About the Conference
The April 2002 invitational conference was organized to facilitate a national
discussion, derive a consensus definition, and develop recommendations
for an action agenda for the "informationist" professional in clinical
and research domains.
Informationist Conference Task Force (MLA)
Jean P. Shipman, AHIP
Carla J. Funk, CAE
Diana J. Cunningham, AHIP
Jacqueline Donaldson Doyle, AHIP
Valerie Florance, Ph.D.
Ruth Holst, AHIP
Carol G. Jenkins, AHIP
Joanne G. Marshall, Ph.D.
Julie J. McGowan, Ph.D., AHIP
Michelynn McKnight, AHIP
T. Scott Plutchak, AHIP
Sponsor and Host
The conference was hosted by the Medical Library Association, and was
supported by a grant from the National Library of Medicine (NLM). The
MLA Informationist Conference Task Force planned and implemented this
Represented Organizations, Attendee List
The following constituent organization types were represented by invited
attendees in this conference:
- accreditation bodies
- health and medical associations
- hospitals and health systems
- library and information associations
- library and information science programs
- medical informatics programs
- NLM and National Network of Libraries of Medicine
A full list of invited attendees is also available.
- examining the need for an informationist type of health
information professional in health care and biomedical research settings;
- discussing how informationists compare with existing
professions in terms of their unique roles;
- identifying requisite knowledge, skills, and attributes
for informationists in different settings;
- determining desirable education and training models
and sources for informationists;
- drafting desirable financing models (including salary,
third-party reimbursements, indirect costs, grants, fellowships, institutional
cost savings, etc.);
- formulating implementation models that may include
grants, fellowships, pilots, etc.; and
- determining promotional vehicles for the informationist
An agenda for the invitational conference.
The conference organizers encouraged all attendees to read these electronically available materials prior to the conference.
A variety of speakers and facilitators were available at the invitational conference, and 17 speaker presentations are available on the site.
For further information about the content of the invited
Informationist Conference, please contact Jean
Shipman, Jean.Shipman@utah.edu, or Carla