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Domain Hub Information | FAQ

Domain hubs reflect seven practice areas that are crucial to the success of the health information profession. Each hub is a coalition of diverse stakeholders from MLA’s caucuses, which enables a collaborative strategic vision to advance the profession.

  • MLA caucuses may elect or appoint a representative to any domain hub.
  • Hub caucus representatives identify collaborative projects, activities, or programs of interest to the broad practice area audience, and solicit working group members from their caucuses to volunteer for joint projects.
  • Joint working groups plan and create the projects or activities outside of any individual caucus; this enables a diversity of stakeholders to participate, plus a more inclusive audience for finished projects.

Liaisons from MLA-wide programs (e.g., MLAConnect, National Program Committees) participate in domain hub discussions to ensure alignment across MLA and to share progress and content across organization communication channels.

Domain Hub Information

Select each tab below to find out more about individual domain hub teams, projects, blog posts, & more!

 

Clinical Support

Professional practice area covers: evidence-based practice curriculum and habits in health professions, role of librarianship in clinical settings, provision of high-quality health information to consumers.

Clinical Support Practice Area Blog Posts 

Domain Hub Vision Statement

The Clinical Support Domain Hub supports health information professionals in clinical settings by fostering cooperation, collaboration, education, and mentoring in an inclusive, collaborative, supportive, and empowering environment by:

  • advocating for the role of health information professionals in clinical settings;
  • ensuring the development of education and resources for health information professionals in clinical settings;
  • providing resources on how to collect, curate, and deliver diverse evidence-based clinical information resources in all formats to health care providers;
  • providing resources on how to collect, curate, and deliver the most reliable consumer health information to community members;
  • providing education and resources for health information professionals on instructing diverse audiences on how to find and evaluate information to determine authority and credibility; and
  • encouraging and fostering partnerships that will assess and address health care inequities and disparities of the underserved or marginalized, including health literacy.

Projects

  • Provide and publicize targeted consumer health information for patients and consumers, integrating resources from multiple caucuses into a single location. UPDATE: Resources have been updated, but integration has yet to be designed.
  • Hub members are facilitating information gathering and feedback from our member caucuses on approaches/practices to Community Benefit reports. This was done at the request of MLA 2021/22 President Kris Alpi as a preliminary step towards gathering membership-wide metrics on community impact across institutions. The plan is to continue this conversation and possibly assist with development of questions for an MLA wide survey of CBR practices and metric types. 

More Information

NamePosition
Helen-Ann Brown Epstein, AHIP, FMLA
Virtua Health
Chair
Jaime Friel Blanck, AHIP
National Institutes of Health
Evidence-Based Practice & Research Curriculum Committee Liaison
Bridget Jivanelli, AHIP
Hospital for Special Surgery
Delegate, Complementary and Integrative Health Caucus
Dana L. Ladd
Community Health Education Center
Delegate, Consumer and Patient Health Information Services Caucus
Mary Beth McAteer, AHIP
Virginia Mason Medical Center
Delegate, International Cooperation Caucus
Tanisha N. Mills
Northeast Georgia Health System
Delegate, African American Medical Librarians Alliance Caucus
Jenn Monnin
West Virginia University
Delegate, Pediatric Librarians Caucus
Rebecca Raszewski, AHIP
University of Illinois at Chicago
Delegate, Collection Development Caucus
Elaine Wells, AHIP
SUNY College of Optometry
Delegate, Vision Science Caucus
Dawn Ellen Hackman, AHIP
San José State University
2024 National Program Committee Liaison
Kate E. Corcoran
Medical Library Association
MLA Staff Liaison

  • Provide and publicize targeted consumer health information for patients and consumers, integrating resources from multiple caucuses into a single location. UPDATE: Resources have been updated, but integration has yet to be designed.
  • Develop a comprehensive advocacy plan to identify/update, communicate, and promote the value of librarians in clinical settings.
  • Develop specific resources (best practices, checklists, white papers, case studies, etc.) on how librarians in clinical support roles can assist health care providers to address health disparities, inequities, and bias at the point of care.
  • Work with MLA’s education committees to develop a training series on how to begin, conduct, and promote a clinical/embedded librarianship program. Series could include journal club, discussion group, webinars, role-play training, or self-directed online learning courses.

 

 

Education

Professional practice area covers: pedagogy/andragogy, instruction to health professionals, educational technology, librarian as instructor, instructional design, information literacy.

