Environmental factors in the areas of information, technology, health care, and the economy have accelerated a new cycle of change in the roles of health sciences librarians, challenging our notions of services, policies, collections, and definition of library space. Librarians have responded with new professional roles, redesigned service models, embedded liaisons, transformed collections, enabling technologies, and retrofitted spaces.
These changes lead us to ask questions about our professional identity and our professional home, such as do we need a library to be a librarian? Potential new roles, whatever they may be called, will continue to showcase the value of health sciences librarians’ skills and our expert ability to retrieve, access, and evaluate information throughout the scholarly communication process. Panelists will share how they are advancing our field by laying the foundations for broader definitions of librarianship and expanded roles for our professional practice:
- Elaine Russo Martin, DA, director, Library Services, and director, National Network of Libraries of Medicine, New England Region, Lamar Soutter Library, University of Massachusetts Medical School–Worcester, will provide an overview of the current environment and moderate the session.
- Margo Coletti, AHIP, director, Knowledge Services, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA, will address knowledge management in the clinical setting.
- Neil Rambo, director, NYU Health Sciences Libraries, New York University School of Medicine, NYU Langone Medical Center–New York, will explore ideas about what a library and library services might look like if we “built it from scratch.”
- Jacqueline Wirz, PhD, biomedical research specialist, OHSU Library, Oregon Health & Science University–Portland, will discuss embedded librarians in a variety of settings, the non–master’s of library science perspective, and library support for translational and team science.