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The Research Imperative: Recommendations
Below are six general recommendations derived from MLA's research policy statement that describe goals that MLA will strive to achieve over the coming years. Ongoing activities for each recommendation are included below to more clearly define the recommendations. A more specific list of suggested activities for each recommendation can be found in Appendix 4.
- MLA will promote the importance of research to the MLA membership and to other health information professionals, associations, funding agencies, and partners in order to improve health outcomes.
To meet this goal, MLA will communicate its research commitment to its partners and stakeholders outside of MLA including associations, funding agencies, legislative staff, and international groups and publicize the research accomplishments of health sciences librarians to employers and to other health professions.
- MLA will promote the Research Imperative policy statement and its research priorities to the membership and to other associations, funding agencies, and partners.
In addition to working within the association and with established funding agencies and partners, MLA will collaborate with faculty and students from graduate schools of library and information science and with academic library colleagues to pursue research questions from MLA’s research priorities.
- MLA will recognize, reflect, and advance health sciences information research through its organizational structure.
While proposing some changes in MLA’s organizational structure, this recommendation also addresses MLA activities in the following areas: funding, mentoring, credentialing, recognition, employer support, and publications.
- MLA will provide and promote education and training to support health sciences information research.
To accomplish this recommendation, MLA will work with academic programs to ensure that opportunities to develop quantitative and qualitative research knowledge and skills appear throughout the curriculum; provide a complete range of basic and advanced courses in quantitative and qualitative research methodology and in the critical analysis of research through MLA's continuing education (CE) program; and encourage graduate schools of library and information sciences to require master’s degree students to undertake a research project in information science.
- MLA will disseminate health sciences information research through publications, CORE, and other means.
MLA will continue to develop CORE as a repository of examples in research excellence.
- MLA will continue to annually assess the progress made toward enhancing the research knowledge and skills of its members and the achievement of its research agenda.