Pacific Northwest Chapter of the Medical Library Association
Bertha Hallam, 1895-1982
- Only Pacific Northwest Chapter/MLA member to become President of MLA,
- First chairman of the Pacific Northwest Regional Group, 1953
Bertha Hallam was one of the organizers of the Pacific Northwest Regional Group,
which held its first meeting in Seattle, Washington on October 10, 1953.
- First Librarian at the University of Oregon Medical School
She served as librarian from 1919 until her retirement in 1965 as Professor
- MLA accomplishments
Became member of MLA in 1922.
Attended her first MLA meeting in 1926.
One of three who signed the Certificate of Incorporation for MLA in 1934.
Elected to Executive Committee 2 times.
Served as Treasurer of MLA during the war years in 1941-46, when no
meetings were held.
Member of several MLA committees: Finance, Gifts and Grants, Standards for
Chairman of the Membership and Certification Committee.
- Contributed chapters to the first 2 editions of the Handbook of Medical
"Periodical and Book Selection Ordering" 1943
"The Medical Library Association" 1956
- Hosted the MLA annual meeting in Portland, Oregon, 1940
80 members attended
- One of organizers of the Portland Area Special Librarians group, at a
time when few librarians working in the special library field could afford time
or money to attend national meetings.
- One of original faculty members of refresher course, "Medical Reference
Work," preceding MLA Annual Meeting, 1958.
- Other honors:
Elected to honorary membership in the Portland Academy of Medicine, 1952.
She was the first woman to achieve such a distinction and was given a silver tea
"Citizen of the Week" in Portland, 1947.
"Woman of Achievement" of Theta Sigma Phi national honor society for
women in journalism and communications.
Honorary member of the Oregon State Medical Society, Multnomah County Medical
Society, University of Oregon Medical School Alumni Association,
University of Oregon School of Nursing Alumni Association.
- Elected for honorary membership in MLA in 1966
"You have...brought lustre to your profession by symbolizing what a medical
librarian should be. The many medical and community groups that have granted you
honorary memberships and awards for citizenship honored not you alone but your
unprecedented record of cheerful and enthusiastic service. So do we."