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How to Earn AHIP Points: Individual Accomplishments, Part 1

 

The number of points awarded for individual accomplishments is determined according to established standards. In each case, the documentation required to support the request for points is specified. 

♦= counts toward the 5-point MLA activity requirement at the Distinguished Member level.

Teaching

MLA CE Course Developer/Codeveloper
Points Awarded
2 points per contact hour 

Documentation required: Copy of contract or letter of agreement or copy of title page listing individual's name and date of publication.

MLA CE Course Instructor/Co-instructor
Points Awarded
1 point per contact hour 

Documentation required: Copy of contract or letter of agreement, or copy of program or syllabus page listing individual's name and date the course was taught.

Non-MLA Course Developer/Codeveloper
Points Awarded
1 point per contact hour 

Documentation required: Copy of contract or letter of agreement or copy of title page listing individual's name and date of publication.

Non-MLA CE Course instructor/Co-instructor
Points Awarded
1 point per contact hour 

Documentation required: Copy of contract or letter of agreement, or copy of program or syllabus page listing individual's name and date the course was taught.

Academic Course Instructor/Co-instructor

Note: See below for the category on guest lecturing.

Activity
Points
semester course 15 points
trimester course 14 points
quarter course 10 points

Documentation required: Copy of institutional verification or copy of syllabus listing individual's name or letter from institution.

Clarification: Credit is awarded for credit courses in health information science. 

MLA Discussion Group Convener ♦
Points Awarded
5 points per discussion group series as convener, in addition to the 8 points for participating in the series, (max. 26 points per five year period).

Documentation required: Copy of MLA notification of Discussion Group approval form with applicant's name as convener.

MLA Self-Directed Learning Contract Program Mentor ♦
Points Awarded
1 point per 3 points awarded to mentee 

Documentation required: Copy of self-directed learning contract, indicating the number of points the mentee earned. 

Academy Mentor ♦
Points Awarded
1 point per year per mentee

Documentation required: Copy of letter of assignment. 

Clarifications:

  • See Mentoring a Provisional Member for more information. 
  • A mentor can only claim points after he or she has been assigned a mentee. Points cannot be claimed for only volunteering to be a mentor.
Mentor: Other Category ♦

(Includes serving as a mentor to medical librarians, students, new MLA members, mentoring opportunities, and career fair presentations).

Points Awarded
1 point per mentee (Maximum five points per five year academy membership)

Documentation required: Copy of Mentor Agreement.

Clarification: A mentor can only claim points after he or she has established a mentor/mentee relationship, i.e., speaker at a career fair presentation, mentoring a librarian or a student would each count as one point. Points cannot be claimed for volunteering to be a mentor. 

Internship/Practicum Supervisor
Points Awarded
4 points per person supervised

Documentation required: Copy of letter of confirmation, letter of appreciation, or other verification.

Guest Lecturer
Points Awarded
2 points per class hour

Documentation required: Copy of letter of confirmation, letter of appreciation, or other verification. 

MLA Teleconference Site Coordinator ♦
Points Awarded
1 point for coordinating the teleconference, plus 1 point for leading a wrap-around session

Documentation required: Copy of letter of confirmation and a copy of the attendee certificate. 

Publishing

Clarification for all publications: Works in press may not be counted for points. The work must be completed (i.e. published) before points can be awarded. 

Authoring

Clarification for all journal articles: Letters to the editor do not count as publications.  

Peer-reviewed Journal
Activity
Points
Research article author (three or fewer) 25 points
Research article author (four or more) 15 points
Brief article, column, review author (three or fewer) 10 points
Brief article, column, review author (four or more) 6 points
Book or media review author 3 points

Brief column; less than 1,000 words

3 points

Documentation required: Copy of pages indicating that journal is peer-reviewed (this is not required for library science journals), copy of title page of journal, and a copy of the title page of the article. 

