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Vital Pathways for Hospital Librarians
Communicate with other leaders in your institution about the true value of librarians and library services.
- Critical and Classic Research on Library Value
- Myths and Truths About Library Services
- Magnet Designation Resources
- Report a Change in Status of a US Medical Library
- Status Change Statistics
- Additional Resources
Critical and Classic Research on Library Value
Perrier L, Farrell A, Ayala AP, Lightfoot D, Kenny T, Aaronson E, Allee N, Brigham T, Connor E, Constantinescu T, Muellenbach J, Epstein HB, Weiss A, Effects of librarian-provided services in healthcare settings: a systematic review. J Am Med Inform Assoc 2014; 21:1118-1124. doi: 10.1136/amiajnl-2014-002825
Sollenberger JF, Holloway Jr, RG, The Evolving Role and Value of Libraries and Librarians in Health Care. JAMA 2013 Sep 25; 310(12):1231-32. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.277050
Marshall JG, Morgan JC, Klem ML, Thompson CA, Wells AL. The value of library and information services in nursing and patient care. Online Journal of Issues in Nursing 2014 Sep; 19(3):39-46. doi: 10.3912/OJIN.Vol19No03PPT02
Marshall JG, Sollenberger J, Easterby-Gannett S, Morgan LK, Klem ML Cavanaugh SK, Oliver KB, Thompson CA, Romanosky N, and Hunter S. The value of library and information services in patient care: results of a multisite study. J Med Libr Assoc. 2013 January; 101(1): 38–46. doi: 10.3163/1536-5050.101.1.007
See also the NN/LM MAR Value of Library Services website for regional results and summary reports
Sievert M, Burhans D,Ward D, et al. Value of health sciences library resources and services to health care providers in medium and large communities across two mid-continental states. J Hosp Librariansh. 2011;11(2):140-157.
Cuddy T. Value of hospital libraries: the Fuld Campus study. J Med Libr Assoc. Oct 2005; 93(4): 446–449.
Abels EG, Cogdill KW, and Zach L. Identifying and communicating the contributions of library and information services in hospitals and academic health sciences centers. J Med Libr Assoc. 2004. Jan; 92(1):46–55.
Abels E.G, Codgill K.W, Zach L. The contributions of library and information services to hospitals and academic health sciences centers: a preliminary taxonomy. J Med Libr Assoc. 2002 Jul;90(3):276–84.
Klein MS, Ross FV, Adams DL, Gilbert CM. Effect of online literature searching on length of stay and patient-care costs. Acad Med 1994;69(6):489-495.
Marshall JG. The impact of the hospital library on clinical decision making: the Rochester study. Bull Med Libr Assoc. 1992. Apr; 80(2):169–78.
King DN. The contribution of hospital library information services to clinical care: a study in eight hospitals. Bull Med Libr Assoc. 1987. Oct; 75(4):291–301.
- Vital Pathways Symposium in the Journal of the Medical Library Association
- Vital Pathways for Hospital Librarians: Addressing the Hospital’s Information and Training Needs (White Paper Executive Summary)
From saving hospitals thousands of dollars per year to saving patients’ lives, hospital librarians help fulﬁll many mission-critical roles in today’s hospital. These roles include
- expert searchers (including clinical and research information),
- educators and trainers,
- community outreach providers,
- educators and promoters of evidence-based practice,
- disseminators of best medical and business practice information,
- effective users of information technology,
- patient safety information providers, and
- supporters of innovation and research.
Myths and Truths About Library Services
Developed by the Colorado Council of Medical Librarians (CCML) Advocacy Committee and MLA. CCML members included: Margaret Bandy, AHIP, Jenny Garcia, AHIP, Stephanie Weldon, AHIP, and Karen K. Wells.
Myths and TRUTHS About Library Services (PowerPoint, 1.8MB; updated 2014)
What myths do your administrators believe? Do they think that patient care can remain high quality without library services? Do they believe everything is available for free on the Web, or that technology has replaced librarians? Perhaps they think that closing your library will save money. Counter these and other common myths with this presentation or the ideas in it! Download and revise to meet your specific needs.
- White Paper: Cost Savings of Closing, Downsizing, Resource Cutting, and Outsourcing: Myth or Truth?
This white paper explores the myths and truths about the need for librarians and library services. Used with permission; This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 License.
- Talk to Your Hospital Administrator Tips on approaching your hospital administrator: use these talking points to counter standard "we can save money by eliminating / downsizing / outsourcing the medical library."
Magnet Designation Resources
- American Nurses Credentialing Center/MLA Magnet Whitepaper
- Liston, M. A Framework for Medical Librarian Involvement in Magnet Accreditation (Poster PDF; for best results, download first)
- Allen M, Allison M, Bandy M, Kennedy JC, Sherwill-Navarro P. The Magnet Journey: Opportunities for Librarians to Partner with Nurses. J Med Libr Assoc. 97(4), 302–307. doi: 10.3163/1536-5050.97.4.015
Report a Change in Status of a US Medical Library [Submit Form]
The Medical Library Association wants to track and respond to major changes that are occurring in medical libraries. We ask librarians to report both positive and negative changes to their libraries. You may also request that MLA contact the institution'sl administrator about the change. The information that is reported will be kept confidential; individual librarians and institutions will not be identified and only aggregate data about changes in medical libraries will be reported by MLA.
- Journal of Healthcare Quality Interview with Maulik S. Joshi, DrPH
Dr. Joshi addresses the definition of healthcare quality as set forth by the Institute of Medicine and focuses on the role of health care and research librarians in improving health care.
- National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM), New England Region, Hospital Library Toolkits
Online orientation and promotional toolkits; the promotional toolkit is designed to aid hospital librarians in promoting their services to hospital administrators and to the various communities within their organization.
- MLA Health Information Literacy Project [Content being revised; coming soon]
The Medical Library Association (MLA), through a $250,000 two-year contract from the National Library of Medicine (NLM),conducted research into hospital-based health care provider and administrators’ awareness and understanding of health information literacy and its value in support of patient care.
- Brochure: The Hospital Librarian: Your Competitive Edge , developed by the Task Force on Vital Pathways for Hospital Librarians Steering Committee, 2008. Members include M. J. Tooey, AHIP, Chair; Jean P. Shipman, AHIP; Margaret M. Bandy, AHIP; Dixie A. Jones, AHIP; Joanne G. Marshall, AHIP, FMLA; Mary F. Protsman, AHIP; Katherine Stemmer-Frumento, AHIP; and Carla J. Funk, CAE
- Bibliography on Roles of Health Sciences Librarians: 1987 - 2008 , developed by the Task Force on Vital Pathways for Hospital Librarians Medical Education Committee, 2008-09. Members include Diane G. Schwartz, AHIP, Chair; Paul M Blobaum, Linda Garr Markwell, AHIP, Laurie L. Thompson, AHIP, Jean P. Shipman, AHIP , board liaison; and Carla J. Funk, CAE.
- Role of Health Sciences Librarians in Patient Safety, an MLA Position Statement
MLA Position Statement that addresses why librarians must be involved in the patient safety initiatives of their organizations, with partnership opportunities and roles for librarians.
- Vital Pathways: The Hospital Libraries Project-Final Report and Recommendations
For further information or to help us improve these resources, please contact Kate Corcoran, 312.419.9094 x12.