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Rev. enferm. Inst. Mex. Seguro Soc ; 30(3): 43-45, 18-jul-2022.
Artigo em Espanhol | LILACS, BDENF - Enfermagem | ID: biblio-1379488

RESUMO

Las intervenciones profesionales de los trabajadores sociales y los bibliotecarios durante la pandemia por COVID-19 convergieron en el empleo de las tecnologías de la información para satisfacer necesidades de información tanto de personal médico como de los pacientes y sus familias. La colaboración de estos dos profesionales reforzaría significativamente el equipo multidisciplinario de la salud a partir de la mejora de los canales de flujo de información que se llevan a cabo en el ámbito hospitalario, el fomento a la atención humanizada en salud y las acciones de inclusión social en las bibliotecas para brindar mayores y mejores oportunidades, así como recursos a población vulnerable.


The professional interventions of social workers and librarians during the COVID-19 pandemic converged in the use of information technologies to meet the information needs of both medical personnel and patients and their families. The collaboration of these two professionals would significantly strengthen the multidisciplinary health team by improving the information flow channels that are carried out in the hospital, promoting humanized health care and carrying out social inclusion actions in libraries to provide greater and better opportunities and resources for the vulnerable population.


Assuntos
Humanos , Masculino , Feminino , Equipe de Assistência ao Paciente , Serviço Social/tendências , Bibliotecários , Atenção à Saúde/tendências , Tecnologia da Informação , Assistentes Sociais , Necessidades e Demandas de Serviços de Saúde , Categorias de Trabalhadores , Populações Vulneráveis , Inclusão Social , Hospitais , Bibliotecas/tendências , Biblioteconomia/métodos
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J Med Libr Assoc ; 110(2): 156-158, 2022 Apr 01.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-35440909

RESUMO

The Journal of the Medical Library Association (JMLA) conducted a readership survey in 2020 to gain a deeper understanding of our readers, their reading habits, and their satisfaction with JMLA's content, website functionality, and overall quality. A total of 467 readers responded to the survey, most of whom were librarians/information specialists (85%), worked in an academic (62%) or hospital/health care system (27%) library, and were current Medical Library Association members (80%). Most survey respondents (46%) reported reading JMLA articles on a quarterly basis. Over half of respondents (53%) said they used social media to follow new research or publications, with Twitter being the most popular platform. Respondents stated that Original Investigations, Case Reports, Knowledge Syntheses, and Resource Reviews articles were the most enjoyable to read and important to their research and practice. Almost all respondents reported being satisfied or very satisfied (94%) with the JMLA website. Some respondents felt that the content of JMLA leaned more toward academic librarianship than toward clinical/hospital librarianship and that there were not enough articles on collection management or technical services. These opinions and insights of our readers help keep the JMLA editorial team on track toward publishing articles that are of interest and utility to our audience, raising reader awareness of new content, providing a website that is easy to navigate and use, and maintaining our status as the premier journal in health sciences librarianship.


Assuntos
Bibliotecários , Bibliotecas Médicas , Biblioteconomia , Humanos , Associações de Bibliotecas , Editoração
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Health Info Libr J ; 39(2): 185-193, 2022 Jun.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-35112454

RESUMO

This is the last of three articles based on a series of articles published in the Health Information and Libraries Journal's Regular Feature (International Perspectives and Initiatives). Key trends from 12 countries in Europe, North America, Africa, and Asia were identified. In this issue, the last five trends are considered: (1) Participation in collaborations, networks, partnerships, social networks; (2) Repurposing library space; (3) Focus on user experience; (4) Impact of technology on the provision of services; and (5) Engaging with the public. Readers are challenged to compare these trends with their own experiences.


Assuntos
Bibliotecas Médicas , Biblioteconomia , África , Humanos
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J Med Libr Assoc ; 110(1): 72-80, 2022 Jan 01.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-35210965

