1This research was supported by a grant from the Institute for Museum & Library Services (Award No. RE-01-05-0015-05).
The potential role of ILS schools in educating medical informationists1†
Article first published online: 1 JUN 2009
Copyright © 2008 by American Society for Information Science and Technology
Proceedings of the American Society for Information Science and Technology
Volume 45, Issue 1, pages 1–5, 2008
How to Cite
Wildemuth, B. M., Schaeffer, P., Gollop, C., Schardt, C. and Thibodeau, P. L. (2008), The potential role of ILS schools in educating medical informationists1. Proc. Am. Soc. Info. Sci. Tech., 45: 1–5. doi: 10.1002/meet.2008.1450450375
- Issue published online: 3 JUN 2009
- Article first published online: 1 JUN 2009
Medical informationists can make significant contributions to the intersection of medicine and information and library science. Based on input from approximately 50 medical informationists, a checklist of needed knowledge/skills was compiled. The curricula of 19 schools of information and library science (ILS) were then evaluated, in terms of their coverage of the required knowledge/skills. Course offerings on topics related to technology and information content were abundant, while coverage of topics related to users/people, communication and interpersonal skills, and intellectual outlook/personal attributes was spotty. Based on this analysis, the potential of ILS schools to educate medical informationists is discussed.