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Facing the Future: How Many Faces and How Many Futures for the Health Information Professional? . Andrew Booth, Reader in Evidence Based Information Practice, ScHARR, University of Sheffield. Disclaimer:.
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Andrew Booth, Reader in Evidence Based Information Practice, ScHARR, University of Sheffield
BOOTH, A. and WALTON, G., 2000. Some concluding trends and themes. IN: Booth, A. and Walton, G. (eds.). Managing knowledge in health services. London : Library Association Publishing, pp. 289-295
“What has the Academic Health Science Librarian Ever Done For Us?”
Many Faces, Many Futures!
Researchers’ Use of Academic Libraries and their Services A report commissioned by the Research Information Network and the Consortium of Research Libraries
Goodall, D. L. and P. Brophy (1997). A comparable experience? library support for franchised courses in higher education. British Library Research and Innovation Report; 33. Preston, CERLIM, University of Central Lancashire.
Users "power-browse" or skim material, using "horizontal" (shallow) research. Most spend only a few minutes looking at academic journal articles and few return to them. "It almost seems that they go online to avoid reading in the traditional sense,”
Not just "screenagers". “Undergraduates to professors….exhibit a strong tendency towards shallow, horizontal, flicking behaviour in digital libraries. Factors specific to the individual, personality and background are much more significant than generation."
INFORMATION BEHAVIOUR OF THE
RESEARCHER OF THE FUTURE
Haglund and Olsson (2008)
Haglund and Olsson (2008).
Literature searching (reference work)
Teaching and training
Influencing and persuading skills to work across organizational and departmental boundaries
Experience of financial management
Knowledge of anatomy and physiology,
Origin and meanings of medical terms,
Knowledge of evidence-based practice,
Research methods (quantitative and qualitative) and epidemiology.Generalist vs Specialist (Petrinic & Urquhart, 2007)
= COMPLIANT (Lacey & Booth, 2003)
Very volatile training half-life/ time-limited
User can construct, via Google, site-specific search engines (swikis), personalised search page, gadgets e.g. To do list, text translator, person-specific RSS news feeds.
Very few technical skills remain exclusive domain of librarian.
Alternative to Technical?
Knowledge of social networking tools e.g. blogs, wikis and podcasts would be useful.
Little technical knowledge required - comprehensive knowledge of possible uses.
Librarian probably inhabits Facebook community, uses Citeulike to share references and occasionally visit YouTube and MySpace.Revisiting COMPLIANT
But what will be the next Facebook/YouTube? COMPLIANT should read COMPLIANCE (T for Technical replaced with CE of Continuing Education!)
Otherwise danger we will settle for alternative - COMPLACENCE!
‘Breaking out of the Box: Extending the health LIS professional role – skills and strategies”
REF and Impact Factors
Managing within Budget Cuts
SELLER - I try to convince my audience with my message
PROFESSOR – I try to instruct my audience with my message
AGONY AUNT – I try to help my audience with their problems
COACH – I try to encourage my audience from the sidelines
ENTERTAINER – I try to get my audience to have fun
Coomarasamy & Khan BMJ 2004;329: 1017-9.
The Future is Here!: It just Isn’t Evenly Distributed Yet!
The Me1st and Me2 Generation