Membership Benefits Guide
Core Member Benefits
Whether you're looking for personal growth or advocacy for your institution, MLA's membership categories and benefits are designed to fit your needs. No matter which category you choose, your MLA membership will always provide you with great opportunities.
CONNECT: MLA provides relevant community interaction with your professional peers in health sciences librarianship—who understand your issues and can offer support, advice, encouragement, and help you connect, share, and learn.
- Share ideas and information at annual and chapter
- Collaborate with topic experts by joining one or more of MLA's 22 sectionsfrom collection development to consumer health, from medical informatics to relevant issues, and with MLA special interest groups (SIGs).
- Connect with your peer community through MLA's membership directory. Find colleagues by expertise area, by geographic region, or search for a mentor.
- Keep pace with the latest in the health sciences information community with the MLA News, MLA’s monthly newsletter, available in print, full-text HTML, and PDF; with MLA-FOCUS, the twice-monthly e-newsletter; with table-of-contents alerts for the News and JMLA, and through MLA social media channels.
LEARN: update and improve your professional skills. MLA offers a wide range of meetings, workshops, publications, and other learning options.
- MLA's extensive state-of-the-art continuing
education courses feature practical, hands-on knowledge. MLA also offers free or low-cost tutorials and webinars, plus special certificates: Disaster Information Specialist or Consumer Health Information Specialist.
- Can't attend a meeting? Inexpensive e-conference registration provides almost immediate access to annual meeting content developed by your peers, plus provocative plenary speakers and hundreds of posters. After 12 months, members can see last year's meeting content free!
- Gain financial support and recognition: MLA provides up to $55,000 annually in grants, scholarships, fellowships, and awards.
- Track your professional accomplishments by storing your CV, continuing education certificates, presentations, and committee appointments in your online portfolio.
LEAD: Expand your role, serve as a volunteer leader, and advocate your value.
- Expand your role in your institution with the MLA Disaster Information Specialization program.
- Reach out to your institutions’ patients and families with MLA’s plain language “Medspeak” brochures, consumer reference publications, and as a Consumer Health Information Specialist.
- Develop your leadership skills by volunteering for regional, section, and national committee activities.
- Champion MLA public policy efforts, including support for NLM funding and scholarly publishing initiatives.
- Educate your administration and align your library goals with your institutional mission with resources from MLA’s Vital Pathways initiative and other advocacy materials.
Core Benefits Quick List
- Access to expertise and mentoring as part of MLA's membership directory—your colleagues are your best resource!
- Access to members' area of MLANET
- Advocacy campaigns and marketing tools (e.g., National Medical Librarians Month posters) for medical librarians
- Expertise and mentoring listing in membership directory
- Academy mentoring—get professional advice as you set your career goals
- State-of-the-art programs and practical research at MLA annual meetings
- Connect with colleagues via MLA social media sites and discussion lists
- Consumer health resources (e.g., Medspeak Brochure)
- Online directory listing provides visibility and access to your peers and colleagues
- Discounted rates for highly-regarded professional resources—enjoy discounts of up to 50% on all MLA publications (BibKits, DocKits, monographs) or with MLA co-publishers
- Discussion lists (MEDLIB-L, MLA-LEADERS, MLA-STUDENT, etc.)
- Eligible to serve on MLA national committees—Make your opinion heard and help shape the future of MLA
- Eligible to belong to specialty sections—network and share ideas with colleages in your specific area of interest (new members may test one section free for one year)
- Governmental relations information center
- MLA-FOCUS (email newsletter) with a supplied valid email address
- Print or e-subscription to newsletter, MLA News, plus emailed table of contents
- Exclusive access to online MLA News enhanced content, including online commenting and discussion
- MLANET, MLA's official website
- Monitoring and email alerts about copyright, intellectual property, Fair Use, other issues
- Salary and benefits survey results
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