Education Area Blog Posts

Domain Hub Vision Statement

The Education Domain Hub advances member skills and competencies by offering professional learning opportunities, developing teaching techniques, sharing educational resources, and promoting health and information literacy.

Projects

  • In collaboration with the Innovation & Research Practice Hub, the Education Hub is creating a proposal for an Open Repository. Collectively the Hubs are researching options, gathering functional and user requirements, building user stories/use cases, writing a proposal for the repository platform, and investigating the outside options available. There are many possible uses for the repository including: teaching resources (such as lesson plans, case studies, technique descriptions, educational technology modules/products reviews, white papers, etc.), assessment questions/surveys, a directory of efforts by members to map the information literacy framework to different professional requirements, search hedges, and more.

More Information

NamePosition
Virginia F. Desouky
West Virginia University
Chair
Karen Alcorn
Massacusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Delegate, Vision Science Caucus
Marie T Ascher
New York Medical College
Delegate, Technology in Education Caucus
Erik Davis Fausak
UC Davis
Delegate, Animal and Veterinary Information Specialist Caucus
Anna Ferri
Colorado State University Libraries
Delegate, Systematic Reviews Caucus
Shannon Shaunette Glover, AHIP
Northeast Georgia Medical Center
Delegate, African American Medical Librarians Alliance Caucus
Katie Gstalder, AHIP
Marshall B. Ketchum University
Delegate, Health Humanities Caucus
Karen Keesing
Delegate, Medical Informatics Caucus
Emily Lawson, AHIP
RAND Corporation
Delegate, Clinical Librarians and Evidence-Based Healthcare Caucus
Bradrick McClam
University of Missouri - Columbia
Delegate, Dental Caucus
Laura Menard
Indiana University
Delegate, Libraries in Health Sciences Curriculums
Maud Mundava, AHIP
A.T. Still University
Delegate, Public Health/Health Administration Caucus
D M (Mikki) Smith, AHIP
Delegate, Medical Library Education Caucus
Simone Stone
Delegate, New Members Caucus
Jennie Ver Steeg
Mercy College of Health Sciences
NAHRS Delegate
Sara Beth Westall
UND Medical Education Center
Delegate, Accessibility and Disability Caucus
Sola Whitehead, AHIP
VA Portland Health Care System
Delegate, Collection Development Caucus
Rachel Whitney, AHIP
Medical University of South Carolina
Delegate, Basic Science; Instruction & Instructional Design Curriculum Committee Liaison
Laura Zeigen, AHIP
Oregon Health & Science University
Delegate, Public Services Caucus
Yingting Zhang, AHIP
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Delegate, International Cooperation Caucus
David A. Nolfi, AHIP
Duquesne University
2024 National Program Committee
Erin Elizabeth Ware
LSU Health Shreveport
MLAConnect Co-Editor
Sarah Jackson
LSU Health Shreveport
MLAConnect Co-Editor
Barry Grant
Medical Library Association
MLA Staff Liaison

  • Create a Professional Development series focused on education topics
  • Develop program to educate allied professions and library school students about health information professionals

 

 

Health Equity & Global Health

Professional practice area covers: development of health information professionals globally, equity in access to health information, international collaborations for MLA and medical librarianship.

Health Equity & Global Health Blog Posts

Domain Hub Vision Statement

The Health Equity & Global Health Domain Hub fosters organizational and professional partnerships to improve the development, access, dissemination, and understanding of health information for and by diverse populations in the United States and globally to improve the health of populations.

Projects

  • MLA '22 Immersion Session submission related to One Health.
  • MLA '21 Lightning Talk
  • MLA '21 Hub Gathering: Transforming Our Diversifying Communities: Introducing the Global Health & Health Equity Hub
  • 2021 Experience MLA Global Health & Health Equity Domain Hub: Open House Access Code: @6NpKttA

Possible Future Initiatives

  • Extend the reach of members’ expertise in global health and health equity arenas by idea sharing and the sharing of content.
  • Define roles of Allied Reps and strengthen their ability to communicate.
  • Collaborate to improve the experience of international library visitors.
  • Continue to sponsor MLA meeting programming related to health equity and global health.