RESUMO

OBJECTIVE: This study investigated the contributions of library and information science (LIS) professionals to systematic reviews and meta-analyses with authors from Sub-Saharan Africa. It also investigated how the first author's address and type of collaboration affected the involvement of LIS professionals in systematic reviews and meta-analyses. METHODS: Bibliographic data of systematic reviews with author(s) from the forty-six Sub-Saharan African countries was retrieved from MEDLINE. Content and bibliometric analyses were performed on the systematic reviews' full-texts and bibliographic data, respectively, to identify the contributions of LIS professionals and collaboration patterns. RESULTS: Beyond traditional roles as search strategy developers and searchers, the LIS professionals participated in article retrieval, database selection, reference management, draft review, review conceptualization, manuscript writing, technical support, article screening and selection, data extraction, abstract review, and training/teaching. Of the 2,539 publications, LIS professionals were mentioned in 472 publications. LIS professionals from only seven of the forty-six Sub-Saharan African countries were noted to have contributed. LIS professionals from South Africa were mentioned most frequently-five times more than those from other Sub-Saharan African countries. LIS professionals from Sub-Saharan Africa mostly contributed to publications with first authors from Sub-Saharan Africa (90.20%) and intra-Sub-Saharan African collaboration (61.66%). Most LIS professionals (97.91%) that contributed to international collaboration publications were from outside Sub-Saharan Africa. CONCLUSION: The contribution of LIS professionals in Sub-Saharan Africa to evidence-based biomedical research can improve through training, mentoring, and collaboration between LIS associations in Sub-Saharan Africa and those in countries with resources and a history of research collaboration with the region.


Assuntos
Pesquisa Biomédica , Biblioteconomia , Bibliometria , Humanos , Programas de Rastreamento , Metanálise como Assunto , Revisões Sistemáticas como Assunto
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Med Ref Serv Q ; 41(1): 26-40, 2022.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-35225733

RESUMO

This article provides the results of an investigation into how health sciences librarians with user experience (UX) duties describe their roles and initiatives. Through an online survey, 40 respondents provided details on institutional demographics, work plans, participant recruitment, and data collection. Four interviews were also conducted. This investigation provides perspectives on UX within the health sciences library (HSL) environment including barriers and successes. It is hoped that the results of this article will influence research into timely and efficient UX initiatives within HSLs and provide librarians, staff, and administrators the information they need to support decision making.


Assuntos
Bibliotecários , Bibliotecas Médicas , Biblioteconomia , Medicina , Humanos
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J Med Libr Assoc ; 109(4): 526-527, 2021 Oct 01.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-34858082

RESUMO

In this profile, Kristine M. Alpi, AHIP, FMLA, Medical Library Association (MLA) president, 2021-2022, is described as committed to public health, professional development, and the growth and evolution of MLA. She teaches and speaks on the shared health impact from interactions among animals, humans, and the environment, and she mentors graduate students and fellows in librarianship and informatics. Alpi earned her PhD in educational research and policy analysis in 2018 and directs the Oregon Health & Science University Library.


Assuntos
Bibliotecas Médicas , Biblioteconomia , Fosfatase Alcalina , Feminino , Proteínas Ligadas por GPI , Humanos , Associações de Bibliotecas , Oregon , Universidades
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J Med Libr Assoc ; 109(4): 528-539, 2021 Oct 01.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-34858083

RESUMO

Health sciences librarianship has historically benefited from avoiding critical conversations around the role of race in the profession, reflected through a select few number of articles on the topic. The purpose of this study was to add to this body of literature and apply a critical librarianship framework on the early scholarly record of health sciences librarianship and the legacy of integration within the Medical Library Association (MLA). Three Southern medical works and the integration views of Mary Louise Marshall, the longest-serving president of MLA from 1941 to 1946, were thematically and textually analyzed to redress the profession's long-standing legacy with Whiteness and Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) representation. In reframing the historic past of MLA both through Marshall's works and her views, the goal is to acknowledge ways in which the profession has impeded progress and present steps to remedy appropriate outreach for the future.


Assuntos
Bibliotecas Médicas , Biblioteconomia , Comunicação , Feminino , Previsões , Humanos , Associações de Bibliotecas
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J Med Libr Assoc ; 109(4): 624-630, 2021 Oct 01.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-34858093

RESUMO

OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to investigate knowledge sharing practices among health sciences librarians in African countries. METHODS: A cross-sectional survey design was employed. The study population consisted of African health sciences librarians that attended the 16th Biennial Conference of the Association for Health Information and Libraries in Africa on October 14-18, 2019, at the University of Ibadan in Nigeria. Data were collected using a questionnaire and analyzed using descriptive statistics. RESULTS: The types of knowledge most commonly shared by respondents were information on conferences, workshops, and seminars as well as information on new trends and technologies in librarianship. The main avenue of knowledge sharing was face-to-face interaction. Unwillingness to share knowledge and a lack of awareness about current trends and issues were the top identified challenges to knowledge sharing. CONCLUSION: These survey results establish the existence of a low level of knowledge sharing among health science librarians in Africa and suggest that concerted efforts should be made to overcome barriers to knowledge sharing within and across African countries.


