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Serving Illinois Health Information Professionals

Call for Applications: 2022 MLA Research Training Institute (Deadline Wed., Jan. 12)

(via Susan Lessick–University of California, Irvine)

Are you a library professional who wants to take your research skills to the next level? Do you have a brilliant idea or research topic that you want to pursue but do not know where to start and need support to carry it through? The MLA Research Training Institute (RTI) is a unique, highly effective, and collaborative online research and support program. RTI assessment findings show that the RTI learning model is sound, effective, and increases the research skills, confidence, and productivity of participants. Librarians of all levels of professional experience who provide health information services, collections, and support, and want to contribute to improving library and health care outcomes, are encouraged to apply to the RTI program.

The Institute is a one-year online program that consists of a series of online modules in advanced research methods, along with mentoring by faculty experts and peer coaches, including Northwestern University’s Karen Gutzman. Participants will prepare and implement a research project, and they will have an opportunity to present findings at the MLA 2023 Annual Conference. RTI 2022 features an expanded research curriculum and greater affordability and flexibility for participants.

Applications re now being accepted through Wednesday, January 12, for the 2022 cohort of RTI research fellows. Accepted applicants will be notified in March 2022. See the RTI website for eligibility requirements and selection criteria, along with additional information on the Institute. The Institute offers many scholarship opportunities for professionals from small libraries, engaging in DEI research, and for those with limited financial means.

Please contact Projector Director Susan Lessick, at slessick@uci.edu, with any questions.

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