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    Sustainable Funding Models for Mobile Resource Development in Academic Health Sciences Libraries?

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    American Library Association Annual MeetingAcademic health sciences libraries are actively engaged in the provision of mobile resources and services to their primary users populations (research and clinical students, staff, and faculty and health sciences professionals). An environmental scan of forty academic health sciences libraries' websites was conducted to identify current (2014) mobile activities. This data was supplemented with a targetted review of content in selected mobile marketplaces (i.e., iTunes Store, Google Play, and Windows Apps) and interviews. In general, while academic health sciences libraries embraced and participated in early mobile app development,sustainability of funding for such development continues to be a challenge. Patchwork temporary resolutions are the norm; cohesive long-term strategies and program development are the exception.http://deepblue.lib.umich.edu/bitstream/2027.42/110227/1/Lalla_LCDP_Poster.pdfDescription of Lalla_LCDP_Poster.pdf : Poste

    Davis Digital Repository Grant

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    The HELIN (Higher Education Library Information Network) Consortium, consisting of academic and health sciences libraries in Rhode Island and Massachusetts, has developed a plan to create a digital repository to archive, preserve and make accessible materials to serve the needs of its students and faculty. This grant application outlines the project purpose, methods, costs, and timetable

    Taking the Temperature of Health Sciences IRs: A Survey and Analysis of Medical Schools’ Institutional Repositories

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    Background: The proposal authors are health sciences librarians from three different medical schools who are conducting a survey of institutional repositories (IRs) in medical libraries and academic health centers. This presentation will highlight survey findings, identify challenges of sustaining open repositories for the health sciences community, and pinpoint trends in the medical and non-medical IR landscape. Problem: The purpose of the authors’ research study is to establish a snapshot view of the institutional repository landscape specific to medical schools and academic health centers. We hope to gain a deeper understanding of the role, characteristics, and future plans of IRs in this setting, and share these findings with the wider repository community. Approach: We submitted a 21-question REDCap survey to the member libraries of the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL). AAHSL was chosen as the survey group because its member libraries serve the accredited U.S. and Canadian medical schools belonging to the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). The survey opened on December 7, 2017, with data collection to continue through January 8, 2018. Conclusions: Results will be analyzed in early 2018 and findings will be highlighted in this presentation

    Re-visioning library support for undergraduate educational programmes in an academic health sciences library

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    McMaster University’s Health Sciences Library (HSL) began to transition to a new liaison service model in early 2018. One of its librarians sought to understand how an academic health sciences library can optimise its support for academic undergraduate programmes. This scoping review of the literature was pursued with the aim to submit an informed recommendation to HSL’s new Education and Lifelong Learning team, so the library could shift its approach to information literacy instruction in a manner that would optimise its outcomes for students and improve relationships with faculty staff. The author searched seven databases: Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts (LISTA), ProQuest ERIC, OVID Embase, EBSCO CINAHL, OVID Medline, Web of Science and PapersFirst. She developed a robust and comprehensive search strategy that used a combination of subject headings and keywords to describe information literacy, metaliteracy, libraries and health sciences education. The author also hand-searched bibliographies of seminal publications to broaden her search for relevant literature. The findings in this review indicate that metaliteracy as a concept has not been intentionally implemented into information literacy training at academic health sciences libraries. The review finds that it is preferable to integrate information literacy skills directly into course or programme curricula and align those skills with the evidence-based practice skills undergraduates are already learning. Further, establishing a programme that builds on these skills gradually throughout the duration of the academic programme, rather than one-shot library instruction, is also preferred. To achieve success, libraries must build strong collaborative relationships with faculty staff. The author provides recommendations for practice that reflect the findings of this review. Other academic health libraries may benefit from this review by taking into consideration its findings and subsequent recommendations

    Cooperation in the Commonwealth: Perceptions of Partnership Initiatives between Virginia\u27s Academic Health Sciences Libraries and Select (Contiguous) Public Library Systems for the Provision of Consumer Health Information Services

