JMLA's Equity Initiative

In 2020, the Journal of the Medical Library Association (JMLA) launched an initiative aimed at providing more equitable opportunities for authors, reviewers, and editorial team members. As part of this initiative, we formed an equity workgroup of select JMLA editors and editorial board members focused on implementing this work and issued a continuing call for manuscripts that address social injustices; speak to diversity, equity, and inclusion in our workforce and among our user communities; share critical perspectives on health sciences librarianship; or are authored by individuals who are Black, Indigenous, or People of Color. We are engaging in deep interrogation and revision of journal processes and policies to identify and remove barriers to publishing in, reviewing for, or working with JMLAWe welcome your feedback and ideas for improvement via email sent to or submissions to our anonymous virtual suggestion box

Equity Workgroup

JJ Pionke, MLA Proceedings Editor

Katherine G. Akers, Senior Editor

Kelsa Bartley, Editorial Board Member, Liaison to MLA DEI Committee

Alexander Carroll, Interim Editor-in-Chief

Thane Chambers, Assistant Editor

Dean Giustini, Editorial Board Member

LaTeesa James, Editorial Board Member

Melissa Kahili-Heede, Editorial Board Member

Brenda M. Linares, AHIP, Liaison to MLA Board of Directors

Beverly Murphy, AHIP, FMLA, Obituaries Editor, Liaison to MLA AAMLA Caucus

Melanie J. Norton, Book Reviews Editor

Amy Reyes, Editorial Board Member, Liaison to MLA Latinx Caucus

Seema Bhakta, Liaison to the Asian Diaspora Coalition of Medical Librarians Caucus

JMLA Editorials

Striving for equity: An update from the Journal of the Medical Library Association. July 2021 

Racial, gender, sexual, and disability identities of the Journal of the Medical Library Association’s editorial board, reviewers, and authors. April 2021

MLAConnect Articles

Announcing New JMLA Editorial Board Members. Aug 5, 2021

JMLA Seeks Applicants for Editorial Board Members. May 7, 2021

JMLA's Equity Initiative: An Update, Apr 1, 2021

An Apology from JMLA, Dec 17, 2020

JMLA Call for Submissions and Commitment to Equity, Aug 27, 2020