The Academy of Health Information Professionals
ALA-Accredited master's degree
Professional association activities requirement
At the Senior and Distinguished member level, there are point requirements for professional association activities. Relevant associations include those in library and information science, medical informatics, and the health sciences.
Curriculum vita (CV)
"A comprehensive (generally three to ten pages) biographical statement emphasizing professional qualifications and activities" (Carl McDaniels, Developing a professional vita or resume, 1990); contrast with resume. See Curriculum Vita Guidelines for information on what to include in a CV.
Individuals holding non-ALA accredited masters degrees are required to document coursework in all areas of Professional Competencies. The following types of activities qualify: academic courses taken for credit and continuing education courses.
Employment, length of
Full time employment is considered 24 hours or more per week (Credentialing Committee, May 1999).
Candidates with part-time professional experience must accumulate the required full-time equivalent years of work experience. For example, ten-years' experience in a half-time position is equivalent to five years' experience in a full-time position.
Foreign postbaccalaureate degree
A master's degree from an institution outside of the U.S. or Canada. These degrees will be checked with the ALA Standing Committee on Library Education for ALA-accredited equivalency. If the degree is judged to not be equivalent, the condidate must document coursework in the areas of professional competencies.
Health information field
Candidates are required to have professional work experience in an health information field for a specified period of time. A health information field includes library, information science, or informatics in the biomedical sciences and/or health care. Serving a school of nursing in a general academic library or working in the consumer health section of a public library qualifies as health information fields.
MLA activities that count toward the Distinguished Level requirement
To qualify for the Distinguished Member level, an applicant must document at least five (5) points of MLA activities. The following activities qualify toward these points:
An activity which contributed to the health information field or contributes to the professional development of the individual, including continuing education, teaching, publishing, association activities, consulting, etc.
An applicant who has a master's degree that is not ALA-accredited is required to document coursework in all Professional Competencies as defined in MLA's Educational Policy Statement, Competencies for Lifelong Learning and Professional Success.
"An individualized summary (usually one to two pages) of personal, educational and experience qualifications intended to demonstrate fitness for a particular position" (Carl McDaniels, Developing a professional vita or resume, 1990); contrast with curriculum vita.
Instructional opportunities that are sponsored by an organization, such as MLA or NLM. Academic coursework, journal clubs, and self-directed learning is not considered sponsored instruction.
Medical Library Association
Last Updated: 2008 July 23