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Domain Hub Information | FAQ

Domain hubs reflect seven practice areas that are crucial to the success of the health information profession. Each hub is a coalition of diverse stakeholders from MLA’s caucuses, which enables a collaborative strategic vision to advance the profession.

  • MLA caucuses may elect or appoint a representative to any domain hub.
  • Hub caucus representatives identify collaborative projects, activities, or programs of interest to the broad practice area audience, and solicit working group members from their caucuses to volunteer for joint projects.
  • Joint working groups plan and create the projects or activities outside of any individual caucus; this enables a diversity of stakeholders to participate, plus a more inclusive audience for finished projects.

Liaisons from MLA-wide programs (e.g., MLAConnect, National Program Committees) participate in domain hub discussions to ensure alignment across MLA and to share progress and content across organization communication channels.

Domain Hub Information

Select each tab below to find out more about individual domain hub teams, projects, blog posts, & more!

 

Clinical Support

Professional practice area covers: evidence-based practice curriculum and habits in health professions, role of librarianship in clinical settings, provision of high-quality health information to consumers.

Clinical Support Practice Area Blog Posts 

Domain Hub Vision Statement

The Clinical Support Domain Hub supports health information professionals in clinical settings by fostering cooperation, collaboration, education, and mentoring in an inclusive, collaborative, supportive, and empowering environment by:

  • advocating for the role of health information professionals in clinical settings;
  • ensuring the development of education and resources for health information professionals in clinical settings;
  • providing resources on how to collect, curate, and deliver diverse evidence-based clinical information resources in all formats to health care providers;
  • providing resources on how to collect, curate, and deliver the most reliable consumer health information to community members;
  • providing education and resources for health information professionals on instructing diverse audiences on how to find and evaluate information to determine authority and credibility; and
  • encouraging and fostering partnerships that will assess and address health care inequities and disparities of the underserved or marginalized, including health literacy.

Projects

  • Provide and publicize targeted consumer health information for patients and consumers, integrating resources from multiple caucuses into a single location. UPDATE: Resources have been updated, but integration has yet to be designed.
  • Hub members are facilitating information gathering and feedback from our member caucuses on approaches/practices to Community Benefit reports. This was done at the request of MLA 2021/22 President Kris Alpi as a preliminary step towards gathering membership-wide metrics on community impact across institutions. The plan is to continue this conversation and possibly assist with development of questions for an MLA wide survey of CBR practices and metric types. 

More Information

NamePosition
Timothy L Kenny
Maine Medical Center
Chair
Kate E. Corcoran
Medical Library Association
MLA Staff Liaison
Andrea Ball
MultiCare Health System
Delegate, Hospital Library Caucus
Jaime Friel Blanck, AHIP
Johns Hopkins University
Evidence-Based Practice & Research Curriculum Committee Liaison
Dana L. Ladd, AHIP
Community Health Education Center
Delegate, Consumer and Patient Health Information Services Caucus
Mariana Lapidus
MCPHS University
2022 National Program Committee Liaison
Mary Beth McAteer, AHIP
Virginia Mason Medical Center
Delegate, International Cooperation Caucus
Tanisha N. Mills
Northeast Georgia Health System
Delegate, African American Medical Librarians Alliance Caucus
Robin O'Hanlon
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Community Council Liaison
Terri Ottosen, AHIP
University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill
2023 National Program Committee Liaison
Lisa Liang Philpotts
Massachusetts General Hospital
Delegate, Asian Diaspora Coalition of Medical Librarians Caucus
Rachel Keiko Stark, AHIP
California State University, Sacramento
Delegate, Interprofessional Education and Practice Caucus
Ansley Stuart
University of Louisville
Delegate, Clinical Librarians and Evidence-Based Healthcare Caucus
Elaine Wells, AHIP
SUNY College of Optometry
Delegate, Vision Science Caucus
Kathy A. Zeblisky, AHIP
Phoenix Childrens Hospital
Delegate, Pediatric Librarians Caucus

  • Provide and publicize targeted consumer health information for patients and consumers, integrating resources from multiple caucuses into a single location. UPDATE: Resources have been updated, but integration has yet to be designed.
  • Develop a comprehensive advocacy plan to identify/update, communicate, and promote the value of librarians in clinical settings.
  • Develop specific resources (best practices, checklists, white papers, case studies, etc.) on how librarians in clinical support roles can assist health care providers to address health disparities, inequities, and bias at the point of care.
  • Work with MLA’s education committees to develop a training series on how to begin, conduct, and promote a clinical/embedded librarianship program. Series could include journal club, discussion group, webinars, role-play training, or self-directed online learning courses.

