Learn New Career Skills

The Medical Library Association's Self-Paced Courses will help you acquire professional and workplace skills. You can learn to communicate more effectively, run meetings, design courses, and become a leader in your workplace. 

These courses use scenarios familiar to health information professionals and medical librarians. The skills they foster are valuable to a wide range of information professionals, nurses, instructors, and anyone who works with other people.

If you are not a member of MLA, when you click "Add to Cart," you will be prompted to create a free account on the MLA website that will also give you access to MEDLIB-ED courses.

Click on each course title below to see more details, including learning outcomes and instructor information.

Disaster Information Specialization courses are self-paced, free, and not scenario-based.

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Sample a Scenario-Based Self-Paced Course!

View and engage excerpts of all MLA Self-Paced Courses.
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Active Learning Strategies for Effective and Engaging Instruction

If you are a novice or veteran instructor in search of engaging and effective alternatives to lectures, Active Learning Strategies for Effective and Engaging Instruction will take your instruction to the next level!
CE Passport MLA Data Services Specialization Instruction & Instructional Design
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Building Your Brand: Becoming a Successful Health Information Professional

Build your brand and become the best health information professional you can be!
MLA Health Information Professionalism 2021 CE Passport
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Collection Development: Subscribing to and Renewing Electronic Resources

Learn how to acquire and make renewal decisions about your library’s most valuable resources.
Information Management MLA 2021 CE Passport
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Critical Conversations: Building Workplace Communication Skills

Learn communication skills that will empower you to address sensitive and difficult matters in your workplace.
Leadership & Management CE Passport MLA CNE
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Game On! Using Games to Engage and Teach

Bored with your routine one-shot and other teaching sessions? Want to level-up your teaching and have fun, too?
MLA Instruction & Instructional Design 2021 CE Passport
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Introduction to Data Management

Gain a solid foundation in the growing area of research data management!
CE Passport Information Management MLA Data Services Specialization
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Leading Decision-Making Meetings

Do you want to lead meetings in which decisions are made, actions are taken, and the results are evident? Do you want to be known as an effective, respectful meeting convenor?
Leadership & Management CE Passport MLA
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Managing Conflict in Decision-Making Meetings

Do you want to be able to plan and run inclusive, productive meetings? Do you want to learn skills that enable you to address conflict and avoid groupthink and premature closure?
Leadership & Management CE Passport MLA CNE
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Market It So They Will Come: Strategic Communication for Librarians

Increase your library’s visibility and elevate your profile as a marketing and communications wiz!
Leadership & Management CE Passport MLA
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Meeting Information Needs: Assessing Information Needs

This is the first of three essential courses for new librarians in the core skill of finding and delivering answers to biomedical and health-related questions.
Information Services CE Passport MLA
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Meeting Information Needs: Fulfilling Information Needs

This is the third of three essential courses for new librarians in the core skill of finding and delivering answers to biomedical and health-related questions.
Information Services CE Passport MLA
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Survey Design: Reporting and Displaying Survey Results

You've analyzed your survey results. Now learn how to communicate them effectively to your audiences!
MLA Evidence-Based Practice & Research 2021 CE Passport
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Survey Design: Sampling, Implementation, and Analysis

Advance beyond the basics of writing survey questions.
CE Passport MLA Evidence-Based Practice & Research
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The Art of Expert Searching: Searching Beyond PubMed

Ready to raise your searching skills to the next level? Terry Jankowski will show you how!
Information Services Systematic Review Services Specialization MLA 2021 CE Passport
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The Basics of Scholarly Communication

Learn the basics of scholarly communications!
CE Passport Information Management MLA
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The MLA Guide to Instructional Design Basics

Whether you are new to Instructional Design or need a refresher, this course is for you!
CE Passport MLA Data Services Specialization CNE Instruction & Instructional Design
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A Seat at the Table: Working with the Disaster Workforce

Libraries have a critical role to play in disaster preparation and recovery, but they need to be at the table with the right people.
Disaster Information Specialization Information Services Instructor-owned Free Health Information Professionalism
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Data Collection and Sharing During Disasters

Learn how to plan, implement, and follow-up on collecting and sharing data during a disaster.
Disaster Information Specialization Leadership & Management Free
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Disaster Health Information Sources: The Basics

This self-paced online course provides a comprehensive overview of essential resources for health-related information services in support of disaster preparedness, response, and recovery.
Disaster Information Specialization Information Services Instructor-owned Information Management Free
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Health and Disasters: Understanding the International Context

This online course identifies who's who (and why) in the international disaster community, their roles and responsibilities in pre- and post-disaster situations, and the type of information they may offer or require to respond to real or perceived needs, with a particular focus on health.
Disaster Information Specialization Leadership & Management Free
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In Case of Emergencies: Continuity of Operations (COOP) Planning

Are you ready to serve your patrons if a disaster occurs? This course takes you through the steps of writing a Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP) necessary to ensuring that your organization continues its essential functions during a wide range of emergencies. .
Disaster Information Specialization Leadership & Management Instructor-owned Free
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Information Roles in Disaster Management

This self-paced course introduces health sciences librarians to disaster management roles related to health information.
Disaster Information Specialization Leadership & Management Free
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Social Media Analysis During Disasters

Learn how to develop and implement a plan to effectively monitor and analyze disaster information on social media.
Disaster Information Specialization Leadership & Management Free
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U.S. Response to Disasters and Public Health Emergencies

Gain an introduction to disaster/emergency planning and response as conducted in the United States, with an emphasis on medical response
Disaster Information Specialization Leadership & Management Free