JJ Pionke, Applied Health Sciences Librarian for the Social Sciences, Health, and Education Library (SSHEL) and Assistant Professor, has been named President-Elect of the Midwest Chapter of the Medical Library Association. Pionke was elected by members of the association and will take his position at the end of the October 2022 Annual Business Meeting.
Upon being named President-Elect, Pionke had the following remarks:
“I am really excited about this opportunity to join the leadership of the Midwest Chapter of the Medical Library Association. Formed in 1950, MCMLA has a long history of supporting medical librarians in the Midwest both through an annual meeting and through various committees. As president, my main goal is to bring the discussion of accessibility and disability in libraries to the forefront of MCMLA. I hope to call together a task force to evaluate our policies, especially for the annual meeting, so that MCMLA becomes a positive example of accessibility done right. As my election is a three-year commitment, president-elect/president/past president, I will have plenty of time to hopefully implement accessible policies.”
The Midwest Chapter of the Medical Library Association unites librarians with an interest or career in health sciences subjects or health sciences librarianship. The MCMLA represents Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, and Wisconsin. The election results announcement can be found at the following link.
Congratulations to JJ Pionke for this incredible achievement! We look forward to the great accomplishments his presidency and administration will perform.