ERIC Number: ED413872
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Preparing Tomorrow's Health Sciences Librarians: Feasibility and Marketing Studies. Final Report.
Moran, Barbara B.
With the support of a planning grant from the National Library of Medicine, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) School of Information and Library Science (SILS), in collaboration with the UNC Health Sciences Library and the Program in Medical Informatics, evaluated five curricular models designed to improve education for health sciences librarianship. These models fit into a continual learning process from the initial professional preparation to lifelong learning opportunities, with the aim of enabling health sciences librarians to respond to their evolving roles in a rapidly changing environment. Three of the models enhanced existing degree and certificate programs in SILS with a health sciences specialization, and two were new programs for working information professionals. The study conducted data collection and analysis through feasibility and market studies to determine the potential success of each of the five approaches. Models were developed for each of the programs with input from experts and a Delphi study, the marketability of the models was tested through surveys of potential students and employers, and recommendations were made as a guide to implementation. Appendices comprising more than half the document include: rosters; expert advisory group meeting; expert interviews; Delphi study round one; Delphi study round two; market surveys of applicants, paraprofessionals, mid-career professionals, and employers; student focus group questions; program proposals; course offerings; and budget report. (Author/SWC)
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Curriculum Evaluation, Educational Objectives, Educational Quality, Information Science Education, Library Education, Library Schools, Lifelong Learning, Medical Libraries, Medical Research, Models, Professional Training, Program Evaluation, Relevance (Education), Surveys
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Library of Medicine (DHHS/NIH), Bethesda, MD.
Authoring Institution: North Carolina Univ., Chapel Hill. School of Information and Library Sciences.