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The MLA News welcomes submissions from all MLA members, committees, sections, and chapters. If it’s important to MLA members, we want to know about it! 

  • All MLA News material, including events and personals, should be sent to the editor, Cheryl Rowan, unless it concerns the subject areas of the column editors listed on the Full Editorial Team
  • Use the MLA Style Manual as you draft your article to answer questions about spelling, style, and references.
  • Submit your article via email. Please include “MLA News copy” in the subject line. Articles should not exceed 700 words; no more than 5 references are allowed.
  • All articles submitted should contain timely information. Unit meeting recaps, survey results, awards, and so on, should be submitted as soon as possible after they have occurred.
  • All articles are subject to editing and abridgment.
  • Photographs and illustrations are encouraged. Images copied from the web often have copyright questions; please submit original images. 
  • Letters to the editor are encouraged and will be published as space permits. Though letters may take issue with anything published in the MLA News, all letters must be respectful in tone and avoid confrontational or inflammatory language.
  • Products, services, and events published in the MLA News do not constitute MLA’s endorsement or approval, and authors must not communicate an endorsement or approval.
  • Submission deadlines are 6 weeks prior to publication.
  • Submission does not guarantee publication. 

The MLA News, transitioned to an all-digital format in January 2017. The MLA News is electronic only and has been expanded to include a wider range of content, with an improved online reader interface.

This change will integrate all MLA-produced articles and information into a single online space where the reader is at the center of the experience and where it is easy to find content that is of interest to the individual. The expanded MLA News will integrate current MLA News content with content from MLA headquarter blogs and from sections or special interest groups (SIGs); for example, section newsletters or posts. It will also integrate links to the Journal of the Medical Library Association (JMLA) articles that will be published on the new JMLA online platform. The current MLA News editorial structure will remain (editor-in-chief plus column editors), with an expanded list of key contributors that could include individuals from sections, SIGs, and staff.

The newletter has been in print since November 1961. The last print edition was the November/December 2016 issue. The all-digital edition remains a free benefit of membership in MLA.

Full Editorial team: click here