UNYOC Awards – call for Nominations

It is that time of year when we need to think about honoring our colleagues with UNYOC’s Katy Nesbit Service Award or UNYOC Fellow Award.  The awards will be presented at our annual conference in Buffalo, October 21st- 23rd, 2015.

Katy Nesbit Service Award

The Nesbit Service Award is given to a UNYOC member for exemplary service to the chapter.  Criteria used to determine the recipient may include serving as a chapter officer, working on UNYOC projects, teaching courses for members or presenting at the annual meeting.  The recipient receives a plaque and paid registration to the next annual meeting.  For more information visit http://www.unyoc.mlanet.org/blog/membership/recognition-and-awards/kathy-nesbit-service-award

UNYOC Fellow Award

The UNYOC Fellow Award is given to a member of UNYOC who has made significant contributions to the chapter or to health sciences librarianship.  Candidates for the award must be members for the prior ten years, past the mid-point of their careers and recognized leaders in health science librarianship.  Fellows are exempt from dues and have all the rights and privileges of regular members.  For more information visit http://www.unyoc.mlanet.org/blog/membership/recognition-and-awards/unyoc-fellows

Nominations are due to Jennifer McKinnell no later than Friday, August 21, 2015.

Chapter Activities

UNYOC Scholarship Opportunities

Applications are currently being accepted for the 2015-2016 Professional Development Award and the Ursula H. Poland Scholarships. Please consider applying! Please encourage any talented library school students you know to apply as well.

Professional Development Award
The Professional Development Award is intended to provide an opportunity for a librarian/information specialist to pursue a continuing education/professional development opportunity in the area of health sciences librarianship. Continuing education opportunities can include: registration fees for courses, programs, workshops, and conferences sponsored by UNYOC, professional organizations, regional library councils, graduate schools of library/information science or colleges and universities. The amount of the award is $500. One such award will be given per UNYOC membership year (Jan.-Dec.). Please apply here. Applications will be accepted until July 31, 2015.

Ursula H. Poland Scholarship
The Ursula H. Poland Scholarship, sponsored by UNYOC, provides an opportunity for library school students to pursue or explore health sciences librarianship. The scholarship is intended to offset the cost of a course in a topic related to health sciences librarianship. Course work must be taken for credit and must be scheduled after June 1, 2015 but before June 15, 2016. There will be one scholarship awarded to a Canadian applicant and one to a US applicant. Please apply here. Applications will be accepted until July 29, 2015.

Chapter Activities

Take the MLA Public Policy Engagement & Toolkit survey

Take the MLA Public Policy Engagement & Toolkit survey

An online public policy toolkit is being developed as part of an MLA Rising Stars project in collaboration with members of the Governmental Relations Committee and the Joint MLA/AAHSL Legislative Task Force.  The purpose of the toolkit is to provide a roadmap for MLA and AAHSL members, sections, and chapters.  The toolkit will explain the type, level, and depth of public policy involvement that is available to members, and demonstrate the potential impact involvement could have on the health sciences library community.

You input is valuable; please take a few minute to complete this brief, anonymous survey:


Any survey respondent who chooses may be entered into a drawing to receive small gift of appreciation from MLA!  The survey closes on Friday, April 17.


Save the date, UNYOC 2015

Lofts On Pearl

Lofts On Pearl

Mark your calendar today!

UNYOC 2015 will be held October 21 – 23, 2015 at the Lofts on Pearl in the beautiful Buffalo Brewery District in Buffalo, NY.

Use the tag #UNYOC15 on social media.

Check back for more details!