Trends in Health Sciences Library and Information Science Research: An Analysis of Research Publications in the Bulletin of the Medical Library Association and Journal of the Medical Library Association from 1991 to 2007 (Report)
INTRODUCTION In its 2007 The Research Imperative: The Research Policy Statement of the Medical Library Association, the Medical Library Association (MLA) defined research as “the foundation of the profession” and “a key ingredient for professional growth” . This policy statement challenged the health information profession to develop a culture where “applying and creating research-based evidence are the norm rather than the exception” . This was not MLA’s first call to action for a research agenda for health sciences librarians. The 1987 Strategic Plan of the association stated in goal III that “MLA is dedicated to improving health through professional excellence and leadership in research in health information science” . Later that year in her Janet Doe Lecture, Erika Love, FMLA, declared that “strengthening our research component today is a matter of political survival” . In 1995, MLA published its first research policy statement, with an action plan “to improve the research environment for its members” in the areas of education, research support, funding, dissemination, recognition, and measurement . The 2007 Research Imperative documented significant research milestones that have been achieved since 1995  and affirmed MLA’s commitment to “continue to annually assess the progress made toward enhancing its research knowledge and skills of its members and the achievement of its research agenda” .