Assuntos
Bibliotecários , Bibliotecas Médicas , Biblioteconomia , Estudos Transversais , Humanos , Inquéritos e Questionários
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J Med Libr Assoc ; 109(4): 693-696, 2021 Oct 01.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-34858107

RESUMO

Increasing diverse author representation within medical librarianship scholarship among BIPOC information professionals is an important endeavor that requires closer examination. This commentary looks to examine the ways in which the profession can support Latinx librarians and library workers in fully participating within the scholarly pipeline by exploring our unique and authentic voices, structural barriers, hesitation and fears, Whiteness in the profession and knowledge production, bias in the peer review process, lack of resources and support, and finally, a call to action.


Assuntos
Bibliotecários , Bibliotecas Médicas , Biblioteconomia , Bolsas de Estudo , Humanos
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Med Ref Serv Q ; 40(4): 355-368, 2021.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-34752193

RESUMO

An academic research institution and a corporate hospital system formed a new graduate medical education (GME) consortium. The consortium objectives were to increase the scholarly activity of the residents and fellows in a national hospital system's GME residency program to match the requirements set forth by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. A GME librarian position was created specifically to serve the GME research programs at Florida area hospitals to help with this objective. This paper describes the experience, activities, and lessons learned from the creation of an entirely new GME library program and librarian position for a nine-hospital region in Florida.


Assuntos
Internato e Residência , Bibliotecários , Biblioteconomia , Acreditação , Educação de Pós-Graduação em Medicina , Humanos , Estados Unidos
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RECIIS (Online) ; 15(3): 703-721, jul.-set. 2021. ilus
Artigo em Português | LILACS | ID: biblio-1342696

RESUMO

O presente artigo visa fazer uma reflexão acerca da formação do bibliotecário na Universidade Federal de Pernambuco (UFPE) como profissional apto para o exercício da mediação cultural e de leitura, bem como da biblioterapia. Tomando como base os conceitos de mediação cultural de Edmir Perrotti e de mediação de leitura de Michèle Petit, o trabalho debruça-se sobre a grade curricular do perfil 0406 do Bacharelado em Biblioteconomia e analisa a distribuição do conteúdo programático, das competências e das cargas horárias e como a formação cultural e biblioterapêutica do discente está sendo tratada em relação à percepção de sua importância sociocultural dentro da atuação profissional.


This article aims to purpose a reflection over the librarian's qualification at Federal University of Pernambuco (UFPE) as a professional able to exercise cultural and reading mediation, and also bibliotherapy. Based on the theories on cultural mediation by Edmir Perrotti and reading mediation by Michèle Petit, this study leans on the academic curriculum from the Library Science undergraduate course 0406 profile and analyses the program content, the skills teaching, the workload and how the student's cultural and bibliotherapeutic qualification has been treated regarding their perceptions about the professional sociocultural importance.


Este artículo tiene como objetivo reflexionar sobre la formación del bibliotecario de la Universidad Federal de Pernambuco (UFPE) como profesional capaz de ejercer la mediación cultural y la lectura, así como la biblioterapia. Basado en los conceptos de mediación cultural de Edmir Perrotti y la mediación de lectura de Michèle Petit, el trabajo se enfoca en el plan de estudios del perfil 0406 del grado en Biblioteconomía y analiza la distribución del contenido del programa, habilidades y cargas de trabajo y cómo se trata la formación cultural y biblioterapéutica del alumno en relación con la percepción de su importancia sociocultural dentro del desempeño profesional.