 

 

Education

Professional practice area covers: pedagogy/andragogy, instruction to health professionals, educational technology, librarian as instructor, instructional design, information literacy.

Education Area Blog Posts

Domain Hub Vision Statement

The Education Domain Hub advances member skills and competencies by offering professional learning opportunities, developing teaching techniques, sharing educational resources, and promoting health and information literacy.

Projects

  • In collaboration with the Innovation & Research Practice Hub, the Education Hub is creating a proposal for an Open Repository. Collectively the Hubs are researching options, gathering functional and user requirements, building user stories/use cases, writing a proposal for the repository platform, and investigating the outside options available. There are many possible uses for the repository including: teaching resources (such as lesson plans, case studies, technique descriptions, educational technology modules/products reviews, white papers, etc.), assessment questions/surveys, a directory of efforts by members to map the information literacy framework to different professional requirements, search hedges, and more.

More Information

NamePosition
Virginia F. Desouky
West Virginia University
Chair
Barry Grant
Medical Library Association
MLA Staff Liaison
Christine Andresen
Medical University of South Carolina
Delegate, Interprofessional Education Caucus
Nell Aronoff
University at Buffalo
Delegate, Public Services
Tara Brigham, AHIP
Mayo Clinic
2022 National Program Committee Liaison
Laureen Patricia Cantwell
Colorado Mesa University
Delegate, Data Caucus
Hui-Fen Chang
Delegate, Medical Informatics Caucus
Elisa Cortez, AHIP
University of California, Riverside
Delegate, Health Humanities Caucus
Carolyn Ching Dennison, AHIP
University of Hawai'i at Mānoa Library
2023 National Program Committee Liaison
Heather Edmonds, AHIP
New England College of Optometry
Delegate, Vision Science Caucus
Erik Davis Fausak
UC Davis
Delegate, Animal and Veterinary Information Specialist Caucus
Shannon Shaunette Glover, AHIP
Northeast Georgia Medical Center
Delegate, African American Medical Librarians Alliance Caucus
Mary Katherine Haver, AHIP
H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute
Delegate, Consumer and Patient Health Information Services Caucus
Heather Healy
University of Iowa Libraries
Delegate, Technology in Education Caucus
Katie Hoskins, AHIP
California Health Sciences University
Delegate, Osteopathic Libraries
Emily Lawson, AHIP
RAND Corporation
Delegate, Clinical Librarians and Evidence-Based Healthcare Caucus
Traci Jean Mays
Florida Gulf Coast University
Delegate, Systematic Reviews Caucus
Bradrick McClam, AHIP
University of Missouri - Columbia
Delegate, Dental Caucus
Laura Menard
Indiana University
Delegate, Libraries in Health Sciences Curriculums
Maud Mundava
A.T. Still University
Delegate, Public Health/Health Administration Caucus
Ryan Norman, AHIP
Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset
Delegate, Cancer Librarians Caucus
Claressa Slaughter
Delegate, Accessibility and Disability
D M (Mikki) Smith, AHIP
Delegate, Medical Library Education Caucus
Simone Stone
University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign
Delegate, New Members Caucus
Jennie Ver Steeg
Mercy College of Health Sciences
NAHRS Delegate
Danielle M Westmark
University of Nebraska Medical Center
Instruction & Instructional Design Curriculum Committee Liaison
Rachel Whitney, AHIP
Medical University of South Carolina
Delegate, Basic Science; Instruction & Instructional Design Curriculum Committee Liaison
Alessia Zanin-Yost, AHIP
Slippery Rock University
Delegate, Collection Development Caucus

  • Create a Professional Development series focused on education topics
  • Develop program to educate allied professions and library school students about health information professionals

 

 

Health Equity & Global Health

Professional practice area covers: development of health information professionals globally, equity in access to health information, international collaborations for MLA and medical librarianship.

