Ysabel Bertolucci MLA Annual Meeting Grant
The Ysabel Bertolucci MLA Annual Meeting Grant was approved by the MLA Board provide a scholarship of up to $1000 to be awarded annually for MLA Annual meeting attendance related expenses, to be awarded for a librarian involved in nursing, allied health, consumer health, or international librarianship. The scholarship was established to recognize and honor the contributions of Ysabel Bertolucci to various MLA Sections, her Chapter, to the Medical Library Association, and to health sciences librarianship in general.
Ysabel passed away on September 6, 2012, after retiring from Kaiser Permanente Health Sciences Library in Oakland, California on August 31, 2012. Ysabel gave over forty years of stellar contributions to medical librarianship and touched many lives during her career and membership in MLA. She held numerous leadership positions in NAHRS, CAPHIS, HLS, ICS, IFLA and the Northern California and Nevada Medical Library Group. Ysabel co-chaired the 2003 MLA Annual Meeting in San Diego, was appointed MLA Allied Representative to ICIRN. Most recently she served as Chair of MLA Section Council and on the MLA Board of Directors. She received numerous awards from her Sections and her Chapter and was named the MLA’s 2003 Lois Ann Colaianni Award for Excellence and Achievement in Hospital Librarianship Ysabel was a Distinguished member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals.
As noted in her obituary to be published in the July issue of JMLA, “while her passion for her chosen profession (since childhood) influenced her life choices, Ysabel also knew how to enjoy life to its fullest. Her fashion sense (colorful glasses and shoes which matched her upbeat personality), wicked sense of humor, directness, and foodie expertise enriched all who knew and met her. Her extensive career in health sciences librarianship leaves a legacy of wit, dedication, irrepressibility, irreverence, charm, elegance, and love of her profession and of life. All who have known Ysabel from childhood friends, colleagues, and others lost an unswerving friend, remarkable mentor, and “outspoken” and outstanding colleague.” You can honor Ysabel and help fund this scholarship by contributing online or by making a donation at the Scholarship Booth and designating it for the Ysabel Bertolucci MLA Annual Meeting Grant. (Note, must be a monetary donation not a purchase. Funds from item purchase go to the MLA Scholarship Fund.)
Posted: May 2nd, 2013 under Section Council News.