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Research Caucus

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Since 1982, the MLA Research Caucus has served to advance library research within MLA and throughout the health communities within which libraries operate. Join a network of friendly and like-minded colleagues interested in building research skills and applying library research and assessment to day-to-day library decisions and problems.

Member Benefits

  • Research Caucus website: Discover a wealth of research information and tools available to help you become an effective researcher.
  • Member directory: Connect with your peers!
  • Forum and discussion list: Connect with your peers and other research mentors and experts for news, trends, ideas, and advice.
  • Hypothesis: Read our online journal for interesting articles and the latest news and information about library research — publish results of your investigations in Hypothesis.
  • Continuing education opportunities: Participate in MLA CE classes and symposia and a wide array of professional activities tailored for the librarian researcher.
  • Leadership opportunities: Take an active role in one of many committees or programs—add caucus activities to your resume—earn points of professional activities to renew and advance your membership in the Academy of Health Information Professionals (AHIP).
  • Collaborate with research groups in chapters and other associations.
  • Share your ideas and speak your voice through surveys, feedback, and advocacy programs.

See the Research Caucus poster to learn more about the caucus. For additional information, contact the current Membership Committee Chair.

Public Resources and Programs


The Research Caucus gives out awards for posters and papers at the MLA annual meeting as well as papers published in JMLA. Both awards are open to all MLA members. 


The Research Caucus sponsors the Research Mentoring program that pairs MLA members that have research experience with librarians who are starting the research process. The Research Mentoring program is open to all MLA members.

Abstract Help

The Research Caucus structured abstract format is used by JMLA and others.


Hypothesis (ISSN 1093-5665) is the official journal of the Research Caucus of MLA. The journal is open access and is indexed in the CINAHL (Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature) database.

Hypothesis is published online twice per calendar year: Spring/Summer and Fall/Winter. Hypothesis, however, accepts submissions year round. Learn more about our submission categories and contact the Co-Editors, if you have any questions or concerns.

Published Issues of Hypothesis

Research Caucus Leaders

Rebecca Carlson, AHIP
University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
Chair; Community Council Alternate; Research Caucus Mentoring Co-Coordinator
Talicia A. Tarver
Virginia Commonwealth University
Merle Rosenzweig
University of Michigan
Immediate Past-Chair; Community Council Representative
Tara Brigham, AHIP
Mayo Clinic
Community Manager
Martha Earl, AHIP
Preston Medical Library UTK
Education Chair; Research Caucus Mentoring Co-Coordinator; Innovation & Research Hub Delegate
Beatriz G. Varman, AHIP
The Texas Medical Center Library
Membership Committee Chair; Research Caucus Mentoring Co-Coordinator
Jonathan Eldredge, AHIP, FMLA
University of New Mexico
Research Agenda Committee Chair, International Research Collaboration Chair
Caitlin Bakker, AHIP
University of Regina
Delegate, Information Management Domain Hub
Lindsay E Blake, AHIP
University of Arkansas for the Medical Sciences
Chair, Awards Committee
Margaret (Mardet) A. Hoogland, AHIP
University of Toledo
Hypothesis Editor