Health Equity & Global Health Blog Posts

Domain Hub Vision Statement

The Health Equity & Global Health Domain Hub fosters organizational and professional partnerships to improve the development, access, dissemination, and understanding of health information for and by diverse populations in the United States and globally to improve the health of populations.

Projects

  • MLA '22 Immersion Session submission related to One Health.
  • MLA '21 Lightning Talk
  • MLA '21 Hub Gathering: Transforming Our Diversifying Communities: Introducing the Global Health & Health Equity Hub
  • 2021 Experience MLA Global Health & Health Equity Domain Hub: Open House Access Code: @6NpKttA

Possible Future Initiatives

  • Extend the reach of members’ expertise in global health and health equity arenas by idea sharing and the sharing of content.
  • Define roles of Allied Reps and strengthen their ability to communicate.
  • Collaborate to improve the experience of international library visitors.
  • Continue to sponsor MLA meeting programming related to health equity and global health.

More Information

  • Provide and publicize targeted consumer health information for patients and consumers, integrating resources from multiple caucuses into a single location. UPDATE: Resources have been updated, but integration has yet to be designed.
  • Develop a comprehensive advocacy plan to identify/update, communicate, and promote the value of librarians in clinical settings.
  • Develop specific resources (best practices, checklists, white papers, case studies, etc.) on how librarians in clinical support roles can assist health care providers to address health disparities, inequities, and bias at the point of care.
  • Work with MLA’s education committees to develop a training series on how to begin, conduct, and promote a clinical/embedded librarianship program. Series could include journal club, discussion group, webinars, role-play training, or self-directed online learning courses.

NamePosition
Linda M. Hartman, AHIP
Chair
Maria Lopez
Medical Library Association
MLA Staff Liaison
Karin Bennedsen, AHIP
Delegate, Consumer and Patient Health Information Services Caucus
Grace Victoria Carr
Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine
Delegate, Animal and Veterinary Information Specialist Caucus
Frances Chu
Providence Health & Services
2023 National Program Committee Liaison
Sharon Han, AHIP
University of Iowa
Delegate, Asian Diaspora Coalition of Medical Librarians Caucus
Rachel Hinrichs, AHIP
IUPUI
Delegate, Public Health/Health Administration Caucus
Lilian Hoffecker
Univ. of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
MLAConnect Liaison
David G. Keddle
Kaiser Permanente Medical Center
Delegate, LGBTQIA+ Caucus
Heidi M. Nickisch Duggan
American Dental Association
Delegate, Dental Caucus
William Olmstadt, AHIP
LSU Health Shreveport
2022 National Program Committee Liaison
Gurpreet Kaur Rana
University of Michigan
Delegate, Social Justice & Health Disparities Caucus
Robert M Shapiro, II
New Hanover Regional Medical Center, South East Area Health Education Center
Health Information Professionalism Curriculum Committee Liaison
Alia Spencer
Palm Beach State College
Delegate, African American Medical Librarians Alliance
Jennifer Sullivan
Upstate Medical University
Delegate, Health Humanities Caucus

 

 

Information Management

Professional practice area covers: meta data, representation of information, collection of information, research data management.

Information Management Blog Posts

Domain Hub Vision Statement

The Information Management Domain Hub supports member education and best practices around acquisition, selection, description, access, and preservation of health sciences information used by researchers, health professionals, faculty, students, and patients. We foster cooperation, education, programming, new initiatives, mentoring, and project management through an inclusive, collaborative environment that advances the knowledge base of this domain.

Topic areas include, but are not limited to, access, collection development, content licensing, resource description, research data management, resource sharing, preservation, and scholarly communication.

Projects

  • Create a mentoring program focused on the areas covered by the Information Management competency.
  • Develop best practices for evaluating and selecting information/resource management tools.
  • Develop guidelines for collection development in different environments (i.e. hospital, federal, etc.).
  • Create guides for evolving information management tools (i.e. RA 21 Counter 5, etc.).
  • Create a library of standards and best practices for information management.
  • Host sharing sessions on workflow optimization in resource sharing, metadata and discovery, and other systems. 
  • Develop best practices for providing clinical data management services.