More Information

  • Provide and publicize targeted consumer health information for patients and consumers, integrating resources from multiple caucuses into a single location. UPDATE: Resources have been updated, but integration has yet to be designed.
  • Develop a comprehensive advocacy plan to identify/update, communicate, and promote the value of librarians in clinical settings.
  • Develop specific resources (best practices, checklists, white papers, case studies, etc.) on how librarians in clinical support roles can assist health care providers to address health disparities, inequities, and bias at the point of care.
  • Work with MLA’s education committees to develop a training series on how to begin, conduct, and promote a clinical/embedded librarianship program. Series could include journal club, discussion group, webinars, role-play training, or self-directed online learning courses.

NamePosition
Linda M. Hartman, AHIP
Chair
Karin Bennedsen, AHIP
Delegate, Consumer & Patient Health Information Services Caucus
Jamie E Bloss, AHIP
East Carolina University
Delegate, Health Equity & Global Health Domain Hub
Grace Victoria Carr
Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine
Delegate, Animal and Veterinary Information Specialist Caucus
Rachel Hinrichs
IUPUI
Delegate, Public Health/Health Administration Caucus
Megan Jaskowiak
Miami University
Delegate, Collection Development Caucus
Gurpreet K Rana
University of Michigan
Delegate, Social Justice and Health Disparities Caucus
Jennifer Sullivan
Upstate Medical University
Delegate, Health Humanities Caucus
April Wright
NNLM Region 1, University of Maryland, Baltimore
Delegate, African American Medical Librarians Alliance
Christopher Evans
Washington State University: Spokane
Health Information Professionalism Curriculum Committee Liaison
Jenny Pierce
Temple University
2024 National Program Committee Liaison
Maria Lopez
Medical Library Association
MLA Staff Liaison

 

 

Information Management

Professional practice area covers: meta data, representation of information, collection of information, research data management.

Information Management Blog Posts

Domain Hub Vision Statement

The Information Management Domain Hub supports member education and best practices around acquisition, selection, description, access, and preservation of health sciences information used by researchers, health professionals, faculty, students, and patients. We foster cooperation, education, programming, new initiatives, mentoring, and project management through an inclusive, collaborative environment that advances the knowledge base of this domain.

Topic areas include, but are not limited to, access, collection development, content licensing, resource description, research data management, resource sharing, preservation, and scholarly communication.

Current Projects

2023-24 Accessibility Series

Improving Accessibility for Library Patrons - November 14, 2023 (recording; slide presentations linked shortly)

Coming in 2024: A group discussion surrounding accessibility and technology, and in late spring, a follow up discussing user experience and accessibility. 

Projects

  • Create a mentoring program focused on the areas covered by the Information Management competency.
  • Develop best practices for evaluating and selecting information/resource management tools.
  • Develop guidelines for collection development in different environments (i.e. hospital, federal, etc.).
  • Create guides for evolving information management tools (i.e. RA 21 Counter 5, etc.).
  • Create a library of standards and best practices for information management.
  • Host sharing sessions on workflow optimization in resource sharing, metadata and discovery, and other systems. 
  • Develop best practices for providing clinical data management services.

More Information

NamePosition
Bridget Barry Thias
Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children
Chair
Caitlin Bakker, AHIP
University of Regina
Delegate, Research Caucus
Marlowe Bogino, AHIP
Rowan University
Delegate, Scholarly Communications
Alison Gehred
Nationwide Children's Hospital
Delegate, Medical Informatics Caucus
Lisa Huang
North Florida/ South Georgia Veterans Health System
Delegate, Federal Libraries Caucus
Megan Besaw Inman
East Carolina University
Delegate, Collection Development Caucus
John Mokonyama
University of Pennsylvania Health System
Delegate, Public Health/Health Administration Caucus
Alia Spencer
Palm Beach State College
Delegate, African American Medical Librarians Alliance Caucus
Lynne Graves Stephenson
Rocky Vista University
Delegate, Medical Library Education Caucus
Anne Morgan, AHIP
A.T. Still University
MLAConnect Liaison, Information Management Hub Editor
Sylvia McAphee
University of Alabama at Birmingham
2024 National Program Committee Liaison

 

 

Information Services

Professional practice area covers: research assistance, outreach to specific communities, subject knowledge development, expert searching.

Information Services Practice Area Blog Posts

Domain Hub Vision Statement

The Information Services Domain Hub connects MLA members to high-quality and authoritative information resources and colleagues working in areas including, but not limited to, research assistance, outreach to specific communities, subject knowledge development, all facets of library and technical services, and expert searching. The hub engages a community of practice for health sciences librarians and information specialists to share curated best practices and detailed disciplinary resources from subject matter experts to a broader audience in order to increase MLA members’ expertise, value, and skills.

