Tag Archives: Librarianship

Demonstrating Value Through Assessment and Surveys

MISO_DemonstratingValueAt last month’s ACRL conference, there were more than 50 sessions that focused on assessment and/or the value of academic libraries.  While it was not possible to attend all the presentations, there were a number of poster sessions that provided examples of how libraries are gathering information to present on their value.  I focused on several of the poster sessions that had been publicized as focusing on value in the ACRL conference program. Continue reading

What IS a “health science or sciences library??

Thanks to everyone who replied [to my email query].  Suggestions are below.  Turns out this was for the NLM Information Resource Grants to Reduce Health Disparities which states:

“Proposed projects should exploit the capabilities of computer and information technology and health sciences libraries to bring health-related information to consumers and their health care providers. Preference will be given to applications that show strong involvement of health science libraries.”

I know we all work in health sciences libraries but there doesn’t appear to be any official definition.  This oversight should be corrected.  The MLA Guide to Managing Health Care Libraries didn’t have a definition either.

1)            Gary Freiburger from U of A sums it up and represents the AAHSL point of view : As far as I know there is no certification or official accreditation linked to the title.  I think it’s a generally accepted descriptive term used to indicate that a library goes beyond being a “medical library”, doesn’t focus on clinical resources and also includes other areas of healthcare. Continue reading

ARL Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Academic and Research Libraries released

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) on Thursday released a “Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Academic and Research Libraries.” According to ARL, it is “a clear and easy-to-use statement of fair and reasonable approaches to fair use developed by and for librarians who support academic inquiry and higher education.” Fair use is a fuzzy legal doctrine that permits limited use of copyrighted material without acquiring permission from the copyright holder.

Hospital Library Advocacy, from MLA Prez Jerry Perry

Advocacy for hospital libraries- everyone has a role!

In 2011 two hospital libraries closed in the metropolitan Denver area.  Both were part of the MedConnect consortium headquartered at the Library I direct, the University of Colorado Health Sciences Library.  Both had outstanding librarians but that did not save their libraries.  In the case of one, the librarian was but one of several hundred employees laid-off at once.  At the other, the library had been experiencing a protracted decline over the last several years, tied to cyclic budget reductions.

How do we help hospital librarians promote their value?  My position is that everyone in the Association has a role to play, and that it’s critical for everyone to help.  But if it’s YOUR library that’s at risk, here are some steps you can take:

  • Know who is making the decisions:  If you work at a hospital or in a healthcare delivery system, find out who controls the purse strings and find out what matters to them.  Ask your boss, ask your co-workers, ask your union, ask your Library Committee Chair, ask whoever makes sense to ask, ask until you know!
  • Figure out what matters most to them:  Is patient safety the top Continue reading

Library Reference: Medicine 2.0 – from Steven Abram

Medicine 2.0: Peer-to-peer healthcare

by Susannah Fox, read Full Report View Online

About 75% of adults and 95% teenagers in the U.S. have internet access.

However, adultsliving with chronic disease are significantly less likely than healthy adults to have access to the internet:

  • 64% of adults living with one or more chronic disease go online.
  • 81% of adults reporting no chronic diseases go online.

That’s one of the roadblocks to keep in mind. There are still pockets of
people who remain offline, but many of them have what we call second-degree
internet access. Their loved ones are online. Caregivers
represent an opportunity for the engagement of our elders and other people who remain offline.

Six in ten U.S. adults go online wirelessly, with a laptop, mobile device or

Eight in ten American adults have a cell phone.

Digging deeper into the data, 9 out of 10 adults in the U.S. say health professionals are more helpful than fellow patients, friends & family when it comes to getting an accurate medical diagnosis. The picture shifts when we ask about emotional support in dealing with a health issue: fellow patients, friends, and family are the much more popular choice. And it is an even split when it comes to practical advice for coping with day-to-day health situations: professional sources like doctors and nurses rank pretty much even with fellow patients, friends, and family. The bottom line is that the Internet does not replace health professionals. Continue reading