MLA Books Panel seeks Author/Editor for Proposed Book on Clinical Librarianship

Handbook of Clinical Librarianship

The MLA Books Panel seeks an author/editor for a book on clinical librarianship.  The information included should provide starting points and basic resources for librarians interested in pursuing a clinical librarian position or starting a clinical librarian service at their institution.

Topics could include

  • What does a clinical librarian do?
  • How to prepare; knowledge required; learning on the job
  • Rounding, morning reports and case conferences – how to prepare, finding one’s place on the team, acting as a patient advocate; tips; answering questions at the point of care
  • Demonstrating value to health care providers, the institution and the library
  • Finding information for patients; providing information prescriptions
  • Participating in journal clubs
  • Promoting clinical librarian services
  • Expert searching including clinical guideline development
  • Benefits and challenges (including emotional ones) of being a clinical librarian
  • Ethical and legal aspects of working in a clinical environment (e.g., compliance with privacy legislation, need for vaccinations, etc.)

If you are interested in serving as the author or editor of this book, please contact Martha Lara at

For more information on the MLA publishing process, please visit

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