Consortia Membership and Professional Organizations

The South Central Chapter of the Medical Library Association (SCC/MLA) is one of 13 chapters of the Medical Library Association (MLA), a professional organization of individuals and institutions in the field of health sciences librarianship. Membership in SCC/MLA is open to anyone interested in health sciences librarianship, and most members reside or work in the south central states of Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas.

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine South Central Region (NN/LM SCR) provides resource sharing & document delivery via Interlibrary Loan (ILL) systems and DOCLINE. Education, outreach and funding opportunities are made available. The Rudolph Matas Library is a resource library for the South Central Region.

LOUIS: The Louisiana Library Network is a project of the Louisiana Academic Library Information Network (LALINC), a consortium of public and private college and university libraries. This partnership, established in 1992 by academic library deans and directors, currently has 47 members, and is funded by LALINC members and the Louisiana Board of Regents. With a centralized support staff, LOUIS combines the collective resources of all members to produce a dynamic library consortium. LOUIS provides member-approved initiatives, which include information technology solutions such as an integrated library system, an interlibrary loan system, electronic scholarly resources, remote access to resources any time, any place, as well as a host of other services.

The South Central Academic Medical Libraries Consortium, also known as SCAMeL, is a consortium of academic medical libraries whose directors comprise the Board of Directors. Its mission is to improve information services, library operations, and resource sharing in its member libraries in Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas. Neville Prendergast, Director of the Matas Library, is on the Board of Directors. Cooperative projects and grants are made available to the membership.

The Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL) promotes the success of its members through relevant programming and services; benchmarking; advocacy; partnerships with like-minded organizations; and the development of a community of colleague. The Matas Library is a library member of AAHSL. Statistical resources on health sciences libraries are collected and published.