WSU emerita faculty member and retired animal health sciences librarian Vicki Croft is among the team that earned the 2016 Medical Library Association’s Section Project of the Year Award. The honor was announced during the MLA annual meeting May 13-18 in Toronto, Canada.
Croft, Laura Rey of Texas A&M University, Susanne Whitaker, formerly of Cornell University, and Gretchen Stephens of Purdue University collaborated on the winning project, titled “Promoting and Advocating for the Profession: Creating a Multi-Faceted Illustrated History of the Veterinary Medical Libraries Section (VMLS) and Its Impact.”
According to the project statement, it “was designed to be more than a history lesson. The committee wanted to ensure that the project could be utilized in a variety of ways. As an advocacy tool, the project has served to make the greater community of medical librarians aware of the impact of librarians on veterinary medicine through peer-reviewed articles published about the section.
“Since these diverse articles are part of the scholarly record, they will be discoverable to future generations of librarians. The project serves as a model for other sections to help develop their own section histories.”
The MLA Section Project of the Year Award is given to an MLA section that demonstrates creativity, ingenuity, cooperation and leadership within the framework of the section’s mandate. The recipient section receives a certificate at the annual meeting and a $500 cash award.