ERIC Number: ED046426
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Dec
Reference Count: 0
An Assessment of A Post-Masters Internship in Biomedical Librarianship.
Pings, Vern M.; Cruzat, Gwendolyn S.
This paper attempts to assess the post masters training program given at Wayne State University Medical Library between 1967-1970. Probabilistic conclusions suggest certain educational activities be undertaken: (1) There is no justification to create a post masters program to teach basic library techniques and library schools must incorporate skill development within the curriculum or on-the-job training will have to be continued; (2) Two justifications for internship programs require establishment of programs either to teach students the operations of large library systems with an expectation of employment, or to teach students the application of theoretical knowledge in a working environment aimed toward a speciality; (3) Management and planning tasks for libraries cannot be adequately taught in a one-year post masters educational program; and (4) The distinctive feature of medical librarianship is its environment and the librarian must comprehend how biomedical information is generated and used, and should attend conferences and seminars to gain this knowledge. The report concludes all "experimental" education undertaken in the program, including skill development, planning, management and investigative work should rightly be started in library schools. An addendum covers proposed educational objectives of the program. (AB)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Public Health Service (DHEW), Arlington, VA.
Authoring Institution: Wayne State Univ., Detroit, MI. Medical Library.