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National Efforts: MLA Public Policy Center

MLA supports unrestricted, affordable, and permanent access to quality health information for everyone. 

Our national efforts focus on federal legislation and regulations impacting libraries.

The Governmental Relations Committee and the Joint MLA/AAHSL Legislation Committee both address federal information issues, policies, and legislation of importance to the health sciences library community. Together with engagement of members from MLA's caucuses, chapters, and relevant committees, the association develops statement and comments to Federal requests for information. The process for how we go about creating these statements is described here.

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MeSH: 2023 Terms Update


Participate in Office of Management & Budget Initiative to Update MeSH Terminology OMB’s Statistical Standards for Race and Ethnicity


Updated Guidance on Public Access to Federally-funded Research Results


NLM Responds to the Call for Public Access to Monkeypox-related Research and Data


Legislative Update Open Forum Provides MLA Members With Advocacy Answers


NLM Responds to Librarians’ Open Letter re: MeSH Term Changes


MLA Comments on IMLS 2022-2026 Strategic Plan


MLA signs onto CHLA ABSC statement on the importance of hospital libraries


MLA and AAHSL Comments on NIH UNITE Initiative


News from the NLM History of Medicine Division


MLA and AAHSL Comment on Information and Data Resources Needed by the Health Services Research Community


NIH calls for swift sharing of COVID-19 results


MLA and AAHSL comment on NLM 2017-2027 Strategic Plan


MLA/AAHSL Call for Transparency & Impartiality in the Dissemination of Health Information


Preparing for the Next Pandemic


MLA recommends seeking information specialists as peer reviewers for knowledge synthesis publications


MLA and AAHSL recommend FY21 NLM Funding


MLA and AAHSL comment on public access


NLM Receives Stimulus Funding to Prevent, Prepare for, and Respond to the Coronavirus


MLA and AAHSL comments to NLM addressing ClinicalTrials.gov Modernization