Value of Using Library and Information Services
In May 1999, the Board of Directors of the Medical Library Association
(MLA) approved the association priorities for 1999/2000. As part
of the association's advocacy program, the board approved the following
priority: promote the profession and the value of library and health
information professionals. The preceding request for proposals (rfp)
was developed as part of that initiative. The rfp objective is to
develop a way to determine the economic benefit to the institution
of using the health sciences library and information services. The
data needs to be presented in such a way that it can be used by
health sciences librarians to determine the value of library services
to upper management in hospitals/medical centers. MLA's research
policy statement, Using Scientific
Evidence to Improve Information Practice, details the research
interests of the association.
The Medical Library Association (MLA) was founded in 1898 by four
physicians and four librarians. It is the largest association of
health sciences information professionals in the world. MLA has
members in 55 countries and the United States and has operating
agreements with other health information groups in Europe and Canada.
The mission of the association is to foster excellence in the professional
achievement and leadership of health sciences library and information
professionals to enhance the quality of health care, education,
and research. In 1995, the association adopted its research policy
statement cited above. Health sciences librarians collect, analyze,
evaluate, package and disseminate information to facilitate accurate
decision-making in health care and health-related settings. MLA
is concerned with professional development, advocacy, research,
national information policy, and information technology.
All applicants must submit two copies of their proposal to MLA.
Each completed application must be typed. Unless otherwise specified,
all page lengths in the RFP are in terms of regular 10 or 12 pitch
type, double-spaced, not reduced. Concise proposals are encouraged.
The deadline for receipt of proposals is March 17, 2000.
The award will be announced by March 31, 2000.
Please direct any inquiries and mail proposal to
Director of Research and Information Systems
Medical Library Association
65 East Wacker Place
Suite 1900 Chicago, IL