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Programs

MLA programs are organized as follows:

1. Community

  • Members: access to member-only resources and communities, such as Sections and Special Interest Groups (SIGs)
  • Sections: large groups of members who coalesce around major themes of long-term concern to the membership, such as, but are not limited to, types of libraries or library functions. Section members share information with each other and the general membership in order to educate, strategize, and further the aims of the Association.
  • Special Interest Groups: groups of members who coalesce around specialized or topical themes of concern.
  • Chapters: regional groups of individuals (no MLA membership requirement) who offer regional meetings, continuing education opportunities, newsletters, networking, and many other programs and services.
  • International: societies from around the world affiliated with MLA, as well as specific discussion groups open to all.
  • Public communities: communities administered by MLA open to all, such as MEDLIB-L and BACKMED-EXCHANGE.
  • Social media: MLA's presence on social media

2. Recognition

  • Awards and honors: to recognize important achievements in the field of medical librarianship and health information

3. Meetings

  • Annual meeting: over 2,000 attendees, many of whom present their own work via talks or posters, highly productive interactions with exhibitors (publishers, journals and others), networking, discussions on the latest issues and more.
  • Chapter meetings: regional meetings organized by chapters

4. Professional Development

  • Continued Education: offerings of face-to-face and online classes on topics that develop knowledge on the critical professional competencies for health information professionals.
  • Credentialing: MLA's peer-reviewed professional development and career recognition program (Academy for Health Information Professionals - AHIP).
  • Specializations: education and recognition in the areas of Disaster Information and Consumer Health Information
  • Mentoring: a network of experienced members available to mentor other members in numerous specific areas of interest.
  • Rising Stars: a program for members who are interested in attaining leadership roles in MLA.
  • Careers: a career job board, as well as specific career support initiatives and resources.

5. Publications

  • JMLA: the Journal of the Medical Library Association, a peer-reviewed quarterly journal that seeks to advance the practice and research knowledgebase of health sciences librarianship, available to members as well as on PubMed Central.
  • MLA News: a trove of for practical tips, the latest resources, and association news, in 10 issues per year, available to members only.
  • MLA Focus: MLA's members-only e-mail newsletter, published twice per month.
  • MLA blogs: posts what is going on at MLA, in the profession and internationally, open for all to read.
  • MLA Books: published by MLA on topics important to medical librarians and other information professionals. 
  • MLA Oral History: a project that conducts and preserves interviews that help illuminate the history of health sciences librarianship and of MLA.
  • Information for patients health consumers: guide to high-quality health information websites and access to useful resources.

6. Public Policy

  • Action Alerts: call-to-actions on time sensitive legislative issues
  • Key Legislation: legislation affecting the health information profession, ranging from NIH and NLM funding to copyright, intellectual property and information access.
  • Latest news: play-by-play of important events or achievements.

7. Aim for Excellence

8. International Programs

MLA seeks to have an impact throughout the world in building international partnerships and supporting the information needs of underserved individuals through a specific international program.