I too am a public librarian, my specialty is medicine. I am pursuing AHIP even as we "speak". I'm not sure I will get it, but that's besides the point. Our institution has a program in place called a professional development program and I chose to pursue AHIP as my plan. I personally feel it will help me in my career because the medical section is the most popular section in the library. I circualate 2,000 to 3,000 books per month from my building alone. I feel it is imparative that I am as active with Medical Librarianship as is possible because I am somewhat secluded from the actual health care loop. So I am working on AHIP and active in my local group. I regard many of the requirements as something that I may never be able to do but goals are to reach for. That's enough LaNae Kristy Phoenix Public Library P.S. The collection is so imporant to our public that they regularly steal everything they can get their hands on including two Health Reference Disks! GRR On Wed, 10 Aug 1994, JOHN A. SABLE wrote: > This message is in response to the discussion about AHIP and credentialing > for Health Sciences/ Medical Librarians. I am a recent graduate of a library > science program(September 1993). I am a member of MLA. > > I work in a public library (Yes, a public library). I answer medical questions > and give out information of a medical nature every day. I have a question: > Since I work in a public library, do I need to have membership in AHIP to > work and answer medical questions in a public library? > NO!!! > Here are some other questions I have: > 1. What federal or state statute requires that I be a member in AHIP to have > a job in a medical library? > > 2. If I am applying for a job, can I be denied employment because I do not > have membership in AHIP? > > 3. If I am in a position currently where my boss says I must join AHIP, > can I be terminated if I refuse? > > 4. Can anyone guarantee that any candidate for a job is a better librarian > because they are a member of AHIP? > > 5. What federal or state agency gives MLA the authority to credential medical > librarians? > > Please understand I think membership in AHIP is fine if a person wants it. > Requiring membership is another question. I intend to pursue membership in > AHIP because I want it. The legal ramifications of requiring membership in > AHIP need further investigation. > > My pet peeve is salaries. When are the library associations (ALA included) > going to address the issue of salaries and job parity? If you can barely > afford membership in your library association, then there is an issue that > needs to be addressed. > > JOHN A. SABLE > Reference Librarian > Business, Science and Technology Division > Queens Borough Public Library > Internet: [log in to unmask] > > The opinions expressed above are mine alone and are not those of the > Queens Borough Public Library.