More Information

NamePosition
Elizabeth Quinlan Huggins
Loyola University Chicago
Chair
Mary M Langman
Medical Library Association
MLA Staff Liaison
Caitlin Bakker, AHIP
University of Regina
Delegate, Research Caucus
Marlowe Bogino
Rowan University
Delegate, Scholarly Communications
Steven Douglas, AHIP
University of Maryland
2023 National Program Committee Liaison
Stephen J. Greenberg, AHIP
Delegate, History of the Health Sciences
Lisa Huang
North Florida/ South Georgia Veterans Health System
Delegate, Federal Libraries Caucus
Megan Besaw Inman
East Carolina University
Delegate, Collection Development Caucus
Emily M. Johnson-Barlow, AHIP
University of Illinois at Chicago
Delegate, Medical Informatics Caucus
Kumru E Kastro
Astellas Pharma
Delegate, Basic Science Caucus
John Mokonyama, AHIP
Penn Medicine
Delegate, Public Health/Health Administration Caucus
Kevin O'Brien
University of Illinois at Chicago
Community Council Liaison
Erin E. Reardon, AHIP
University of Minnesota
Health Information Professionalism Curriculum Committee Liaison
Marlena Rose, AHIP
East Carolina University
Delegate, Technical Services Caucus
Lynne Graves Stephenson
Rocky Vista University
Delegate, Medical Library Education Caucus
Yolanda Strayhorn
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Delegate, African American Medical Librarians Alliance Caucus
Kathryn Vela, AHIP
2022 National Program Committee Liaison
Yumi Yaguchi, AHIP
University of the Incarnate Word
Delegate, International Cooperation Caucus

 

 

Information Services

Professional practice area covers: research assistance, outreach to specific communities, subject knowledge development, expert searching.

Information Services Practice Area Blog Posts

Domain Hub Vision Statement

The Information Services Domain Hub connects MLA members to high-quality and authoritative information resources and colleagues working in areas including, but not limited to, research assistance, outreach to specific communities, subject knowledge development, all facets of library and technical services, and expert searching. The hub engages a community of practice for health sciences librarians and information specialists to share curated best practices and detailed disciplinary resources from subject matter experts to a broader audience in order to increase MLA members’ expertise, value, and skills.

Projects

More Information

NamePosition
Lauren Martiere Fletcher
Brown University -Warren Alpert Medical School
Chair
Tomi Gunn
Medical Library Association
MLA Staff Liaison
Seema Bhakta, AHIP
Community Council Liaison
Roxanne Bogucka, AHIP
University of Texas at Austin
2023 National Programming Committee Liaison
Jess L Callaway, AHIP
Shepherd Center
Delegate, Hospital Library Caucus
Carol F. Colasacco, AHIP
College of American Pathologists
Delegate, Health Association and Corporate Librarians Caucus
Penny Coppernoll-Blach, AHIP
Univ. of Cal., San Diego
Delegate, Pharmacy and Drug Information Caucus
James Gilbreath
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Delegate Public Health/Health Administration Section
Robyn Gleasner
Delegate, Collection Development Caucus
Kelsey Grabeel, AHIP
University of Tennessee
Delegate, Consumer and Patient Health Information Services Caucus
Charles J. Greenberg, AHIP
Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine
Delegate, Osteopathic Libraries
Katherine Greene, AHIP
Georgetown University Medical Center
Delegate, User Experience Caucus
Stephanie Henderson
University of Kentucky
Delegate, NAHRS Caucus
Bridget Jivanelli, AHIP
Hospital for Special Surgery
Delegate, Complementary and Integrative Health Leaders Caucus
Elizabeth Laera, AHIP
Brookwood Baptist Health
Information Services Curriculum Committee Liaison
Sonya Lemke, AHIP
Arkansas Colleges of Health Education
Delegate, Vision Science Caucus
Jennifer K. Lloyd, AHIP
Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center - New Orleans
Delegate, Resource Sharing Caucus
Antonia Osuna-Garcia
Delegate, Public Services Caucus
Matt R Regan
University of Iowa
Delegate, Technology in Education Caucus
Heidi Reis
East Carolina University
Delegate, Libraries in Health Sciences Curriculums Caucus
Anne K. Seymour
Welch Medical Library
Delegate, LGBTQIA+ Caucus
Tracy C. Shields, AHIP
Navy - Naval Medical Center Portsmouth
Delegate, Clinical Librarians and Evidence-Based Healthcare Caucus
Elizabeth Stellrecht
SUNY at Buffalo, Health Sciences Library Services
Delegate, Dental Caucus
Kay Strahan
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Delegate, New Members Caucus
Stacy Torian
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Delegate, African American Medical Librarians Alliance Caucus
Yingting Zhang, AHIP
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
2022 National Program Committee Liaison

