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Update from the MLA/RTI Value Studies Working Group

Since 2016, the Evidence You Can Use To Communicate Library Value page on the MLA site has highlighted studies that demonstrate the tremendous value health sciences librarians bring to their institutions and communities. This year the MLA/RTI Value Studies Working Group has been tasked with updating the page for 2023. The Working Group has already found important new studies that show our impact on clinical decisions, patient care, health profession education, evidence syntheses, scholarly research, and institutional bottom lines. We are also actively searching for value studies in different domains, such as data management, patient safety, and hospital librarianship.

Our goal is to communicate our profession’s value through selective use of the strongest evidence. If you are aware of a study that you think would be relevant to this group, please send the citations to Mark MacEachern (, Terry Jankowski (, and Susan Lessick (

We would also like to acknowledge the great contributions of the Working Group. Thank you:

Janene Batten, Yale University
Brian Conn, Minneapolis VA Healthcare System
Jennifer DeBerg, University of Iowa
HelenAnn Epstein, Virtua Health System
Mary Pat Harnegie, Cleveland Clinic
Terry Jankowski, University of Washington, Co-Lead
Ellen Justice, UNC Health Sciences at MAHEC
Liz Kellermeyer, National Jewish Health
Susan Lessick, University of California, Irvine, Co-Lead
Valerie Lookingbill, University of South Carolina
Andrea Lynch, City of Hope
Mark MacEachern, University of Michigan, Co-Lead
Laura Menard, Indiana University School of Medicine
Tanisha Mills, Northeast Georgia Health System
Maggie Shawcross, University of Northern Colorado
Julia Stumpff, Indiana University School of Medicine
Jennifer Westrick, Rush University Medical Center

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