Carol G. Jenkins, AHIP
2001/2002 MLA Priorities
Investing in Our Future
We are at the threshold of a new century in which dramatic, continuous
change is reshaping our profession and society. MLA's opportunity, indeed
its necessity, is to reaffirm the value of health information professionals
to society while building capacity for increasing our impact.
This theme, Investing in Our Future, builds upon those of recent MLA
boards and presidents: Making a Difference (Jacque Doyle, 1998); Reaffirming
Our Commitment (Frieda Weise, 1999); Passion for the Profession (Michael
Homan, 2000). This year, President Michael Homan has strived to reaffirm
our value and build our future capacity by articulating MLA's vision and
moving MLA forward as a virtual association.
The Board of Directors has approved the following goals presented by
incoming President Carol Jenkins for 2001. These goals focus on strengthening
MLA's leadership roles to prepare health information professionals for
effective practice in society, and to advocate our value; and on improving
MLA's capacity to be seen as a technology leader. These goals create investment
opportunities in our future both individually and as an association.
Expand MLA's Leadership Role in Professional Development, Recognition
- Establish MLA as the Center of Excellence in health information education.
- Demonstrate the value of membership in the Academy of Health Information
Professionals to health sciences librarians and their employers.
- Promote the role of health sciences librarians as health information
consultants to education and industry.
- Increase support for beneficial research and development in areas
of health information including emerging roles for health information
Expand MLA's Leadership Role as Advocate for the Value of Health Information
Professionals to Society
- Through an expanded recruitment initiative, have a positive impact
on recruitment, retention, and mentoring of promising and diverse individuals
into the profession.
- Continue to promote improved compensation for health information professionals
at all levels.
- Promote and expand MLA's publications and databases as authoritative
sources of information about health sciences libraries and information
services and increase the availability of this information electronically.
- Continue to positively influence national information policy, legislation
and funding in areas related to health and scholarly communication.
- Continue to advise and collaborate with NLM, ALA, AAMC, JCAHO, and
others on national initiatives in biomedical and health information
policy, research, and development.
- Encourage the use of association leaders as spokespersons for the
Establish MLA's Role as a Technology Leader
- Aggressively continue MLA's conversion to a virtual association, using
new technologies to benefit members and the profession at large.
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