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Call for Information Literacy for the Health Sciences Publication

The MLA Books Panel seeks authors or editors for a proposed monograph on information literacy for the health sciences. This book will introduce common instructional standards and approaches seen in higher education and discuss how they can be applied in a variety of health sciences environments. How are health sciences librarians interacting with the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) standards and the newly released ACRL framework? Are there health sciences–specific tools that are commonly used along with or in place of these higher education standards? Which instruction methods are being used in the health sciences environment? Which are the most successful with the specific audiences in the health sciences environment? How are health sciences instructional efforts being assessed? What is the essential content to produce information literate health care professionals? What topics and/or skills are being taught?

All possible instructional audiences at all levels of all of the health sciences should be considered. All pertinent instructional formats should be considered, as well as appropriate standards and techniques such as the ACRL standards and framework, interprofessional education initiatives, evidence-based practice, levels of evidence, and problem-based learning. Content will be a blend of introduction to theory and real-world examples from librarians engaged in this instructional realm.

This book will be useful for all libraries that serve health sciences academic programs: community colleges and universities and allied health, health professions, medical, and osteopathic schools. It would be a suitable textbook for library and information science classes discussing instructional approaches and special populations.

To learn about MLA’s publishing process, please see the Publish a Book with MLA page. If you are interested in authoring or editing this project and have any questions, please email Dorothy C. Ogdon, AHIP. Chapter contributions cannot be considered until an editor is determined. The completion of several steps is required, along with approval by the MLA Books Panel, before a book contract can be issued by our publishing partner Rowman & Littlefield. Step 1 consists of submitting a simple form that is available on the Publish a Book with MLA page. The completed form should be submitted to Martha Lara, director, Marketing and Communications, MLA.

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