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Research Section

Members: 262     Discussions: 307     Files: 19

To join:

  1. Go to your membership information.
  2. Click "View" next to your current membership.
  3. Click the "Add package" button to add additional packages, and select the Research Section.

Since 1982, the MLA Research Section 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 Section 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 section 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 Section poster to learn more about the section. For additional information, contact the current Membership Committee Chair.

Join the Research Section for just $20 per year!

Public Resources and Programs


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


Hypothesis (ISSN 1093-5665) is the official journal of the Research Section 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 with a submission deadline of April 15 and Fall/Winter, with a submission deadline of July 15. Please contact the co-editors Erin Foster or Carol Perryman with questions about Hypothesis content, submission guidelines, or deadlines.

Published Issues of Hypothesis

Hypothesis, V28- , 2016- (current)

Hypothesis, V23-27, 2011-2015

Hypothesis, V20-22, 2006-2010

Hypothesis, V11-19, 1997-2005 

Hypothesis, V1-10, 1987-1996

Research Section Leaders

Brooke L Billman, AHIP
College of American Pathologists
Chair, Section Council Alternate Representative
Catherine Pepper
Texas A&M University
Chair-elect, Program Chair
Michelle B. Bass, AHIP
Stanford School of Medicine
Immediate Past Chair, Section Council Representative, Nominating Committee Chair
Tara Brigham
Mayo Clinic
Maureen Clark
University of Illinois - Chicago
Cochair, Mentoring Committee
Merle Rosenzweig
University of Michigan
Cochair, Mentoring Committee
Margaret Hoogland
University of Toledo
Community Manager
Kimberly R. Powell
Emory University
Chair, Awards Committee
Martha Earl, AHIP
University of Tennessee
Education Chair
Beatriz G. Varman, AHIP
Houston Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Center Library
Membership Committee Chair
Jonathan Eldredge, AHIP
Research Agenda Committee Chair, International Research Collaboration Chair
Erin Diane Foster
Indiana University School of Medicine
Hypothesis Co-editor
Carol L. Perryman
Texas Womans University
Hypothesis Co-editor