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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 $20.00 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


  • 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 Membership Directory and Handbook (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
  • Bookkeeper
  • MLA Credentialing Liaison
  • Listserv Moderator
  • Government Relations Liaison
  • Newsletter Editor
  • Parliamentarian/Historian
  • Web Site Coordinator