library science


Summary: Study of the principles and practices of library administration and services.

Top Publications

  1. Smith S, Penumetcha M. Librarian involvement in a nutrition undergraduate research course: preparing nutrition students for evidence-based practice. J Allied Health. 2010;39:e69-e76 pubmed
  2. Kwasik H, Fulda P. Strengthening professionals: a chapter-level formative evaluation of the Medical Library Association mentoring initiative. J Med Libr Assoc. 2006;94:19-29 pubmed
    ..Members are aware of mentoring activities in the region; however, participation levels need to be increased in activities that SCC/MLA and MLA provide. Mentoring continues to evolve as a service in the profession. ..
  3. Shaw Morrison R, Krishnamurthy M. Customized library tutorial for online BSN students: library and nursing partnership. Nurse Educ. 2008;33:18-21 pubmed
  4. Booth A. From EBM to EBL: two steps forward or one step back?. Med Ref Serv Q. 2002;21:51-64 pubmed
  5. Booth A. Mirage or reality?. Health Info Libr J. 2002;19:56-8 pubmed
  6. Browne R, Lasserre K, McTaggart J, Bayley L, McKibbon A, Clark M, et al. International trends in health science librarianship: part 1 - the English speaking world. Health Info Libr J. 2012;29:75-80 pubmed publisher
    ..Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United States. Future issues will track trends in Northern Europe, the Nordic countries, Southern Europe and Latin America. JM. ..
  7. Guédon J. The digital library: an oxymoron?. Bull Med Libr Assoc. 1999;87:9-19 pubmed
    ..They should also see themselves as an essential part of these communities, and not as external repositories of knowledge. In this fashion, they will avoid the fate of becoming an oxymoron. ..
  8. Harrison J, Creaser C, Greenwood H. The status of health librarianship and libraries in the Republic of Ireland (SHELLI): a mixed methods review to inform future strategy and sustainability. Health Info Libr J. 2013;30:92-109 pubmed publisher
    ..A strategic plan of action was drawn up in three areas: (i) to identify champions and promote visibility of health service libraries, (ii) to establish a body of evidence and (iii) to support service development and staff mentoring. ..
  9. Grant M. Journal clubs for continued professional development. Health Info Libr J. 2003;20 Suppl 1:72-3 pubmed

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  1. Lynn V, Bose A, Boehmer S. Librarian instruction-delivery modality preferences for professional continuing education. J Med Libr Assoc. 2010;98:57-64 pubmed publisher
    ..Based on the results of this study, cost was the most influential factor associated with attending a CE class. This may change as additional influential factors are identified and analyzed in future studies. ..
  2. Wang H. Academic mentorship: an effective professional development strategy for medical reference librarians. Med Ref Serv Q. 2001;20:23-31 pubmed
    ..It calls on other health sciences librarians to consider developing their own mentorship programs to promote their professional development and personal growth. ..
  3. Wolf D, Chastain Warheit C, Easterby Gannett S, Chayes M, Long B. Hospital librarianship in the United States: at the crossroads. J Med Libr Assoc. 2002;90:38-48 pubmed
    ..The implications of the informationist concept are considered. The continuation of the hospital librarian's primary role in support of patient care is explored, as core competencies are reexamined for relevancy in the new millennium. ..
  4. Madge B, Plutchak T. The increasing globalization of health librarianship: a brief survey of international trends and activities. Health Info Libr J. 2005;22 Suppl 1:20-30 pubmed
    ..Librarians should encourage their associations to develop these international initiatives and to seek out new and innovative ways to work together across international boundaries. ..
  5. Fang M. Journal rankings by citation analysis in health sciences librarianship. Bull Med Libr Assoc. 1989;77:205-11 pubmed
    ..Citation analysis was employed to identify the most frequently cited journals. Some characteristics of the citations in BMLA are also discussed. The ranking of journals based on citation frequency, as a result, was identified. ..
  6. Roper F, Mayfield M. Surveying knowledge and skills in the health sciences: results and implications. Bull Med Libr Assoc. 1993;81:396-407 pubmed
    ..This report presents the initial findings of the survey, upon which MLA's educational policy statement, Platform for Change, is based. ..
