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October Continuing Education

October webinars, instructor-led courses, and a self-paced course offer you opportunities to develop a wide range of skills that enhance your value to your institution. Learn about automation tools for systematic reviews, take a course by popular presenters Wichor and Melissa, which sold out in January, gain skills in creating a review protocol in a collaborative setting, develop active learning strategies for teaching evidence-based practice, or take a new self-paced course on collection development at a time that fits your schedule.

Better, Faster: An Introduction to Systematic Review Automation Tools

  • Webinar
  • October 20, 2021, 2:00 p.m.–3:30 p.m., central time
  • Justin Clark
  • Member: $65
  • Nonmember: $85

Automate your way to better, faster systematic reviews . . . with free tools! Justin Clark will demonstrate a variety of cutting-edge tools developed by Bond University, Australia.

The tools assist you with multiple time-consuming systematic review tasks, from developing review protocols and designing and running searches to screening search results and writing the methods and results sections of review manuscripts. When researchers realize the value of your presence on systematic review teams, your new skills can raise your profile in your institution.

Systematic Review Protocols: Collaborating to Develop the Foundation of a Review

  • Webinar
  • October 14, 2021, 1:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m., central time
  • Stephanie Roth, AHIP, Gregory Laynor
  • Member: $65
  • Nonmember: $85

Establish your expertise and increase your status on a systematic review team by working with the team to create a protocol.

In this webinar, you’ll learn about the importance of a systematic review protocol and how you can engage review teams to develop protocols and make the systematic review process better and clearer for everyone on a review team. You’ll leave with strategies for collaborating with a research team to develop a protocol and a pathway to increase your effectiveness on review teams.

Effectiveness and Efficiency in Exhaustive Searches 2021

  • Instructor-led course
  • October 7 and October 21, 2021, 10:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m., central time
  • Wichor M. Bramer, Melissa Rethlefsen, AHIP
  • Member: $300
  • Nonmember: $525

Learn a new, efficient, and effective method for conducting exhaustive searches! Demonstrations and hands-on exercises will introduce you to the method. Practice in Ovid Medline,, or PubMed under the guidance of an experienced information specialist and hone your skills. You’ll leave the course able to create complex searches checked for completeness and translated between databases and interfaces much faster than with traditional methods.

This is a reprise of Wichor and Melissa’s sold-out January course.

Journey to the Outer Limits of Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) Instruction

  • Instructor-led course
  • October 25 and October 28, 2021, 10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m., central time
  • Laura Menard, Hanna Schmillen, AHIP, Amy Blevins, Stephanie Swanberg, AHIP
  • Member: $300
  • Nonmember: $525

Go far beyond lecturing to using active learning strategies to teach EBP. You’ll learn from librarians who teach EBP to a range of audiences how to choose a strategy that is right for an audience, overcome challenges in implementing active learning, integrate active learning into a curriculum, and assess student learning.

You’ll have opportunities throughout the class to apply learning from the course and you’ll leave having developed at least one active, engaging session to take back to your institution.

Collection Development: Subscribing to and Renewing Electronic Resources

  • Self-paced course
  • Member: $85
  • Nonmember: $115

Learn the steps a collection development librarian takes in subscribing to and renewing electronic resources, from understanding an institution’s technical requirements, to negotiating with a vendor on pricing and licensing, to analyzing usage statistics and bibliometric data. Learn the importance of gathering quantitative and qualitative information to make informed collections decisions so that you can better identify and provide access to key resources while also being a good steward of collections funds.


Webinars are part of the MLA CE Passport. The CE Passport offers access to all live and recorded webinars and all self-paced courses through December 31, 2021. October 31, 2021 is the last day to purchase a passport for 2021. Institutional and other members can purchase a site license for any MLA webinar or webinar package.

Instructor-led courses offer a small class experience (twenty-five students maximum) with two live sessions and readings, assignments, and discussions outside of sessions. Instructor-led courses are not part of the MLA CE Passport.

Self-paced courses place you in a realistic situation in which you must solve problems and complete tasks. You’ll leave a self-paced course with new knowledge and new skills. Courses include self-assessments, downloadable job aids, annotated resources, and other materials designed to help you meet the learning outcomes of the course and keep learning after you’ve finished a course. Self-paced courses are part of the MLA CE Passport.


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