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Work in a specialty library or department? Have an interest in a particular topic or the work of an affinity group? Explore the public resources of MLA's 43 caucuses!



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Member dues support the Journal of the Medical Library Association (JMLA), our quarterly peer reviewed fully-open-access journal (no author fees!). Discover original research, case reports, virtual projects, and more.


Find Your Community of Peers 

Find your people. Grow in your career and do your job better. 

"By connecting and being a part of a community with a shared vision and goals, we can create great things."

MLA members consistently rank the connections and input they gain from peers as one of the most valued member benefits. When they need advice, feedback, guidance or resources they turn to their community "frolleagues" (friends + colleagues). Engage with those who relate to the issues and challenges you face day-to-day. 

Engage with colleagues

MLA has helped me create connections with people with the same professional interests as me. Over the years I have collaborated on many many projects and brainstormed so many ideas with my MLA colleagues. MLA is truly my professional home and I have made many friends and acquaintances directly through my involvement with MLA. I love MLA.

Be part of the MLA mosaic.

MLA is committed to its core values in diversity, equity and inclusion and to an environment where all are welcome and appreciated. Members are encouraged to not only participate but to lead in shaping the present and future of the organization and the profession of health sciences information.

Learn, network, and enjoy interactions with colleagues in a safe, professional space, reflecting the values put forth in MLA’s Statement of Appropriate Conduct.

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Get to know some of the unique individuals who make MLA stronger and better. The “I Am MLA” campaign highlights MLA’s talented & diverse membership and the collective vision of our community.

Newtwork with peers

As an introvert, I have a lot of trouble with proactively meeting people, so walking into a new group can be daunting. But I can honestly say that I've made some lifelong friends within MLA, and I've found my work in leadership roles to be very rewarding. So, don't be afraid; take that first step and meet someone new.

Gain professional recognition and financial support for your career goals.

What's the next step in your professional journey? Get the support you need to make an impact at your institution through MLA Awards and Grants Programs. MLA recognizes and supports health information professionals with more than 48 awards and scholarships and over $90,000 in financial assistance annually. 

From the MLA Scholarship for those new to the profession, to eleven awards recognizing those in the midst of their career, to robust research support, MLA has funding and recognition opportunities at all career stages.

Pay it forward: volunteer

MLA is important to me because it has allowed me to advance my career faster than I would have been able to without the professional development and support the organization has provided. MLA, you, are my connection to other medical and health librarians which is so important.

Help shape the association.

Your MLA membership gives you the opportunity to make an impact. Don’t have a lot of time to dedicate? Not to worry! In MLA, you can make a difference in a way that matches your bandwidth.

Lend your voice and gain leadership experience! Serve on an MLA committee or jury and join more than 200 members who volunteer each year.

Whether you just post a helpful comment to your caucus forum, have a conversation with someone thinking about entering the profession, author a blog article, or commit to serve on an MLA jury or committee - opportunities are available that macth your capacity.

Be recognized

Get the career advice and resources you've been seeking.

Wherever you are in your career journey, you’ll find advice and assistance from MLA mentors and experts. Need feedback on your resume or CV? Looking for a sounding board to discuss your next career move? You’ll find MLA mentors are happy to share their time, knowledge, and expertise.

Get help finding the right match for short-term mentorship or locate a longer-term mentoring relationship. Search MLA’s mentor database (available to members 24/7) yourself for experts in in over 80 areas.

Become an MLA leader

I joined MLA as a student in 2015. It was instrumental in helping me find a mentor and finding CE opportunities that were not available through my graduate program. I have slowly gotten more involved over the last 5 years and have been fortunate enough to attend 2 conferences where I have learned from and networked with others in my profession and have forged productive work relationships that are invaluable.

Access value exclusive to MLA members.

MLA membership gives and excellent return on investment for advancing your career. Take advantage of:

  • Financial support via MLA’s grants, scholarships, and fellowship programs
  • Discounts on learning opportunities, meeting registration, AHIP credentialing, specializations (including the new Systematic Review Services), and more
  • MLAConnect - our weekly newsletter- that brings you the latest news, trends, articles, activities, and resources that are critical to health information professionals
  • An online job board that gives you access to the latest job openings
  • Connection with more than 2,500 colleagues in MLA's active online communities
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MLA provides me with a national opportunity to work with like-minded information professionals, and that opportunity is priceless. Through my membership I have been given leadership skills, opportunities to sharpen my technical skills, make "frolleagues", and discover all the many ways medical librarians can contribute to better healthcare.

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