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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.
- 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
- Salary and Compensation Surveys
See the 2012 survey data, plus results from the last three decades of surveys.
- Value of Library and Information Services Study
Indicators of value and presentations methods that may be meaningful to upper management in health care institutions
- Readership, membership, and other association surveys