The physicians rated the information provided by the library more highly than that provided by other information sources such as diagnostic imaging, lab tests, and discussions with colleagues.
In addition to confirming earlier research findings that information provided by hospital libraries is perceived by physicians as having a significant impact on clinical decision making, the results increase our store of scientific knowledge about the specific nature and extent of the impact of information provided by the hospital library.
Rowell-Giustini – LIBR534
Rowell-Giustini – LIBR534 What makes a good HS Librarian
Core librarianship skills & HSL knowledge
What are they ?
Ability to contextualise information needs
Patient care; education; research; administration
Who has expressed the information need?
Right information for the right person at the right time
What happens at an HSL reference desk?
Interaction with users is often along f actual, i nstructional and/or t echnical lines (FIT)
Rowell-Giustini – LIBR534 (Not so) New Roles – more training?
Informationist (Homan &McGowan, 2002)
Traditional library skills + knowledge of clinical medicine, expertise in evidence based medicine, techniques in retrieving information + credentials (AHIP, Lic, Cert)
Medical Informatics (Hersch 2002)
Medical informatics is the field concerned with acquiring, storing, and using information in health care
Developing Research Capacity in Health Librarians (Rossall et al, 2008)