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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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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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All courses will be held in-person on Saturday, May 18, 2024 at MLA ’24 in Portland

CE 200 - Master Data Cleaning and Wrangling with OpenRefine and Python

If you begin this course with no understanding of OpenRefine or Python or if you know some Python, in just four hours you’ll leave with skills in cleaning, analyzing, and displaying data and supporting researchers in working with their data and writing DMSPs that will enable you to expand your career options and increase your value in your workplace.

You’ll leave the course with a Google colab notebook of the coding skills you’ll learn in the course, skills in harnessing the power of Open Refine and Python to improve your data handling and analysis capabilities, a grasp of data handling lingo that allows you to show researchers how to get the most out of their data, and a broader career horizon.

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CE 201 - Collections Budgeting: It's More than Spreadsheets

If you are new to collections budgeting, you may feel overwhelmed by the challenges of the high-cost of resources, the multitude of purchasing and subscription options, and the reality of never having enough funding. And, because libraries are institutional cost centers, you may find yourself needing to advocate not only for your budget, but also for your skills in being able to make good financial choices on behalf of your institution.

Susan Kendall, editor of Health Sciences Collection Management for the Twenty First Century, will be your guide to navigating both the financial and vitally important non-financial aspects of collections budget management. You’ll leave the course feeling supported in your budgeting challenges and with strategies and ideas for dealing with a variety of budget situations, prepared to make a plan for advocating for your collections budget, and greater confidence in your ability to talk about your budget with key stakeholders.

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CE 400 - The Joy of Project Management! Managing All Projects, Large and Small

The marvelous thing about project management skills is that they are extraordinarily valuable in so many ways. They allow you to be more effective in your work and personal life. They demonstrate leadership skills that can lead to your promotion. And they earn you gratitude from everyone on a project you manage.

Janet Crum and Elisa Cortez, trained and experienced project management experts, will be your guides to developing a project management mindset and acquiring project management skills.

You’ll leave the course with know-how and confidence that will enable you to become more effective in any library role from entry level to director and in your life and able to spread the joy of project management to all you work with and for.

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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 30, 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.

Purchase must be made by May 30, 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

Purchase must be made by June 26, 2024.

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




June 5 & 12

Interactive and Engaging Online Instruction: A Hands-On Workshop

June 20 & July 11

Effectiveness and Efficiency in Exhaustive Searches 2024

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