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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

Last Week to Register for Cybersecurity Overview -Tuesday, April 21, 2015 from 4:00-7:00 PM

Register by Friday April 17th for Cybersecurity: A Critical Global Issue That Matters To You And Your Organization Tuesday, April 21, 2015 from 4:00 – 7:00 PM   Don’t miss this timely topic discussion.

Follow this link to register now for Cybersecurity

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Wine and Cheese Reception at  BluemleLife Sciences Building at Thomas Jefferson University, Rm. 105/107  233 South 10th Street, Philadelphia

Austin Morris Jr. of Morris Risk Management will discuss cybercrime motivations, an overview of cybersecurity, stories from the virtual battlefield, cyber liabilities (including some potential financial and legal responsibilities resulting from data breaches), human behaviors that can lead to breaches, how to respond to a cyber-attack, cyber insurance and how to build a strong cyber risk management strategy.

Cybersecurity is a critical global and organizational issue. Organizations of all sizes and types are exposed to cyber risk. Please join us for this important and timely presentation.


4:00-5:00 pm Registration with wine & cheese reception

5:00-6:00 pm Austin Morris Jr followed by Q&A

6:15-7:00 pm Networking with colleagues

Association and chapter members: $10
Non-members: $20
Retirees, students, and in-between jobs: $5

The security guard will have a list of attendees and a work ID or driving license is fine.

Parking at Jefferson

This is a joint program sponsored by the Special Libraries Association Philadelphia Chapter and Philadelphia Regional Chapter Medical Library Association








Meet the NN/LM MAR Representative for the Joint Meeting of Health Sciences Library Association of New Jersey & Philadelphia Regional Chapter MLA


Who: Missy Harvey

What: Update from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region (NN/LM MAR)

Missy Harvey is the Technology & Communication Coordinator, NN/LM MAR based at the University of Pittsburgh, 2011-present.  Her career in libraries began at Yale University and includes such positions such as starting a library for Sun Microsystems in Silicon Valley and serving as Computer Science Librarian, Carnegie Mellon University, 1995-2011. She has also served as an Adjunct Instructor for library science programs at Drexel University, University of Pittsburgh, and Simmons College.

Missy received the Drexel University 2010 Teaching Excellence Award.  She recently co-authored “Privacy and Security Issues for Mobile Health Platforms” in Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology (JASIST).

For NN/LM MAR, she teaches a variety of online and face-to-face courses to promote awareness of technology trends impacting health sciences librarianship, teaching methods, and health information literacy.

NN/LM MAR Website

Register for the meeting here