Bluegrass Medical Libraries











Greater Midwest Region, National Network of Libraries of Medicine
A contract program with the National Library of Medicine, based at the University of Illinois at Chicago Library of the Health Sciences, the Greater Midwest Region includes Kentucky.  Click on the "services for librarians" section of their home page to find out everything from the latest on DOCLINE, to training materials, to funding opportunities.

Kentucky Council of Health Science Libraries
Made up of representatives from all Kentucky library consortia that have medical/health science members, the purpose of this organization is to promote and support library service and librarianship.  The objectives of the Council are:  1) to provide a means of communication within the State, and between the State and the Greater Midwest Region, 2) to identify and express issues and concerns of health science libraries in Kentucky, 3) to strengthen cooperative and network activities among Kentucky health science libraries, and 4) to strengthen national and regional network activities.   The current BML representative is Winn Theirl, UK Medical Center Library. 

Kentucky Health Sciences Library Consortium
Made up primarily of health science libraries in the Louisville area, the consortium also offers individual membership. For more information, see


Kentucky Library Association
The Mission of the Kentucky Library Association (KLA) is to provide leadership for the development, promotion and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to enhance and ensure access to information for all. Many of the Special Library Section members are medical/health science librarians.

Medical Library Association
The Medical Library Association (MLA) is organized exclusively for scientific and educational purposes, and is dedicated to the support of health sciences research, education, and patient care. MLA fosters excellence in the professional achievement and leadership of health sciences library and information professionals to enhance the quality of health care, education, and research.

Midwest Chapter, Medical Library Association
The boundaries of this Chapter are Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, and Wisconsin. Personal membership is open to any individual working in or interested in health science libraries. It is not necessary to belong to the Medical Library Association to join the Chapter, although the Chapter does encourage membership in the national organization.

Special Library Association, Kentucky Chapter
The 82 members of the Kentucky Chapter of SLA represent many of the different information environments in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Founded in 1972, the chapter continues to provide members with opportunities for ongoing professional development, personal and professional networking, and keeping informed of developments in technology and in the profession at large.

last update: 01/12/05