Layla Heimlich is currently the head librarian at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, where she provides training to medical and nursing residents and other clinicians, literature searching for clinical research publications (co-authoring several reviews with MWHC clinicians), and other library services in this large acute care urban hospital.
She graduated from the Pratt Institute’s School of Information and Library Science with a certificate in medical librarianship in 2008. Prior to that, she worked in publishing in New York City, after graduating from Harvard University with a degree in modern European history. She has been active in MLA’s Hospital Libraries Section, now the Hospital Libraries Caucus, receiving the HLS Professional Recognition Award in Leadership (2013) and recognition on the HLC Scroll of Exemplary Service (2021). In the Mid-Atlantic Chapter, she has most recently served as Treasurer (2018-2021). She has also been active in the Biomedical and Life Sciences division of the Special Libraries Association, as Treasurer, Chair of the BLSC’s Medical Section, and most recently as President of the BLSC division. She currently lives in Bethesda, Maryland, with her 10-year-old son.
Statement of Interest
“The Mid-Atlantic Chapter of MLA is a exceptional community, and I am very grateful for the opportunities it has given me to become a better librarian, to serve my clinicians and patients more effectively, and to learn, both formally through our amazing programming and informally through interaction with wonderful colleagues.
The last couple of years have been very challenging for all of us, and MAC leadership has done a fantastic job of pivoting to support medical librarians in the mid-Atlantic area in virtual and nontraditional ways. I would like to continue to make programming and the other advantages of MAC membership available to all medical librarians in the mid-Atlantic, whether they are able to attend in-person conferences or whether personal circumstances, which may range from caregiving responsibilities to lack of institutional support, make in-person attending difficult.
It is also important for the chapter to continue the vital work done by the Diversity and Inclusion Committee, such as the 2021 virtual speakers series, and to aid MLA’s current initiative at the national level to support hospital libraries. Medical librarianship faces many challenges, and the Mid-Atlantic Chapter has an important role to play in helping support medical librarians and our shared profession.”
Alessia Zanin-Yost is the Health Sciences Librarian at Slippery Rock University and is responsible for teaching and collection development to seven departments. Alessia is actively involved in MAC as a member of the Annual Planning and Research & Assessment Committees. In 2020, she was the recipient of the MAC Award for Professional Excellence by a New Science Librarian and the Best Paper Award. She is a member of MLA, working with the Collection Development Nominating Committee and Delegates to the Education Domain Hub and IFLA, collaborating with the Health and Biosciences Libraries. Alessia has earned both CHIS and AHIP, has an MLIS, and a Ph.D. in communications media studies focusing on intercultural/health communication.
I am honored to be nominated for the Chair-Elect position. This association has been fundamental to my professional development and personal growth. I have been impressed by the librarians’ energy, creativity, and camaraderie that I encountered through my service. This solidarity has been more visible with the pandemic by showing us that we need each other’s knowledge and skills to support the profession and constituents. Making new librarians aware of the opportunities within MAC is imperative to incorporate new practices, knowledge, and a fresh eye into what we do. I want to use my knowledge and skills to support MAC’s efforts to engage all its members. I hope to use my position to ensure all voices are heard.
Brian McDonald is the Web Services Librarian at the Himmelfarb Health Sciences Library at George Washington University. Since joining MAC in 2015, they have served in several capacities, chairing the Communications Committee and Web Redesign Task Force, and were honored as the 2019 recipient of the Marguerite Abel Service Recognition Award. Brian currently serves on the MAC Diversity and Inclusion Committee.
Statement of Interest
Part of what I enjoy about regional organizations like MAC is that our size allows us to form a welcoming and supportive community for both new and experienced colleagues across the region. I have found our chapter to be a fantastic space to learn and grow as a health sciences librarian, providing fertile ground for ideas and innovations to develop. I am excited to see how MAC continues to respond in this transformational time, as we work together to provide important professional development opportunities and share information that can improve the services we provide to our users. I look forward to continuing to contribute to the vital work of this organization, and if elected, I would be honored to support the chapter as its Treasurer.
