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Find or Become a Mentor

For MLA Members: Find or Become a Mentor | Mentoring Resources and Tips | Mentoring and Expertise Areas | MLA Rising Star Leadership Program

Whether you are new to the profession, in mid-career, or exploring the profession, MLA can help you meet your career goals. One way is by connecting you with an experienced heath sciences information professional to offer advice help you stay on track.

MLA members can search the online member directory to find a mentor or update their member profile to become a mentor.   


For MLA Members: Find or Become a Mentor

  • Log in to your MLANET account
  • To search for colleague experts and mentors: visit the "Directory: Members, expertise, mentors". Select a mentoring area or expertise area (or both) and press the "Query" button. It is not necessary to fill in any other fields to do your search; queries can also be narrowed to certain geographic areas if desired. A list of MLA members who are interested in mentoring in tha area will appear.
  • To become an MLA mentor, or to add expertise areas to your record: in "My MLANET", select "My MLA Contact and Profile Information" to Update your Member Profile. In your profile, scroll down to edit Professional Expertise or Optional Mentoring Choices. Your expertise or mentoring areas will be added to your record. MLA members may also earn AHIP points for mentoring.

Not a Member? Contact us to be paried with a mentor that can answer your questions about the profession and help you in your career path!  


Mentoring Resources

Find tip sheets, suggested Websites, and guidelines to help you in your mentor role.

Mentoring and Expertise Areas

The following are mentoring options available for search/selection in the MLA member directory:

  • AHIP member and willing to serve as mentor to provisional members of the academy
  • Willing to mentor a colleague seeking expertise.
  • Willing to mentor new members of MLA or the profession.
  • Willing to mentor those interested in changing specialties within medical librarianship.
  • Willing to mentor those interested in changing their career to medical librarianship.
  • Willing to mentor those needing help with resumes, cover letters, job interviews.
  • Willing to speak about medical librarianship at career fairs, conferences, schools.
  • Willing to do an informational interview about the profession or aspects of medical librarianship.
  • Willing to host library school students for full- or half-day visits to medical library.


The following are the various expertise areas available for search or selection in the MLA member directory:


  • accreditation (CARF, SoH, DPW, Joint Commission, Magnet)
  • fund-raising, working with donors
  • grant writing
  • library management (budgets, staffing, planning, etc.)
  • library space planning, construction, renovation
  • marketing, promotion, outreach
  • quality improvement, process improvement, reporting
  • vendor relationships, negotiations, contracts


  • experienced in handling press/journalist inquiries
  • international connections
  • meeting planning
  • membership services, recruitment, retention
  • unit websites
  • volunteer roles

Continuing Education

  • course development - traditional
  • course development - web-based
  • self-directed learning

Evolving Roles

  • patient safety, patient engagement

Professional Issues

  • career development
  • copyright and intellectual property
  • health information literacy
  • international library relations
  • job searches, interviewing, resume development
  • leadership
  • papers and presentations
  • publishing, authorship
  • social media tools and best practices

Public Services

  • bibliographic/citation management software
  • circulation management
  • digital reference services
  • end-user training
  • expert searching
  • ILL, Docline
  • reference


  • benchmarking
  • evidence-based practice (librarianship, medicine, etc.)
  • needs assessment and user surveys
  • research design and methodology (advanced)
  • support for librarianship
  • support for researchers (biomedical, clinical, marketing)

Specialty Librarianship

  • academic, medical school libraries
  • allied health
  • archives & special collections
  • cancer
  • chiropractic
  • clinical, informationist, embedded librarians
  • consumer health
  • corporate libraries
  • dental
  • federal (military, VA. etc.)
  • health associations
  • healthcare informatics
  • history of the health sciences
  • hospital
  • LRCs, computer labs
  • mental health
  • nursing
  • pharmacy, drug
  • public health
  • solo or one-person librarianship
  • veterinary

Technical Services

  • acquisitions
  • collection development
  • electronic resource management
  • indexing, cataloging, metadata
  • library systems administration
  • resource identification and selection
  • serials management


  • digitization, digital repositories
  • emerging technologies
  • Integrated library systems, federated search, discovery tools
  • mobile technology & devices
  • user interface design, usability studies and testing
  • website design, development, management


Have ideas for additional expertise areas or mentoring categories? Contact Kate Corcoran at MLA Headquarters.