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Don't forget to register for in-person CE opportunities in Detroit! You can register just for the course or add on to your conference registration. It's not too late to sign up for CE if you've already registered. Space is limited, so register soon!

All courses will be held on Tuesday, May 16, 2023. All times are listed in local eastern time.

Additional information such as learning outcomes and instructor bios can be found in MEDLIB-ED.

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Effectiveness and Efficiency in Exhaustive Searches (CE100)

Note: This course is full as of 4/13/2023

Noon - 6:00 p.m.

$395 MLA/SLA Members | $510 Nonmembers

Attendance max: 25

Learn a unique, efficient, and effective method for conducting exhaustive searches! Demonstrations and hands-on exercises will introduce you to the method. Practice in Ovid Medline,, or PubMed under the guidance of experience information specialists will hone your skills. You'll leave the course able to create complex searches checked for completeness and translated between databases and interfaces much faster than with traditional methods.

Important Note: You’ll need to bring a laptop computer with WiFi capability to participate in the course.

This is a classic MLA searching course and has sold out the last three times it has been offered.

This course is an elective for the Level I Systematic Review Services Specialization.


Wichor M. Bramer, PhD, is an information specialist at Erasmus MC Medical Center, Rotterdam, the Netherlands, in which capacity he designs and manages the searches for more than 200 systematic reviews a year. He has written several publications on his methods and observations on his systematic review searches, co-authored more than seventy-five systematic reviews, and has given many international workshops and lectures on searching for systematic reviews. In October 2019 he successfully defended his PhD thesis entitled “Serving Evidence Syntheses”.

Developing a Collection for All Your Patrons: A Workshop on Writing a Collection Development Policy (CE200)

1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

$155 MLA/SLA Members | $200 Nonmembers

Attendance max: 25

Does your library have a collection development policy? Can it guide your budgeting and enable you to serve all your patrons? Working from your current policy or a template, you'll start revising or creating a policy and leave with the skills, guidance, and resources you'll need to complete a sound, contemporary collection development policy that serves all your patrons.

Through presentations, small group discussion, and practical exercise, you'll understand the importance of a policy to your library, what a policy should address, and how to use a policy to guide your library services. You'll also learn about resources for assuring diversity of content in your collection.


Robert P. Holley, PhD, has extensive experience in collection development as a librarian, professor, author, and speaker. He was the head of collection development for Wayne State University (1988-1993, 1998-1999) and for the Marriott Library, University of Utah (1980-1988). He has taught courses in collection development as it applies to all types of collections for almost thirty years. Robert has authored over 240 articles on library topics. His articles on collection development pay special attention to the out-of-print book market, self-publishing, and intellectual freedom.

Conducting Difficult Conversations: Improving Workplace Effectiveness, Relationships, and Satisfaction (CE400)

1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

$155 MLA/SLA Members | $200 Nonmembers

Attendance max: 25

Your ability to engage in difficult conversations can improve your effectiveness and sense of well-being as an employee, team member, and supervisor. Learn the steps to holding productive conversations and establishing an internal quiet confidence no matter the situation.

Attending this course will help you see new possibilities for your workplace life, acquire new communication skills, and develop the conference to hold difficult conversations.

You'll develop a plan for approaching situations you have ignored or unsuccessfully addressed. You'll gain insight into what makes conversations difficult and what can ease tensions. And you'll learn techniques that will give you a greater chance of achieving results that are good for you and your partner in the conversation.

You'll leave the course with resources, new skills, and a greater confidence in your ability to conduct difficult conversations thus marking your workplace one in which everyone can thrive.


Catherine Soehner, MLS, AHIP, is the Associate Dean for Research and the Director of the Eccles Health Sciences Library at the University of Utah. She has 34 years of experience in librarianship, 24 of them in named leadership positions. During this time, she delivered over 70 presentations on change, library services, and effective difficult conversations and wrote books on effective difficult conversations (2017) and strategic planning (2019).

Research for the Non-Researcher (CE500)

1:00 - 5:00 p.m.

$295 MLA/SLA Members | $380 Nonmembers

Attendance max: 25

Are you interested in conducting research but don't know where to begin?

This course will help you gain a solid understanding of how to complete a research project, whether it's a small in-house project or a randomized controlled trial.

You'll not only learn how to ask a question that can be answered by research, but you'll also learn about study designs and methods, as well as the steps needed to take a study all the way up to the point of publication and dissemination. You'll walk through a real-world case study that will demonstrated each step in the process, making the course relatable for information professionals from all backgrounds. Librarians who are new to the profession or who are new to conducting research are ideal candidates for this course.

This course will focus on Evidence-Based Library and information Practice (EBLIP) and using research to advance our profession and the work we do.


Heather N. Holmes, MLIS, AHIP, is the Associate Director of Libraries and a Professor at the Medical University of South Carolina. She has presented at many meetings on the topics of research, EBLIP, hospital librarianship, and clinical librarianship and has co-authored papers on research and evidence-based practice. She has a vested interest in Evidence Based Library and Information Practice and has had an active role in developing and furthering the research behind the Medical Library Association (MLA)’s research agenda.

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