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Hospital Librarianship

  1. 1. Hospital Librarianship By Jeff Mason Client Services Librarian Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region For LIS 591, June 21, 2007
  2. 2. Goals <ul><li>Provide insight into hospital librarianship </li></ul><ul><ul><li>RQ Health Sciences Library Overview </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Challenges </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Benefits </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Research </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Get you to consider hospital libraries as a career. </li></ul>
  3. 3. About Me <ul><li>I am not from Saskatchewan! </li></ul><ul><li>BSc (Toronto) - 2002 </li></ul><ul><li>MLIS (Western) - 2005 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>8 month co-op Taylor Library </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Science & Tech </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Instructional Strategies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>EBM </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hired 1 month before last class </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Why Regina? <ul><li>4th interview </li></ul><ul><li>Felt like a good fit </li></ul><ul><li>Lots of opportunity </li></ul>
  5. 5. RQ Health Sciences Library <ul><li>RQHR </li></ul><ul><ul><li>From Regina to Manitoba border </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>~9000 staff (FT, PT) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>U of Saskatchewan College of Medicine </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>College of Nursing (SIAST) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>College of Pharmacy and Nutrition </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Southern Alberta Institute of Technology </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Respiratory Therapists </li></ul></ul></ul>
  6. 6. RQ HSL - 2 <ul><li>3 locations </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Main, Regina General Hospital </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2 (3) professional librarians </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>1 professional archivist </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>5 support staff </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>1 co-op student </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. RQ HSL - 3 <ul><li>Collections </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Policy - Clinical & Current </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>E-Resources </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Saskatchewan Health Information Resources Partnership ( http://www.shirp.ca ) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>In-house collections </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>UpToDate </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Natural Standard </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>E-Therapeutics/E-CPS </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Lexi-Comp Online </li></ul></ul></ul>
  8. 8. RQ HSL - 4 <ul><li>Other services </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Reference </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>They ask, we answer - >1000/year </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ILL </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>They want it, we get it. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>SFX </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Instruction </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Individual/group, planned/walk-in </li></ul></ul></ul>
  9. 9. My Role <ul><li>Liaison Librarian </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Nutrition and Food Services (Dieticians/Dietetic Interns) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pharmacy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Respiratory Therapy </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Challenges <ul><li>Information Technology </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Library does not have own IT </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Barrier - typical of health care </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Limited resources </li></ul><ul><ul><li>We are lucky </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Administration </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Need buy in </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Understanding the political landscape </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Challenges - 2 <ul><li>Workload </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Reference is repetitive, tiring </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Finding balance </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Physician/staff demands </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Don’t understand limitations </li></ul></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Benefits <ul><li>Real world application </li></ul><ul><ul><li>My work helps improve patient care </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>RQs </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Committees </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Best databases </li></ul><ul><ul><li>America’s gift to the world is MEDLINE </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>CINAHL, not far behind </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Stability </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Health care funding increasing, not decreasing </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Benefits - 2 <ul><li>Diversity </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Learn something new every day </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Get questions from all areas of health care </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Do everything </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Great way to get professional experience </li></ul></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Benefits - 3 <ul><li>Opportunity </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Associations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Sask Health Libraries Association </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Canadian Health Libraries Association </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Book reviews </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Conference presentations </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Medical Libraries Association </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Multitype Database Licensing Program </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Others </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>How to Teach EBHC </li></ul></ul></ul>
  15. 15. Research <ul><li>Needs assessment </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Surveyed physicians and staff </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>~50% response rate </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Found areas in need of improvement </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Access/use of electronic resources </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Marketing of library and services </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>We are doing a lot of things right </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. Google Project <ul><li>Presentation to CHLA 2007 </li></ul><ul><li>“ Advanced Google Instruction as a Tool for Promoting Evidence-Based Practice” </li></ul><ul><li>Drop-in course </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Show users how to use Google more effectively </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Promote EBP by discussing limitations, etc. </li></ul></ul>
  17. 17. Google Project - 2 <ul><li>Good initial response to class </li></ul><ul><li>Introduced survey to learn more </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Why they use Google </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Why they attended class </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Some surprising results </li></ul>
  18. 18. Google Project - 3 <ul><li>Who attended? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>188 usable responses </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>5 groups </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Health care providers </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Health administrators </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Allied health care providers </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Educators/researchers (includes students) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Other </li></ul></ul></ul>
  19. 19. Google Project - 4 <ul><li>Current use of Google </li></ul><ul><ul><li>>50% ALWAYS use Google as their search engine. </li></ul></ul>
  20. 20. Google Project - 5 Use of Google for work information
  21. 21. Google Project - 6 <ul><li>What Users Like About Google </li></ul><ul><ul><li>28% - User friendly </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>24% - Fast </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>17% - Scope </li></ul></ul>
  22. 22. Google Project - 7 <ul><li>What Users Do Not Like About Google </li></ul><ul><li>Opposite of Scope </li></ul>15% - Irrelevant results <ul><li>Opposite of User -friendly </li></ul>21 % - Do not know how to use Google effectively <ul><li>Opposite of Scope </li></ul>38 % - Too many results Observation Survey Result
  23. 23. Google Project - 8 <ul><li>Where else do users find information? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>1 – Google </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>2 – Subscription databases </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>3 – Free databases </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>4 – Other search engines </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>5 – Library staff </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  24. 24. Google Project - 9 <ul><li>Why users attended session </li></ul><ul><ul><li>42% - learn to search better/save time </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>30% - just want to learn </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Was the session useful? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>57% - extremely useful </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>8% - not useful </li></ul></ul>
  25. 25. Google Project - 10 <ul><li>Survey supports original ideas: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Google is being used heavily </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Is being used for health care decisions </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Staff do not use it effectively </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>There is a need to provide this type of education </li></ul></ul>
  26. 26. Google Project - 11 <ul><li>Providing staff with a session they want/need: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Allows library to promote EBP by explaining strengths and weaknesses of Google/Internet sources. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Raises library profile, reaches non-traditional users </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Increases credibility of librarians </li></ul></ul>
  27. 27. Conclusion <ul><li>Co-op opportunities </li></ul><ul><ul><li>RQ, SHIRP, and Saskatoon HR </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Lots of exciting things coming </li></ul><ul><ul><li>National Network of Libraries of Medicine </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Integrating library into health record </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Hospital/special libraries great way to get started. </li></ul>
  28. 28. Thank You! What questions do you have? http://www.slideshare.net/jeff_mason/ [email_address]

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