Assuntos
Humanos , Leitura , Biblioterapia , Saúde Mental , Características Culturais , Biblioteconomia , Fenômenos Psicológicos , Psicologia Social , Prevenção de Doenças
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RECIIS (Online) ; 15(3): 762-775, jul.-set. 2021. ilus
Artigo em Português | LILACS | ID: biblio-1342705

RESUMO

O presente estudo tem como objetivo conhecer as principais experiências com a biblioterapia voltadas para pessoas acometidas por doenças variadas, sejam físicas e/ou mentais, ou sociais no Brasil e no exterior. Justifica-se por apresentar a função terapêutica da leitura. Sua base são os conceitos teóricos e históricos da biblioterapia, o conhecimento das principais experiências com a biblioterapia no Brasil e um comparativo entre a realidade nacional e internacional da sua utilização. Para tanto, foi feita uma pesquisa exploratória, qualitativa e bibliográfica em bases de dados nacionais e internacional (LISA) com material publicado sobre experiências que utilizassem a biblioterapia para o bem-estar do indivíduo. Desse modo, observa-se que o Brasil caminha para ampliação da utilização da terapia, enquanto outros países a utilizam nos âmbitos hospitalar, escolar, prisional, entre outros. Isso permite concluir que a biblioterapia proporciona saúde e bem-estar aos que dela fazem uso.


This study aims to find out the main experiences with bibliotherapy aimed at people affected by various diseases, whether physical and/or mental, or social in Brazil and abroad. It is justified by presenting the therapeutic function of reading. This study is based on the theoretical and historical concepts of bibliotherapy, the knowledge of the main experiences with bibliotherapy in Brazil and comparing it with the national and international reality regarding its use. To this end, it is an exploratory, qualitative and bibliographic research, which searched for published material on national and international databases (LISA) on experiences that used bibliotherapy for the well-being of the individual. Thus, it is observed that Brazil is moving towards expanding the use of therapy, while other countries use it in hospitals, schools, prisons, among others. This allows us to conclude that bibliotherapy provides health and well-being to those who use it.


Este estudio tiene como objetivo conocer las principales experiencias con biblioterapia dirigidas a personas afectadas por diversas enfermedades, físicas y/o mentales, o sociales en Brasil y en el exterior. Se justifica presentando la función terapéutica de la lectura. Este estudio se basa en los conceptos teóricos e históricos de la biblioterapia, el conocimiento de las principales experiencias con biblioterapia en Brasil y su comparación con la realidad nacional e internacional en cuanto al uso de esta terapia. Para ello, se trata de una investigación exploratoria, cualitativa y bibliográfica, que buscó material publicado en bases de datos nacionales e internacionales (LISA) sobre experiencias que utilizaron la biblioterapia para el bienestar del individuo. Así, se observa que Brasil avanza hacia la expansión del uso de la terapia, mientras que otros países la utilizan en diversos nichos, como hospital, escuela, prisión, entre otros. Esto nos permite concluir que la biblioterapia brinda salud y bienestar a quienes la utilizan.


Assuntos
Humanos , Leitura , Terapêutica , Biblioterapia , Brasil , Pacientes , Relatos de Casos , Pesquisa Qualitativa , Biblioteconomia
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J Med Libr Assoc ; 109(2): 167-173, 2021 Apr 01.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-34285661

RESUMO

The Journal of the Medical Library Association (JMLA) recently issued a call for submissions that recognize and address social injustices; speak to diversity, equity, and inclusion in our workforce and among our user populations; and share critical perspectives on health sciences librarianship as well as those on any topic within JMLA's scope written by authors who are Black, Indigenous, or People of Color. We also committed to creating more equitable opportunities for authors, reviewers, and editorial board members from marginalized groups. As part of this effort, we conducted a demographic survey of all individuals who served as a member of the JMLA editorial board or reviewer or had submitted a manuscript to JMLA between 2018 and 2020. We found that most survey respondents are white, heterosexual, women and do not identify with a disability, meaning that JMLA is missing out on a diversity of perspectives and life experiences that could improve the journal's processes and policies, enrich its content, and accelerate the research and practice of health sciences librarianship. Therefore, to avoid perpetuating or aggravating systemic biases and power structures in scholarly publishing or health sciences librarianship, we pledge to take concrete steps toward making JMLA a more diverse and inclusive journal.


