicly condemning anti-AAPI racism through action.  The PNC/MLA group highly recommends these resources compiled by the APALA.  

    In Solidarity,

    PNC/MLA Diversity Committee

  • 19 Jun 2020 3:08 PM | Ekaterini Papadopoulou (Administrator)

    Statement from the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the Medical Library Association

    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:

    In the words of the honorable Martin Luther King Jr:

    “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere”

    Kathryn Vela, MLIS and Nancy Shin, MLIS, on behalf of the PNC/MLA Executive Board

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