The Research Training Institute for Health Sciences Librarians (RTI) of the Medical Library Association (MLA) is an online continuing education program for health sciences librarians that provides advanced research methods training and an intensive level of support for health sciences librarians to design, conduct and successfully disseminate a research project.
The new 2021 RTI Online program builds on and enhances the successful in-person RTI training program and takes advantage of the benefits of online instruction, such as greater affordability, flexibility, and convenience for participants.
The RTI Online program offers a unique and highly-effective training model that includes:
- A series of online modules over a one-year period that align with the various stages of the research process.
- A full year of mentoring and support by faculty and peer coaches as participants complete a research project during the institute year.
- A training model that is designed to meet the special needs of practicing health sciences librarians and other professionals who provide health information, support and services in a wide variety of work settings.
- A curriculum that focuses on advanced research methods and emphasizes theoretical frameworks and digital research dissemination.
- A faculty that consists of 6 research experts assisted by 5 peer coaches who are fellows from previous RTI institutes.
- A membership in an online network of librarian-researchers (RTI community of practice).
- An opportunity to present a poster and presentation at the MLA annual meeting.
- Many scholarship opportunities and reduced tuition fees.
- 48 MLA continuing education (CE) contact hours.
The RTI training program was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
For questions regarding the institute, please contact Susan Lessick, AHIP, FMLA, RTI project director.