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MLA Calls for 2018 Research Training Institute (RTI) Applications

Posted Oct 26, 2017 by Franda Liu
Category: National

Are you a library professional interested in learning to do research? Are you excited at the prospect of being part of an intensive and collaborative program that takes you through a process of learning research design and completing a health information research project?

The Medical Library Association (MLA) Research Training Institute for Health Sciences Librarians (RTI) was designed for you!

MLA is accepting applications from October 6 to December 8, 2017 for our 2018 cohort of RTI Fellows. Please follow links to the application instructions and the online application form.

What does the RTI 2018 offer me?

  • An intensive residential experience led by expert faculty that includes curriculum tailored to participants’ interests and skills, small-group sessions, and individual consultations with faculty
  • Individual mentoring by faculty for a year after the residential experience
  • Pre-institute preparation and assessment
  • Participation in an online research community of practice that:
    • Supports and encourages you in doing research
    • Offers advice and guidance from peers and experts
    • Helps you find research partners
    • Keeps you informed of current research projects and grant opportunities

What will I know and be able to do after participating in the RTI?

RTI is designed to transform library professionals with novice or intermediate research skill levels into researchers able to independently conduct or lead a quality research project. RTI training covers all the stages of designing, implementing, and communicating a successful health information research project. Participants will be able to develop effective research questions, select a research design, identify the components of a research project, collect and manage high quality data, publish and present the results of a research project, and much more.

How will the RTI help me in my career?

  • You’ll acquire a new, marketable set of skills.
  • You’ll gain confidence in discussing research and scholarship with teaching faculty and researchers at your institution
  • You’ll be able to implement research ideas that transform your library and raise your professional profile
  • You’ll develop the capability to publish in peer-reviewed journals
  • You’ll join a network of researchers who can help you in making a next step

When and where is the RTI held?

The heart of the Institute is a week-long residential immersive workshop held in Chicago, July 9-13, 2018. Pre-institute learning activities, individual mentoring, a year of post-Institute support, and membership in an ongoing research community of practice supplement the residential component.

Who is eligible?

Institute training is designed for library professionals with novice or intermediate research skills and experience who have a strong interest in research but do not possess the skills and confidence to conduct research on their own. MLA membership is not required.

Admission is competitive. Only 20 applicants will be selected. See the RTI website for eligibility requirements and selection criteria.

How do I apply?

Please visit the RTI website for more information, including fees and RTI Applicant Information.

When is the application deadline?

MLA will be accepting applications from October 6, 2017 to December 8, 2017. Applicants accepted to the Institute will be notified in March 2018.

Are scholarships available?

Yes! The Institute offers a number of scholarship opportunities. Half of the 20 open slots for the Institute are supported by either full or partial scholarships. Four full scholarships (registration fee, travel, lodging, and meals) are available for small libraries and Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHLS) member libraries, and six full registration scholarships are open to librarians with limited means.

How can I learn more about the RTI?

For detailed information about the project, including fees, benefits, and housing information, see the RTI website.

How is the Institute funded?

The Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) awarded the Medical Library Association a three-year grant to offer Training Institutes in 2018 and 2019. MLA, Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHLS), the University of Illinois at Chicago, and tuition fees provide additional support.

What if I have questions?

For questions regarding the institute, application process, or scholarships, please contact the project director, Susan Lessick, AHIP, FMLA.

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