Assuntos
Bibliotecas Médicas , Biblioteconomia , Humanos , Associações de Bibliotecas
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J Med Libr Assoc ; 109(2): 311-316, 2021 Apr 01.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-34285674

RESUMO

BACKGROUND: One-shot library sessions have numerous drawbacks; most notably, they rarely have a long-term impact on students' research behavior or skill sets. Library literature notes that when students interact with an embedded librarian, their skills improve. While close partnerships with subject faculty are important, librarians must also assess students' skill sets to determine the impact of these teaching efforts. CASE PRESENTATION: During the course, the embedded librarian used various activities and assignments to teach information-seeking skills, with the expected outcome of increased skill sets. This IRB-approved research project focused on measuring and assessing students' information-seeking abilities before and after interacting with the embedded nursing librarian. Changes in students' information fluency skills were measured using pre- and post-tests. CONCLUSIONS: The study results provide evidence of the benefits of the embedded librarianship model. Continued measurement of students' skills acquisition is important to enable librarians and library administrators to show the positive impacts the library has on student learning and success.


Assuntos
Bacharelado em Enfermagem , Bibliotecários , Biblioteconomia , Estudantes de Enfermagem , Humanos
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J Med Libr Assoc ; 109(2): 330-335, 2021 Apr 01.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-34285677

RESUMO

Three new librarians highlight their varied pathways into health sciences librarianship and offer insight into how they are navigating the challenges and successes of being new to the profession. The authors define a new health sciences librarian as a person who has fewer than five years of experience in health sciences librarianship specifically, having either recently graduated from library school or entered the health sciences from another type of librarianship. Jamia Williams speaks about her journey from new MLS graduate to health science librarian; Kelsa Bartley details her transition from library professional to health science librarian; and Jahala Simuel shares her experiences moving from academic librarian to health science librarian. This commentary provides strategies, tips, and tricks that new health sciences librarians may use to hone their craft and explore opportunities for professional development.


Assuntos
Bibliotecários , Bibliotecas Médicas , Biblioteconomia , Feminino , Humanos , Competência Profissional
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Health Info Libr J ; 38(2): 79-80, 2021 Jun.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-34192406

RESUMO

When you think about a journal you probably think of it in terms of its interactions with authors, but relations extend beyond this and are embodied in the actions and values of the editorial team and board. The Health Information and Libraries Journal editorial team and board pride themselves in the support they provide to enable and build confidence in the contributing authors, and the referees who collaborate with them by providing constructive peer review.


Assuntos
Causalidade , Empoderamento , Biblioteconomia/métodos , Políticas Editoriais , Humanos , Biblioteconomia/normas , Biblioteconomia/tendências , Editoração/tendências
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Med Ref Serv Q ; 40(2): 188-204, 2021.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-33970820

RESUMO

The UCLA Science Libraries improved upon our single service points by creating a team-based, tiered research assistance model to foster student employee skill development. This model was further developed to expand training for public services staff, enabling librarians and student research assistants to move beyond desk-based services. This multi-phased approach involved restructured training and the development of collaborative, tiered services. Librarians utilized train-the-trainer sessions, detailed documentation toolkits, and a robust outreach plan to ensure success. After initial implementation of this new model, librarians observed above average use of the service and excellent user feedback. Its versatility has also played a direct role in the successful transition from physical to virtual services in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.


Assuntos
COVID-19/epidemiologia , Bibliotecas Médicas/organização & administração , Biblioteconomia/educação , Modelos Organizacionais , Humanos , Capacitação em Serviço , Los Angeles/epidemiologia , Estudos de Casos Organizacionais , Admissão e Escalonamento de Pessoal , Desenvolvimento de Programas , Melhoria de Qualidade , SARS-CoV-2
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Rev. cub. inf. cienc. salud ; 32(1): e1797, tab, fig
Artigo em Espanhol | LILACS, CUMED | ID: biblio-1280192

RESUMO

El propósito del presente artículo fue analizar los patrones de colaboración del programa de formación doctoral en Bibliotecología y Documentación Científica desarrollado entre la Universidad de La Habana y la Universidad de Granada en el período 2007-2017. Para esto se creó una base de datos en EndNote® x.9, con 396 documentos. Se crearon listados de frecuencia de acuerdo con los indicadores analizados, los cuales se procesaron con los programas Excel y Tableau Public 2020.3 para generar tablas y gráficos. Se utilizó Bibexcel (Olle Persson, Universidad de Umeå, Suecia) para realizar los conteos de frecuencia generales, la generación de matrices y el análisis de las redes de coautoría, cotutoría y de colaboración entre instituciones, en aras de procesarlas con UCINET 6.175. Para su representación reticular se utilizaron NetDraw 2.38 y VOSviewer 1.6.16. La colaboración fue analizada de manera global, por grupos y por tipología documental. Se valoraron las relaciones establecidas para el desarrollo de las investigaciones y para la dirección de las tesis. Para los artículos se analizaron las redes de coautoría y los nexos interinstitucionales. En las tesis se analizaron las relaciones establecidas para la tutoría. Se identificó un predominio de autoría múltiple, mayoritariamente en los artículos científicos. Se aprecian nexos relativamente importantes en la tutoría a partir del establecimiento de relaciones entre los tutores más productivos del programa. A nivel institucional se aprecia un protagonismo de la Universidad de Granada y la Universidad de La Habana por ser las coordinadoras del programa. No obstante, se aprecia una amplia gama de instituciones nacionales. Se reflejan los participantes y tutores más representados(AU)


