Proposed MLA SIG: Interprofessional Education

Share your opinion by Tues. July 1!  Contact Nandita Mani (nanditam at umich dot edu) & Deborah Lauseng (dlauseng at umich dot edu).

MLA Interprofessional Education (IPE) SIG Proposal June 24, 2014
IPE Statement of Purpose: Interprofessional Education (IPE) occurs when “two or more professions learn with, from and about each other to improve collaboration and the quality of care”* The IPE SIG will facilitate communication and increase awareness of how MLA affiliated information professionals integrate and build partnerships with health/social science schools and divisions that foster IPE. The IPE SIG will aim to explore trends and implications for those engaged with IPE in their respective role(s).

● To provide a venue where information professionals can share knowledge and
experience related to IPE activities and engagement.
● To facilitate use of best practices when coordinating or participating in IPE initiatives.
● To provide opportunities for IPE SIG members to learn more about integration and
participation in IPE curricula and its place in the accreditation structure of many licensing

Rationale: The very nature of IPE conveys the interconnected nature of the health and social sciences and how curricula and research opportunities can be built to foster collaboration. The IPE SIG is unique and requires its own venue for discussion as it includes discussion around a multitude of components; and not one specific area of focus such as expert searching, systematic reviews, or library curriculum. IPE encompasses a holistic perspective in how information professionals can participate in a collaborative process that includes teaching, learning, research, informatics, and much more. IPE includes a variety of needs, opportunities, and requires expertise from Library information professionals from a variety of environments and who hold many different roles.

Anticipated Membership: It is anticipated that membership in the IPE SIG would include
MLA affiliated information professionals from academic, hospital, and special libraries. In
addition, those with a role in education, research, and informatics will find this SIG relevant to their work.

Nandita Mani, PhD, AHIP, and Deborah Lauseng, AMLS
University of Michigan, Taubman Health Sciences Library
*Centre for the Advancement of Interprofessional Education. IPE Definition. Retrieved from:

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