Pacific Northwest Chapter
of MLA

  • 31 Aug 2023 2:35 PM | Ekaterini Papadopoulou (Administrator)

    Save the dates of November 8th and November 9th for the PNCMLA 2023 Virtual Conference!  

    PNC/MLA is calling for these types of presentations on topics of interest to health sciences professionals in any setting.

    · Research, quality improvement, program development or evaluation presentations (15 minutes)

    · "How To" presentation that teach practical, hands-on skills (15 minutes).

    · Lightning talks (5 minutes)

    · Posters (3-5 minutes, 1 poster slide)

    Deadline to submit proposals is September 15, 2023. Submit your proposal here:

  • 23 Jun 2023 11:48 AM | Ekaterini Papadopoulou (Administrator)

    When: July 20 at 8:00 a.m. SST, 9:00 a.m. HST, 11:00 a.m. AKDT, 12:00 p.m. PDT, 1:00 p.m. MDT, 2:00 p.m. CDT, 3:00 p.m. EDT, July 21 at 5:00 a.m. ChST

    Presentation: Homelessness and Inclusion Health

    The interactions between homelessness and health are complex. Having a greater understanding of these interactions, of complex trauma, historical trauma including racism, and the negative effects of social exclusion on health is essential for librarians and others in supportive roles. Evidence-based interventions like inclusion health, health through housing, and health literacy supportive education, help to improve the health and life trajectories of people experiencing homelessness. Brief case studies and discussion of the role of librarians will be included in this presentation.

    The PNC-MLA Health Equity and Diversity Speaker Series is a collaboration between NNLM Region 5 and Pacific Northwest Chapter/Medical Library Association (PNC-MLA) through the efforts of its Diversity Committee.

    Presenter: Josephine Ensign is Professor at the University of Washington in Seattle. She teaches public health, health policy, and health humanities. She has been a nurse for forty years and has the lived experience of homelessness as a young adult. Her scholarship and practice as a nurse practitioner focus on trauma-informed care and health inequities for people marginalized by poverty and homelessness. She has also authored books, essays, and articles on the topic of homelessness.

    The webinar is free but registration is required. Unable to attend the live session? It will be recorded and posted on the NNLM YouTube channel.



  • 13 Oct 2022 8:53 AM | Ekaterini Papadopoulou (Administrator)

    PNC/MLA in Solidarity with UW Libraries Strike

    PNC/MLA stands in solidarity with our colleagues at University of Washington, particularly our colleagues in the Health Sciences Library. We believe that all librarians deserve fair working conditions, and support the legal right to form, join, and assist a union. Learn more about how you can support our colleagues here:

  • 05 May 2021 10:12 AM | Ekaterini Papadopoulou (Administrator)

    Statement from PNCMLA concerning the changes in the NNLM regions

    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:

    Current Regions:

    • 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.

    New Regions:

    • 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, PNC/MLA 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.

  • 02 Jun 2020 9:00 AM | 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:

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 for additional information.

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