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Member Benefits

Member Benefits

Whether you're looking for personal growth or advocacy for your institution, MLA's membership categories and benefits are designed to fit your needs. No matter which category you choose, your MLA membership will always provide you with great opportunities.

Connect

  • Share and gain ideas, insights, experiences, and expertise from other savvy and skilled professionals online or at MLA annual and regional chapter meetings.

  • Collaborate with other topic experts by joining an MLA section or SIG. Available only to MLA members, sections (based on institution, library, or activity type) provide leadership, programs, and networking for members' wide array of professional practice environments. SIGs—ad hoc special interest groups—are open to all members and range from informal groups on a specific, short-term issue to established subgroups within an MLA section.

  • Share your next great idea with a poster, paper, article, or book—at MLA's annual meeting, in the MLA News, in the peer-reviewed Journal of the Medical Library Association, in an MLA-sponsored CE course, an MLA book—or even on the weekly #medlibs twitter chat!

Learn

  • Build knowledge throughout your career with MLA annual meeting and virtual education. Individuals save $26 on MLA's on-demand webinars, $90 on live webcast courses, and $140 to $240 on annual meeting CE.

  • Access hundreds of hours of meeting content—free! Registrants to each MLA annual meeting get immediate access to e-conference content and all members receive meeting content free after one year. Online now: 2011, 2012, & 2013 video, audio, paper and poster sessions.

Lead

  • Gain leadership experience by volunteering on an MLA committee or section at the national level, or regionally in an MLA-affiliated chapter.

  • Confirm your exemplary professional performance with membership in the Academy of Health Information Professionals (AHIP), MLA's peer-reviewed professional development and career recognition program. The academy provides a structure for individual professional development no matter how long you've been in the field, plus members receive a discount of $195 to join the academy.

  • Gain recognition with MLA's honors and awards: each year, MLA honors those who have rendered distinguished service to health sciences libraries, who have furthered the purposes of the profession, or who have created projects to improve the Association. MLA's newest award is the Rising Star program, developed for MLA members who are interested in attaining leadership roles in MLA but who have not yet become active at a national level. Apply or nominate deserving colleagues by November 1 each year.

Read

  • Save 15-30% on MLA publications that address current and emerging information needs of the profession. Whether it's the latest MLA DocKit (representative sample document from colleagues' libraries) or the latest consumer health resource, MLA authors help you stay current.

  • Keep pace with the latest professional information with the MLA News (available in print and online, with email content alerts) and with MLA-FOCUS, MLA's twice-monthly e-newsletter. Plus, watch the online association calendar for information on meetings, seminars, CE, activities, deadlines, and more.

Discover

  • Align your library goals with your institution's mission and educate your administration with advocacy resources from MLA and the Hospital Libraries Section.

  • Track your professional accomplishments all in one place by storing your CV, continuing education certificates, presentations, and committee appointments in your online member portfolio.

  • Gain financial support for your education, research, or travel, with more than $50,000 in grants, scholarships, and fellowships available from MLA and sections.

  • Apply critical research to your everyday practice with your free access to the electronic archives of the Journal of the Medical Library Association, MLA's peer-reviewed journal. Plus access pre-print articles before we go to press and receive an electronic table of contents alert when issues are online.

  • Support your colleagues globally and locally with MLA's Librarians without Borders® program, which provide training in the field of information retrieval and library information assistance to people anywhere in the world. Librarians without Borders® also helps provide medical information for healthcare personnel responding to epidemics and other disasters. MLA's Disaster Relief Fund assists medical libraries impacted by natural and man-made disasters worldwide.

  • Reach out to patients and families with MLA resources: connect with MLA's "What did my doctor say?" to help patients decipher "medspeak" terms, join the Consumer and Patient Health Information Section to meet other colleagues with similar interests, or complete MLA's consumer health information specialization. Establish your role as a patient advocate and educator!

  • Reach out to your peer community via MLA social media sites and email discussion lists from MLA and MLA sections. MLA also sponsors and supports MEDLIB-L, the dicussion list for all medical librarians, generously hosted by the University of Vermont.

  • Gain exclusive access to online-only resources on MLANET, including MLA News enhanced content, online commenting and discussion, leadership resources, and more.

