Pacific Northwest Chapter of the Medical Library Association


February 2010


The Pacific Northwest Chapter/Medical Library Association will be a dynamic force in the professional development of health science librarians in the region by providing outstanding conferences, learning opportunities, and communication among members resulting in librarians who provide superior library services.


The Pacific Northwest Chapter/Medical Library Association promotes excellence and leadership in its members and supports their interests by:
  • Providing educational, research, and publication opportunities
  • Fostering rapid and accurate information delivery in support of healthcare decision making and research
  • Promoting the professional role and expertise of members
  • Continually improving the operations, services and governance of PNC/MLA.


Provide educational, research and publication opportunities

Objective 1.A: Provide quality continuing education courses and programs to the membership.

1.A.1 Focus the Annual Meeting on timely and relevant topics.
1.A.2 Alert membership to upcoming educational opportunities.
1.A.3 Assess the educational needs of members.
1.A.4 Develop educational courses.
1.A.5 Promote individual learning.

Measurement Indicators

  • Offer at least three educational courses per year.
  • Publicize educational opportunities on the blog, in HLIB-NW and on the website.
  • Survey members each year for educational needs and publish results on the website.
  • Have representatives from each state and province in PNC on the PNC/MLA Professional Development Committee.
  • The Professional Development Committee will keep their portion of the PNC/MLA website up to date.
  • The Professional Development Committee will coordinate the development of one new continuing education course by 2013.
  • Budget for and publicize the professional development and scholarship funds annually.

Objective 1.B: Collaborate with other associations or organizations for professional development.

1.B.1 Maintain the relationship with the MLA Continuing Education program.
1.B.2 Co-sponsor educational programs with other groups.
1.B.3 Facilitate early exchange of information for educational programming among local, state, provincial and other organizations.

Measurement Indicators

  • Maintain regular communication between PNC/MLA and MLA Education Committees.
  • Professional Development Committee will coordinate co-sponsorship of at least one educational program with another group annually.
  • By 2013, partner with at least one non-library-related health organization to share an educational opportunity.

Objective 1.C: Share new ideas, research, and practical applications in health sciences librarianship.

1.C.1 Encourage regular communication among members.
1.C.2 Identify sources of funding for projects and research.
1.C.3 Provide opportunities for sharing the results of projects, educational opportunities and research.

Measurement Indicators

  • By 2011, hold a chapter-wide discussion about the state of research within the Chapter. (Board-driven)
  • By 2011, the Chapter blog will include a category for research-in-progress. (Publications Committee)
  • By 2012, the PNC website will highlight sources of information about research funding opportunities. (Student project?)
  • By 2014, the Annual Program Planning Committee will provide research-focused programming to allow members to communicate their projects and research.


Foster rapid and accurate information delivery in support of healthcare decision making and research

Objective 2.A: Promote technological innovation in libraries.

2.A.1 Encourage formal or informal sessions on technological topics at the Annual Meeting.
2.A.2 Identify and quickly disseminate ways members can access new methods of health information delivery.
2.A.3 Encourage members to explore new technologies.

Measurement Indicators

  • By 2011, establish a technology thread on the blog. (Publications Committee/Technology Committee)
  • By 2013, have web conferencing software available to all members. (Technology Committee)
  • By 2015, the Technology Committee will investigate the use of holographic technology for meeting attendance.
  • By 2015, offer at least three classes or formal sessions on evolving technologies.

Objective 2.B: Encourage the advancement of scholarly communication.

2.B.1 Disseminate information regarding open access publication.
2.B.2 Increase member and researcher awareness regarding evolving publication models.

Measurement Indicators

  • By 2014, the Annual Program Planning Committee will provide programming focused on scholarly communication.
  • By 2012, partner with Science Commons to host an event to increase members' knowledge regarding scholarly communication. (Professional Development)


Promote the professional role and expertise of members

Objective 3.A: Advocate for the Health Sciences Librarian Profession.

3.A.1 Provide tools for members to be effective advocates for their services and their profession.
3.A.2 Educate other health professionals about the role of health information specialist/librarian.
3.A.3 Educate other information professionals and students about the role of health information specialists/librarians.

Measurement Indicators

  • Annually provide a free PNC membership to one student in each regional library school program.
  • Annually provide scholarships to library school students to attend the annual meeting.
  • By 2011, highlight members' outreach activities. (Professional Development, Blog, Board)
  • By 2012, the Mentorship Committee will act as a liaison to regional library schools to identify opportunities to promote health sciences librarianship.
  • By 2013, partner with at least one non-library-related health organization to share an educational opportunity.
  • As funds permit, provide small grants to help members market their services within their organizations.

Objective 3.B: Provide information on legislative issues and support lobbying efforts where appropriate.

