Thanks for your interest in the Philadelphia Regional Chapter of the MLA!

2015 renewal/registration is available in our online system, Wild Apricot. For renewals, please go here and follow instructions. For first-time registrants, please go here to register as a member of the chapter for the first time.


On November 16, 1951, the first official meeting of the Philadelphia Regional Group was held. According to the bylaws, the purpose of the organization “is to foster the aims and strengthen the membership of the Medical Library Association by means of meetings and closer professional association within the Philadelphia area.”


The Philadelphia Regional Chapter of the Medical Library Association (MLAPHIL) is a great place for entry-level librarians. With a membership numbering approximately 120, MLA-PHIL provides an environment where each individual can:

  • make a difference in the association
  • gain familiarity with professionals in the field of medical and health sciences librarianship,
  • find opportunities for professional development through continuing education, meetings, and roundtable discussions

Watch videos from the 3 by the Sea TriChapter Conference in Atlanctic City of MLA members talking about their experiences.

Becoming a member of MLA-PHIL can open many doors for library professionals and students alike! Members are eligible to:

  • apply for chapter grants
  • be considered for awards
  • access membership directories
  • participate in chapter discussion list
  • post news to the chapter’s website
  • receive discounted prices for chapter events

Beatrice Davis Education Award
The purpose of this $600 award is to foster and encourage library students to pursue educational activities related to health sciences librarianship.

Randy Brenner Memorial Consumer Award
This award is given to an individual (or group) in recognition of outstanding contributions to consumer health information services and patient education. The recipient receives a certificate at the annual meeting.

Robert Preston Lee Memorial Award
This award is given to an individual (or group) in recognition of outstanding contributions in the application of technology to the delivery of technical services.