MLA’s highest professional distinction recognizes a career that has resulted in lasting and outstanding contributions to medical librarianship. The award considers sustained and notable achievement in one of these 3 areas: fostering the art and science of health sciences library service; supporting health sciences research, education, and patient care; or promoting cooperation and communication among members. It also recognizes demonstrated distinguished service and leadership in health sciences librarianship in at least the areas of mentoring, publishing, and service in professional associations. A nominee’s contributions are also assessed for utility (serving the needs of the profession, with usefulness and relevance in practice); durability of influence on the field of health sciences librarianship; comprehensiveness of achievements as a whole; and propriety (i.e., in keeping with the ethical code of the profession and association). The awardee receives an engraved sterling silver bowl at the MLA annual meeting.