The Research Imperative: The Research Policy Statement of the Medical Library Association
MLA's Partners: Who Will Make It Happen?
Just as the research important to MLA and its members covers a broad range of interests and concerns, the community of stakeholders is also diverse. Building on Hallam and Partridge's  discussion of the responsibilities of library educators, employers, individual professionals, and professional associations in EBLIP, this policy statement views stakeholders broadly. They come from a variety of disciplines and serve as essential partners in advancing the research that underpins the health information sciences knowledgebase and informs best practices. They include individual librarians and informaticians, NLM , graduate schools of library and information science, employers, and other a ssociations and organizations. These stakeholders, with MLA, share interests in information policy, informatics, information practice, information access, delivery, services, and achievement of improved health care through quality information.
Stakeholders can help create a culture or environment in which evidence-based practice can flourish by supporting MLA and the health sciences library and information profession in the following areas:
As well as encouraging all stakeholders to communicate and promote MLA's research policy statement and research priorities to all their constituencies, MLA also encourages all stakeholders to play a role in helping to create and maintain this environment. The following are suggested roles for stakeholders to help advance MLA's research imperative.
Individual librarians and informaticians create the foundation on which the profession’s knowledgebase is built. Personal rewards for research initiatives are plentiful and include professional growth, promotion and tenure, collegial recognition, and grant awards. Roles for members include:
As the nation’s leading library for the health sciences, NLM has traditionally provided strong leadership for improved information practices and policies for the benefit of the public’s health. In keeping with this tradition, NLM is encouraged to:
Graduate schools of library and information science are responsible for preparing the future workforce for best practices in an increasingly complex information landscape. EBLIP skills are fundamental to success in this environment for all librarians. Roles for the library and information sciencegraduate school community include:
Employers can help ensure best practices in health information in their own institutions and optimal return on these investments by supporting and advancing EBLIP. Roles for employers include:
1. Hallam G, Partridge H. Evidence based library and information practice: whose responsibility is it anyway? Evidence Based Libr Inf Pract 2006;1(3):88–94.
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Last Updated: 2007 September 14