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What is MAC?

The Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Medical Library Association (MAC-MLA) is an organization of health sciences librarians and other information professionals serving the District of Columbia, Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia and Western Pennsylvania.

The purpose of MAC is to promote excellence in health sciences librarianship in the Mid-Atlantic region. The Chapter also serves as a vital link to the national activities of the Medical Library Association.

Benefits for professionals, paraprofessionals and library school students

  • Networking
    • Increased interaction and communication with colleagues
    • Opportunity to meet and network with working health information professionals in the region
    • Online membership directory
    • MAC Blog: A blog with an emphasis on MAC and regional activities, upcoming professional development programs, and information about employment opportunities
  • Professional Growth
    • The MAC Web site provides access to Chapter documents and policies. It also provides a listing of Chapter members and their areas of expertise – an excellent source for consultations, informal advice, etc.
    • Annual meeting programs geared to special interest groups such as hospital librarians, online searching, and technical and reference services librarians
    • Reduced rates for meeting attendance
    • Participation in Chapter offices, programs, and committees
    • CE classes, AHIP Counseling and much more
  • MAC Scholars Program: The MAC Conference Scholars program is open to any MLS or MIS student (when student specific awards are not available), new librarian, or paraprofessional in the Mid-Atlantic Chapter region who has a demonstrated interest in health sciences librarianship or medical informatics as a career. This conference scholarship provides:
    • Travel, lodging, and registration for the MAC Annual Meeting in October
    • Complimentary MAC membership for 1-year
    • Participation as a member of a Chapter committee and involvement in Chapter projects
  • Professional Recognition via Chapter Awards

The MAC Executive Board, Committees, and membership work to:

  • Foster improved communication and professional growth among health information professionals
  • Develop programs and services which meet the specific needs of the Mid-Atlantic region
  • Represent the interests of MAC membership on national MLA committees and councils
  • Educate members about relevant issues affecting the profession
  • Promote the leadership role of the MAC information professional in providing access to health sciences information