MLA develops resource materials and fosters relationships with allied associations, agencies, networks, and organizations that share concerns about the field of health sciences librarianship and medical information management.
Benchmarking and Library Standards
- 2007/08 Health Science Library Statistics and Benchmarking Interactive Report Site. Choose from up to 7 variables to customize reports; participants (free access) receive customized “your data” responses and comparison with median, mean, third quartile, and maximum responses. Charts and graphs illustrate both specific data or reply percentages to yes/no questions. Subscriptions available for nonparticipants.
- 2004 Health Science Library Statistics and Benchmarking Interactive Report Site: Choose from 13 variables to customize six reports; charts and graphs illustrate data from 325 participants from multiple library types. Free to survey participants and via subscription to MLA members and others.
- MLA Benchmarking Network:
View the 2004 "composite hospital library" data, data worksheets from the last two benchmark surveys, definitions, and more.
- Challenge to Action: Planning and Evaluation Guidelines for Academic Health
Sciences Libraries (1987) [contact MLA headquarters]
- Guidelines for Libraries Serving Dental Education Programs [ view ]
- Guidelines for Libraries Serving Dental Hygiene Education Programs [ view ]
- Standards for Chiropractic College Libraries [ view ]
- Standards for Hospital Libraries 2002 with 2004 revisions [ view ]
Compensation & Salary Issues
The nation's health sciences librarians must continue to play a significant
role in the expert retrieval and evaluation of information in support of knowledge-
and evidence-based clinical, scientific, and administrative decision making
at all health institutions. View MLA's policy statement about the "Role
of Expert Searching in Health Sciences Libraries" and other resources
available for expert searchers.
Many people lack the ability to understand and use the information they need to make good health decisions. Visit MLA's new Website focusing on health literacy and health information literacy, with resources for health and information professionals and health consumers.
Joint Commission Accreditation Resources
Library Public Relations and Marketing
- Advocacy Toolbox
- "Marketing 101:
How to Put the Spotlight on Your Library," a presentation featured
at the MLA '08 free marketing seminar, "Marketing 100: Starting at the
Bottom" (PowerPoint, 2.04MB)
- "Marketing Your
Library: The Three Elements of a Successful Promotional Campaign,"
a presentation featured at the MLA '08 free marketing seminar, "Marketing
200: Getting to the Top" (PowerPoint, 2.88MB)
- "Coping With Change:Reaching
Your Library's Users," a presentation featured at the MLA'07 free
marketing seminar (PowerPoint, 700KB)
#12: Marketing the Consumer Health Information Service order print version | PDF version
- Making a Difference: Communications
This easy-to-use guide and handbook to gives you techniques and suggestions
on conducting a communications campaign.
- National Medical Librarians
- PR Swap and Shop: 2008 | 2007 | 2006
|2005 | 2004
| 2003 | 2002
| 2001 |
out Loud: A Billion-Dollar IPO for Johns Hopkins," an editorial by
William R. Brody, president of The Johns Hopkins University, on the value