Projects

More Information

NamePosition
Lauren Martiere Fletcher
Brown University -Warren Alpert Medical School
Chair
Jess L Callaway
Shepherd Center
Delegate, Hospital Library Caucus
James Gilbreath
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Delegate Public Health/Health Administration Section
Robyn Gleasner, AHIP
Delegate, Collection Development Caucus
Kelsey Grabeel, AHIP
University of Tennessee
Delegate, CAPHIS Caucus
Katherine Greene, AHIP
Georgetown University Medical Center
Delegate, User Experience Caucus
Andrea Harrow, AHIP
University of Southern California
Delegate, Clinical Librarians and Evidence Based Practice Caucus
Stephanie Henderson
University of Kentucky
Delegate, NAHRS Caucus
Saori Wendy Herman, AHIP
Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
Delegate, Technology in Education Caucus
Jennifer K. Lloyd, AHIP
Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center - New Orleans
Delegate, Resource Sharing Caucus
Antonia Osuna-Garcia
Delegate, Public Services Caucus
Kearin Reid, AHIP
Reid Research & Information Services
Delegate, Health Association and Corporate Libraries Caucus
Heidi Reis, AHIP
East Carolina University
Delegate, Libraries in Health Sciences Curriculums Caucus
Kay Strahan, AHIP
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Delegate, New Members Caucus
Stacy Torian
New York University
Delegate, African American Medical Librarians Alliance Caucus
Ashley Michelle Thomas
Harvard Medical School
2024 National Program Committee Liaison
Tomi Gunn
Medical Library Association
MLA Staff Liaison

 

Innovation & Research Practice

Professional practice area covers: evidence-based librarianship, informatics, research training, diversity in scientific research, assessment, and evaluation.

Innovation and Research Practice Area Blog Posts

Domain Hub Vision Statement

The Innovation & Research Domain Hub fosters collaboration and creativity in the development of initiatives that will advance innovation and research in the information profession.

Projects

  • Develop a repository for health research surveys and instruments that are publicly available for reuse.  The group has developed specifications and goals and is currently discussing a wider reach for the repository across multiple domain hubs (e.g., the Education Hub is looking into developing a repository as well, and the two hubs are now collaborating on this project.)

More Information

NamePosition
Amber Burtis
Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Delegate, Public Health/Health Administration Caucus
Janet Chan, AHIP
Delegate, Nursing and Allied Health Resources and Services Caucus
Martha Earl, AHIP
Preston Medical Library UTK
Delegate, Research Caucus
Timmi Johnson, AHIP
University of South Dakota
Delegate, Nursing and Allied Health Resources and Services Caucus
Teresa McGinley
Delegate, Collection Development Caucus
Molly Montgomery
Indiana University School of Medicine
Delegate, Osteopathic Medicine Caucus
Hannah Pollard, AHIP
CU Anschutz
Delegate, Translational Sciences Collaboration Caucus
Shelly Santos, AHIP
NewYork Presbyterian Queens Hospital
Evidence-Based Practice & Research Curriculum Committee Liaison
Shawn Steidinger, AHIP
University of Utah
Delegate, CAPHIS Caucus
Shanell T. Stephens
University of Maryland, Baltimore
Delegate, African American Medical Librarians Alliance Caucus
Donghua Tao
University of Illinois at Chicago
Delegate, Medical Informatics Caucus
April Wright
NNLM Region 1, University of Maryland, Baltimore
Delegate, African American Medical Librarians Alliance Caucus
Jenny Pierce
Temple University
2024 National Program Committee Liaison
Kate E. Corcoran
Medical Library Association
MLA Staff Liaison

 

Professionalism & Leadership

Professional practice area covers: ethics; equity, diversity, and inclusion; development of leaders; management (human resources, fiscal, project, etc.); influence in health care organizations; education of and advocacy for health information professionals.

Professionalism and Leadership Area Blog Posts

Domain Hub Vision Statement

The Professionalism & Leadership Domain Hub inspires and empowers information professionals at all levels and in all domains to become outstanding leaders for MLA, their institutions, and work environments, and in their spheres of influence. We provide a safe, welcoming, and inclusive forum where present and future leaders from diverse backgrounds can learn from each other, share best practices, brainstorm solutions, provide or receive mentorship, identify and create leadership opportunities, cultivate professionalism skills, and discuss leadership topics of interest. The hub aims to support confident and capable library leaders to manage projects, services, and teams, and to advocate for change in all settings including the vital role librarians serve in enhancing health care, education, and research.

