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Librarian-perceived barriers to the implementation of the informationist/information specialist in context role

Eskind Biomedical Library, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN 37232, USA.
Journal of the Medical Library Association JMLA (Impact Factor: 0.99). 08/2007; 95(3):270-4. DOI: 10.3163/1536-5050.95.3.270
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    ABSTRACT: This paper examines the requirements for the 21st Century healthcare information workforce in meeting the challenges of a fast-changing and richly diversified professional arena. It begins by briefly reviewing the new roles and opportunities presenting themselves to librarians interested in continuing to work in the health sector. It rehearses the main skills and competencies required by such roles and compare these with generic templates for information professionals. The author revisits the COMPLIANT framework (Contextual knowledge, Managerial skills, Professional skills, Learning and teaching, Interpersonal, & NHS (i.e. National health) context, Technical) skills that he and a colleague first introduced in the context of continuing professional development to support the National library of Health Programme in the UK. He also briefly outlines training requirements identified for the 2005-2006 SPECialist TRaining in clinical question Answering for Informaticists/ Librarians (SPECTRAL) project. Both initiatives, in which the author was personally involved, are set against a backdrop of wider training needs surveys. Finally the author reviews generic and specific components of the National Library for Health"s FOLIO Programme to assess their competing claims, concluding with a brief description of the BREAKOUT Course which attempts to resolve this tension. Aim The aim of this paper is to examine the requirements for the 21st Century healthcare information workforce in meeting the challenges of a fast-changing and richly diversified professional arena1.
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