February 22-26, 2021
To Experience MLA,
this week I will...
Read: Check out the Consumer and Patient Health Information Caucus recommended consumer health titles
Access: Fall 2020 InSight program "Equitable Access to Knowledge" recordings, documents, slides
Get Local: Explore MLA Chapters
Discover: Collection Development Caucus "Collection Development Best Practices"
Access: All the free Open Science education sessions from MLA '20
Why MLA Continuing Education?
With MLA continuing education (CE), you get everything you need to advance your career. Here's how.
Over 200 courses are ready when you want to learn
MEDLIB-ED, "The Learning Destination for Health Information Professionals" is your convenient portal to more than 60 MLA webinars and courses, and over 150 MLA-approved educational offerings from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) and independent instructors. MLA adds over 30 webinars and courses every year. Many more courses are available at scheduled times.
You choose your learning path
Your path begins with MLA's free competency self-assessment, where you identify your level of proficiency in the MLA Competencies for Lifelong Learning and Professional Success, plan your professional development, and find the learning opportunities you need in MEDLIB-ED.
There was a lot of practical info I realized I could use immediately.
Build a foundation for your future
Health information professionals work in a wide range of settings and need diverse skills to succeed. Build a foundation for your future in one or more of the MLA Competencies for Lifelong Learning and Professional Success.
Choose the learning format that works best for you
What works best for you?
- You can take Self-Paced Online Courses when you want at your pace.
- Live Webinars are scheduled, and recorded webinars are offered on-demand.
- Instructor-Led Blended Courses span multiple sessions and offer a small class experience for more in-depth learning.
- Join Discussion Groups if you like to learn by discussing ideas with peers.
- Take part in the Independent Reading Program if you like to learn through reading and reflection.
- Intensive, project-focused, and mentor-guided year-long research and leadership programs are also available.
As a new librarian, it was great to have real world examples on how to forge relationships provided by established librarians.
New to the Medical Library Profession? We have courses to get you started!
If you are just out of library school or transitioning from another profession, our getting started series of self-paced courses and many of the other offerings on MEDLIB-ED are for you. You can:
Are you a health information professional looking to move to the next level?
Refine or acquire searching expertise with one of our twenty webinars addressing aspects of complex searching, from evaluating grey literature to setting up a systematic review service.
Apply to be a Rising Star and start on a path to leadership in MLA or your organization.
The Research Training Institute is a year-long program that gives you the skills and the mentorship to complete a publication-worthy study.
This is one of the best CE classes that I have taken. The exercises were fantastic - working through them with other librarians was helpful.
Earn a credential that supports your career advancement
Credentials are a compelling way to show employers your skills and commitment to career advancement.
Qualify for membership in the Academy of Health Information Professionals (AHIP), MLA's accomplishment-based career development program.
Earn a certificate that demonstrates your skills in a specific area:
- A Consumer Health Information Specialization (CHIS) shows that you are committed to offering quality health information services.
- Your Disaster Information Specialization (DIS) certificate acknowledges your skills providing information in times of disaster and emergency.
- Your Data Services Specialization Certificate shows employers and researchers that you can offer quality data services and stay current with developments in this rapidly changing field.
Learning that sticks with you
Our self-paced courses immerse you in realistic situations and call on you to make choices. You learn actively, by solving problems and reflecting on choices.
- 97% are likely or very likely to take another course
- 90% are likely or very likely to recommend the course to a colleague
- 40% said they are able to use the skills taught at a fully competent level
- 50% said they can use the skills taught but need more practice
Experience and expertise behind every course
MLA webinars and courses are developed and presented by experts in their field. Here are some of them:
Wichor Bramer created a unique approach to advanced searching and is an international presenter on Systematic Searching.
Lisa Federer, AHIP, author of the Medical Library Association Guide to Data Management for Librarians
Lyle Foster, Sociology and Anthropology, Missouri State University - Springfield
Xan Y. Goodman, AHIP, Lied Library, University of Nevada - Las Vegas
Shannon D. Jones, AHIP, MUSC Libraries, Medical University of South Carolina - Charleston
Pat Wagner, an in-demand expert, trainer, and consultant, leads the Managing Conflict in Decision-Making Meetings self-paced course and Managing from the Middle webinar.