Current Projects

  • Year-long series on the topic of "professionalism" in health sciences information starting with a panel discussion on the definition of professionalism during Experience MLA in February 2022.

More Information

NamePosition
Soph Myers-Kelley, AHIP
East Carolina University
Chair
Melissa De Santis, AHIP
University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
Delegate, Social Justice and Health Disparities
Melanie A Dixson, AHIP
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Delegate, Academic Librarians Caucus
Martha Earl, AHIP
Preston Medical Library UTK
Delegate, Medical Library Education Caucus
Jacqueline Freeman
University of Michigan - Taubman Health Sciences Library
Delegate, African American Medical Librarians Alliance Caucus
Latrina Keith
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Delegate, Technical Services Caucus
Anita C. Kuiken, AHIP
Syracuse University
Delegate, Public Health/Health Administration Caucus
J. Michael Lindsay, AHIP
University of Tennessee
Delegate, Collection Development Caucus
Samantha C Loster
Rosalind Franklin University
Delegate, LGBTQIA+ Caucus
Lisa A. Marks, AHIP
Mayo Clinic Scottsdale
Delegate, Hospital Library Caucus
Maud Mundava, AHIP
A.T. Still University
Delegate, New Members Caucus
Hannah F. Norton, AHIP
University of Florida
Delegate, Animal and Veterinary Information Specialist Caucus
Christopher Evans
Washington State University: Spokane
Health Info Prof Curriculum Committee Liaison
Brian L. Baker
Valley Children's Hospital
2024 National Program Committee Liaison
Tomi Gunn
Medical Library Association
MLA Staff Liaison

 

 

Domain Hub FAQ

re MLA domain hubs?

The MLA Board established practice area groups of the health information profession. MLA activities are aligned to practice areas--for example annual meeting programming, continuing education, MLAConnect and MLANET.

Domain Hubs are also aligned to these practice areas and are comprised of affiliated caucuses and liaisons (MLA Connect, National Programming Committee, Community Council, Curriculum Committees) that come together to collaborate on activities to further these practice areas. The goal is to de-silo the work of MLA units where possible and better the practice area. Domain hub activities interest a broad audience (e.g., MLA members, the public, health care providers) and connect to MLA-wide activities and programs

Domain hubs are the go-to place for members to access integrated content, and they provide the public a window into the profession and access to open resources.

Domain hubs should:

● develop an ongoing vision and strategy to make a difference in advancing the professional practice area related to the domain hub

● define clear goals and challenges (e.g., problems to solve) for caucuses and their members to collaborate on

● collaborate with liaisons from committees and staff to ensure overall cohesiveness and alignment across MLA

● manage activities and relationships specific to their domain hubs

● solicit funding from the association for domain hub initiatives that require it, by submitting a budget request and justification to the MLA finance Committee, using the process and timeline defined by MLA headquarters (online form) 

Project ideas may be driven by or originate with caucuses, or within the hub. It has worked well both ways. Hub collaborations can provide much- needed help for smaller caucuses having trouble getting a project off the ground due to lack of available volunteers. 

The hub delegates' role is to pass information back and forth between the hub and the group they're representing. Delegates can also serve as workgroup leaders or volunteer coordinators on collaborative hub projects. Caucus representatives are not meant to do all the work! Project ideas my originate with caucuses, (e.g. a smaller caucus comes to the hub looking to collaborate or solicit help) or they may be driven by and originate with the hub--it has worked both ways.

Domain hub representatives can be appointed by their caucus leadership or elected. Hub representatives serve two-year terms and earn 10 AHIP points/year.  

Hub chairs lead the hub in its work. This involves bringing together caucus groups to work on a project, providing guidance and assistance to delegates in setting up project teams, and soliciting for volunteers for a project. Hub leaders also set schedules and agendas for meetings-which they lead, archive hub documents, and submit annual and midyear reports. 

Domain hub chairs are elected among delegates currently serving on the hub. Hub chairs serve a two-year term.

Domain hub chair position garners 20 AHIP points/year.

An individual interested in a particular interest area or hub project may not join the hub, but can join a caucus affiliated with the hub. The member can then reach out to the caucus' representative or delegate to volunteer for a project. Members can join any caucus at any time for as long as they wish