LIBR534 Health info sources & services, lecture I

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  • 1.  Dean Giustini, UBC Biomedical Branch Librarian, Sept 4th lecture 2013 “after all … there is no such literature as a dictionary” ~ Sir William Osler as quoted in Harvey Cushing’s Pulitzer winning biography of Osler, 1925 LIBR 534: Health Information Sources & Services What did Osler mean …?
  • 2.  Dean Giustini, UBC Biomedical Branch Librarian – 2012 “…after all, there is no such literature as a dictionary” ~ Sir William Osler in Harvey Cushing’s Pulitzer winning biography of Osler, 1925 LIBR 534 – Health Information Sources & Services
  • 3.  • Health libraries and information services are generally provided in hospitals & health organizations to meet the emerging information needs of physicians, nurses, pharmacists, allied health professionals, students, patients, consumers and researchers (have we forgotten anyone?) • We use a number of different names for health libraries, such as medical libraries, health libraries, hospital libraries, academic libraries LIBR 534: Health Information Sources & Services Why health libraries? Why are they called health libraries?
  • 4.   To provide access to health information in all formats  To promote use of health information & knowledge in all formats  To provide service to health library users & health professionals  To create stimulating environment for intellectual growth  To advocate for health information in decision-making OUR MISSION AS HEALTH LIBRARIANS
  • 5.   Health librarians are responsible for the collection, organization and dissemination of authoritative health information to provide, improve and update the quality of health care services  Most medical libraries in Canada are found in health care settings such as hospitals, medical schools & medical associations  We assist physicians, health professionals, students, patients, consumers, and researchers in finding health and scientific information to improve, update, assess or evaluate health care What do health librarians do?
  • 6.  Canadian Health Libraries Association / Association des bibliothèques de la santé du Canada (CHLA/ABSC)  Health Libraries Association of British Columbia (HLABC)  European Association for Health Information and Libraries (EAHIL)  IFLA - Section of Health and Biosciences Libraries  Medical Library Association (U.S.)  SLA's Biomedical and Life Sciences Division Major health library associations
  • 7.   EBLIP Evidence Based Library and Information Practice: open-access, peer- reviewed journal published by Canadian librarians  Health Inform: official publication of Australian Health Libraries  Health Information & Libraries Journal: official journal of UK Health Libraries Group (HLG); peer-reviewed, international  Journal of Consumer Health on the Internet: peer-reviewed journal for consumer health information on web  Journal of Electronic Resources in Medical Libraries: peer-reviewed journal re: access, evaluation, and management of e-resources in medical libraries Major health library journals
  • 8.   Journal of Hospital Librarianship - reviews of technology, practical suggestions and strategies to improve hospital/clinical work environment  Journal of the Canadian Health Libraries Association/Journal de l'Association des bibliothèques de la santé du Canada (JCHLA/JABSC) - formerly Bibliotheca Medica Canadiana (1992 - 2001)  Journal of the Medical Library Association (JMLA) - International, peer- reviewed, published quarterly (formerly Bulletin of the Medical Library Association (BMLA)  Medical Reference Services Quarterly - peer-reviewed journal for medical and health librarians in clinical, educational or research settings Major health library journals
  • 9. Why?  Accreditation requires it  Access to the ‘evidence’ in evidence-based medicine  Understanding the digital age; Internet; (re)searching  Rise of the consumer & ‘patient’  Medical research grant-writing & support Do we need health librarians? Oh yes!
  • 10.   Reduced print circulation & in-house traffic  Shift to electronic resources; new information technologies  Open access & open data  Outreach & liaison  Collaborating with physicians  Staking claim in Canada’s health system(s) Challenges
  • 11.  Exercise I: Think of spending ten (10) minutes with a Canadian health librarian – what might you ask about their work * Do you have any burning questions for them? * Take a few minutes, think about your answer, turn to your neighbour & discuss for 5-7 minutes THINK – PAIR – SHARE
  • 12. Exercise II: What do you hope to get from taking LIBR 534? * From me as your instructor? * Take a few minutes to think about your answer, turn to your partner and discuss this question for 5-7 minutes THINK – PAIR – SHARE