As the number of information resources increases, instructing users in the best way to find health-related information is becoming an even more essential role for health sciences librarians. At the same time, the challenges to delivering instruction in an era of search engines and mobile devices have been steadily growing. Recognizing both the importance of instruction and the challenges we face in teaching our users, MLA’s incoming President, Gerald Perry, has announced his intention to create an MLA Academy of Teaching Excellence.
In support of this initiative, and to help create an evidence-based approach to improving instruction, the Journal of the Medical Library Association is planning to devote our October 2012 issue to papers that focus on providing instruction to users of biomedical information.This issue, to be published in October 2012, will include invited papers summarizing the current state of the field. We also encourage submissions of Brief Communications, Case Studies and Research papers from those with innovative approaches willing to share those innovations with their peers.
To be considered for this issue, papers must be submitted by February 15, 2012. Further details on topics of interest, requirements for submission, etc. can be found at
Susan Starr, Editor in Chief, JMLA