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Research Section

Members: 235     Discussions: 33     Files: 15

To join:

  1. Go to your membership information.
  2. Click "View" next to your current membership.
  3. Click the "Add package" button to add additional packages, and select the Research Section.

Since 1982, the MLA Research Section has served to advance library research within MLA and throughout the health communities within which libraries operate.   Join a network of friendly and like-minded colleagues interested in building research skills and applying library research and assessment to day-to-day library decisions and problems.

Member Benefits

  • Research Section website: Discover a wealth of research information and tools availabe to help you become an effective researcher.
  • Member directory: Connect with your peers!
  • Forum and discussion list: Connect with your peers and other research mentors and experts for news, trends, ideas, and advice.
  • Hypothesis: Read our online journal for interesting articles and the latest news and information about library research — publish results of your investigations in Hypothesis.
  • SurveyMonkey subscription: Create and publish online surveys and view results using the Research Section’s account. Guidelines and login information can be found in the section's file library. 
  • Continuing education opportunities: Participate in MLA CE classes and symposia and a wide array of professional activities tailored for the librarian researcher.
  • Leadership opportunities: Take an active role in one of many committees or programs—add section activities to your resume—earn points of professional activities to renew and advance your membership in the Academy of Health Information Professionals (AHIP).
  • Collaborate with research groups in chapters and other associations.
  • Share your ideas and speak your voice through surveys, feedback, and advocacy programs.

See the Research Section poster to learn more about the section. For additional information, contact the current Membership Committee Chair.

Join the Research Section for just $20 per year!

Public Resources and Programs

The Research Section gives out awards for posters and papers at the MLA annual meeting as well as papers published in JMLA. Both awards are open to all MLA members. 

The Research Section sponsors the Research Mentoring program that pairs MLA members that have research experience with librarians who are starting the research process. The Research Mentoring program is open to all MLA members.

The Research Section structured abstract format is used by JMLA and others.

Past issues of Hypothesis, the Research Section journal, are accessible to all. Hypothesis (ISSN 1093-5665) is published three times a year by the Section: Spring (March), Summer (July/August) and Fall (November). Items to be included should be sent to the editor by the 15th of the preceding month (i.e., February 15 for Spring, June 15 for Summer, October 15 for Fall). Copy is preferred by e-mail, but will be accepted in other formats.

Hypothesis V22-present, 2010-present

Hypothesis, V20, 2006-2008

Hypothesis, V11-19, 1997-2005 

Hypothesis, V1-10, 1987-1996

Research Section Leaders

Emily Mazure
Duke University
Chair, Section Council Alternate
Marie Tomlinson Ascher
New York Medical College
Chair Elect, Program Committee Chair
Merle Rosenzweig
University of Michigan
Immediate Past Chair, Nominating Committee Chair, Section Council Representative
Martha F. Earl
University of Tennessee
Secretary, Treasurer, and Education Chair
Sandra De Groote, AHIP
Awards Committee Chair
Beatriz G. Varman
Houston Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Center Library
Membership Committee Chair
Maureen Clark
University of Illinois - Chicago
Mentoring Co-Coordinator
Susan Lessick, AHIP, FMLA
Mentoring Co-Coordinator, Strategic Planning Committee Chair
Jennifer Staley
University Hospitals Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital
Mentoring Co-Coordinator
Jonathan Eldredge, AHIP
Research Agenda Committee Chair, International Research Chair
Brooke L Billman
University of Arizona
Community Manager