Active Membership is offered to any individual interested in health sciences librarianship (Membership in MLA and SC/MLA are separate memberships)

  • Term of Membership is January-December
  • Cost of Membership is $25.00 per calendar year, January-December
  • Student Membership (for students enrolled in ALA accredited School) is free for two years per calendar year, January-December
  • Honorary Membership dues are waived



  • To promote excellence in health through timely access to information
  • To promote and stimulate interest in health sciences libraries/health sciences information management
  • To provide continuing education and informational opportunities in health sciences librarianship
  • To promote interest and membership in the Medical Library Association (MLA)
  • To provide a channel of communication between Chapter members and MLA
  • To provide opportunities for the exchange of ideas and information
  • To provide a network of health sciences librarians
  • To promote and foster cooperation among medical and allied health sciences librarians
  • To promote legislation supportive of the health sciences and health sciences libraries

Benefits and Services

  • Professional growth and development through:
    • continuing education opportunities
    • informational programs offered at an annual meeting, usually held in October or November
    • exchange of ideas and information through Southern Expressions, a newsletter, and SoChap-L, a listserv for Chapter members
  • Annual Online Membership Directory (full membership only)
  • Continuing Education Teacher Scholarship
  • Opportunity to serve as an officer or committee member
  • Communication channel between Chapter members and MLA
  • Honorary membership award presented to retiring SC members who have served the Chapter and the profession of health sciences librarianship in an exemplary manner


  • Chair
  • Vice Chair/Chair Elect
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • MLA Chapter Council Representative
  • Alternate MLA Chapter Council Representative


  • Archivist
  • Benchmarking Educator
  • MLA Credentialing Liaison
  • Listserv Moderator
  • Government Relations Liaison
  • Newsletter Editor(s)
  • Parliamentarian/Historian
  • Web Site Coordinator(s)
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Mentoring Program

Are you interested in Mentoring or becoming a Mentee?

The Medical Library Association and its chapters recognize the importance of mentoring programs in fostering new librarians and in enhancing the expertise of existing librarians.  The Southern Chapter has revised its mentoring program to provide opportunities at all career levels, with short-term and long-term mentoring options. Mentors must have five years' experience, but anyone can be a mentee --- from student to experienced professional. The new application forms identify specific mentoring opportunities and provide a space for you to suggest your own.

Current Mentors:

Kay Hogan-Smith

Lisa Travis

Be a Mentor - Application Form

Be a Mentee - Application Form

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Upcoming Event

Please join us for our 2019 Annual Meeting being held at the Hyatt Regency in Savannah, GA October 10-13, 2019.



SCMLA Communications

Southern Expressions 

The official newsletter of the Southern Chapter of the Medical Library Association (SC/MLA)

Southern Salutations Blog 

The official blog of the Southern Chapter of the Medical Library Association (SC/MLA)

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