Whether you're new to medical libraries or a seasoned professional, MLA's Regular Membership connects you with the profession, colleagues, and activities you need! In addition to networking, professional development, and advocacy core benefits, MLA offers you the following:

Connect

  • Connect with your peer community through the online membership directory. Find colleagues by expertise area, by geographic region, or search for a mentor—your colleagues are your best resource! Plus, maintain your own professional profile, including a picture, short biographical summary, links to multiple email addresses and phone numbers, and links for your social media sites.

  • Looking for a job?  Have an expert review your CV or resume, or provide tips on interviewing skills, with MLA's online or annual meeting Resume Clinic services.

  • Rights and privileges as an active, voting member: You may become immediately involved in all of the Association's programs, but if you can't, we still listen! Register your voice through MLA's annual ballot elections or on association business at the annual meeting. Your vote counts!

  • Your membership travels with you as your job or status changes. No matter who pays for your membership, it's yours. And you can update your profile, address, and email preferences online, or ask us to update it for you.

Lead

  • Expanded leadership roles: as a regular member, you're eligible to hold office at the national, section, and chapter level and to chair important association committees.

Read

  • Choose print or electronic access to the Journal of the Medical Library Association (JMLA), featuring research and comment on library management, new technology, the changing roles of information professionals, ethics, and economic issues, as well as expert book and software reviews. Members receive an electronic table of contents quarterly.

Discover

  • Promote yourself during National Medical Librarians Month each October! MLA provides you with a free poster each year to help you advocate inside your institution for the roles and critical services medical librarians provide. Other resources are also available on MLANET and other posters are available in the online store.

  • Start your MLA affiliation with an introductory membership and test drive our benefits and services. And, if during your time with us your financial circumstances change, we offer a lower-dues membership so you can keep up professionally if you are unemployed or your salary is less than $35,000.

Your employees are the expert building blocks of your team; and MLA's Institutional Membership gives them—and your library—the vital resources to cement their expertise and services. After all, as your information team learns new skills and ideas, your library benefits, too. In addition to core member benefits, MLA's Institutional Membership (which belongs to the library and does not move with an individual) provides unique services targeted to your institution's needs.

Connect

  • Save money and time on your next new hire: list your job with MLA! Institutional members receive more than 25% off every job ad placed with MLA, plus you target committed professionals who belong to the Association. MLA promotes your job on MLANET and via MLA social media channels. And at every annual meeting, institutions can place detailed job ads and interview potential employees through the meeting placement service, also available at a discount.

Learn

  • Enhance your staff members' education and skills at a discount: you can send up to 3 nonmember staffers to MLA's annual meeting at member rates. That can save you–or them–$285 per person!

  • Save on site licenses for MLA's e-Conference and online education: save $250 over the nonmember rate for e-Conference content and $100 off a webcast site license (includes unlimited viewers at your site, and all of them get MLA CE credit).

Lead

  • Productively address national and regulatory issues: MLA supplies information and provides expert testimony to government agencies (such as NLM, Congress, and state legislatures); works for meaningful appropriations for federal library-related programs; and collaborates with other relevant organizations on members' behalf.

  • Collective representation on national public policy issues that affect your institution, such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH) public access policy, copyright and fair use doctines, and more.

Discover

  • Individual benefits for your official institutional representative, including all individual discounts, access to MLA programs, activities, services, and benefits.

  • MLA membership stays with the institution, even if an individual employee leaves. Just let us know your new contact and we'll update your record so they can access all individual benefits as your offical representative.

Make the global connection with an International Membership in MLA! In addition to core member benefits, we've targeted these special benefits to meet your needs as an international professional:

Connect

  • Welcome international health information practitioners! If you work or have worked in health- or health information-related environment and are outside the US or Canada, we offer reduced dues (a savings of US $65) to participate in MLA. Your country or regionalhealth library association may be your first professional home, but MLA offers you the option to participate in the field globally.

  • Join and participate in one or more of MLA's sections or special interest groups. The International Cooperation Section has programs dedicated to international colleagues, including the Sister Library Program and Job Exchange.

Learn

  • Access free and low-cost educational opportunities, including on-demand recorded "webinars", online workshops, and past MLA meeting content (papers, posters, plenary speakers) to learn state-of-the-art practices from librarians all over the world.

