Center of Research and Education
CORE Vision and Mission
CORE will be the definitive source for high quality information and resources that meet the educational needs of health information professionals anywhere, anytime.
CORE fosters excellence in the health information education activities of health sciences libraries, information professionals, other providers of health information, and students. CORE helps individual librarians achieve lifelong learning goals; helps libraries to be learning organizations for their staff and clientele; and helps promote effective collaboration among institutions and associations that want to part of the learning community. This community shares people's health information education expertise and talent, while preserving their unique perspectives; expands educational access to those who need it; and helps attract the best new recruits to our workplaces, helping them to be successful health information professionals.
MLA members/Health Sciences Librarians:
CORE must meet the needs of the membership first; it's who we are; helps with "buy-in" and justifies the time and energies that the membership will put into developing the CORE; we later expanded "MLA" to include all health science librarians
there was some concern over possible overlap with content providers; instructors were defined as the person delivering the content, who may or may not be the content provider
seen as a content provider, primarily for specific programs related to NIH; need to link with the NNLM training database
provide the content; can be commercial or non-commercial; could be membership
source for mentoring instructors and recruiting new health sciences librarians; There was some concern that Library Schools might not have an interest in CORE because they deal with the professional degree and CORE deals with lifelong learning; however, there are examples of Library Schools collaborating with MLA to provide educational opportunities that satisfy both needs
this is seen as institutions that employ librarians and therefore may be consumers for training courses; employers may not know that they need CORE; there is a need to relate training to competency plans which are part of JCAHO requirements in hospitals; issues of employee recognition for training
at first it was stated that they are not a priority because their needs are being met by other organization, mechanisms, etc.; but it was pointed out that the consumer portion of MLANET is the 6th most popular site; and that the general public is imbedded in the vision of MLA to "influence the quality of health in the world".
Other information and health professionals
Their roles as stakeholders may vary depending on whether it is the individuals or the institutions as recipients of education or as course developers.
Medical Library Association
Last Updated: 2007 July 10