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Visit MEDLIB-ED anytime to access over 80 MLA webinars and courses and over 150 MLA-approved educational offerings from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM). 

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Communicating with Researchers about the Benefits and Risks of AI for Evidence Synthesis

Live Webinar | April 18, 2024 | 1 - 2:30 pm CT

It seems that everyone is talking about AI and what it can do, can’t do, and seems to do but doesn’t really. If you work on systematic reviews, you may be especially interested in the answers to these questions that go to the heart of how librarians collaborate with researchers on reviews:

  • Can AI tools automate and expedite systematic reviews and other types of evidence Synthesis without compromising the rigor and reproducibility that are the hallmark of systematic reviews?
  • How do you critically appraise a study that uses AI?
  • How do you have informed conversations with and advise researchers on the use of AI in reviews in this time of uncertainty and rapid change?

You’ll leave the webinar with new knowledge and increased confidence in your ability to discuss AI with researchers, and you’ll join the company of librarians able to build on their expertise in the rigor and reproducibility in systematic reviews to help shape the future of AI.

This webinar is an approved elective for Level II of the Systematic Review Services Specialization.

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Chat GPT and Beyond: Strategies for Effective AI Communication

Live Webinar | May 2, 2024 | 1 - 2:30 pm CT

Are you wondering what ChatGPT and other generative AI technologies can do for you in your work as a health information professional? In this webinar, you’ll not only learn what AI tools can do for you, you’ll learn how to communicate with them to help you work more effectively and efficiently. By learning how to interact effectively with AI, you can enhance your value in your institution, keep up with the rapidly evolving field of AI in librarianship, and explore innovative ways to apply AI tools to information services.

You’ll leave the webinar with new ideas on how you can use AI tools, skill in effectively interacting with ChatGPT and other AI tools, and practical strategies for integrating AI into your daily medical library practices.

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Sharing it Ethically: Research Lifecycle Support for Sharing Human Participants Data

If you are looking for a way to advance your career, become more valuable in your workplace, and contribute to the research base that supports evidence-based medicine, developing systematic review services skills may be one of the best ways to accomplish these goals! MLA members created the Systematic Review Services Specialization to offer health sciences librarians a means to acquire and document a wide range of skills, from developing search strategies, conducting review searches, and documenting and reporting searches to managing data, planning review projects, ensuring quality, negotiating review team roles, and peer reviewing searches.

Feedback from individuals who earned their Level I Systematic Review Services Specialization certificate shows that earning the certificate can open up opportunities to become co-author on reviews, a leader in developing a systematic review service, and the “go to” librarian for review services. See Highlights of a Survey of Level I Systematic Review Services Specialization Certificate Holders for much more about the benefits of a Level I certificate.

To make it easier to earn your Level I or Level II SRSS certificate, MLA offers discounted packages of courses for each SRSS Level through May 31, 2024.

The SRSS Level I Learning Pathway: 8 Level I SRSS required courses and 4 electives needed to earn a Level I certificate at a discount of 30%, PLUS we waive the application fee (members: $99; nonmembers: $129) AND we include more electives and all the electives we add through October 2024, making the total savings more than 40%.

The SRSS Level II Learning Pathway: All Level II SRSS required courses and all MLA webinars and on-demand electives at a discount of nearly 30% of the total cost of the courses needed to earn Level II, PLUS we waive the application fee (members: $99; nonmembers: $129) AND we all the electives we add through October 2024.

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2024 CE Passport

The MLA 2024 CE Passport Is Now Available

Individuals and Institutions Get Great Savings on Full Access to MLA Webinars and Self-Paced Courses

Make this your strongest professional year yet with savings on hours of MLA Continuing Education! Secure an MLA CE Passport by June 30 and register for live and on-demand webinars and self-paced courses on data collection, expert searching, marketing, collection development, and more through December 31. You'll have 90 days to complete the on-demand courses you register for.

  MLA CE Passport

80+ Webinars

Available by 12/31/24

19 Self-Paced


Member $660 $5,200 $1,615 $6,155
Non-Member $860 $6,800 $2,185 $8,125

Purchase your 2024 Individual CE Passport

Learn more about the Passport, including great savings for institutions

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What else can you do with your CE?

Did you know that you can use your MLA CE to become a member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals (AHIP), MLA’s credentialing program? In a survey of 560 members of the Academy of Health Information Professionals (AHIP), over half agreed that AHIP membership helped them advance in their career or was required or recommended for a position they’ve held or applied for or a raise they sought or attained. Learn about AHIP and how it can help you grow as a professional and increase your professional stature. AHIP is open to MLA members and non-members.

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Upcoming Schedule




April 11

What Librarians Should Understand about Copyright CANCELLED

May 18

Collections Budgeting: It's More Than Spreadsheets (In-person at MLA '24)

May 18

Essential Searching Skills for Librarians on Systematic Review Teams (In-person at MLA '24)

May 18

Master Data Cleaning and Wrangling with OpenRefine and Python (In-person at MLA '24)

May 18

The Joy of Project Management! Managing All Products, Large and Small (In-person at MLA '24)

If you have any questions, please contact Debra Cavanaugh, Director of Professional Development, or Barry Grant, Director of Education.