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New MLA Data Services Specialization Keeps Pace with Expanding Roles for Health Sciences Librarians

New MLA Data Services Specialization Keeps Pace with Expanding Roles for Health Sciences Librarians
Thu January 14, 2021
As scientific research becomes increasingly data-driven, medical librarians and other health information professionals are ideally situated to provide support for data services. Find out about the new Data Services Specialization (DSS) to meet demand for training and certificates in this area.

Teresa L. Knott, Fellow
Michelle A. Kraft, Fellow
David W.C. Stewart, Honorary Member
The Board of Directors and the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee of the Medical Library Association (MLA) support the statement made by our colleagues at the American Library Association (ALA) and join them in condemning the violent attempts to undermine our democracy on January 6.
There is still time to apply to the Research Training Institute (RTI)! The deadline to apply is January 10. Visit the RTI website to learn about the application process, scholarships, and the program.
The Research Training Institute Online (RTI Online) learning program is a unique and highly effective immersive training program in advanced research methods. RTI ’20 and RTI ’21 have adapted the program to an online environment and expanded the training with new faculty experts and new research top
This year saw NAHSL pivot to our first completely virtual two-day event, “NAHSL in Action.” The conference strove to renew NAHSL’s commitment to a strong community of care and to emphasize action, diversity, equity, and inclusion.
JMLA recently launched a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Initiative aimed at publishing more articles that recognize and address social injustices; speak to diversity, equity, and inclusion in our workforce and among our user populations; and share critical perspectives on health sciences librarian
On October 29–30, 2020, MLA hosted a free online fall forum that was open to all. This was the sixth summit in the MLA InSight Initiative, bringing together more than 185 health sciences librarians, end users, scholarly communication, and information provider organizations.
We invite you to join the Elsevier Clinical Solutions User Feedback Program.

Designed to bring our customers closer to the product development process, this program helps improve our digital products so that they can better serve you.
MLA Past President Beverly Murphy, AHIP, FMLA, introduces the I Am MLA profile series and shares her profile.
Read about I Am MLA Ambassador Kristine M. Alpi, AHIP
The new EFTS, powered by MLA, platform is live, powerful, secure, and now fully integrated into DOCLINE. There have been lots of changes with successes and growing pains. Here is an update.
The Philadelphia Regional Chapter of MLA held their annual meeting on August 6 and 7, 2020. The global pandemic caused the planning committee to pivot, which resulted in developing an online event spread over two days versus meeting in-person.

Sandra McCarthy, AHIP, Bailey Library, Washtenaw Community College, Ann Arbor, MI, is the recipient of the 2020 Academic Librarian of the Year from the Michigan Library Association.
MLA and AAHSL have written comments addressing the information and data resources needed by the health services research community for research and practice.
Clinical and academic health libraries are facing novel challenges in engaging their patrons, stakeholders, and other members of their communities. A panel of three librarians with responsibilities for communication, marketing, and outreach will share their experiences in engaging their communities
The New York-New Jersey (NY-NJ) Chapter Annual Meeting 2020, the chapter’s first virtual annual meeting, was held on October 15 and 16. It was a team effort, and as programming chair, I was grateful that each member of the Programming Committee contributed an important piece of the puzzle.
Like many other MLA chapters, the Upstate New York and Ontario Chapter (UNYOC) planners faced unprecedented challenges this year for the 2020 annual meeting. The planning committee quickly pivoted and started planning a quality virtual experience.
Elizabeth Suelzer, AHIP, MCW Libraries, Medical College of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, is the recipient of the 2020 Librarian of the Year by the Wisconsin Health Science Library Association (WHSLA).
In a recent article published in Hypothesis, Liz Kellermeyer, AHIP, has explored the factors affecting clinical care team referrals to the medical library. The medical library is a unique resource for patients, offering librarian-mediated searches, guidance, and help.
Read about I Am MLA Ambassador Kelsa Bartley
Read about I Am MLA Ambassador Naomi Bishop, AHIP
Read about I Am MLA Ambassador Alexander J. Carroll, AHIP
Read about I Am MLA Ambassador Don P. Jason III
Read about I Am MLA Ambassador Heather A. McEwen
The Technology in Education Caucus held a beta test of the Virtual My Favorite Tool event on Tuesday, November 10, in preparation for the MLA ’21 annual meeting. Four tools were presented to an audience of ninety participants. As promised, the caucus organized a fun and fast-paced event.
If you work at an academic health sciences library like I do, I am sure you have sometimes wondered about the impact of your teaching. Do your students actually retain material when you guide them through an activity or a one-shot teaching session?
NIH statement urging researchers to swiftly share COVID-19 results through ClinicalTrials.gov
Leverage unscripted streaming demonstration videos for teaching and learning psychotherapy techniques. Published by the American Psychological Association (APA) and available on EBSCOhost® and EBSCO Discovery Service™, APA PsycTherapy® covers authentic therapy sessions and is a dynamic tool.
The R2 Digital Library is a health sciences electronic book database that features a comprehensive collection of medical, nursing, and allied health titles presented in a clean and intuitive interface.
Are you a library professional who wants to take your research skills to the next level? Do you have a brilliant idea or research topic that you have wanted to pursue but do not know where to start and need help to carry it through? Apply for the 2021 MLA Research Training Institute (RTI).
Planning for a future conference in the era of COVID-19 remains a challenge because of the uncertainty related to the ability to meet in-person. MLA announces that the MLA ’21 annual meeting experience will include a virtual component that builds on the success of the MLA ’20 vConference.
As president of the European Association of Health Information and Libraries (EAHIL), the most active European association in the field of medical information, I had a privileged view of how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting libraries.
MLA and AAHSL members comment on NLM's 2017-2027 strategic plan
MLA expresses our sincere appreciation to all of these companies for their generous support of MLA ’20.
The 2021 National Programming Committee invites reviewers for papers, posters, and lightning talks for MLA ’21, to be held May 2021. To apply, fill out the MLA ’21 Reviewer Signup form by October 20, 2020.
Read about I Am MLA Ambassador Charlotte Beyer, AHIP
Read about I Am MLA Ambassador Michelle Kraft, AHIP, FMLA
Read about I Am MLA Ambassador Laura Menard