The purpose of the study was to analyze the collaboration patterns in the Library Science and Scientific Documentation doctoral training program conducted jointly by the University of Havana and the University of Granada in the period 2007-2017. To achieve this end, a database of 396 documents was created on EndNote® x.9. Frequency lists were developed for the indicators analyzed, which were processed with the software Excel and Tableau Public 2020.3 to generate tables and charts. Bibexcel (Olle Persson, Umeå University, Sweden) was used to carry out overall frequency counts, generate matrices, and analyze co-authorship, co-tutorship and collaboration networks between institutions, with a view to processing them with UCINET 6.175. NetDraw 2.38 and VOSviewer 1.6.16 were used for their reticular representation. Collaboration was analyzed globally, by group and by document typology. An assessment was made of the relationships established for research development and thesis guidance. Analysis of papers included co-authorship networks and interinstitutional links, whereas the analysis of theses included the tutoring relationships established. A predominance was found of multiple authorship, mainly in scientific papers. Relatively important links were found in tutoring based on the establishment of relationships between the most productive authors in the program. On an institutional level, leadership by the University of Granada and the University of Havana was observed, being as they are the program coordinators. However, a wide range of national institutions was also found. Reference is made to the best represented participants and tutors(AU)


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Humanos , Pesquisa , Documentação , Uso da Informação Científica na Tomada de Decisões em Saúde , Biblioteconomia
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J Med Libr Assoc ; 109(1): 13-22, 2021 Jan 01.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-33424460

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OBJECTIVE: While studies from the early 1990s show that library staff in nonlibrarian roles interpret the term "paraprofessional" as being demeaning to their roles, no recent research has been conducted on this topic. This study aims to investigate if health sciences library staff continue to have similar negative associations with the term "paraprofessional" and to determine if another term is preferred. METHODS: The authors conducted a literature review to identify terms used to categorize library staff in nonlibrarian roles. Using these terms, we created an online Qualtrics survey asking participants to rank terms by preference. We distributed the survey via thirty-six professional email discussion lists, including MEDLIB-L, thirty-three MLA chapter and caucus email discussion lists, DOCLINE-L, and ACRL-HSIG-L. Survey participants included full-time and part-time health sciences library staff in any nonlibrarian position. Responses from librarians were not accepted. RESULTS: Based on 178 completed surveys, "library staff" was the top choice of 49% of participants, over "other" (19%), "paraprofessional" (13%), "library support staff" (11%), "paralibrarian" (7%), and "nonprofessional" (1%). Although "library staff" was the top choice of participants across all ages, older participants (aged 45-75) preferred "library support staff" and "paraprofessional" to a greater degree than younger participants (aged 18-44), while younger participants preferred "other" to a greater degree. Out of 36 participants who specifically mentioned the terms "paraprofessional" or "paralibrarian," 32 (89%) of those comments were negative, indicating that the "para" in "paraprofessional" and "paralibrarian" is either insulting, inapplicable, or unfamiliar. CONCLUSIONS: Our results suggest that although the term "paraprofessional" may not intentionally be used to demean library staff, many library staff interpret the term to be demeaning to their roles. Instead, "library staff," a more inclusive and less divisive term, was preferred by survey participants. In accordance with our results, we believe the term "paraprofessional" should no longer be used in library and information scholarly literature or professional discourse.


Assuntos
Bibliotecários/estatística & dados numéricos , Bibliotecas Médicas/normas , Biblioteconomia/normas , Competência Profissional/normas , Papel Profissional , Humanos , Serviços de Biblioteca
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