  7. Eldredge J. The randomised controlled trial design: unrecognized opportunities for health sciences librarianship. Health Info Libr J. 2003;20 Suppl 1:34-44 pubmed
    ..Librarians need only extend their horizons through use of the versatile RCT design into new subject domains to facilitate making EBL a reality. ..
  8. Miranda G, Vercellesi L, Pozzi E, Bruno F. Improving health communication. Supporting the practice of health communication. Health Info Libr J. 2009;26:39-46 pubmed publisher
    ..A better understanding of the mass media's needs can provide much needed support in the field of health communication. ..
  9. Crowell K, Shaw Kokot J. Extending the hand of knowledge: promoting mobile technologies. Med Ref Serv Q. 2003;22:1-9 pubmed
    ..This paper describes the four basic approaches taken by the librarians that helped establish the HSL as a leader in the area of mobile technologies. ..
  10. Lipscomb C. Race and librarianship: part I. J Med Libr Assoc. 2004;92:299-301 pubmed
  11. Kostoff R, Morse S, Oncu S. The seminal literature of anthrax research. Crit Rev Microbiol. 2007;33:171-81 pubmed
    ..Application of CAB to the field of Anthrax research is presented. While CAB is a highly systematic approach for identifying seminal references, it is not a substitute for the judgment of the researchers, and serves as a supplement. ..
  12. Murphy B, Peterson R, Vines H, von Isenburg M, Berney E, James R, et al. Revolution at the library service desk. Med Ref Serv Q. 2008;27:379-93 pubmed publisher
    ..Reference librarians were moved to "on call" status, technical services staff were added to the schedule, and core competencies and procedures were refined. ..
  13. Tennant M, Edwards M, Miyamoto M. Redesigning a library-based genetics class research project through instructional theory and authentic experience. J Med Libr Assoc. 2012;100:90-7 pubmed publisher
    ..The library benefitted through increased visibility as a partner in the educational mission and development of a sustainable instructional collaboration. ..
  14. Murphy J. International trends in health science librarianship: Part 7. Taking stock. Health Info Libr J. 2013;30:245-52 pubmed publisher
    ..As this is the half-way point in the survey, it seems a useful point at which to reflect on what has emerged so far. The method of content analysis is used to identify key trends. The top five trends are explored. ..
  15. Detlefsen E. Getting on the fast track, or how to get an MLIS through distance education, with a specialization in medical librarianship. Med Ref Serv Q. 2004;23:87-94 pubmed
    ..Admissions requirements and specific curriculum for the distance education master's degree are detailed in an FAQ format. ..
  16. Sutton A, Booth A. What type of leader am I?: a training needs analysis of health library and information managers. Health Info Libr J. 2012;29:39-46 pubmed publisher
    ..It is important that HLIMs not only assess their own leadership skills but also that they take opportunities to employ 360(°) feedback, comprising assessment from subordinates, peers and supervisors. ..
  17. Ferguson V. The professionalization of health librarianship in the UK between 1909 and 1978. Health Info Libr J. 2005;22 Suppl 1:8-19 pubmed
  18. Berry B, Rodrííguez Jiménez T. International trends in health science librarianship. Part 5 Latin America and the Caribbean. Health Info Libr J. 2013;30:76-82 pubmed publisher
    ..The invited authors are from Argentina, Bermuda and Mexico. Future issues will track trends in Central Europe and the Middle East. JM. ..
  19. Garfield E. Use of Journal Citation Reports and Journal Performance Indicators in measuring short and long term journal impact. Croat Med J. 2000;41:368-74 pubmed
    ..I will here show how two of these databases, Journal Citation Reports and the Journal Performance Indicators, can be used to study scientific journals and the articles they publish, as well as the evolution of scientific fields. ..
  20. Homan J, McGowan J. The Medical Library Association: promoting new roles for health information professionals. J Med Libr Assoc. 2002;90:80-5 pubmed
    ..This paper examines new roles for health information professionals, new approaches to education and training, and related issues of credentialing, certification/and licensure. ..
