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MLA | CE Opportunties

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

Live Webinar | September 27, 2023 | 1:00-2:30 pm CT 

Acquire the data privacy skills and knowledge that can make you a valued privacy consultant and trainer in your institution. Many health sciences librarians and even seasoned researchers and compliance officers are unfamiliar with the de-identification techniques necessary to meet current requirements for public data sharing and multi-institutional research collaborations.

David Fearon, a specialist in research data privacy training and consultation, will be your guide and trainer in this introduction to the skills needed to provide practical assistance and advice to researchers on:

  • Basic human participant data privacy concepts and privacy risks
  • Deciding whether sharing de-identifying for public access is feasible for a project
  • Basic de-identification techniques for research collaborations and depositing to controlled access data repositories
  • Choosing between public and controlled access data repositories on NIH data sharing plans
  • Obtaining participant consent for sharing de-identified data

Become the data privacy and de-identification specialist at your institution and add a new skill to your toolkit and a new service to your library research support services!

This course is an elective for Level II of the Data Services Specialization. A Level I Data Services Specialization Certificate is currently available.

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

Live Webinar | October 4, 2023 | Noon-1 pm CT 

The volume of healthcare information grows daily, with estimates that by 2025, the compound annual growth rate of data for healthcare will reach 36%. One potential consequence of this dynamic: more librarians are facing burnout.

Please join us on October 4, 2023, from Noon-1:30 pm CT for this moderated panel of practicing medical librarians who will share their insights on their role in empowering clinicians and patients to have access to reliable and up-to-date information and on how to balance their core responsibilities and new expectations while avoiding dissatisfaction and burnout.

This webinar is sponsored by Wolters Kluwer.

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

Free Webinar | October 18, 2023 | 1-2:30 pm CT

We are excited to offer a free webinar by Margaret Foster and Sarah Jewell, leading experts on systematic reviews and the editors of Piecing Together Systematic Reviews and Other Evidence Syntheses, a 2022 update of their very successful 2017 book on systematic reviews.

This webinar celebrates the launch of the Level II Systematic Review Services Specialization (SRSS), the SRSS Level II Pathways, and the second offering of the Level I Pathways.

All webinar participants will also receive a code entitling them to a 30% discount on Margaret & Sarah’s edited volume, Piecing Together Systematic Reviews and Other Evidence Syntheses!

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Share Your Expertise! Grow as a Professional! Submit a Proposal for a 2024 MLA Instructor-Led Course!

Do you have expertise and skills to share with MLA members and the wider health information professional community? The MLA Curriculum Committee is now accepting proposals for engaging and practical webinars and instructor-led virtual courses for 2024. Teaching an MLA webinar or virtual course will give you teaching experience, AHIP points, and a CV item. It will also further your reputation as an expert and give you the satisfaction of contributing to your field.

The proposal deadline is this, Friday, September 15. We encourage individuals who identify as being from an underrepresented group to submit a proposal.

This year, we are using a much briefer proposal form than we have in the past. If your proposal is accepted, we will follow the process described here in working with you to turn it into a course: How MLA Works With Instructors to Turn Proposals into Offerings.

Contact for more information and feedback on course ideas.

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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




Nov 1

Timelines, Teams, and Tools: Helping Review Teams Organize and Coordinate Their Systematic Review Projects

Nov 15

Show Your Work! How to Document, Evaluate, and Report Search Strategies for Gold Standard Systematic Reviews

Nov 28

Putting Evidence in the Best Light: Supporting Data Visualization in Systematic Reviews and other Evidence Syntheses

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