Jane Blumenthal, Director of the Taubman Health Sciences Library, has been elected to serve president of the Medical Library Association (MLA) for a one-year term that begins in May 2012. She will assume the office of president-elect at the conclusion of the association’s annual meeting in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in May 2011.
MLA is a health sciences information organization whose mission is to educate health information professionals, support health information research, promote access to the world’s health sciences information, and ensure that the best health information is available to all.
Blumenthal was elected to the MLA Board of Directors in 2008, and will end a two-year term as MLA Treasurer just before assuming the role of president-elect. She is also chair of the MLA/AAHSL Joint Legislative Task Force, as well as the American Diabetes Association’s Publications Policy Committee. She chaired the MLA National Program Committee for its 2008 annual meeting, and served as senior associate editor and on the editorial board of the Bulletin (now Journal) of the Medical Library Association. She has also been a member of the board of directors of the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL) and served on the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Southeastern/Atlantic Regional Advisory Council.
Blumenthal is a Distinguished Member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals, and was selected to participate in the Frye Leadership Institute in 2002 and the Harvard-Macy Institute for Leaders in Medical Education in 2003.
On being elected, Blumenthal said, “I am honored and excited by the opportunity to serve this association of knowledgeable, talented, and dynamic members. I am confident we can tap into our energy and insight to meet the challenges facing libraries, hospitals, health care providers, and educational institutions.” Blumenthal went on to explain that information professionals not only support researchers and health care professionals; they also empower patients and families by supplying free, reliable health information. “In this digital age,” she said, “we continue to map the information wilderness, and guide our clients through it.”