Andrea Goldstein Shipper
Andrea Goldstein Shipper, MSLIS, is a Research and Education Librarian at the Health Sciences and Human Services Library at University of Maryland, Baltimore. She has been a member of MAC since joining the HSHSL in 2011. As a MAC member, Andrea has served as a member of the Nominating Committee, a member and chair of the Research and Assessment Committee, and chair of the Annual Meeting Papers Committee for both the 2018 and 2021 meetings.
Statement of Interest
Since joining MAC in 2011, I have had a number of opportunities to learn and grow through presenting at MAC meetings and serving on chapter committees. I would be honored to serve on the MAC board as treasurer to give back to the community that provided so many professional development opportunities and connections with colleagues for me as a new librarian.
MAC Nominee to the MLA Nominating Committee
Rebecca Carlson, MLS, AHIP is a health sciences librarian and Liaison to the Eshelman School of Pharmacy at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill where she contributes to education, research, and evidence-based practice initiatives. In previous roles, Carlson was a clinical librarian and a nursing librarian. She has her MLS from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill School of Library and Information Science and her BA from Concordia University-Portland. Carlson is currently a fellow in the 2021-2022 MLA Research Training Institute and previously served as a member of the MLA 2021 National Program Committee, chair of the MLA Interprofessional Education and Practice Caucus, the Community Council Liaison to the Clinical Support Domain Hub Liaison, and as a member of other MLA committees and communities. Within MAC-MLA, Carlson has served on the Honors and Awards Committee since 2019 and was a member of the LAC Committee for the 2019 Chapter Meeting.
I would be honored to serve on the MLA Nominating Committee and represent the diverse voices and perspectives of MLA members by helping to identify future MLA leaders and present them to the MLA membership. It is crucial to MLA’s ongoing success to ensure that MLA nominees for President-Elect and the Directors come from diverse candidates with strong leadership skills and a vision for the future of medical libraries and our association. Consequently, the work of the Nominating Committee is important and essential. I have served in various roles in MLA committees since 2015 and in regional chapters since 2012 and value any opportunity to meet the goals of the committee and the larger organization while ensuring members have seamlessly inclusive and accessible experience.
As part of the Research and Education Department at the Virginia Commonwealth University Health Sciences Library, John works with physicians, students, and residents in the VCU School of Medicine and at VCU Health to support research, learning, and patient care. John also served as Interim Co-Head of the Research and Education Department for 2020-2021. His scholarly interests include uncertainty in evidence-based practice and decision-making, evidence synthesis methods, and assessment of consultative library services. Before joining the faculty at VCU Libraries in 2012, he was a health sciences librarian at Louisiana State University in Shreveport, Louisiana. John earned his MLIS from Louisiana State University in 2009.
Statement of Interest
I am interested in serving as the MAC representative on the MLA Nominating Committee because it offers me a way to give our chapter a voice in national conversations. Leadership in health sciences librarianship is a critical skill that is not limited to those in managerial positions. Service is one avenue for increasing leadership experience without taking on managerial responsibilities, and it allows librarians to apply skills that they may already have in another context. Since starting in my position at Virginia Commonwealth University in 2012, I have been involved in MAC in different roles: as part of the Nominating Committee, Honors and Awards Committee, and on various conference committees. I have come to value involvement in MAC as a way to connect with local colleagues and build a network closer to home to share ideas and inform my practice. I have also pursued service as part of MLA on the JMLA editorial board, as member then chair of the Research & Evidence-Based Practice Curriculum Committee, and currently as a member of the Education Steering Committee. Service through MLA has allowed me to reflect on my work within a larger community of practice and contribute to increasingly complex issues. Because of my work at both the regional and national levels, I hope to be able to effectively identify and advocate for MAC colleagues to take on leadership roles in MLA.