Knott, Teresa L.


Kraft, Michelle A.


Stewart, David W.C.*


MLA Joins ALA in Condemning Violence and Calling for Advocacy


Expand Your Research Impact Services


Introduction to Evaluating Public Datasets Using FAIR Data Principles


MLA ’21: Submit Your Poster and Lightning Talk Abstracts Now!


RTI News: Announcing the New RTI Twitter Account: @RTIatMLA


RTI News: There Is Still Time! Applications due January 10 for the 2021 RTI


RTI News: Why Should I Apply for MLA’s 2021 Research Training Institute?


Chapter News: 2020 NAHSL in Action


An Apology from JMLA


MLA InSight Initiative Fall Forum Future Possibilities and Opportunities


Product Spotlight: Help Shape the Future of Elsevier’s Digital Clinical Solutions (Sponsored)


I Am MLA: Beverly Murphy, AHIP, FMLA


I Am MLA: Kristine M. Alpi, AHIP


EFTS Successes and Growing Pains


Chapter News: Philadelphia Regional Chapter Annual Meeting


RTI News: RTI Fellow Sandra McCarthy, AHIP, Awarded 2020 Academic Librarian of the Year!


MLA and AAHSL Comment on Information and Data Resources Needed by the Health Services Research Community


COVID-19 Conversation: Engaging Our Communities in the Time of COVID-19


Chapter News: Engaging the NY-NJ MLA Chapter Membership about Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion


Chapter News: UNYOC 2020: A Meeting to Remember


RTI News: RTI Fellow Elizabeth Suelzer, AHIP, Awarded 2020 Librarian of the Year!


RTI Research Spotlight: Librarian-Led Research Identifies Barriers to Library Referrals from Clinical Care Teams and Suggests Solutions


I Am MLA: Kelsa Bartley


I Am MLA: Naomi Bishop, AHIP


I Am MLA: Alexander J. Carroll, AHIP


I Am MLA: Don P. Jason III


I Am MLA: Heather A. McEwen


Virtual My Favorite Tool—Beta Tested


RTI Research Spotlight: Librarian-Led Research Shows New Curriculum Model Increases Student Learning in Evidence-Based Medicine


NIH calls for swift sharing of COVID-19 results


Product Spotlight: Access APA PsycTherapy Through EBSCO (Sponsored)


Product Spotlight: When It Comes to E-Books, the R2 Digital Library Stands Alone (Sponsored)


RTI News: Apply for RTI ’21!


MLA ’21 to Include Full Virtual Offering


Global Health & Health Equity: European Medical Libraries during the COVID-19 Pandemic


MLA and AAHSL comment on NLM 2017-2027 Strategic Plan


Thank You, MLA ’20 Sponsors


Call for Reviewers for MLA ’21 Papers, Posters, and Lightning Talks


I Am MLA: Charlotte Beyer, AHIP


I Am MLA: Michelle Kraft, AHIP, FMLA


I Am MLA: Laura Menard


I Am MLA: Matthew N. Noe


I Am MLA: Peace Ossom Williamson, AHIP


MLA/AAHSL Call for Transparency & Impartiality in the Dissemination of Health Information


Call for Papers and Immersion Sessions for MLA ’21


Chapter News: MAC/MLA Virtual Annual Meeting


Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Are the Threads that Strengthen the Fabric of the Medical Library Association