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    Increasing numbers of Americans are seeking information about health and medicine. The advent of the Internet has ushered in an explosion of resources, but no mediating device to help lay people discern between authoritative current data, opinion pieces or unsubstantiated anecdotes. The field of consumer health is ripe with programs and initiatives designed to address the issue of access and education, but those are often scattered, spottily coordinated, poorly advertised and, in some cases, needlessly duplicated. The formation of robust partnerships between two major entities attempting to provide consumer health information (public libraries and academic health sciences libraries) seems logical and timely, especially during this time of increased focus on all aspects of American healthcare. This thesis examines what, if any, partnership activities exist between the three academic health science libraries and three contiguous public library systems in the Commonwealth of Virginia to provide consumer health information services to the community. Partnership experiences with any entity are discussed as well as specific partnership initiatives to provide consumer health information. Brief electronic survey results and follow-up telephone interviews revealed that all six libraries embraced various partnerships with other entities to reach different audiences and experienced largely positive results; however, when consumer health partnerships were examined, the research indicated only one formalized program with tenuous partnership features that originated at an academic health sciences library. Based on these results, the recommendation to shift the coordination of consumer health information partnership activity to an overseeing state entity familiar with both types of libraries is discussed

    Cultivating Scholarship: The Role of Institutional Repositories in Health Sciences Libraries

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    The early promise of institutional repositories is beginning to bear fruit. Medical libraries with institutional repositories, like other academic libraries, have found that their repositories support new ways of engaging with researchers and meeting the challenges posed by the transformation in scholarly communication over the past decade exemplified by open access, the National Institutes of Health Public Access Policy, campus-based publishing, and the sharing of research data. Institutional repositories can grow and thrive in academic health sciences libraries and be a vital component in the provision of library services to faculty, researchers, staff, and students

    Four health science librarians’ experiences: How they responded to the COVID-19 pandemic crisis

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    In this article, four health sciences librarians from four academic libraries across the country will share their personal or library experiences in reaching out to faculty and students to meet their needs through their initiatives and continuous efforts using various technologies and tools. Three of the four academic libraries are located in two COVID-19 hard-hit states, Michigan and New Jersey. The article will describe their practice of health sciences librarianship during the unprecedented time and provide examples demonstrating how each of them strives to stay relevant, proactive, and become integral to their institutional efforts in support of students and employees working remotely. These examples showcase their efforts in four main areas of library core functions: references/consultation services, library instruction, research support, and resource

    Consortia Purchasing: The Himmelfarb Experience

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    Most academic health sciences libraries are faced with either zero growth or shrinking budgets. At the same time, faculty, staff, and students are demanding access to more and more resources, and libraries are expected to support students in new and expanding programs in areas such as public health and genetics. The format of choice is electronic, and 24/7 service from any location is the expectation. The Himmelfarb Health Sciences Library found it was necessary to build a series of strategic alliances to meet these new demands in difficult financial times. Alliances have been formed with campus libraries, campus academic support services, and outside groups. These relationships have ranged from formal consortial arrangements to informal understandings. Over the past several years, the Himmelfarb Health Sciences Library has been able to provide new services and resources such as electronic reserves and off-campus access to full-text electronic journals and textbooks as a direct result of these relationships. This presentation reviews the strategies used for creating these and other alliances, the real benefits of such arrangements and the factors that have led to successes. Other topics covered include the issue of sustaining partnerships, negotiating in a non-library environment, and opening dialog among institutions that compete at the corporate level but not at the library level

    Predicting Materials Resource Needs: A Quantitative Response to Changing Curricula

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    General academic libraries use complex formulas to divide acquisitions budgets for materials, a process known as subject fund allocation. Academic health sciences libraries generally do not elect to fund allocate. With the proliferation of academic programs and the scarcity of funds, it is essential to determine: how much should be spent on each discipline, what is spent in clinical areas, and what it should cost to support new programs. This article discusses a needs assessment formula based on client numbers and types and their relative utilization patterns of various library materials

    Αποτιμώντας την αξία της Βιβλιοθήκης στο πλαίσιο των ακαδημαϊκών και ερευνητικών ιδρυμάτων επιστημών υγείας στην Ελλάδα

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    A framework based on taxonomy of library and information services (LIS) contributions to organizational goals in academic and research health sciences centres is employed in order to assess the value of the former. The aforementioned taxonomy organizes LIS contributions on the basis of mission-level concepts and organizational goals. The study also differentiates measures of contribution from measures of performance. The paper focuses on two basic research questions: a) what is the role/merit of using library and information services in the academic health sciences centres and b) what are considered as valid criteria to assess the contributions of library and information services (LIS) by the institutional administrators. Following a literature review, the data are collected through a series of structured interviews with LIS directors and institutional administrators in the academic health sciences centres. The present study led the researchers to infer suggestions regarding the value of specific information services within the academic and research health sciences centres environment in Greece. LIS directors need to understand and communicate the value of their services to the broader organization. The assessment of Library services is important in developing policies, management actions as well as cooperation initiatives with academic libraries and scientific, technical and medical publishers
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