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MLANET: Research


Top Research Questions for the Profession

What questions should the profession answer to survive and thrive? MLA leaders top-ranked 15 research questions in a recent three-phase delphi study, including:

  • What is the quantifiable evidence that the presence of a librarian improves patient outcomes, increases research dollars, improves student outcomes, or increases hospital intelligence?
  • What is the role of the medical librarian with health care providers, community organizations, local public libraries, and members of the public to improve health literacy?

Read all the questions and more about MLA's Research Agenda in the full JMLA article.


Research Tools

  • Find a research mentor—or become one! Visit our mentoring site for information on how to find or come a mentor.
  • What method(s) should you use for your upcoming research project? What's the best one for the research you're doing? Check out "Inventory of research methods for librarianship and informatics" in the JMLA to find out more.
  • How do you write an abstract to submit a paper or poster to the MLA annual meeting? To a publication? Visit the Research Section for information on creating a structured abstract.
  • Need to do your research with a set or subset of MLA members? Want to pair with MLA on a survey or assessment? Contact MLA Headquarters for options and information.


MLA Studies and Surveys

The Research Imperative

Librarians know and understand research. Health sciences librarians engage in the research process with their customers because doing soThe Research Imperative contributes to positive patient outcomes, advances scientific knowledge, and ultimately leads to improved population health. MLA supports librarians in this endeavor. Through the Research Imperative, MLA supports health sciences librarians in extending this commitment, this core value. The association provides opportunities for members to play a more integral role in developing evidence for institutional decision making.