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Governmental Relations Committee

Governmental Relations Committee

Purpose: To foster awareness of the governmental processes and activities as they relate to MLA-PHL and its membership.
• Copyright Law – MLA
• Healthcare Reform – MLA
Privacy, Security & Civil Liberties (Association of Research Libraries)
Sources of Information
• ALA Issues and Advocacy
• ALA Office of Government Relations
• Medical Library Association Governmental Relations



Apply for the MLA – Phil Professional Development Grant to cover the cost of this class!

This workshop will discuss steps for designing research projects that require statistical data, using methods of collecting data, using statistical software for analyzing these data, and drawing accurate conclusions once data have been analyzed.

Three part class-
Lecture via webinar on July 14, 2015, 1:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m., central time,
Access to Moodle for class assignment (including practice data set, video demo, hands-on practice),
Follow up webinar to discuss assignment and questions on July 21, 2015, 1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m., central time

More Information and Registration

This class cost $149, use the MLA – Phil Professional Development Grant to pay for it!

Volunteer Positions Available

The Philadelphia Regional Chapter of MLA board is seeking three new members, Education and Credentialing Chair, Communication Chair and AHIP Liaison.  Each of these positions creates community in our chapter.

Are you interested in a particular area of Medical Librarianship?  Do you wish the chapter would finally get around to presenting a program you’re interested in? Consider becoming Education and Credentialing Chair.  The chair creates opportunities for learning and networking with peers. And you get to choose the topics!

Do you like being able to share what you know? Of course you do!  You’re a librarian! Do you want to learn more about developing websites?  Consider becoming Communication Chair.  The position is only limited by imagination and interest in technology.

Do you have AHIP certification? Do you enjoy being a mentor to others?  Do you like sharing your skills to help people grow in the profession?  Consider the position of AHIP Liaison and create an environment for profession growth unlike any other. Plus you get AHIP points!  It’s the circle of life AHIP!

You don’t need to have been in the profession forever to apply.  All you need it a desire to add some excitement to your life while giving back.

For more information about the specifics of each position see below. Email Jenny Pierce for information.


Education and Credentialing Chair


With Programming Chair surveys chapter membership concerning preferred types of courses and/or workshops

Provides continuing education programs and/or workshops within the Chapter

Works with annual meeting planning committee or Programming chair for any educational events at Chapter Annual Meeting

Attends quarterly MLA-Phil Chapter Board meetings and provides updates


Must be a Voting Member of MLA, Inc. and the Philadelphia Regional Chapter/MLA


Two-year term with option of reappointment subject to approval by the Executive Committee


Communications Committee Chair


Serves as the public relations body and information channel for the Chapter

Oversees the publication of information on the Chapter website,

Oversees Chapter discussion list: and board list

Works with committee members on content including job postings, and web site management

Communicates to the Chapter membership information about publication activities

Identifies areas of need for communications and publication preparation

Serves as an advisory body to the Board on matters involving publications and communications

Makes regular reports to the Board regarding annual objectives and activities

Provides official correspondence, reports and publications to the Archives

Attends quarterly MLA-Phil Chapter Board meetings and provides updates


Must be a voting member of MLA, Inc. and the Philadelphia Regional Chapter/MLA


Two-year term with option of reappointment subject to approval by the Executive Committee


AHIP Liaison


The AHIP Liaison acts as a liaison between MLA’s Academy of Health Information Professionals (AHIP) and the Chapter Board of Directors.

Assists Chapter members in the process of applying for AHIP credentialing on an individual basis by holding workshops and/or giving presentations

Attends quarterly MLA-Phil Chapter Board meetings and provides updates on AHIP activities and news.

Attends National Credentialing Committee meetings at MLA, Inc. national conferences (attendance at the credentialing committee meeting at MLA is optional, but encouraged for liaisons)

Attends quarterly conference call meetings of the National Credentialing Committee


The AHIP Liaison shall be a Voting Member of MLA, Inc., a member of AHIP, and a member of the Philadelphia Regional Chapter/MLA.


Two years, renewable at the discretion of the Chapter Chairperson

2015 Member Publications and Honor

At the Annual Meeting on April 19th Jenny Pierce presented a slide show highlighting the contributions of our members to Medical Librarianship.  Included were posters that will be presented at MLA 2015 with times and days so people can stop by and check them out in person.  Also, some background on the award won by Karen Albert!

Click on the link below to see a PDF of the presentation

2015 publications and honors

NIH Budget Request for 2015