Lead

  • Publish and present your international health information research in the Journal of the Medical Library Association or at MLA's annual meeting.

Read

  • Stay up-to-date with association activities, peer discussions, and more with the online MLA News (with emailed table of contents), the MLA-FOCUS email newsletter, and virtual connections and resources accessible via MLANET.

Discover

  • International members are eligible to win MLA awards and to apply for grants, scholarships, and fellowships, including the Cunningham Fellowship—gain recognition from your peers and gain monetary awards for your research, education, or travel.

If you're a student in library school, you know you're not just preparing for a job. You're looking for a career. And medical libraries have always been the most technically innovative and state-of-the-art libraries to work in. Start your professional growth with knowledge…connections…new channels of information. Invest in yourself—and your new career—with a Student Membership in MLA!

Connect

  • Rights and privileges as an active, voting student member: You might become immediately involved in all of the Association's programs, but if you want to wait until you are out of library school, we'll still listen! Register your voice through MLA's annual ballot elections or on association business at the annual meeting. Your vote counts!

  • Your membership travels with you as you move from student to professional. We offer a step-up dues program so you can retain your membership as your financial circumstances change—students "step-up" to introductory membership before paying dues as a regular member. And you can update your profile, address, and email preferences online, or ask us to update it for you.

  • Take advantage of special student rates on annual meeting registration and CE courses. Register for the meeting for just $25 for the conference-only package, or $275 for the inclusive conference. Student members also qualify for CE courses and symposia for only $50 each, pending available space.

  • Looking for your first professional job? Find a mentor to provide advice about the profession, or have an expert review your resume or provide tips on interviewing skills, with MLA's online mentoring resources or annual meeting Resume Clinic services.

  • Connect with your future peer community through the online membership directory. Find colleagues by expertise area, by geographic region, or search for a mentor—your new colleagues will be your best resource! Plus, maintain your own professional profile, including a picture, short biographical summary, links to multiple email addresses and phone numbers, and links for your social media sites.

  • Sign up for the mla-student email discussion list: our moderator regularly posts new jobs and you can ask questions from the leader experts that are on the list.

Discover

  • Compete for scholarships to finish library school: MLA offers the MLA Scholarship and MLA Scholarship for Minority Students, each offering up to $5,000 to students who've completed at least half of their library school curriculum. Plus, MLA and the National Library of Medicine jointly sponsor two scholarships through the American Library Association (ALA) Spectrum Initiative Scholarship program. This is funded by the National Library of Medicine under NLM Contract NO1-LM-1-3515 with the Houston Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Center Library. The two organizations make a total annual donation of $6,500 each year to support minority students in their goals to become health sciences information professionals.

Are you...
—a knowledge manager in a health institution, but not in the library profession?
—a representative of a company or organization interested in health sciences librarianship and want to stay abreast of the field?
—a paraprofessional working in a health or information-related environment?
If you answered "yes!" to any of these, MLA Affiliate Membership is for you!

Connect

  • If you're a library paraprofessional or information professional in a related field, MLA may not be your first professional home. But MLA's affiliate membership offers the opportunity to participate in the association, connect with leaders in the field, and discover resources that can help you in your job--at a lower dues rate.

  • Looking for a new job in health sciences information?  Have an expert review your CV or resume, or provide tips on interviewing skills, with MLA's online or annual meeting Resume Clinic services.

Learn

  • Access low-cost (or free!) educational opportunities, including on-demand recorded "webinars", online workshops, and past MLA meeting content (papers, posters, plenary speakers) to learn state-of-the-art practices from health information professionals all over the world.

Lead

  • Serve on association section or national committees and gain leadership experience, topic expertise, and a network of peers to support your career goals.

Read

  • Stay informed about association activities, peer discussions, best health information practices, and more with the online MLA News (with emailed table of contents), the MLA-FOCUS email newsletter, and virtual connections and resources accessible via MLANET.

Discover

  • Access MLA's mentor database to search for mentors and experts, by location, in more than seventy expertise areas. Plus, maintain your own profile, including a picture, short biographical summary, links to multiple email addresses and phone numbers, and links for your social media sites.