 

Innovation & Research Practice

Professional practice area covers: evidence-based librarianship, informatics, research training, diversity in scientific research, assessment, and evaluation.

Innovation and Research Practice Area Blog Posts

Domain Hub Vision Statement

The Innovation & Research Domain Hub fosters collaboration and creativity in the development of initiatives that will advance innovation and research in the information profession.

Projects

  • Develop a repository for health research surveys and instruments that are publicly available for reuse.  The group has developed specifications and goals and is currently discussing a wider reach for the repository across multiple domain hubs (e.g., the Education Hub is looking into developing a repository as well, and the two hubs are now collaborating on this project.)

More Information

NamePosition
Robyn Reed, AHIP
Penn State College of Medicine
Chair
Kate E. Corcoran
Medical Library Association
MLA Staff Liaison
Marianne D. Burke, AHIP
University of Vermont
Delegate, Medical Informatics Caucus
Martha Earl, AHIP
University of Tennessee
Delegate, Research Caucus; 2023 National Program Committee Liaison
Lisa Huang
North Florida/ South Georgia Veterans Health System
MLAConnect Liaison
Timmi Johnson, AHIP
University of South Dakota
Delegate, Nursing and Allied Health Resources and Services Caucus
Anita C. Kuiken, AHIP
Syracuse University
Delegate, Translational Sciences Collaboration Caucus
Misa Mi, AHIP
Oakland University
2022 National Program Committee Liaison
Molly Montgomery
Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine
Delegate, Osteopathic Medicine Caucus
Shelly Santos, AHIP
NewYork Presbyterian Queens Hospital
Evidence-Based Practice & Research Curriculum Committee Liaison
Shawn Steidinger, AHIP
University of Utah
Delegate, Consumer and Patient Health Information Services Caucus
Abraham Wheeler, AHIP
Michigan State University
Delegate, Public Health/Health Administration Caucus
April Wright
NNLM Region 1, University of Maryland, Baltimore
Delegate, African American Medical Librarians Alliance Caucus
Kathy A. Zeblisky, AHIP
Phoenix Childrens Hospital
Delegate, Pediatric Librarians Caucus

 

Professionalism & Leadership

Professional practice area covers: ethics; equity, diversity, and inclusion; development of leaders; management (human resources, fiscal, project, etc.); influence in health care organizations; education of and advocacy for health information professionals.

Professionalism and Leadership Area Blog Posts

Domain Hub Vision Statement

The Professionalism & Leadership Domain Hub inspires and empowers information professionals at all levels and in all domains to become outstanding leaders for MLA, their institutions, and work environments, and in their spheres of influence. We provide a safe, welcoming, and inclusive forum where present and future leaders from diverse backgrounds can learn from each other, share best practices, brainstorm solutions, provide or receive mentorship, identify and create leadership opportunities, cultivate professionalism skills, and discuss leadership topics of interest. The hub aims to support confident and capable library leaders to manage projects, services, and teams, and to advocate for change in all settings including the vital role librarians serve in enhancing health care, education, and research.

Current Projects

  • Year-long series on the topic of "professionalism" in health sciences information starting with a panel discussion on the definition of professionalism during Experience MLA in February 2022.

