Aidy Week’s Award-Winning Essay Published

Aidy Weeks, NCNMLG member and 2021 MLA Erich Meyerhoff Prize winner for her history of medicine essay has been published in the Journal of the Medical Library Association (JMLA). “Proving the proverbial gadfly: situating the historical and racial context of Southern medical works by Mary Louise Marshall” is now freely available online. Ms. Weeks has written an impactful essay that uses a critical race theory lens to examine scholarly works and publicly-recorded statements by the longest-serving president of MLA, Mary Louise Marshall, on integration within the profession. This important work should be on every health sciences or medical librarian’s to-be-read list and NCNMLG is proud to recognize our colleague’s achievement and contribution to the profession.

Weeks A. Proving the proverbial gadfly: situating the historical and racial context of Southern medical works by Mary Louise Marshall. J Med Libr Assoc. 2021;109(4):528-539. doi:10.5195/jmla.2021.1261

— Submitted by Katie Houk

Community College health sciences librarians survey

Greetings health sciences librarians,

As a fellow of the Medical Library Association (MLA) Research Training Institute (RTI) 2019 cohort, I am researching community college health sciences librarians’ perceptions of Medical Library Association (MLA) competency skills.

The data will be used to fill a gap in the literature about how health sciences community college librarians develop librarianship competencies as defined by the Medical Library Association Competencies for Lifelong Learning and Professional Success and will identify any barriers encountered that impede their development. Learning this may help MLA improve its educational offerings, outreach, and value to community college librarians – a traditionally understudied community of health sciences librarians.

The survey should take you approximately 10 – 15 minutes to complete, with a final submission date of January 31, 2020.  Responses will be completely anonymous, as I am not collecting any personally- or institutionally- identifying data, nor will I analyze or report data in any way that might compromise individual identity.

If you are a community college health sciences librarian, please take the survey now:

Thank you in advance for your participation!  If you have questions about the survey, please contact Sandy McCarthy, lead researcher, at The survey received IRB approval.

Sandy C. McCarthy
Faculty Librarian
Baily Library
Washtenaw Community College
4800 E. Huron River Dr.
Ann Arbor, MI 48105

MLA Diversity and Inclusion Survey and Free AAMLA Webinars

From Xan Goodman:

I have two items; first, the African American Librarians Caucus is offering a series of free webinars. Please share this information with your networks.

October 30, 2019 2PM EST – Onsite Academic Interviewing

Eventbrite Registration –

December 4, 2019 3PM EST – Accessibility for Everyone: Thinking about Universal Design 

Eventbrite Registration –

Second, please consider completing the MLA Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Task Force Survey. Details are below. 

MLA’s Diversity and Inclusion Task Force seeks member responses to a survey gathering perceptions and facts about MLA’s diverse membership, culture, and professional climate.

The survey should take you approximately 10–15 minutes to complete, with a final submission date of October 31, 2019.

Take the survey now:

The survey will provide an important snapshot of MLA to inform future conversations among association communities, task forces, and caucuses.

Thank you in advance for your participation! If you have questions about the survey or the work of the task force, please contact Sandra G. Franklin, AHIP, FMLA, chair, Diversity and Inclusion Task Force.

Xan Goodman (She/Her/Hers)
Health Sciences Librarian, Associate Professor 
University Libraries 
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Office: 702-895-2233/ Fax 702-895-2284

MLA 2020 Papers, Posters, Lightning Talks, and Immersion Sessions

For Prospective Submission Authors

Two abstract submission rounds for MLA ’20.
Read changes to the abstract submission process before submitting!