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    • Ivonne Martinez, MLIS Michele Malloy, MALIS Dahlgren Memorial Library Georgetown University Medical  Center
    • Purpose Are library schools offering a curriculum  that encompasses specific aspects of special  library functions? Are we preparing health sciences librarians? Literature Review Expectations
    • Survey Methods SurveyMonkey Only One Logic Point 15 Closed Questions, 1 Comment Box Inclusion Criteria Health Sciences ALA Accredited Degree Newly Graduated (Past 5 Years) Geographic Area (U.S. Schools)
    • Listservs: Blogs: medlib‐list Krafty Librarian AAHSL list Musings of a  hls‐list Medical Librarian ili.list David Rothman newlib‐list Others: CAPHIS Ellen Detlefsen Individual Emails
    • Length of Tenure Type of Library 4% 2% Academic  > 1 year Library 14% 1‐2 years Hospital  9% 34% Library 2‐3 years 35% 18% Research  3‐4 years 59% Institution 25% 4‐5 years Association Completed Responses : n=204
    • Main Professional Duties Informatics 16 Patient Education 30 Systems 35 Curriculum‐Int. Instruction 44 Research Collaboration 45 Marketing 51 Administration 54 Web Development 56 Public Services 74 Collections 83 Outreach & Liaison 100 Library Instruction 132 Ref & Research Support 174 Completed Responses : n=204
    • 46 Distinct Programs Did you focus on HS  U Pittsburgh (14) during your Grad  Program? U North Texas (13) San Jose State U (9) Primary Focus Drexel University (8) 20% Strong Focus Kent State University (8) 31% University of Arizona (8) One  UI Urbana‐Champaign (8) 33% 16% Consideration UWisconsin Milwaukee (7) Not a  Wayne State University (7) Consideration Completed Responses : n=204
    • HS Courses Offered? No 16% Unsure 7% Yes If ‘Yes’, 77% If ‘No’,  Number of Completed Courses: Would you have taken? 2 3 13% 1 41% Maybe 10% 4 33% 5% Yes No 5+ 0 58% 9% 5% 26% Completed Responses : n=204
    • Based on your MLS coursework, did you feel  prepared for the job duties of a HS Librarian? Unprepared Prepared 15% 17% Somewhat  Prepared 68% Completed Responses : n=204
    • MLS Courses: Offered & Completed 94 83 71 65 52 50 46 34 41 28 Offered HS Libraries HS  Completed Internship Independent  Study Online  Resources in  Health  HS Informatics Completed Responses : n=204
    • Course Importance  Reported  Ratings Course Availability #1 Online Resources in HS 25% #2 Intro to HS Libraries 46% #3 EBM & the Medical Librarian 5% #4 HS Internship 35% #5 Controlled Vocab in Medicine 3% Completed Responses : n=204
    • Preparedness Rating: 1(Unprepared) – 3 (Prepared) Reference 2.3 Client Services 2 Digital & Web 2 Instruction 1.96 Coll. Dev. & Resource Mgmt. 1.91 Outreach & Marketing 1.83 Cataloging 1.8 Scholarly Activities 1.79 Consumer Health 1.79 Admin & Mgmt. 1.72 Comm. with HS Prof 1.66 EBM 1.53 0 1 2 3 Completed Responses : n=204
    • Of 204 participants, 123 (60%) included comments. Internships: 22% (27) Work Experience (Staff, Graduate Asst.): 26% (32) Former HS Careers: 8% (10) MLS Programs Won’t/Shouldn’t Change: 11% (14) Vendor Relations & Subscriptions: 7% (9) Hospital/Solo Librarians are Distinct: 7% (8) Completed Responses : n=204
    • Overview Future Plans Continued Analysis of Data Hospital vs. Academic Individual MLS Programs Comparative Study Library Managers’ Perspective Partner with Other Sub‐Groups SlideShare: http://www.slideshare.net/michelynn