Friday, January 9, 2015

Journal Club: Vital pathways for hospital librarians

Edit: Transcript & Michelle Kraft's addendum

#medlibs Journal Club Chat
Thursday, January 15, 2015
9:00 pm Eastern / 6:00 pm Pacific
Led by Tony Nguyen 

We're having a Journal Club discussion Thursday! #medlibs will have a chat related to the following article:

Holst R, Funk CJ, Adams HS, Bandy M, Boss CM, Hill B, Joseph CB, Lett RK. Vital pathways for hospital librarians: present and future roles. J Med Libr Assoc. 2009 Oct;97(4):285-92. doi: 10.3163/1536-5050.97.4.013. PubMed PMID: 19851493; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2759170. Available at:

This article is older than I would like, but it’s a good way to reflect what the authors considered/envisioned then and consider what you think will occur in five years. The focus of the article is related to hospital librarians, but it’s possible to consider parts applicable to your institution.

Topic 1: In the six years since publication of this article, have you implemented or considered implementing anything the authors mentioned? Were there problems getting something off the ground?

Topic 2: What new trends came up that were unknown entities that your library tackled over the past six years that weren't mentioned?

Topic 3: Are there new things on the horizon that your library will need to address in five years?

Last year, one of our journal club topics touched upon this: Please feel free to refer to that as well as the MLA Vital Pathways This would benefit you in thinking about changes and relevance in medical, hospital, and health sciences libraries.

Join me Thursday as we discuss this article and think about sustainability, new ideas, and the future of hospital and medical libraries.

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