Dr. Ana Cleveland receives highest professional distinction from the Medical Library Association

Regents Professor, Dr. Ana Cleveland is the recipient of the 2018 Marcia C. Noyes Award, the highest honor that the Medical Library Association confers.  

The award, established in 1974, is in memory of Marcia C. Noyes, a medical librarian who shaped the vocation of medical librarianship. The award recognizes a career that has resulted in outstanding and lifelong contributions to the field of medical librarianship. It considers sustained and notable achievement in one of these 3 areas: fostering the art and science of health sciences library service; supporting health sciences research, education, and patient care, or promoting cooperation and communication among members.  It also recognizes demonstrated distinguished service and leadership in health sciences librarianship in at least the areas of mentoring, publishing, and service in professional associations.

“I am deeply honored to be selected as the recipient of the Marcia C. Noyes Award,” said Cleveland. “It is like receiving a crown jewel for my years of service to the profession. Marcia Noyes was an innovating pioneer who helped lay the foundations for modern health sciences librarianship.”

Ana’s involvement in the MLA spans several years, and since joining the association she has held a number of positions on committees, task forces and interest groups, including the International Evidence-Based Medicine Committee, the Communities of Practice Task Force and the Primary Care Special Interest Group, to name a few.

"Throughout my career, I have tried to follow Marcia C. Noyes' dedication and guidance in advancing health informatics," said Cleveland. That sincere commitment to the profession and years of leadership in the MLA have led to Ana receiving several awards. In 2000, she was the recipient of the Lucretia W. McClure Excellence in Education Award, and in 2010, she received the Janet Doe Lectureship for her lecture Miles to go before we sleep: education, technology, and the changing paradigms in health information.

Dr. Cleveland, who is also the Sarah Law Kennerly Endowed Professor, heads the nationally ranked Health Informatics program offered by the department. For many years, she also served as the Director of the Houston Program, devoting her time and resources to recruiting and mentoring future librarians. 

Ana will receive the award on May 20th during the MLA’s annual meeting to be held from May 18-23, 2018 in Atlanta, GA.