  21. Eldredge J. Cohort studies in health sciences librarianship. J Med Libr Assoc. 2002;90:380-92 pubmed
    ..The cohort design has great potential for answering research questions in the field of health sciences librarianship, particularly evidence-based librarianship (EBL), although that potential has not been fully explored. ..
  22. Richwine M, McGowan J. A rural virtual health sciences library project: research findings with implications for next generation library services. Bull Med Libr Assoc. 2001;89:37-44 pubmed
  23. Bexon N, Brice A, Booth A. Using research in practice. Health Info Libr J. 2003;20:240-3 pubmed
  24. Earl M. Library instruction in the medical school curriculum: a survey of medical college libraries. Bull Med Libr Assoc. 1996;84:191-5 pubmed
    ..The survey responses reveal the prevalence of required library instruction in medical school curricula, and a broad-scale commitment to the development of lifelong learning skills among future health professionals. ..
  25. Davies K. Quantifying the information needs of doctors in the UK using clinical librarians. Health Info Libr J. 2009;26:289-97 pubmed publisher
    ..Clinical Librarians can collect data to identify the number of information needs doctors have, but this was more successful when the Clinical Librarian was experienced and an established part of the clinical team. ..
  26. Sladek R, Tieman J. Applying evidence in the real world: a case study in library and information practice. Health Info Libr J. 2008;25:295-301 pubmed publisher
    ..Generating high-quality evidence is only part of evidence-based practice: consideration of generalizability issues can inform further research and effective evidence implementation. ..
  27. Lipscomb C. Librarian supply and demand. J Med Libr Assoc. 2003;91:7-10 pubmed
  28. Dunn K, Crow S, Van Moorsel T, Creazzo J, Tomasulo P, Markinson A. "Mini-Medical School for Librarians": from needs assessment to educational outcomes. J Med Libr Assoc. 2006;94:166-73 pubmed
    ..Continuing education programs that address the content and structure of medicine can be an effective means by which to inform both the novice's and mid-career medical librarian's understanding of medicine and medical education. ..
  29. Robertson J, Burnham J, Li J, Sayed E. The medical matters wiki: building a library Web site 2.0. Med Ref Serv Q. 2008;27:21-32 pubmed publisher
    ..The Internet has forever altered information and library science, both in theory and practice, but even within this context the progression continues...
  30. Braude R. Mark E. Funk, AHIP, Medical Library Association President 2007-2008. J Med Libr Assoc. 2007;95:235-7 pubmed
  31. Steele R. A review and rationalisation of journal subscriptions undertaken by a library and information service in a mental health trust in north-east England in 2009. Health Info Libr J. 2011;28:256-63 pubmed publisher
    ..Future journal reviews should undertake impact analysis as potent evidence for continued expenditure on journals in this age of austerity. ..
  32. Lyon J, Giuse N, Williams A, Koonce T, Walden R. A model for training the new bioinformationist. J Med Libr Assoc. 2004;92:188-95 pubmed
    ..This paper describes an effective model for learning that was developed and tested by the Eskind Biomedical Library. ..
  33. Booth A. Evidence-based librarianship: one small step. Health Info Libr J. 2002;19:116-9 pubmed
  34. Brettle A. Evaluating information skills training in health libraries: a systematic review. Health Info Libr J. 2007;24 Suppl 1:18-37 pubmed
    ..This systematic review provides guidance to health librarians by highlighting measures used in various circumstances, and those that demonstrate validity and reliability. ..
  35. Peay W. Strategies and measures for our next century. Bull Med Libr Assoc. 1999;87:1-8 pubmed
    ..The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) should be the facilitating agent in this process. ..
  36. Geer R. Broad issues to consider for library involvement in bioinformatics. J Med Libr Assoc. 2006;94:286-98, E152-5 pubmed
  37. Watson E. Subject knowledge in the health sciences library: an online survey of Canadian academic health sciences librarians. J Med Libr Assoc. 2005;93:459-66 pubmed
    ..Continuing education, rather than formal degree studies, is the method of choice for obtaining and maintaining this knowledge. ..
  38. Lyon J. Beyond the literature: bioinformatics training for medical librarians. Med Ref Serv Q. 2003;22:67-74 pubmed
    ..This program can serve as a model for other libraries. ..
