Annual Report 2000/2001
Section Council Annual Report 2000/01
This report covers the period of May 2000-March 2001.
Goal 1: Professional Development
d. Develops and promulgates standards and educational policies for health sciences library and information professionals;
The Council’s Standards Committee has reviewed the timetable for collecting information about standards activities within the Sections and recommends that the Directory of Sections’ Standards Activities be revised every three years instead of every year. The Directory was not updated this year.
The Standards Committee has reviewed and recommended stylistic changes to the web document “Process for Developing Standards for Sections” (http://www2.mc.duke.edu/misc/mla/section_council/standards.htm).
Goal 2: Advocacy
d. recruits qualified individuals into the profession.
The Communications Committee sent out a call for contributors to the Section Council Mosaic/Quilt Project to be displayed at the Section Council Table during the MLA Annual Meeting 2001.
Goal 3: Organization
d. develops, evaluates, and enhances programs and services responsive to members’ needs.
The second phase of the new structure for Section Council was implemented with the completion of the section elections in March 2001.
The MLA By-Laws Committee distributed guidelines to the Section Chairs for implementing the appropriate by-laws changes related to the Council restructuring process. Six Sections have submitted by-laws changes and completed the review process.
The Council’s Communications Committee Chair and the MLANet Liaison coordinated the development of a Section Council Web Committee to provide oversight for the Council-generated content on MLANet. Coordination efforts included outlining the roles and procedures related to the maintenance of the Council Web site. The guidelines have been included in the Section Council Procedure Manual. Deliberations also resulted in a recommendation that the Section Council Liaison to the MEB chair the Council Web Committee. The current MLANet Liaison will serve as the Council’s Web site manager until a new Liaison is appointed.
The Section/SIG Review Committee contacted SIG conveners to publicize the availability of the Web version of the SIG Manual at the Council Web site. An article about the SIG review process is planned for the MLA News.
The Council approved the formation of the Internet SIG.
The Council, MLA Board and ICS leadership approved the final guidelines for the MLA/ICS International Library Development Project to support the ICS Sister Library Initiative. The MLA Board approved a revised time-line for the submission of the project reports.
The Council Chair and the Webmaster have completed revisions to the Section Council and Section Chairs’ Web versions of the Procedure Manuals. A suggestion to distribute the manuals by request in html format on disk is under consideration by the Council.
The Goldbook Abstract Management Program has proven to be an effective management and timesaving software for the Section Council Liaison to NPC 2001, the MLA meeting planner and the MLA staff. Using the new software the MLA meeting planner was able to assume responsibility for many of the functions formerly done by the Section Council Liaison, such as scheduling program and business sessions. The section programming for the 2001 Annual Meeting has been identified and submitted for the final Program.
Goal 3: Organization
e. Fosters effective communication within the association and with external constituencies.
Communication with Council members, Sections and the MLA Board has been maintained through listservs, and two Council mailings sent out in August/April, as well as updates to the Section Council Web site.
Goal 6: Information Technology
a. Uses technology to improve communication among members and to enhance remote access to association services and programs:
The Council Chair, the Communications and Web Committees, the Council Webmaster and HQ’s staff coordinated the relocation of the Section Council Web files from Duke University to the MLA Headquarters MLANet server.
The MLANet Liaison and HQ’s MLANet Coordinator have discussed server hosting fees for Section/SIG Web development. Negotiations will continue and a proposal developed to address the possible options that might be made available to the smaller Sections and SIGs who are most affected by the hosting fees.
Nancy I. Henry
Section Council Chair
April 4, 2001
Section Council Members
Section Representative Rep-Elect/Alternate
Cancer Librarians Margaret Vugrin Annelie Sober
Chiropractic Libraries Annette Osenga
Collection Development Jon Eldredge Jett McCann
Consumer and Patient Health Information Gail Hendler Sharon Lezotte
Corporate Information Services Tovah Reis
Dental Maureen I. Wren Leah Krevit
Educational Media and Technologies Norma F. Funkhouser Melissa De Santis
Federal Libraries Mary E. Aldous
History of the Health Sciences Stephen Greenberg
Hospital Libraries Kathleen Murray Mary J. Jarvis
International Cooperation Roxanna Tovrea Thomas Williams
Leadership and Management Frances Lynch Carol Scherrer
Medical Informatics Elizabeth Connor
Medical Library Education Gale Dutcher
Medical Society Libraries Susan Bolda-Marshall
Nursing and Allied Health Resources Ellen Hall
Pharmacy and Drug Information Veong (Vee) Kwon Sharon Giovenale
Public Health/Health Administration Peg Hewitt Beverlee R.Hall
Public Services Barbara W. Francis
Relevant Issues Gerald Perry Catherine Wolfson
Research Dixie A. Jones
Technical Services Pat Rodgers
Veterinary Medical Libraries Jill-Crawley-Low