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Judy Burnham, director of the University of South Alabama Biomedical Library, has been recently selected as a Medical Library Association (MLA) Fellow. The presentation of this year’s fellows will be made at the MLA annual conference on May 16–21, 2014, in Chicago.
Fellows are chosen through a nomination process and elected by the board of directors on the basis of sustained and outstanding contributions to health sciences librarianship, as well as to the advancement of the purposes of MLA.
“I am very grateful to have received this award because the honor is bestowed on an extremely limited number of individuals each year -- usually around six,” said Burnham. “There are many outstanding members within the association of more than 3,600 members, and I am humbled by this distinction.”
Nominees must be a current member of MLA and must have held membership for at least 15 continuous years prior to the nomination for Fellowship. In addition, they must have at least 10 years of professional experience in health information science, at least five years of leadership in MLA, outstanding achievements in the Association, demonstrated scholarship by publication of one or more refereed publications in the area of health sciences librarianship, and garnered a professional reputation made evident through letters of support from professional colleagues.
“The University has provided the opportunities for me to contribute to health sciences librarianship and the Medical Library Association by allowing me to travel to meetings and hold offices in MLA, as well as other professional organizations,” said Burnham.
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