  39. Schilling K, Applegate R. Best methods for evaluating educational impact: a comparison of the efficacy of commonly used measures of library instruction. J Med Libr Assoc. 2012;100:258-69 pubmed publisher
    ..This information can be used by librarians to implement the most appropriate evaluation methods for measuring important variables that accurately demonstrate students' attitudes, behaviors, or skills. ..
  40. Campbell J, Roderer N. Fellowship training at John Hopkins: programs leading to careers in librarianship and informatics as informaticians or informationists. Med Ref Serv Q. 2005;24:93-9 pubmed
  41. Mayfield M, Palmer R. Organizational change in the Medical Library Association: evolution of the continuing education program. Bull Med Libr Assoc. 1987;75:326-32 pubmed
    ..The historical review serves a heuristic purpose for individuals and institutions in identifying characteristic features of the change process. ..
  42. Gardois P, Calabrese R, Colombi N, Deplano A, Lingua C, Longo F, et al. Effectiveness of bibliographic searches performed by paediatric residents and interns assisted by librarians. A randomised controlled trial. Health Info Libr J. 2011;28:273-84 pubmed publisher
    ..013). The study has found quantitative evidence of a significant difference in search performance between paediatric residents or interns assisted by a librarian and those searching the literature alone. ..
  43. Crumley E, Koufogiannakis D. Developing evidence-based librarianship: practical steps for implementation. Health Info Libr J. 2002;19:61-70 pubmed
    ..While research has always been a minor focus in the profession, moving research into practice is becoming more important and librarians need to consider the issues surrounding research in order to move EBL forward. ..
  44. Eldredge J. Evidence-based librarianship: searching for the needed EBL evidence. Med Ref Serv Q. 2000;19:1-18 pubmed
    ..Database coverage, plausible search strategies, and the grey literature of library science all pose challenges to finding the needed research evidence for practicing EBL...
  45. Doney L, Stanton W. Facilitating evidence-based librarianship: a UK experience. Health Info Libr J. 2003;20 Suppl 1:76-8 pubmed
  46. Hook S. Teaching health informatics: designing a course for a new graduate informatics program. J Med Libr Assoc. 2003;91:490-2 pubmed
  47. Flemming T, Dorsch J, Funk C. The Academy of Health Information Professionals: ripe for research. J Med Libr Assoc. 2004;92:297-8 pubmed
  48. Grant M. Writing academic papers: lost in translation?. Health Info Libr J. 2011;28:247-8 pubmed publisher
    ..By reading past issues of a targeted journal, drawing on the expertise of colleagues and responding positively to feedback, it is possible to significantly enhance your prospects of publication. ..
  49. Davies K. Evidence-based medicine: is the evidence out there for primary care clinicians?. Health Info Libr J. 2011;28:285-93 pubmed publisher
    ..Forty-three per cent of questions were answered with one type of evidence and 24% with two. Guidelines are useful resources for primary care clinicians, answering two-fifths of questions. ..
  50. Lipscomb C, Moran B, Jenkins C, Cogdill K, Friedman C, Gollop C, et al. Feasibility and marketing studies of health sciences librarianship education programs. Bull Med Libr Assoc. 1999;87:50-7 pubmed
    ..The study pointed to the opportunity for a center of excellence in health sciences information education to enable health sciences librarians to respond to their evolving roles. ..
  51. Isaac S. National Vocational Qualifications: the candidates' experience. Health Info Libr J. 2007;24:50-7 pubmed
    ..A significant number of candidates reported that the NVQ was ultimately a positive experience that improved their working practices. It can be an important first step for non-professional staff, but the future remains uncertain. ..
  52. Bunting A. From Index Catalogue to Gopher space: changes in our profession as reflected in the Handbook and CPHSL. Bull Med Libr Assoc. 1994;82:1-11 pubmed
    ..And, the means by which assistance is provided to library users, through the use of computer and telecommunications technology, has changed dramatically. ..
  53. Viragos M. International trends in health science librarianship: Part 6 Central Europe series. Health Info Libr J. 2013;30:161-7 pubmed publisher
    ..The invited authors are from Hungry, Poland and Czech Republic. Future issues will track trends the Middle East and then the Far East. JM. ..