MLA's Future: Issues, Challenges, and Choices
| Note: During the summer of 2002, the MLA
Board of Directors presented a draft strategic thinking document entitled
"MLA Future: Issues, Challenges and Choices." With significant
input from members, the document was revised and is ready for further
This document is intended for members to guide our association and
our plans for the future. When finalized, it can be adapted for use
with external audiences such as library users, healthcare administrators,
legislators, and other professional organizations. The nomenclature
used in the document reflects our vision of a community of health
information professionals who may refer to themselves as health sciences
librarians, medical librarians, health information experts, or some
other term that is meaningful within a particular environment.
The board discussed the plan at its January 2003 meeting, and provided
the opportunity for members attending Spring 2003 chapter meetings
Strategic Plan, Draft #2
MLA believes that quality information is essential for improved health.
MLA aspires to be the association of the most visible, valued, and trusted
health information experts with proven positive influence on the quality
of health in the world.
MLA's Core Values
On behalf of the profession, MLA is committed to:
- improving the knowledge and skills of health information professionals;
- advocating new directions and roles for the profession that respond
to needs in society;
- advancing health information research and evidence-based practice;
- upholding and promoting the Code of Ethics for Health Sciences Librarians.
On behalf of society, MLA is committed to:
- advancing the valuable role of health information professionals in
providing the best health information to all who work in healthcare,
health education and biomedical research;
- promoting the use of scientific evidence in making health care decisions;
- improving the public's awareness and use of quality health information;
- promoting a sense of community and collaboration with similar organizations
to ensure that the best health information is available to all.
MLA Goals and Objectives
- Recruitment, Membership and Leadership in the Profession
MLA will recruit and retain talented individuals from diverse backgrounds
to become health information professionals, serve them through the association,
and foster their leadership roles in the association and the profession.
Life Long Learning
- MLA will aggressively promote health sciences librarianship and
other health information careers to individuals from diverse backgrounds,
including members of related health and information professions, high
school and college students, and others to meet the increased need
for health information professionals.
- MLA will promote exploration of new health information professional
roles, knowledge and skills to better serve society.
- MLA will promote mentorship and leadership opportunities to support
the development and flourishing of 21st Century health information
MLA will be the leading educational provider and facilitator for life-long
learning opportunities in health information and knowledge management.
- MLA will expand the market for its education programs to include
students, health professionals, and the public to promote access
and use of quality health information.
- MLA will expand its health information education programs' content
and delivery methods to meet the needs of expanded audiences wherever
- MLA will offer credentialing programs that recognize special expertise
to promote the value of life long learning.
- MLA will seek partnerships with other organizations and institutions
such as graduate schools of library and information science to encourage
the provision of education opportunities for health information
MLA will demonstrate to the health care, education, and research communities,
and the public the value of quality health information to society and
the role that health information professionals play in producing and
managing that information.
Creating and Communicating our Knowledge
- MLA will be the leading advocate for professional concerns of
health information experts in our society.
- MLA will aggressively promote the value of health information
and the ability of health information professionals to serve the
health information needs of health professionals, decision-makers,
and the public.
- MLA will serve as a leading advocate for unrestricted, affordable,
and permanent access for all to quality health information and scientific
communication that advances health.
MLA will create a professional research knowledge base that provides
evidence to link the information services provided by health information
professionals to improved health care and advances in biomedical research.
Building a Network of Partners
- MLA will promote and support health information research, and
capture other knowledge about health sciences libraries and librarians
that members can use to advance the practice of health sciences
- MLA will assist in enabling its members to use advanced information
technologies in the processing, organization and dissemination of
health information and develop systems and content for the benefit
of its members.
MLA will actively serve every professional and student working in health
care and provide health information to the public through a global network
of members and partners who share expertise and resources.
- MLA will seek local, regional, national and international partnerships
with others who share its values and goals on information access
programs such as outreach to underserved communities.
- MLA will work to develop international connections that support
access to quality information for improved health for all. MLA will
support the information needs of the growing range of individuals
engaged in providing health information services to the public.
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