Linda Katz AHIP First-Time Applicant Award

Purpose: To encourage members of the chapter to apply for membership in the Academy of Health Information Professionals [AHIP]. 


  • Current member of the Chapter and MLA. 
  • Member must have paid for AHIP membership out of pocket (Membership fee cannot have been paid by institution or other funding source). 
  • First- time applicant for AHIP membership 
  • Completed AHIP documentation and submitted to MLA. 


  • Applicants will submit a Letter of Application via email to the Professional Recognition Committee Chair prior to the last day of proceeding the Annual Meeting. 
  • The Letter of Application should state briefly why they are applying for AHIP accreditation and how it will assist their professional goals. 
  • Applicants must have completed and submitted all required AHIP documentation, including fee payment, to MLA Headquarters prior to applying for the Chapter’s AHIP Award. Proof of payment and submission must be submitted with the Letter of Application. 

  • Applicants need not be members of MLA (National), but this award will only cover the MLA member application fee that is currently charged for Member Academy level or above, or Provisional Academy level. Please check MLA web site for current fees.  

  • Award recipients are expected to serve on a chapter committee for a minimum of one calendar year. 
  • Up to 2 members will receive the cost of AHIP accreditation which will be available annually. Preference will be given to members not currently serving on the board. 
  • Members are eligible to apply for this award if they applied for the AHIP credential from 2021 to present.  

  • Professional Recognition Committee Chair will acknowledge applications upon receipt via email. 

  • Awardees will be acknowledged at the Chapter’s Annual Meeting and announced on the Chapter’s various communication channels. 


Complete an application form, letter of application, and provide proof of payment for the AHIP fee to the Professional Recognition Committee.

Linda Katz Short Biography 

Linda M. G. Katz, a dedicated member of the Philadelphia Regional Chapter, was a strong advocate for AHIP credentialing. She was also involved at the national level of the organization, where she served as the editor of the Medical Library Association publication, MLA News for six years (2006-2011). She retired as Associate Director of Health Sciences Libraries from Drexel University in June 2013. 

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