MLA Scholarly Communications Issues
MLA Committees, Activities, Selected Publications, and Continuing Education Opportunities
This page provides an overview of the work of MLA committees and task forces involved in the association's scholarly communications initiative. It also provides links to committee reports, other activities, select publications, and current MLA CE opportunities.
Committees and Task Forces
- Task Force on Scholarly Publishing
Established in 2004, the Task Force on Scholarly Publishing was charged with monitoring the issues, policies, and trends emerging in the scientific, technical, and medical (STM) publishing market that impact the quick dissemination, ease of access, and reasonable costs of quality biomedical information and research results. The task force was directed to assess how these trends and policies in scholarly publication directly impact biomedical libraries and to recommend new programs, special initiatives and other activities that MLA should pursue in order to support the various needs of MLA members. In 2007 the board disbanded the task force with thanks for successfully completing its charge, and upon their recommendation established the Ad Hoc Committee for Advocating Scholarly Communication.
- Ad Hoc Committee for Advocating Scholarly Communications.
The committee is charged with educating and supporting MLA members while addressing and providing
leadership on the issues, policies, and trends emerging in the STM
(scientific, technical and medical) publishing market which impact the
quick dissemination, ease of access, and reasonable costs of quality
biomedical information and research results. The committee is also charged with assessing
how these trends and policies in scholarly publication directly impact
biomedical libraries and with recommending and implementing new programs, special
initiatives and other activities that MLA should pursue in order to
support the various needs of MLA members. Due to the diversity of MLA’s membership and their involvement in scholarly communication issues, the committee must consider the broader issues that cut across the different types of health science libraries and their biomedical settings. The committee should also consider the broader issues within scholarly communication, including peer review, authors rights, and citation analysis.
- Governmental Relations Committee (GRC) and Joint MLA/AAHSL Legislative Task Force
MLA's Governmental Relations Committee and Legislative Task Force monitor existing and pending legislation, the implementation of public laws, and actions by federal executive departments, and develop and promulgate a consistent association position on information policy issues. Access to information in support of the delivery of health care, education, and research by health professionals and the public is a key priority. The member of the GRC serves as liaison to the Ad Hoc Committee for Advocating Scholarly Communication, and regular communication is maintained between the two committees.
Committee and Task Force Reports and Statements
- MLA News Article: The Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) Directive: What It Is and What You Need to Know, by Sandra Bandy and Jean Song (January 2014)
- MLA News Article: The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research (FASTR) Act: What It Is and What You Need to Know, by Sanndra Bandy and Jean Song (November/December 2013)
- MLA/AAHSL Comments to National Cancer Instititute re: Its Proposed Policy, "Ensuring Public Availability of Results from NIC-Supported Trials." (November 2013)
- MLA/AAHSL Comments to the National Institutes of Health re: Its Draft Genomic Data Sharing Policy (November 18, 2013)
- 2013 Committee Fact Sheet: AUTHOR IDENTIFIERS: Tackling Author Name Ambiguity
- 2012 Scholarly Communications Annual Meeting Open Forum Presentation; May 2012 (PowerPoint, 4.8 KB)
- MLA/AAHSL Comments to NIH re: Data and Informatics (March 2012)
- NIH Public Access Policy: Overview for Librarians (PowerPoint, 3.8 MB); also available as a PDF
(1.8 MB); Updated August 2010; Developed September 2009
- MLA Statement to Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) re: Expanding Public Access Policies; January 19, 2010
- OSTP blog, including public access policies and all comments submitted , including MLA's, on expansion of public access policies.
- MLA News Article: Google Books, The Amended Settlement: What Does It Mean for Libraries? by Karen Albert and Lucretia W. McClure (January 2010)
- Final Report of the Scholarly Publishing Task Force
- Report on definition of open access presented to MLA Board of Directors
Select Articles and Publications
- MLA News article: Do Open Access Initiatives Influence Journal Collection Development Decisions? A Report from the Ad Hoc Committee for Advocating Scholarly Communications, by Barbara Epstein (November/December 2010)
- MLA News article: NIH Public Access Policy: Still in the Quiet Period, by Barbara Epstein (February 2009)
- MLA News article: Why Should You Care About the NIH Public Access Policy, by Michelle Brewer (January 2009)
- JMLA article: Open Access: Implications for Scholarly Publishing and Medical Libraries, by Karen Albert ( July 2006)
- JMLA editorial, "Whose Business is It ?" by T. Scott Plutchak (July 2003)
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