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Independent Reading Program: Article Analysis Application

To receive MLA CE credit after reading a JMLA article or a self-selected professional journal article, participants must complete the official IRP article analysis application.

In the application, participants are asked to write about the importance of a given article in terms of his or her practice of librarianship.

These summaries are in two parts:

  • Part I includes the full citation, a synopsis or short overview of the article (one or two sentences), the purpose of the study or project (as stated in the article), the method used in the study or to execute the project, the conclusion or lessons learned (as stated in the article), and the professional competencies from MLA's educational policy statement, Competencies for Lifelong Learning and Professional Success.
  • Part II requires the participants to analyze the article by writing a paragraph critiquing the article and answering the question "Did the authors succeed in doing what they said they were going to do?" It also requires a description on how the article applies to the participant's own practice of librarianship.

Online Article Analysis Application

Submit your application by completing the online IRP article analysis application. (Under construction)

Downloadable Article Analysis Application

Submit your application via fax or mail by completing a downloadable IRP article analysis application.


MLA members, $15; nonmembers $20 (IRP article analysis applications submitted online or via fax must include a credit card number.)

Refund Policy

If an application is not approved for MLA CE contact hours, no refund will be given.

For more information, contact Debra Cavanaugh, 312.419.9094 x32.