Medical librarians are now commonly expected to contribute to both the medical literature and the library profession through original research. The quality of research is dependent on a researcher’s ability to both develop questions and methods and communicate their findings. This session will give attendees the tools and skills to develop their research from start to finish. Attendees will leave the session ready to identify research opportunities at their institutions, enabling them to take the “first step” into contributing to the field through original research. They will understand how to begin a research project and how to navigate barriers that medical librarians often face in conducting original research.
Panelists will address how to identify a research question, empowering librarians of all experience levels to improve the quality and frequency of their research output. In response to reported barriers to research activities, panelists will give examples on how to integrate research into regular work duties; apply for research funding; and find research mentors. A moderated discussion will facilitate an in-depth discussion of the topic. Time will be included for attendees to ask questions and share their own research challenges to encourage an ongoing dialogue about the medical librarian’s role in research activities.
Keywords: Research, Original Research, Scholarly Communication, Early-Career Librarians, Mentorship
Biomedical/Research Services Liaison
Tuesday, May 30
3:00 PM – 4:25 PM
Scholarly Communication Librarian
University of Illinois at Chicago
University of Illinois
Sandy De Groote's past research has focused on the impact of online resources on the use of the library resources and assessing search systems.
Head, Research and Education
Tompkins- McCaw Library for the Health Sciences
Emily J. Hurst, MSLS, AHIP is the Head of Research and Education at the Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences located at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in Richmond, Virginia. In this position Emily works to coordinate library services for the needs of VCU students, faculty, and staff as well as for the public in the Richmond area. Emily previously worked with the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, South Central Region where she was responsible for reviewing grant applications. She has successfully applied for and received funding for outreach and library related projects throughout her career.
UCSF at ZSFG
San Francisco, California
Stephen Kiyoi (MLIS, MSHA, AHIP), is Library Director for UCSF at San Francisco General Hospital, NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellow, and Principal Investigator for an NLM G08 grant to reduce health disparities. Previously, Stephen was an Associate Fellow with the National Library of Medicine, where he led projects in mobile interface design, library metric reporting, and health information outreach.
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