Clarifications:

  • Articles published in the Brief Communications section of the JMLA are brief articles. Articles in similar sections of other peer-reviewed journals would also be considered brief articles. 
  • Must include word count with the copy of the brief column.
Non-peer-reviewed Journal
Activity
Points
Research article author (three or fewer) 7 points
Research article author (four or more) 4 points
Brief article, column, review author (three or fewer) 3 points
Brief article, column, review author (four or more) 2 points
Book or media review author 2 points

Documentation required: Copy of title page of journal and a copy of title page of article. 

Bylined Contribution in Newsletter
Points Awarded
1 point

Documentation required: Copy of title page of newsletter and a copy of page where author's name appears.

Clarifications:

  • MLA News is considered a newsletter.
  • Newsletter articles written as part of committee responsibilities are not awarded points. Points can be claimed, however, for committee work.
  • Aricles in any publication of the employing institution are not awarded points.
Commercially Published Books and Materials

This category includes directories, indexes and bibliographies.

Activity
Points
Single author/editor 50 points
Author/editor (two or three) 25 points
Author/editor (four or more) 20 points
Author of chapter (three or fewer) 15 points
Author of chapter (four or more) 8 points
Librarian Selector (i.e. Doody's) 3 points per year

Documentation Required: Copy of letter of agreement or letter of acknowledgment for librarian selector.

 

Noncommercially Published Materials

This category includes union lists, directories, bibliographies, indexes, and DocKits.

Activity
Points
Compiler (three or fewer) 15 points
Compiler (four or more) 8 points
Serials holdings coordinator 3 points

 

Documentation required: Copy of title page, verso, and table of contents. 

Clarifications:

  • Union lists compiled as part of committee responsibilities will not be awarded credit as a publication. Points can be claimed, however, for committee work. 
  • Coordination of serials holdings will not be awarded points if it is part of one's job responsibilities.
Software Development and Media Preparation
Points Awarded
10 points 

Documentation required: OCLC control number or copy of opening credits showing author's or developer's name if possible. Do not send a copy of the program itself. 

Editing

Journal
Activity
Points
Editor/co-editor/associate editor 50 points per year
Guest editor of one issue/editor of conference proceedings 25 points per issue/proceedings
Guest co-editor of one issue/co-editor of conference proceedings 20 points per issue/proceedings
Column editor/co-editor 15 points per year
Referee/editorial board member 15 points per year
Invited article reviewer 1 point per article
National or International Newsletter
Activity
Points
Editor/coeditor/associate editor 40 points per year
Guest editor/co-editor of one issue 20 points per issue
Column editor/coeditor 15 points per year
Regional, State, Section, and Chapter Newsletter
Activity
Points
Editor/co-editor/associate editor 20 points per year
Guest editor/co-editor of one issue 10 points per issue
Column editor 8 points per year
Referee/editorial board member 5 points per year

Documentation required for journal/newsletter editing: Copy of first page and copy of page on which editor's name appears.

For invited article reviewer, letter of request to serve as a reviewer.

Web Sites, Mailing Lists, Listservs
Activity
Points
Discussion group or List Serv Owner
Announcement list owner
Less than 500 subscribers
More than 500 subscribers

5 points per year
10 points per year

List moderator (read, approve, post) 
Less than 500 subscribers
More than 500 subscribers

10 points
15 points

MLANET area editor 15 points per year
Web site, blog or wiki manager/administrator, developer (responsible for management, administration, design, development, programming, and technical aspects of a Web site) 20 points per year
Web site, blog or wiki content provider/creator/editor/reviewer/writer (i.e., NOAH, GoLocal, NC Health Info, MLANet Page Editor). (Responsible for researching, evaluating, reviewing, writing, and editing Web site content) 5 points per year

 

Documentation required: Job description and list description. Copy of letter or certificate of acknowledgment.

Clarification: Applies to work on web sites, mailing lists, list servs, blogs & wikis as part of library related national, international, regional, state, section or chapter sites/lists. Purpose of the site should be relevant to the profession. Work done as part of an officer or committee assignment or done as a part of one's job is not awarded points. 

MLA External Book Reviewer

Points Awarded
1 point per chapter
10 points per book

Documentation required: Copy of letter of agreement or letter of acknowledgment.

(revised 10/13)

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