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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?
...
Survey Methods
  SurveyMonkey
  Only One Logic Point
  15 Closed Questions, 1 Comment Box
Inclusion Criteria
  Health Scie...
Listservs:      Blogs:
  medlib‐list     Krafty Librarian
  AAHSL list      Musings of a 
  hls‐list        Medical Librar...
Length of Tenure                             Type of Library

                                              4% 2%         ...
Main Professional Duties

               Informatics          16
         Patient Education               30
             ...
46 Distinct Programs
                                          Did you focus on HS 
  U Pittsburgh (14)                   ...
HS Courses Offered?

                                 No
                                16%
                            U...
Based on your MLS coursework, did you feel 
prepared for the job duties of a HS Librarian?


              Unprepared Prep...
MLS Courses: Offered & Completed
               94
      83                    71
                                        ...
Course Importance                                 Reported 
        Ratings                                  Course Availa...
Preparedness Rating: 1(Unprepared) – 3 (Prepared)

                    Reference                                          ...
Of 204 participants, 123 (60%) included comments.

  Internships: 22% (27)
  Work Experience (Staff, Graduate Asst.): 26% ...
Overview
Future Plans
  Continued Analysis of Data
    Hospital vs. Academic
    Individual MLS Programs
  Comparative Stu...
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Practicality vs Theory

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Practicality vs Theory

  1. 1. Ivonne Martinez, MLIS Michele Malloy, MALIS Dahlgren Memorial Library Georgetown University Medical  Center
  2. 2. Purpose Are library schools offering a curriculum  that encompasses specific aspects of special  library functions? Are we preparing health sciences librarians? Literature Review Expectations
  3. 3. 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)
  4. 4. 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
  5. 5. 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
  6. 6. 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
  7. 7. 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
  8. 8. 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
  9. 9. 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
  10. 10. 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
  11. 11. 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
  12. 12. 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
  13. 13. 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
  14. 14. 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

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