MLA offers professional and career development opportunities and resources for practicing health sciences librarians, recent graduates, nurses, and others. Scroll down to learn more!
Purchase full access to all MLA online courses through December 31, 2020. Visit the CE Passport page for more information.
Competencies for Professional Success
MLA's Competencies for Lifelong Learning and Professional Success defines core health information professional competency areas. Take the free MLA Competencies Self-Assessment to rate your skills in each area. Use your ratings to plan your professional development.
MLA offers live and recorded webinars that serve the skill development professional competencies. Register and participate in both live and recorded versions of these learning activities. See the most recent and upcoming webinars from MLA.
MLA offers engaging and powerful self-paced online courses. Each course places you in a realistic situation in which you must acquire and use skills to solve a problem or complete a task. Downloadable resources help you deepen and extend your skills.
Instructor-Led Blended Courses
Join your colleagues for innovative and practical Instructor-Led Courses. Instructor-led courses combine live sessions with activities before and after sessions, participant chat open for the duration of the course, instructor feedback, and opportunities to engage instructors outside of sessions.
Discussion Group Program
Select a well-defined topic for a discussion group with other professionals and earn MLA continuing education (CE) contact hours for professional development.
Independent Reading Program
Illinois Continuing Education for Nurses (CNE)
MLA is an Illinois Continuing Education Sponsor (License No. 236.000169). Courses approved for Illinois CNE serve Advanced Practice Nurses, Registered Nurses, and Licensed Practical Nurses in Illinois and other states.
MLA has reviewed the nursing continuing educations requirements for all states to identify those that accept Illinois CNE. We urge you to confirm our interpretation of statutes by checking the nursing education requirements in your state, professional organization, or certifying body before assuming that an Illinois CNE course will serve your purpose.
Find all courses approved for Illinois CNE in MEDLIB-ED, our online course catalog. Please check back often, as the number of CNE courses will grow as more courses are approved.
To learn more about our requirements for CNE presenters and how you or a colleague can apply for CNE approval please see How to Get Your Course Approved for MLA CE or Illinois CNE Credit.
AHIP Credential: The Academy of Health Information Professionals
Whether you are new to the profession or have been working in it for many years, the Academy has a membership level for you! Academy membership reflects the investment of time and effort required for exemplary professional performance.
Complete an approved curriculum of courses and earn one of MLA's specializations.
- Consumer Health Information: improve your health information services for consumers and find new resources and ideas to serve the public, patients, and families. Apply today for MLA's Consumer Health Information Specialization.
- Disaster Information: expand your institutional role with MLA's Disaster Information Specialization. Acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to support your institution and community in times of disaster or public health emergency. Start with 5 free online courses!
MLA can help you meet your career goals by connecting you with an experienced heath sciences information professional. Find or become a mentor with MLA.
Grants, Scholarships and Fellowships
MLA offers a variety of funding opportunities to assist qualified students in graduate library science programs and to enable practicing health sciences librarians to pursue professional development.
Find available jobs in MLA's Career Center.
Have questions? Please contact the MLA Professional Development Department.