3.B.1 Maintain formal link with MLA Governmental Relations committee and other library organizations
3.B.2 Alert membership to relevant legislative issues.
3.B.3 When appropriate, support lobbying efforts for critical issues.

Measurement Indicators

  • Governmental Relations Chair will annually subscribe to the electronic version of ALA Washington Newsletter (ALAWON) and will disseminate relevant issues to PNC/MLA membership via HLIB-NW.
  • Governmental Relations committee will inform membership about relevant issues via HLIB-NW, the blog, or other appropriate means.
  • Goverment Relations committee will maintain a governmental relations webpage with links to appropriate information.

Objective 3.C: Promote and increase membership.

3.C.1 Recruit health science information professionals within the region.
3.C.2 Promote PNC/MLA to graduate library and information science students in the region.

Measurement Indicators

  • Annually provide scholarships to library school students to attend the annual meeting.
  • By 2012, the Mentorship Committee will act as a liaison to regional library schools.
  • Maintain a membership list on the website.
  • Annually award one free PNC/MLA student membership each to the University of Alberta, the University of British Columbia, Emporia State University, and the University of Washington.
  • By 2011, develop a webpage listing library internship, co-op, and practicum programs with participating libraries in the Pacific Northwest. (Mentorship Committee)
  • By 2015, Annual Program Planning Committee will invite library school students to present at an annual PNC meeting.
  • By 2011, the Membership Committee will survey health information professionals who are not current members of PNC/MLA regarding their reasons for not joining.


Continually improve the operations, services and governance of PNC/MLA

Objective 4.A: Ensure the continuity of governance of PNC/MLA

4.A.1 Continue to develop an organized process for transferring responsibility and documents from past to incoming officers and committee chairs.
4.A.2 Publish all core documentation, including minutes, the Bylaws, Responsibility Manual, Procedure Manual, Chapter MAP, and Conference Planning Manual, on the PNC/MLA website.
4.A.3 Improve exchange of information between Board and Committee Chairs.

Measurement Indicators

  • Continue to make all core documentation available on the chapter website.
  • Hold an orientation meeting of current and incoming officers and committee chairs by the end of the calendar year.
  • In 2012, the Board will review the MAP to make any necessary interim revisions.
  • In 2014, Board members will meet to revise the PNC MAP. (Revising the MAP typically takes a full eight-hour day.)
  • Prior to each Board Meeting, invite all committee chairs to attend the Board meeting in person to present their committee report.
  • By 2013, committee chairs not attending the Board meeting in person will report to the Board via web conferencing software. (Technology Committee, Board).

Objective 4.B: Facilitate chapter meeting planning.

4.B.1 Annually update the Annual Meeting Planning Manual.
4.B.2 Maintain access to Annual Meeting registration software.
4.B.3 Encourage use of SurveyMonkey to evaluate the annual meeting.

Measurement Indicators

  • Maintain the Annual Meeting Planning Manual on the PNC/MLA website.
  • Board will establish the annual meeting locations at least three years in advance.
  • Two monkeys will be surveyed every year - pre and post conference.

Objective 4.C: Foster excellence and leadership through communication.

4.C.1 Maintain and promote participation in the PNC blog.
4.C.2 Encourage members to provide ideas for the Annual Meetings.
4.C.3 Share meeting plans with other chapters and groups.
4.C.4 Monitor progress toward MAP goals.

Measurement Indicators

  • PNC/MLA Chair will contribute a regular entry in the blog.
  • Send preliminary information about the PNC/MLA Annual Meeting(s) to MLA News, other chapter newsletters and other relevant groups annually. (Annual Meeting Committee)
  • Annually, committees will update their web page with relevant content such as annual goals, committee membership, and annual reports. (Committee chairs)
  • Board will report MAP accomplishments to the membership at the annual business meeting.


History of Map revision committees

Debbie Ketchell, Edean Berglund, Susan Long, Patricia Lysyk, Cathy Jordon, Patrice O'Donovan, Jim Morgan, Kathy Murray

Kathy Murray, Jeri Van Den Top, Edean Berglund, Jim Henderson, Leilani St. Anna, Patrice O'Donovan, Mary Campbell, Sylvia Macwilliams

Marcy Horner, Maryanne Blake, Leilani St. Anna, Janice Bacino, Natalie Norcross, Pamela Spickelmier, Nancy Press, Bonnie Chadbourne

Bob Pringle, Kathy Murray, Janice Bacino, Dolores Judkins, Patrice O'Donovan, Kathy Martin, Peggy Baldwin

Lea Starr, Kathy Martin, Cheryl Goodwin, Nanette Welton, Liisa Rogers, Anne Girling, Dolores Judkins, Kathy Murray

Noelle Harling, Kathy Murray, Laurel Egan, Sally Bremner, Valerie Lawrence, Judith Hayes, Leilani St. Anna

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