More Information

NamePosition
Soph Myers-Kelley
East Carolina University
Chair
Tomi Gunn
Medical Library Association
MLA Staff Liaison
Lisa M. Acuff, AHIP
University of New Mexico, Health Sciences Center
Delegate, Public Health/Health Administration Caucus
Melissa De Santis, AHIP
University of Colorado
Delegate, Social Justice Caucus
Melanie A Dixson, AHIP
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Delegate, Academic Librarians Caucus
Martha Earl, AHIP
University of Tennessee
Delegate, Medical Library Education Caucus
Jacqueline Freeman
University of Michigan - Taubman Health Sciences Library
Delegate, African American Medical Librarians Alliance Caucus
Leslie Holland
Southern College of Optometry
Delegate, Vision Science Caucus
Latrina Keith
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Delegate, Technical Services Caucus
Gail Kouame
University of South Alabama
Delegate, Medical Informatics Caucus
J. Michael Lindsay, AHIP
University of Tennessee
Delegate, Collection Development Caucus
Samantha C Loster
Advocate Aurora Health
Delegate, LGBTQIA+ Caucus
Lisa A. Marks, AHIP
Mayo Clinic Scottsdale
Delegate, Hospital Library Caucus
Jolene M. Miller, AHIP
University of Toledo
Delegate, New Members Caucus
Hannah F. Norton, AHIP
University of Florida
Delegate, Animal and Veterinary Information Specialist Caucus
Annabelle V Nuñez
University of Arizona
Delegate, Latinx Caucus
Joe Price
Galen College of Nursing
MLAConnect Liaison
Regina Fisher Raboin
University of Mass Chan Medical School
MLAConnect Liaison; Delegate, Leadership and Management Caucus
Faythe Thurman
West Virginia University
Delegate, Cancer Librarians Caucus
Sola Whitehead
VA Portland Health Care System
Community Council Liaison

 

 

Domain Hub FAQ

re MLA domain hubs?

The MLA Board established practice area groups of the health information profession. MLA activities are aligned to practice areas--for example annual meeting programming, continuing education, MLAConnect and MLANET.

Domain Hubs are also aligned to these practice areas and are comprised of affiliated caucuses and liaisons (MLA Connect, National Programming Committee, Community Council, Curriculum Committees) that come together to collaborate on activities to further these practice areas. The goal is to de-silo the work of MLA units where possible and better the practice area. Domain hub activities interest a broad audience (e.g., MLA members, the public, health care providers) and connect to MLA-wide activities and programs

Domain hubs are the go-to place for members to access integrated content, and they provide the public a window into the profession and access to open resources.

Domain hubs should:

● develop an ongoing vision and strategy to make a difference in advancing the professional practice area related to the domain hub

● define clear goals and challenges (e.g., problems to solve) for caucuses and their members to collaborate on

● collaborate with liaisons from committees and staff to ensure overall cohesiveness and alignment across MLA

● manage activities and relationships specific to their domain hubs

● solicit funding from the association for domain hub initiatives that require it, by submitting a budget request and justification to the MLA finance Committee, using the process and timeline defined by MLA headquarters (online form) 

Project ideas may be driven by or originate with caucuses, or within the hub. It has worked well both ways. Hub collaborations can provide much- needed help for smaller caucuses having trouble getting a project off the ground due to lack of available volunteers. 

The hub delegates' role is to pass information back and forth between the hub and the group they're representing. Delegates can also serve as workgroup leaders or volunteer coordinators on collaborative hub projects. Caucus representatives are not meant to do all the work! Project ideas my originate with caucuses, (e.g. a smaller caucus comes to the hub looking to collaborate or solicit help) or they may be driven by and originate with the hub--it has worked both ways.

Domain hub representatives can be appointed by their caucus leadership or elected. Hub representatives serve two-year terms and earn 10 AHIP points/year.  

Hub chairs lead the hub in its work. This involves bringing together caucus groups to work on a project, providing guidance and assistance to delegates in setting up project teams, and soliciting for volunteers for a project. Hub leaders also set schedules and agendas for meetings-which they lead, archive hub documents, and submit annual and midyear reports. 

Domain hub chairs are elected among delegates currently serving on the hub. Hub chairs serve a two-year term.

Domain hub chair position garners 20 AHIP points/year.

An individual interested in a particular interest area or hub project may not join the hub, but can join a caucus affiliated with the hub. The member can then reach out to the caucus' representative or delegate to volunteer for a project. Members can join any caucus at any time for as long as they wish